Don't mind me- just going to slip this in in the six month of 2019.:)
Surprise me- one of the better of Sophie Kinsella's for me.
On the Banks of Plum Creek
By the Shores of Silver Lake
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
An Exorcist Tells His Story- Such a good read; scary to think that some bishops don't feel it's important to appoint exorcists in their dioceses, though!
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike- very thorough/ long but neat to get the back story.
At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
One Beautiful Dream- loved it!
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer- SO good and I am extremely glad I saw Ashley's remark about choosing not to read it at night- I read this only during naptime. I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks- can definitely see how people get caught up in amateur detective work for unsolved cases!
Scalia Speaks- I dog-eared so many pages of this (and then had to return it to the library...). He is just SO GOOD! I love how his speeches don't preach to the choir at all.
Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction
Crazy Rich Asians
The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows- this was a long but enjoyable read. It concerns the conversion and then entrance into religious life for actress Dolores Hart, but the book in it's entirety is a memoir of her whole life.
Building the Benedict Option- I had heard Leah speak at one of the blog conferences I attended and especially enjoyed her writing style here.
When Life Gives You Lululemons- I felt a bit too racy in parts + language, but entertaining chick lit.
Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends- I kind of had to laugh when I read a one or two star review of this based on the content- you know, like people living however they want and with dark and sad histories eventually turning their lives to Christ. If it was between the two, I'd recommend Deathbed Conversions, but still like this one.
The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe
Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships
Kind is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously- nothing really new under the sun here, but I just really like Candace Cameron Bure and love that she lives her faith in Hollywood.
The Queen of Hearts- I loved the medical bent of this book and enjoyed the overall story *but* too much sexual content for my taste. Like reading it on a plane between two guys and praying neither looks over my shoulder and reads what's on the page, too much.
Little Beach Street Bakery- kinda slow in parts, didn't love one of the main characters but enjoyed the setting.
The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide- haha, written for aspiring actors but interesting to read the ins and outs of getting your foot in the door anyway.
Anne's House of Dreams- a good one; Anne of the Island is still my favorite.
How My Book Became a Movie: A True Story
The Perfect Couple- pretty good beach read type murder mystery book, wasn't satisfied with the ending.
Bless Me Father for I Have Kids
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- I struggled through this one!
The Grace of Enough: Pursing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture
The Dinner List
Book Girl: A Journey Through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life
The Clockmaker's Daughter- This book makes me truly believe that Kate Morton writes ridiculously long books for the sake of writing long books. The ending really annoyed me and felt very "Atonement".
The Blue Bistro- I didn't find any of the characters likeable in this, *and* it really bothers me when Catholic characters are painted as devout...and then have such twisted, messed up morals.
Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions- loved the setting but the main character really bugged me! (A+ for the cover art, though!)
That's a wrap for last year- looking forward to some good summer fiction!