September Books

Another month, another stack of books! You may check out my other book reviews here. This month was a bit of a dud when it came to books — the ones that I picked up just weren’t my favorite. If you want to read up on some of my recent favorites, I'd recommend checking out this post about the books I read in August.

Never Tell // Alafair Burke
Description from Amazon: 
Sixteen-year-old Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a luxurious Manhattan townhouse, a coveted spot at the elite Casden prep school.  When she is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insists that their daughter would never take her own life.

Detective Ellie Hatcher will be forced to uncover the truth behind this apparent suicide, navigating Julia's intriguing connections to both New York’s wealthiest—and its most dispossessed.

My Thoughts:
This started off really good, but then it just ended up feeling dragged out and a little boring. Wasn't a huge fan of this one and felt a little disappointed because I had high hopes for it after reading another book by this same author.

Watching Edie // Camilla Way
Description from Amazon: 
Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to. 
 
Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…
 
But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…

My Thoughts:
Again, I had high hopes for this one after reading the description but it ended up feeling too dragged out without enough suspense for my linking.

Balancing It All // Candace Cameron Bure
Description from Amazon: 
“How do you do it all?” That’s the question that wife, mom, actress, and best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure is often asked. And it’s a question that women everywhere are asking themselves as we seek to balance all of our roles, responsibilities, and opportunities.

So, how do we do it? Working since the age of 5, Candace has been in a balancing act for nearly her entire life. She is the first to tell you that there is no miracle formula for perfect execution in every area of your life, but there definitely are some lessons to be learned, lessons that come to life in Candace's story. 

Come along and dig into Candace’s story from her start in commercials, the balance-necessitating years on Full House, to adding on the roles of wife and mom while also returning to Hollywood. Insightful, funny, and poignant, Candace’s story will help you balance it all.

My Thoughts:
I originally got on this Candace Cameron Bure book train when I learned of her new book coming out later this fall, so of course I had to read her existing books in the meantime. :) This book was a little cheesy at times, but overall I really enjoyed learning more about CCB and what it was liking growing up on the set of Full House, how she met her husband, etc. I'd recommend this for a quick, light read if you're a fan of CCB!

Reshaping It All // Candace Cameron Bure
Description from Amazon: 
Bure’s healthy lifestyle has been featured in US Weekly and People magazines as well as national talk shows including The View and NBC’s Today. In Reshaping It All, she continues the story, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront, making wise choices, and finding their worth in the eyes of God. Candace shares a candid account of her struggle with food and ultimately her healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.

My Thoughts:
I didn't realize that this book is geared towards those looking to lose weight, but felt like it was still beneficial to read. I loved her balanced approach to fitness and nutrition and found myself approaching meals more mindfully after whizzing through this book.

The MindBody Code // Dr. Mario Martinez
Description from Amazon: 
With The MindBody Code, Dr. Mario Martinez shares the rewards of an investigation that has spanned generations and cultures to reveal the most effective methods for initiating deep and lasting change. Through fascinating case studies and practical training in the new science of biocognition, Dr. Martinez illuminates the pathways to healing the archetypal wounds of shame, abandonment, and betrayal; how to break through the ceilings of abundance that limit prosperity and create the “subcultures of wellness” that will help you reach your full potential; how to transform “aging consciousness” to continually increase your value and competence as you grow older; and much more.

My Thoughts:
This book had a lot of valid points about how our mind and body are very interconnected. It was a little out there at times, but overall a good read if you're new to the topic of the mind and body connection.

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