march 2023 book, tv, and movie reviews

April 5, 2023

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Happy Wednesday friends! It is hard to believe that we already brought the March to an end and we are now in the midst of April! This year seems to be going so quickly and I often find that I want to just grab onto the days and moments and hold them still! 

Today I am so excited to share my book, movie, and TV review with y'all for March! Before I start though- if you have any suggestions for me for April 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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As we were unpacking some boxes from our move, I came across several books in a box that were in my pile "to someday read". I decided that I was going to actually sit down and read them and this was one of them. Y'all... I found it in January and it took me three months to get through because it was incredible. I actually ended up going slowly through it and using it as a devotional in the mornings because it was that beautiful and inspirational. If you are looking for encouragement during a difficult season of life and are wanting to hear from someone who has been there, I can't recommend this book enough! It is amazing. It is inspirational. And it is tenderly encouraging. You can purchase it HERE.
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I am embarrassed to admit that I had started this book years ago and never finished it. I am not sure why, but the story didn't really interest me back in the day, something I am truly embarrassed to admit. After reading "To Fly Again" though I knew I wanted to read this book, and y'all it is amazing. If you haven't read it, you will be challenged by the heroism of so many people and the faith of Gracia Burnham. It is raw and real and it is incredible. I sometimes think that different stories hit you differently at different times in your life. This was one that I am so thankful that I choose to read again because my first attempt was not the right timing in my life but now ... it was so inspirational. You can find it HERE.
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{three} Wintering
This book I purchased back in July and saved it for the winter season. Y'all... 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 concept of rest and retreat in our busy world, but I started it in January and then again in February and then in March again. And after forcing myself to read through it this past just wasn't a favorite. I love the idea- I appreciated Katherine's story and could relate to a lot of it for different reasons... and there were some concepts that were good, 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. *sigh* I always want to be honest here, and want to love the book (I mean I am a huge proponent of rest and retreat and this is one of my favorite topics, especially since being sick, but I just can't recommend it. For the record- I am definitely in the minority here- it has a 4.4 star review on Amazon with thousands of reviews, 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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I always love a good Irene Hannon mystery. They are all well written, what I would deem a "cozy mystery" with a touch of a bit of romance. They are always an enjoyable read and this one I read years ago and saw it again and enjoyed it the second time too. If you are looking for a light-hearted mystery, this one would be perfect! You can purchase it HERE!

Movies & TV
I am going to be honest and say that it has been a busy, busy month so I haven't really had time to watch a lot of movies and TV! 
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I know. I know. Some of you are laughing because we all know how much I love this show and last season all of the places that they went were so beautiful! I love seeing different parts of the world... this last season (in the fall) 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 if you missed the entire season like I did, you can find it on Amazon Prime HERE.
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I watched this movie back in 2019 and I am going to say that I truly believe that my original review was biased on a friends thoughts prior to me watching the movie. As a bit of background I should say that I have always wanted to foster/adopt and before I got sick was starting the process to become a foster parent. I think the route to foster care is different for every family - so I think that realistically that was portrayed really well - especially in the group meetings. I laughed a lot because I think that I met "each of these people" in my beginning classes. It is hilarious in general but if you have been through the process you will find it even more funny. I also really loved that they showed the "not so fun side" of things when talking about fostering and the challenges that are unique in doing this... 

And I loved it this time y'all... if you are looking at becoming a foster parent as y'all know that I am and are heading in that direction... this true story was incredible. If you are like me and the first time was maybe influenced by someone else's thoughts then I can't encourage you enough to try it again. You can find it HERE!

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 April? 

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