Welcome to Just Peachy’s Book Club!
Any southern woman has the experience of sitting with friends all sipping peach ice tea talking about their newest favorite things. We thrive on recommendations don’t we? It’s how we make our best decisions. So pour yourself a glass, and let’s chat. Today, we are talking books. We read a ton of books (or try to.. life does get in the way) We both have a great recommendation from what we’ve been reading lately.
What Alice Forgot
By Liane Moriarty
Popular #1 best-selling author, rumored to be a movie soon, catch synopsis; it’s no wonder I was excited to pick up this book. I may be a little behind reading this one, but the more popular this author continues to grow, the more curious I became.
Alice wakes up on the floor of a gym, a place she doesn’t remember going or even wanting to go. She believes it is 1998. To her surprise, 10 years of her life have passed by her, and she cannot remember a moment of it. Her life has vastly changed over the past 10 years. Children, divorce, broken relationships, new hobbies. Alice no longer recognizes the person in the mirror anymore, and she doesn’t know who to turn to for help.
This book was not at all what I expected it to be. A slow moving beginning left me feeling like I too had amnesia. However, the lack of details kept me wanting to continue reading. Throughout the book, I was continuously questioning and rethinking my thoughts on the characters. Most importantly, the book left me considering the effects people and events have on our lives. How much can a person change over 10 years? Do some things never change? Following Alice’s self-discovery of the woman grew to become, led me to wonder the ways that I have grown and changed and to ask if we can ever go back to the people we used to be.
So if like me, you are late to the game and have not picked up What Alice Forgot, I recommend grabbing a copy and diving into this story. It might not have been the romantic story I was expecting, but this story was a thought provoking mystery of who Alice is. -Hilary
The Magnolia Story
By Chip or Joanna Gaines
It might come as no surprise, just like pretty much every other HGTV loving woman, I am such a fan of Fixer Upper! I mean who can resist? Chip and Joanna Gaines are wonderfully honest and refreshingly simple. Plus they make some gorgeous homes. If you love them as much as me, or even if you actually don’t, you’ll enjoy their memoir. It’s a story of failure, strategic business moves, and happy accidents.
I definitely recommend listening to the audiobook; it’s just like having two good friends tell the hilarious story of how they met, grew their family, and expanded their business. My mom first listened to the book and passed it on to me because she literally laughed and cried along with Chip and Joanna.
As a business woman, it gave me inspiration. I loved hearing Joanna talk about the different aspects of the Magnolia business. I think of their massive company still as the quaint shop where they began because it seems like they still have the same passion and simple mindset. I definitely recommend The Magnolia Story as a love story, life lesson, and business advise for anyone who is looking for an honest account of where life can take you if you let it! -Jordan
For more information check out Goodreads for both of these books.
What books are you reading now? What do you love that we should try out?