May Books

Well, howdy do! It's been a hot minute since I've been on the blog -- May ended up being a crazy month, including starting a new freelance gig that I have been really enjoying!

Between the new job, I've been spending almost every sunny day at the pool, which is my favorite part of summer! 

My work schedule is a little lighter for the rest of this week, so I'm planning to spend the day prepping some blog posts, wrapping up the wedding programs that match these invitations, and working on an identity project that I'm super excited about! There will be another post up on the blog tomorrow, and I'll have my June goals post up next week! Stay tuned! 

I wanted to check in today to review the TEN books that I read in May -- there were a lot of them! You may check out my past book reviews here, here, and here.

The Magnolia Story // Chip & Joanna Gaines
The first book I read was The Magnolia Story, and it was hands down, my favorite book of the month. I rarely watch Fixer Upper, so I wasn't too familiar with Chip and Jo Gaines, but after reading their story, I had SO much respect for this couple. They have literally built their business up from the dirt beneath them and have overcome so many challenges to get to the point where they are today. Such a quick and easy read -- I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to devour an encouraging / inspiring story! 

Do Less: A Minimalist Guide to a Simplified, Organized, and Happy Life // Rachel Jonat
This book's tagline caught my eye since I'm obsessed with simplifying / organizing my life. I breezed through this little paperback in just one day and while a few of the points were helpful, I felt like overall, this book was simply common sense. This book also reminded me a little of Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup, but I felt like Unstuffed was more applicable to my life.

The Best Yes // Lysa TerKeurst
I love Lysa TerKeurst -- her style of writing and quick humor are always entertaining. This book was such a good reminder of how important it is to evaluate our decisions and commitments. Most of the time, the majority of us are so quick to say "yes" to something -- failing to realize that if we say "no", we can say "yes" to things that matter most. Such a good read, and would be great for a small group or book club! 

You know this wouldn't be a monthly book review without a bunch of Francophile books thrown in, right? Below are the French lifestyle books I cruised through last month; there are shorter reviews for these since I understand that not everyone is as obsessed with the French culture as I am. ;)

Forever Chic // Tish Jett
This book was good, but not great -- I felt like Jennifer L. Scott does a better job of portraying the French lifestyle. 

Bringing Up Bebe // Pamela Druckerman
This was definitely a winner! I actually listened this this as an audiobook, so Andy was forced to listen to it whenever we were driving together. ;) I loved hearing about this style of parenting and definitely plan to implement a lot of the techniques once the little Kaupangs join the family. ;)

The Butler Speaks // Charles MacPherson
Not necessarily a French-culture inspired book, but this one was an overview of basic etiquette, which I've always found fascinating to read about. I know, I have a diverse taste in books...

Bonjour Happiness // Jamie Cat Callan
Probably my least favorite book of the month -- I just wasn't a fan of this one and felt like it was the least applicable of all the French culture books I've read.

At Home with Madame Chic // Jennifer L. Scott
I'm always a huge fan of Jennifer L. Scott and this book did not disappoint! I loved learned more about how the French manage and style their homes.

Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide To Finding Her Inner French Girl // Debra Ollivier
Another one that was good, but not great -- felt like I had already read about this information in my other French lifestyle books.

What French Women Know About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind // Debra Ollivier
Not a fan of this book -- I whipped through it quickly, but overall it wasn't great.

There you have it! I've been plowing through a stack of books for the month of June, so I'll be sure to review those for you at the end of the month -- which is already in two weeks! Crazy! 

Have a great day! 

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