Books

Books of March

Monday, April 3, 2017

King’s Cage – I love this series so very much. I thought this was the last book and was thrown a little by the ending, but not so much that I would need to read the next book. Good thing because I have to wait a year before it comes out. That being said, I HIGHLY recommend these books for those who like Hunger Games like reading.

Caraval – Loved it.

Love Lives Here – Want to buy it and keep it on my shelf and re-read it all the time.

In Western Counties – A short story by Nickolas Butler. I love this man’s writing. Love it. Fell in love with it with Shotgun Lovesongs which I will probably re-read soon.

Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) – Easy, light read, finished in a day. Interesting to see how Jen took something she was doing all the time unintentionally and made it into a job. Was truly surprised by one chapter and how it hit me. The book started out hard to read because I related so hard to the singleness of her, but overall ended up being quite uplifting.

I’ll Meet You There – Started and finished this one on the 31st. I loved this book soooooo much. Small town, love story, girl that collages and works at a quirky hotel, boy back from Marines… seriously, I think this book was made out of a formula of some of my all time favorite things. I think the person that gave it one star from my library is out of their mind.

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Books of February

Monday, February 27, 2017

I was successful in slowing down a bit in my reading for February! I started a few books and ditched them and the room to do so feels really good. If I wasn’t excited about a book and thinking about it, I let it go. I spent the free time doing other things like talking to people and investing deeper in some aspects of my life that I had checked out from.

This month I read:
Crooked Kingdom – Loved this book. Loved it more than I liked the first one, but Crooked Kingdom would not be the book I loved if the first hadn’t been written, so… I definitely recommend them both.
Replica – Read this for bookclub and felt whatever about it. Really enjoyed talking about it with the group though, so it was worth the time spent in that aspect.
Get Your Sh*t Together – Decent self improvement book. Funny, straightforward, pretty simple to follow.

Currently reading:
King’s Cage – Love this series

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Books of January

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I started the year with a goal for a low number of books in 2017. I wanted to limit, to par down, to get intentional and to, I guess, restrict. Then January came and as it went I read almost half of that number I was trying to limit myself to for the year. Clearly limiting is not my specialty. So I went back to the drawing board on this goal and decided there wasn’t a number, but there was a feeling that I was looking for. So now, instead of a number my goals for reading are as follows.

In 2017 I want to:

…choose each book intentionally and invested in it rather than speed read
…spend the time I previously spent to escaping in cheap/fast/shallow reads working on creating, working out, and cooking
…read outside of my norm, authors and stories I wouldn’t normally read

Before last year ended I felt like I was flying through books without really liking or remembering them. It was like the candy I was eating. Another sugar hit, another book checked off a list. I don’t know that I was getting much out of it and I have a feeling I was also avoiding a lot of my life in the practice. I’m excited to see what this year of reading brings me.

Books of January

*Finding God in the Waves* (started in Dec.) – Loooooved.

Anansi Boys (started in Dec.) – Liked American Gods and Good Omens better.

Milk & Honeyheartache and hope

Gluten is My Bitch – Funny, informative, haven’t gone gluten free yet but will use as a resource

Cabin Porn – Gorgeous pictures, makes me want to get the heck out of town

Balancing In Heels – Light read, I do like Kristin Cavallari better after reading this

Scrappy Little Nobody – I liked it, I laughed, but I’m not sure I needed to read it.

*Chasing Slow* – I kept this for the whole time the library allowed me to, I did not want to let it go, I want to buy myself a copy for my shelf. There was so much, soooo much in this that I wanted to read again and again.

Strong is the New Beautiful – some good exercise and eating info

Six of Crows – read this for a book club and was not disappointed, excited to read the sequel

Cookbooks:
I Quit Sugar Cookbook
The Low FODMAP Cookbook
The Complete Low FODMAP Diet

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Books of 2016

Friday, January 6, 2017

5e2a0350-10c3-4b30-ba40-18bf764859f5So many books in 2016! Holy smokes and what not. I plan on reading a lot less in 2017 which sounds like a funny goal for someone that reads so dang much, but there is a reason. While I liked a lot of the books I read I don’t think I invested in them very much, looking over this list I could mix up the story line of two or three at least. I want to read for enjoyment and not just to pass time in the coming year. I also want to spend more time doing active things so if I get real serious on my book limit (which will be very hard, I am shooting for only 22 books in 2017) then there will be more time for other things, like writing, or creating something, or finding a second job, or working out.

Enough about that though, here’s the list of the books I read (and mostly remembered) this year.

Loved:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series
(3)
Red Queen Series (3)
This Raging Light
Brain Maker
Saint Anything
All the Bright Places
The Museum of Intangible Things
The Dirty Life
How To Be a Person In the World
Present Over Perfect
The Disenchantments
The Book of Speculation
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living
Wild in the Hollow
Scary Close
Holding Up the Universe
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Harry Potter 3-7

Liked a lot:
Signs Point to Yes
Let’s Get Lost
The Lake Season
Start with Why
Since You’ve Been Gone
Notes from a Blue Bike
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo
Love Warrior
The 12 Days of Dash & Lily
Talking As Fast As I Can
Faithful

Somewhat enjoyed -> whatever:
Reasons to Stay Alive
The Crown
Art Before Breakfast
Maybe in Another Life
You Are Here
Knowing Your Value
Woman Code
You’re So Money
The Geography of You and Me
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck
Outrageous Openness
The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living
Dear Emma
Adulthood is a Myth
Fangirl
Sane New World
Sleep Smarter
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
Now What?!
Loving My Actual Life
The Rules of Love and Grammar
Mystic Summer
The Museum of Heartbreak
The Islanders 1-8
Level Up Your Life
The Island House
Everything, Everything
Sex God

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Book Club /// Fourth Quarter

Sunday, January 3, 2016

book club fourth quarter

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin – I liked this book, like all her books before. It gave me a lot to think about, many things I wanted to try and probably a whole lot that I ended up forgetting about in the past few months.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – Wonderful. I love, love, loved this book. It came at the perfect time. I was taking a break from the usual self help books, had just started counseling, I was starting to learn how to be nicer to myself and this book helped me give myself room. Gilbert gives it to you straight. Highly recommended.

Leap: Leaving a Job With No Plan B by Tess Vigeland – Because I am thinking of making a leap I read this, it was okay but not great. It gave a lot of examples but not really a plan. If you already have taken a leap and want to hear from other people how have done the same, this book is great, if you are looking for some extra tips… maybe not.

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed – A book of some of her best quotes and quotations. Sometimes I just open this book to a random page to see what’s in store for me.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I loved this story. It’s fun and quirky but also has a darkness to it. It’s not Gone Girl dark, there’s still hope and light to it, but it isn’t bubblegum pop either.

The Art of Asking  by Amanda Palmer – So many yeses and all the starts to Amanda Palmer and her story. She shed light on what it’s like to ask in so many different ways. I would give this book as a gift, I would highly recommend it, I read it so fast. I listened to The Dresden Dolls so very long ago, and it was incredible to read her story from before that time and now after it. I also didn’t expect a favorite writer (Neil Gaiman) to make an appearance, but he’s a big part of her story.

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Remember how Big Little Lies wasn’t bubblegum pop… oh this is. I love Sophie Kinsella books, they get me from the beginning. I fall so hard for the love stories every time. And every time I also find myself practically yelling at the main character. Shopaholic series? Oh they are wonderful and stressful at the same time.

The Heir by Kiera Cass – I read the first three of the books in this series a year or two ago and really liked them. Nothing too intense, really easy to read through fast. I didn’t know that Cass had written more books for the series, I had thought it was done, but I found this one while strolling the aisles of Target one day and then checked it out from the library. I like the main character in this, it is set in the next generation and the original main character of the series takes a back seat. This character is strong, but convincingly confused about things that someone her age would be confused about. I fell for some of the possible romances and thought I would get to see it to the end so imagine my frustration when had a couple pages left and no answers! UGHHHH. The next one doesn’t come out until may or something… going to have to distract myself.

Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin – I’ve been reading more things about personal finance and the like and I saw this book with a catchy title and cover at Target (duh, where else) so I checked it out through the library. I read most of it on a plane and while I’m not overly impressed I would recommend it to a young woman that is just getting started with getting her finances in order. She knows what she is talking about, it’s easy to follow along with, it doesn’t make you want to die of boredom… so, not too bad for a book about managing money.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall – Adorable. This story is adorable. A YA love story. I can’t wait to read more by Sandy.

Finishing up:
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
Start with Why by Simon Sinek

What have you been reading?
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