february 2022 book, movie and tv review

March 6, 2022

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Happy Sunday friends! It is hard to believe that we already brought the second month of the 2022 year to a close! It has been flying for me and I hope that you are have a wonderful start to the new year! 

Today I am so excited to share my book, movie, and TV review with y'all for February! Before I start though- if you have any suggestions for me for March please let me know! I am constantly looking for new ideas so please pass on your suggestions! 

So my books for this month were varied and one was one that I had been trying to read and "get into" for a couple of years. Haha... so here we go! 
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With the Olympics coming in January I really wanted to read a book about the Olympics or about former Olympians. When I saw this book about Tessa and Scott (who are some of my favorite Ice Dancers ever!!) I was so intrigued and couldn't put it down. It is really fascinating to read so much of the "behind the scenes" story, of the triumphs, but also about the incredibly difficult things that they overcame. I can't recommend it enough- even if you don't like Ice Dancing you will enjoy this book! You can purchase it HERE.
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This book I purchased back in 2019 and y'all I have started it nearly 20 times and it would end back up on my shelf of "to be read"....and unfortunately it wasn't my favorite. *sigh* I hate ever giving a bad review to an author-especially with a book that I feel has an incredible premise and the longing of connection and starting in your front yard, but after forcing myself to read through it this past month...it just wasn't a favorite. I love the idea- I love the way of connecting with others right in front of you...but I honestly was bored as I read it and found a lot of the ideas and writing to simplistic, and a little out of touch (even if we were not in the midst of a pandemic). *sigh* I always want to be honest here, and want to love the book (I mean turquoise is one of my favorite colors even *smiles*), but I just can't recommend it. For the record- I am definitely in the minority here- it has a five star review on Amazon, it has started a movement across America and around the world so if you purchase it I would be so curious to hear what you think! (You can find it HERE!) Any thoughts?
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From the beginning I want to say two very clear things about this book: (1) Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors since I first discovered A Voice in the Wind when I was in 8th grade. (2) If you are looking for a very lighthearted book that is very atypical of her writing then this is a great book for you. 

For me it was exceptionally hard to separate the Francine Rivers who has written such incredibly tough topics (something that has not always been seen in Christian writing- I would argue that she was a pioneer in this field) write such a "non thinking" book. I honestly don't know how else to describe it. At the back of the book she does describe that this is a lighthearted book, but I just felt like it was so lighthearted that the characters were out of place, very unbelievable, and it just didn't "flow". There were so many times where I honestly just didn't even like the main character of the book. I found her to be extremely prideful and I just didn't like "her". Her actions were rude (in my opinion) and while the book was supposed to examine whether one person could change a town, I felt like she wasn't changing everything in a good way, even though you are supposed to believe that the change was because of her. There was also a lot of drama all of a sudden at the end of the book with discovery of family connections, a fire, etc. It almost felt like she didn't know how to end the book so lots of drama was going to be added in. 

*sigh* Again,  I hate ever giving a bad review to an author-especially with an author who I really love, but it just wasn't a favorite. *sigh* I always want to be honest here, and want to love the book (I mean again- favorite author), but I just can't recommend it. For the record- I am definitely in the minority here- it has a 4.5 star review on Amazon so if you purchase it I would be so curious to hear what you think! (You can find it HERE!) Any thoughts?

Other book recommendations by Irene Hannon that I have read and loved that I would recommend:

Movies & TV
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I know. I know. Some of you are laughing because we all know how much I love this show but I have to say the last few seasons I haven't enjoyed so much. So I was skeptical going into this season and honestly I am loving it! It is not just the fact that I miss traveling and it is so wonderful to see different parts of the world... this season feels more reminiscent of the older seasons where there "real" people who were given the opportunity to race around the world. It is great and I loved the ending! You can find it on Amazon Prime HERE.
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Yes... we are still making our way through this and sad to know that we have less than 10 episodes left. If you missed what I wrote last month... here it is: 

I know. I know. Yes. This came out in 2009. Yes there are some of you are laughing because you are assuming that I just like the show because of the sexy lead man. BUT y'all seriously. This is SO good. Last year Jacob kept telling me that I needed to watch this. I politely was like, "okay" and ignored it (sorry Jacob *hahaha*). About two weeks ago we were looking for something new to watch and this popped up. I thought- wait didn't I hear about this, asked Jacob and then started watching and it is SO.GOOD. Why did I wait so long? I have no idea. Haha. Now I message a lot of "WAIT. Is this person bad?" haha.  So if you haven't watched it (we are still in the middle of season 1) yes it has a very cute man in it but it is also very very good! *smiles* You can find it on Amazon Prime HERE. Let me know what you think!

If you are curious about other book reading lists I have done in the past you can find those posts below: 

2022 Book, Movie, and TV Reviews

2020 Book, Movie, and TV Reviews

2019 Book, Movie, and TV Reviews

Thank you so much for reading today! What about you- what have you been watching and reading that you would recommend for me for March? 

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