February Books

It's no secret that I love to read all different types of books--I chalk it up to my "never stop learning" mindset that's so much a part of me. I'm tend to be reading at least two books at a time--usually one personal development book and one fiction book. I like the contract between genres because the personal development books help me learn, while the fiction books help me to relax and unwind.

I typically keep a book in my gym bag, one in my nightstand, and one in my work bag--this way, no matter where I am, I always have something to pass the time if I find myself with a few unexpected minutes. I read while walking on the treadmill at the club, while waiting in a doctor / dentist lobby, if I arrive a few minutes early to meet a friend for a coffee date, etc. This is how I'm able to plow through a few books per month--by being intentional about making time to read verses scrolling through Instagram for the millionth time.

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In the past (almost) month, I've read so many good books and wanted to share! First up, we have The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. This book caught my attention within the first chapter and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. True story, I actually read this whole book in two sittings at Barnes & Noble.

It's a story about a couple that goes next door for a dinner party while leaving their sleeping baby at home since the babysitter cancels at the last minute. The baby is abducted and as the book unfolds, more and more secrets about the couple rise to the surface. Such a good story and well-worth your time. 

The next book I read was Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. Andy gave me this book for Christmas and I've been reading it every day while walking on the treadmill during my lunch break at work. This is a book that all women need to read--I even picked up an extra copy to sent to my bestie down in Hawaii because it is that good! The way in which Lysa writes this book makes you feel like you're old friend chatting in your living room. She's open, honest, and has a great sense of humor--I love that she makes you feel like we're all in this together. The overall theme of the book is dealing with rejection--from friends, enemies, and situations, and how we can let that become our identity, or grow from it. 

I joined a new small group back in September and I kid you not, this is the best small group I've ever been a part of! I love these girls so much--our conversations, friendships, and studies have been just what my heart has needed in this season of life. We're working through For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn, which explains how the male mind works. Talk about eye-opening! I love that the content is based on research, studies, and polls--some of the numbers blew my mind! This book has not only sparked some great conversations within our group, it has also helped me understand how Andy thinks as well. We'll be moving to the book about women, For Men Only, next month.

The last book I read this month was The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I was really looking forward to reading this book and therefore breezed through it fairly quickly. I'll definitely say that it was one of those books where I loved it at first, then I wasn't sure, then I loved it at the end! I'm a huge fan of books that don't reveal the mystery until the very end, so this one did not disappoint on that note. I felt like the suspense kept me interested in the book but I feel like I was a little disappointed when I found out the answer to who the woman in cabin 10 really was.

What books have you read lately?
Any thrillers that you'd recommend?
I need some new ones to read on the plane next week.