The Books I Read in March 2020

I think we can all agree that March was… weird. The upside to this whole situation is having more time to read! I spent less time out of the house, less time scrolling social media and way more time reading! Some days were cold so I snuggled up with a good book and other days were so nice that I got to read on our porch! In total I read ten books this month and it was a pretty good month of reading for me! A few notable books include Dear Edward, My Dark Vanessa & The Two Lives of Lydia Bird! If you’re looking to get lost in a good book, I suggest picking up one of these.

As always, you can see my latest reads on my bookstgram account @enw_reads (I share ALL things books there!) and on my Amazon Shop page! If you have any book recs, send them my way! I would love to hear what you have read recently in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD by Josie Silver | The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them. Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident. Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened. Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. review: This book was quite emotional as it deals with loss, grieving, and forgiveness. For me, it was a bit of a slower start, but once the story built I found that I really enjoyed it. I liked that Lydia was flawed and it showed a true view of how some people grieve. I really enjoyed the journey Lydia took us on both when she was awake and when she was asleep in her alternate life. This book was equal parts heartbreaking and uplifting. rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐️

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson | Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie. Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first. Now, America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality TV pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before. review: I am not big on pop/celebrity culture, but when my friend Jess told me to read this book, I decided to heed her advice and I’m glad I did! I actually listened to this one via Audible because Jessica Simpson is the narrator and really enjoyed it. She truly is an open book in this memoir and it was nice to hear such raw, relatable feelings from a celebrity. She definitely dishes on some gossip about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, her John Mayer dating days, and more! I found it to be insightful, authentic, and entertaining! If you’re looking for a light memoir to read, be sure to grab this one. rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐️

DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wroebel | For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. No matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold. Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar. After serving a stint in jail, Patty is now out and wants to reconcile things with her mom. But Rose Gold is no longer under her power and control. review: In high school I took AP psychology and read numerous books on Munchausen’s syndrome for class, so when I discovered this book I knew I had to put it on my to read list immediately! This was one of those books that was heartbreaking, yet unputdownable at the same time. I couldn’t get enough and I needed to know what Patty was going to attempt next. The relationship between Rose Gold and Patty is rocky, at best, and I kept guessing what was going to happen. I loved the alternating chapters and points of view from each of them, I felt it really added to the suspense and the build up of the story. This book is full of twists & it’s a definite page turner. rating: 4.5 out of 5 ⭐️

DEAR EDWARD by Ann Napolitano | One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor. Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery–one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live? review: This was our book club pick for March and I loved this emotional, heartbreaking story. This book was powerful and well-written and definitely left me thinking once I finished the last page. The story alternates between the lives of the passengers on the plane and Edward’s life following the crash, so you get a glimpse of pre-crash and post-crash and the way the two are weaved together is beautiful. The character development in this novel is exceptional and although at times it is sad, I found that it was an uplifting book of friendship, grieving and learning to live through your experiences. rating: 4.5 out of 5 ⭐️

UNDERCOVER BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams | Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef. Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club. Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart. review: I read The Bromance Book Club earlier this year and loved it (review here), so I was not-so-patiently waiting for the sequel! I enjoyed the glimpse of Mack and Liv that we got from the first book and I loved how we got to know these two characters more in this book. In this book you get the backstories of the two of them and I think that added to make rooting for each of them, because each had their own tough past. Much like the first book, I liked how all the characters were flawed and we were able to see how they grew throughout the book and learned to love and trust again. rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐️

THE HOLDOUT by Graham Moore | Young juror Maya Seale is convinced that African American high school teacher Bobby Nock is innocent of killing the wealthy white female student with whom he appears to have been involved and persuades her fellow jurors likewise. Ten years later, a true-crime docuseries reassembles the jurors, and Maya, now a defense attorney, must prove her own innocence when one of them is found dead in Maya’s room. review: I have been on a suspense kick lately and this one didn’t disappoint. I always enjoy reading court room procedural books and this one delivers that and more! The premise for this book was really unique and well thought out. I liked how they reassembled ten years later and you got a glimpse of how the Bobby Nock trial had shaped them. This was a fast-paced read for me and I really enjoyed most of the book, although some parts left me scratching my head because they were highly unbelievable. rating: 3.5 out of 5 ⭐️

BEHIND EVERY LIE by Christina McDonald | Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her. Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself. review: Behind Every Lie is told in alternating perspectives between Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past. This book kept me on my toes guessing what actually happened that fateful night and the ending wrapped everything up nicely, although a bit predictably. I do think the characters lacked a bit of emotion, given everything that was happening to them, but otherwise it was an enjoyable book. If you’re looking for a twisty, suspenseful book pick up this one soon! rating: 3.5 out of 5 ⭐️

THIS IS NOT HOW IT ENDS by Rochelle Weinstein | When Charlotte and Philip meet, the pair form a deep and instant connection. Soon they’re settled in the Florida Keys with plans to marry. But just as they should be getting closer, Charlotte feels Philip slipping away. Second-guessing their love is something Charlotte never imagined, but with Philip’s excessive absences, she finds herself yearning for more. When she meets Ben, she ignores the pull, but the supportive single dad is there for her in ways she never knew she desired. Soon Charlotte finds herself torn between the love she thought she wanted and the one she knows she needs. review: I discovered this book on Kindle Unlimited and decided to give it a shot. I thought the characters were well-developed and appreciated that the relationships among them were raw and flawed. This book begs the question of what takes more courage—holding on or letting go? and that’s a tough question to answer, especially given the circumstance Charlotte finds herself in. I really enjoyed the premise of this book and liked the lesson on love, forgiveness, and ultimately, letting go. rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐️

THE HONEY DON’T LIST by Christina Lauren | Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together. review: I am a big fan of Christina Lauren’s books but unfortunately this one missed the mark for me. I found the main characters Melissa and Rusty to be highly unlikeable and they reminded me a lot of Chip & Joanna Gaines (who I’m also not a fan of ha!). I wish the focus had been more on Carey and James’ relationship and less on the drama of the Tripp family. If you’re looking for a light hearted read right now, give this one a try, it may be right up your alley! rating: 3 out of 5 ⭐️

THE GIFTED SCHOOL by Bruce Holsinger | Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is an entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies. Seen through the lens of four families who’ve been a part of one another’s lives since their kids were born over a decade ago, the story reveals not only the lengths that some adults are willing to go to get ahead, but the effect on the group’s children, sibling relationships, marriages, and careers, as simmering resentments come to a boil and long-buried, explosive secrets surface and detonate. review: This book had been sitting on my shelf for a while, so I decided it was time to pick it up! At almost 500 pages, I thought this book would be similar to Big Little Lies or The Most Fun We Ever Had, but it didn’t compare in the slightest. This book fell flat for me and I almost set it down unfinished numerous times. The characters weren’t likable, the plot was lackluster, and it felt like nothing happened for most of the book. I will say that the ending was explosive and I didn’t see it coming, but I’m not sure it was worth the 400+ pages it took to get to that point. If you have been thinking about reading this one, maybe pass on it.rating: 2.5 out of 5 ⭐️

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11 Comments

  1. Dani wrote:

    I just finished The Honey Don’t List last night, and completely agree with you! Not my favorite by them, and completely reminded me of the Gaines (which Melly actually mentioned at one point). I can’t read anything heavy right now, but I’m really interested in Darling Rose Gold!

    Posted 4.14.20 Reply
  2. Morgan wrote:

    I need to start reading again! SO many of these titles look like such good books that I would love. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  3. Mollie wrote:

    Living for your book reviews right now – I’ve been trying to do more reading during this time! I need to add Dear Edward to my list.

    xx Mollie

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  4. Lizzie wrote:

    You always read the best books! This has been on my quarantine to do list so I’m definitely going to look into these!

    Lizzie

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  5. Rach wrote:

    I read the Two Lives of Lydia Bird and really enjoyed it too! Now I want to check out and read Dear Edward.

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  6. ooooh my list keeps getting longer but these sound like a few more great ones! Thanks, as always, for sharing gf.

    xx rebecca // thecrystalpress.com/blog

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  7. Look at you go!! I bet you’ve gotten so much great reading done the past couple of weeks! Will have to check out these recs!

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  8. Stephanie wrote:

    I have several of these on my TBR right now. I’m dyyyying to read The Two Lives of Lydia Bird the second I can get my hands on it. I love the author, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the book. And Undercover Bromance looks hysterical, but I gotta read The Bromance Book Club first! So many good options here!

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  9. Kileen wrote:

    These books sound so amazing! I’ll have to add these to my reading list since I’m stuck inside anyways! Thanks for sharing!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  10. Laura Leigh wrote:

    Definitely want to read Jessica’s book. Even more so after reading your review! And really want to start the Bromance series – I love reading series.

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://louellareese.com

    Posted 4.21.20 Reply
  11. Anna English wrote:

    I was hoping I’d find more time to read during this stay at home period, but I’ve been SO busy! I’ll be bookmarking a few of these.

    Posted 4.24.20 Reply

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