What I Read in April of 2021.

Hello, friends! In today’s post I wanted to go into detail about the books that I’ve read this month. My goal is to read two books a month. While I haven’t been achieving this every month, I was able to this April, so I thought I’d share some recommendations with y’all!

The first book that I read this month was Leah Messer’s autobiography, Hope, Grace, & Faith. For those who are not as well versed in reality television as I am, Leah Messer is one of the moms from MTV’s show, Teen Mom 2. After they put the first two seasons of the show on Netflix, I went on a bit of a deep dive, as I hadn’t watched it since it had come out ten or so years ago. I was curious to see where the moms were now, and I found that Leah had written a book about her life. It was a very quick read – I was able to finish it all in one night. For those that are a fan of the show, I think it was an interesting, albeit, sad read, but I do not necessarily think that someone would seek it out if they were not already familiar with the Teen Mom program. I was pleasantly surprised with the writing, and the book did a nice job showcasing how far Leah has come in life and everything that she has endured.

The second book that I read this month was What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell. I have read this book multiple times, but this is the first time that I picked it up in years. It follows Evie Spooner, a fifteen year old girl living in post World War 2. Her stepfather has returned from war, and she couldn’t be happier. He suggests that the family goes on a vacation, and what happens on this trip will change their lives forever. I don’t want to give too much away, because this book’s charm is that it ends up in a place that you may not expect. It’s certainly not the most remarkable book I’ve ever read, but I think it would be a great beach read for the summer. The writer does a great job creating a nostalgic environment and is able to portray the mind of a teen girl very effectively. The book is aimed for teens and young adults, but I think that some adults may find it to be an interesting read as well. Definitely would recommend if you like coming of age novels or a bit of a mystery.

The third book that I read this month was Whiskey in a Teacup by Reece Witherspoon. This book, while serving as a fantastic piece of coffee table decor, is also a wonderful read. I had flipped through the pages previously, but hadn’t taken the time to read the whole thing cover to cover. And doing so had made me realize that I had been seriously missing out. This book has recipes, decor advice, and party playlists, all accompanied by beautiful photos. My personal favorite was a section that taught one how to properly set a table – something that I hadn’t thought about since my home economics days. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in etiquette, cooking, and of course, Reece Witherspoon!

My initial goal of the year was to read a book every single week. While that hasn’t exactly been a doable goal, I have read some really wonderful books so far this year and I love coming on here to talk about them. I like to think of it as my own little book club.

Thank you so much for reading!

Have a great day!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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