you’ve been warned by james patterson // this book was one of those that i picked up on a wednesday and by saturday morning i was done with. i was in the middle of finishing the shack and the body book and needed something simple and light because those two books were a little heavy and once in a while i needed a break. while i love james patterson books because of the suspense and super short chapters (you really do feel like you’re flying through his books) i didn’t particularly care for this one. it had some weird twists and plots and it was one of those that i just kind of shook my head trying to figure out what was going on in this main characters head. not my favorite but i’m glad it went quick and it was a good break.
the shack by wm. paul young // hmm. i’m not really sure where to begin here. i really enjoyed this book but a third of the way in to it, it got pretty heavy. the shack started off with a story about a man who lost his little girl while trying to save his other two kids when they’re canoe flipped in the lake and the little girl was never to be found again. he always blamed himself and had terrible negative feelings after her death but one weekend left to go to the place they found the last traces of her and ended up being entranced with God and the Holy Spirit and Jesus. it was good but it was a lot deeper than i thought it would be. it moved me in a way i didn’t think it would but i definitely had to take a lot of breaks from it to let it soak in. i enjoyed it a lot but it probably won’t be something i pick up again.
the body book by cameron diaz // i talked about this book a few weeks ago and wasn’t sure i was going to review it but i figured why not. this book rocked. it changed my perspective on what i put into my body. this book is not a diet book. this book is not a book that lays out an eat this not that meal plan. what this book is is a book that explains what foods are exactly and what they do to you when you put them into your body. it doesn’t say if you eat a lot of sugar, you’ll get fat or if you don’t drink enough water, you’ll dehydrate. it does tell you the difference between simple carbs and complex carbs and it does tell you what sugars are good and bad for you. it tells you what your body goes through when you eat a ton of saturated fats. it’s extremely informative and makes you think twice (or three or four times) before you throw that pint of icecream into your shopping cart at the grocery store. it’s making me look again and again at my pantry and making me get rid of things or eat them in moderation.
i’m striving to make reading a high priority this year for myself. it’s something that i deeply enjoy and fell wayside last year so i’m picking up where i left off back in my college days and spending my quiet time reading.
hopefully this will be the first of many book reports in 2015!
yes please by amy poehler // i didn’t love or hate amy poehler before i picked this book up. i have never watched much of what she is in but i did love tina fey’s book so i figured if it was anything like tina’s, this book by amy would be phenomenal. no surprise that i was right. what i didn’t expect was for this book to hit me hard. between the postpartum stuff and the saying sorry when making a mistake and the stuff about her parents and creativity and the difference between men and women. i don’t know…it all kinda hit me. and i teared up in some parts. and then i laughed hysterically in some parts. and i highlighted a lot of it. this book will definitely be one i read again…and i usually don’t read books twice.
cold tangerines by shauna neiquist // i read shauna’s two other books in the past and i had a feeling i might fall in love with this book too but i didn’t realize how much until i was in the thick of it. she celebrates the rawness and reality of life and the amazing way god shapes everything. it’s a good reminder that we all struggle in something every day. this book rocked me like very few others have and i can’t wait to implement some of the intelligence i took away from shauna.
the fringe hours by jessica turner // this was a book that was constantly popping up in my instagram feed (do you notice how books tend to do that? like gone girl or not that kind of girl?) and after reading so many good reviews, i knew i had to see what all the hype was about. from the minute i opened up this book i was in. the format is incredible because it speaks as a workbook and gives you space to answer questions, wide margins to take notes (you’re going to want to take notes) and give you challenges/assignments. it’s a good book for any woman who is dying to have some time for herself but just can’t seem to find it or has a hard time with setting responsibilities aside to nurture her needs. i will tell you this though; this book doesn’t give you a magical extra hour in the day. a lot of it was stuff i already knew but just didn’t realize. i was reminded of a lot though and am excited to start using some of her tips in my every day routine.
on my nightstand right now: the body book by cameron diaz & a reliable wife by robert goolrick
what about you?
Remember back in January when I was gloating about how I got four books read and I was so proud of myself and this was going to be the best year yet for reading? Yeah…when a baby comes along that gets completely striped away from you. I thought I would have all this time since I would be home so much but nope. I haven’t gotten even one read yet.
On that note, here’s a few reviews from what I did read last month (and the fourth book review can be found here)!
Spiders in the Sand by Brian Eisel – It took a little bit for me to get into it but after the first 40 pages or so, I was completely hooked by the plot. It’s not a book that I would pick up on my own but my book club picked it for last month and I’m glad they did. The end has such a good twist that I never saw coming. A great read!
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – I finished this book within days of opening the first page. I absolutely loved it. The author is not depressed; she’s not unhappy, she just know that she could be happier. And so begins her journey on how to make this happen. Every month she focuses on a topic with four small goals on how to build a lifetime of happiness. I love this idea. Right now I make myself four goals every month but that doesn’t mean they are going to make me happier for the rest of my life. They are just goals I am trying to focus on for the here and now. I would recommend this read to any and everybody! I can’t wait to create my own happiness project…someday!
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – I thought this was such a smart and funny memoir. It was definitely a laugh out loud to yourself kind of book but more importantly she talking about her parents a lot. It was obvious how deep of a connection and relationship she has with them Maybe it was most notable to me because I also consider my parents to be my best friends and I shared very similar feelings with Mindy about how greatly her parents influenced her. I can only hope Addison and I will have that same type of relationship someday. Her section on making marriage work also hit home for me because she talking about how married people need to stop complaining that “marriage is work”. There is no doubt that marriage is work but I choose to do it daily and I absolutely have no reason to complain about that.
I have been wanting to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn since all the hype about it but just hadn’t gotten around to it. The book club I belong to picked it for this month’s read and I am so happy they did. I finally got to bite the bullet and read it…and I COULD NOT put it down. It’s one of those books that completely sucks you in and you finish within days. I was a little disappointed with the ending but overall absolutely loved the book.
Gillian Flynn also wrote Sharp Objects which I’ve read before and that one was very good too. If you need a little more Gillian in your life, I highly recommend that book!