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February Book Round Up

March 5, 2020

Filed in: Lifestyle

My February reads are below. I would say it’s a tie between Elton John’s autobiography and Jennifer Weiner’s Mrs. Everything for my favourite book this month – read them both! What did you read this month that you’d recommend? Share below!

Summary: In Me, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend. My take: Wow Wow Wow! Loved this book. I would not have called myself an Elton John fan prior to reading this but I knew he must have had a very interesting life and that’s why I initially chose it. I was not wrong. He’s met everyone! His early life, struggles with drugs and alcohol and his sexuality was all quite riveting. He is quite an amazing writer and his Brit humour shines through so well, I found myself laughing out loud many times. Immediately upon finishing the book I watched Rocketman and now I want to go see his last tour. He turned me into a fan!

Summary: From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives. My take: This is one of those books you can instantly see as a movie. I’m crossing my fingers it does get adapted. Her former novel ‘In Her Shoes’ was, so it’s not impossible! An epic novel following two sisters throughout their lives, moving from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, into their old age. I was thoroughly entrenched in their lives and couldn’t put it down.

Summary: Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining. My take: Not my favourite memoir by a long shot but I didn’t expect it to be. It’s interesting if you grew up in her era. She reveals some shocking tidbits but I wouldn’t recommend.

Summary: Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces. With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent. My take: Although the ending was a bit disappointing I admit I couldn’t put this book down. A great thriller. Would be a perfect vacation book.

Summary: Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle. Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is smiling serenely and holding just one baby. Who is the child, and what really happened that day? My take: Another thriller/mystery that kept me interested. Not amazing but quite good and if you like this genre I would recommend!

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  1. Lisa says:

    Where The Crawdads Sing, Becoming Michelle Obama and The Magnolia Story. Loved them all!!

    • Virginia Holst says:

      Nooo, Where the Crawdads sing was my least favourite book last year! Ha! But I know everyone else in the world loved it. I’m on my own island on that one.
      I haven’t heard of the Magnolia Story, I’ll check it out thanks!!

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