Here's what I read this past month, and if you care, this month makes 9 books read out of my goal of 36 for the year. I'm right on track!

1. Beyond Ordinary: When A Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough by Trisha & Justin Davis

I met Trisha last year at the If:gathering and immediately knew that I would love her. When we chatted it was as if we had been friends forever and she was genuinely interested in knowing me. She gave me her book, and I never read it. I wanted to read it. I desired to read it, I just never picked it up. Then IF rolled around again this year and we chatted again and I remembered how much I had loved her the year before. So, I picked it up and devoured it. Loved it so much, and it was way different than I imagined. Their story is one of redemption and restoration of their marriage, and yet the really “bad” stuff of their marriage doesn't even make its way to the book until the end. I was challenged and encouraged to value my marriage more and guard it more throughout this whole book. If you are married, I highly recommend this book for you. If you or someone you know has walked through infidelity in their marriage, this is a great book to pick up.

Good news is that Trisha is coming on my podcast super soon, and I am so excited. She has boys and one is about to graduate, and so we're going to talk about all of those emotions that come with that, and I'll have her share some of her story as well.

2. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

I have heard about this book a lot lately and I was in need of a great fiction book that I couldn't put down, and this was just it. I carried this book with me everywhere I went, and when I had 3 minutes of spare time I would be reading this one. I'm a sucker for a great story, and this one kept me always wanting to know what was next.

3. Women are Scary by Melanie Dale

When I first received this I thought one thing – “I love this cover!”. How clever is this cover? It says everything that the title can't say. Melanie is super funny, and this is really evident in her writing. Since getting her book I now have found her on other social media outlets, and I have to say I think we are a lot alike. (I guess I think I'm funny!) This book was fun to read, easy to read, and made me think about how moms find friends, keep friends, and be good friends.

Melanie will also be on the Happy Hour Podcast soon and what fun will that be! We've never chatted except online, so I'm looking forward to this one too!

This book releases March 24th, but you can pre-order on Amazon, and I think you should do that because you won't even remember you ordered it and then in a few weeks a package will arrive and  you'll be so excited! I love getting mail, and it's even better when you forgot you ordered it!

What did you read in February? 

Here's what I have next to my bed waiting for me to get to:

Still Alice – just started and I think I'm gonna like this one. I wanted to read this one because Julianne Moore just won an Oscar for this movie, and so that made me want to read.

Wherever the River Runs is still unfinished. I have really liked the book, so not sure why I haven't finished. I need to do that soon. Hopefully this month.

Monday Monday & The Thunder of Angels are books I just picked up from library and know nothing about, but they looked good and so I might get to them.

I'm looking for a great travel book for when I go to Uganda. I like books that are not deep or profound when traveling. Something easy and that keeps me wanting to turn the page for more, but doesn't make my brain work too hard! Ha! Any ideas?

Jamie Ivey