What’s On Your Nightstand? H.A.G.’s February Reads


Hi my friends! I am sharing my reads for this month, and I have to say, I have a really mixed bag for you for February! A light-fiction, 2 romances, one memoir, a chick-lit, and a thriller! But no spoilers! I refuse to go deeply into the stories too much here, but just want to give you an idea of the books, so you can go get whichever ones you think you’d love! Welcome, and feel free to tell me in the comments, what you’re reading!

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Books I read:

At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon

Such a nice story line. I haven’t read a story with no crazy drama or plot twists or craziness in so long. This book is like fresh air and was so relaxing to read, while not being boring. The main character is a pastor of church, and lots of other colorful characters who live in the quaint town of Mitford. Being from a small town (with plenty of characters) myself, I could really dive right in a picture the whole setting and story. I looked forward to honestly relaxing with this book- it made me slow down and appreciate just reading. It’s a great book for someone who needs no additional stress or drama from what they read. this is the first in her series, so if this sounds like something you’d like, you’ll have lots of reading ahead to look forward to!

The Ward’s Bride, by Cecelia Mecca

The Thief’s Countess: Border Series Book 1,  by Cecelia Mecca (full post and review coming later in the week, as it is out MARCH 1!!!)

So opposite end of the spectrum is this hot and heavy romance series, from debut author, Cecelia Mecca. Full disclosure for you all,  I am a Border Ambassador for Cecelia Mecca, meaning I get to read her debut series in full before anyone else and share!!! So fun! I read both her prequel and first in the series this month. My friends, Romance as a genre has never been my thing, but these are super fun! I have to say that reading these, makes reading all books more fun too- I like how different these titles are from what I normally read, and I bet you would too! I just may have my reading-mojo back!

The Ward’s Bride, was super fun. It was a novella and is on Amazon right now super cheap (.99 cents when I checked or free with Kindle Unlimited). It laid the groundwork for the series, but I am not sure how it will all tie in yet- the romance part is steamy, I have to say! For someone not used to reading books like this, I was feeling a bit prudish…until I read the Thief’s Countesss. HOT. Lots of fun, these books! But it’s not all lusty knights and romantic castles and ladies, strolling about…There’s lots of fun historical references and language that I like a lot. Okay, the romance being hot is kind of fun too!

I also got to read and review this inspiring memoir:

Tough As They Come, by SSG Travis Mills with Marcus Brotherton.

bookreview tough as they come

This was a wonderful and inspiring story of a young man, serving our country over in Afghanistan, and coming home with 4 less limbs than he went there with. Amazing person and story with lots of insight about a soldier’s life both home and on deployment.

I am still reading:

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

I am liking the fast pace of this thriller. A who-done-it kind of book, that is keeping me up late into the night reading it. The setting is a rural small town and one night when a teenage girl goes missing. Years later, our main character, the best friend of the missing girl, returns home, only to enter into another case of a missing teenager. Lots of drama and mystery here. The interesting twist to the book is that it takes place backwards in time, and then leads up to the ending. I am not sure how I feel about this, but I will fill you in later!

Books Listening to:

Big Little Lies, by Lianne Moriarty

I am loving this audio book, and by the way it’s on HBO as a series, Sundays at 9pmEST. I don’t have HBO though, and I am glad, since I have the characters in my mind, so strongly thought out, that I think I wouldn’t love the series. I have never read her books, as I thought they might be too much marriage focused drama- I don’t love that, so I stayed away. But this is great! The story follows a major event of catastrophe that happened at a school trivia-night, where the police are involved and questioning all the parents. The story works backward from the event to show us how the characters relate to one another and what was going on in the parents’ lives that might have lead to the trivia-night drama. I am mid-stream, but loving these characters. I can related to various degrees of the lives, but appreciate more the empathy that the story is building- I want to shout at all of the parents to stop behaving badly and just be honest with eachother! It doesn’t work, so I just sit in my car and drive, and listen. I can’t wait to drive. That’s how I know I like this book a lot. Great audio.

Are you ready to share what your nightstand stack of books is? Just tell me one book that you or your kiddos are loving right now, in the comments!

Check out these nightstands at : 5 Minutes for MomBookDate, &  Booknificient on Thursday!

What are you reading and loving right now?

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11 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand? H.A.G.’s February Reads

  1. bekahcubed

    Most of my (reading) acquaintance has read the Mitford series, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’ve heard good things about Liane Moriarty and have had Big Little Lies on my To-Be-Read list for a while – but then I started seeing ads for the HBO series on Spotify and am uncomfortable with the sex that the ad suggests plays a prominent role in the storyline. I am NOT into books with lots of sex (either explicit or implied.)

    1. hardlyagoddess@gmail.com Post author

      I totally get that! So far, this Liane Moriarty book doesn’t have sex, but it has a lot of talk of some harder issues- it may not be for you. The Mitford series was lovely, though and definitely no sex!

  2. alisonculhane

    That’s so fun you are an ambassador for an author! I have to agree, im usually not big on go an easy books, but every once in awhile they are a fun treat.

  3. Farrah

    Tough As They Come sounds like a really inspiring book! I’ve heard of All the Missing Girls and Big Little Lies but haven’t had a chance to pick either of those up yet! :O

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