September 2018 Books

This last month flew by so fast and I’m really hoping that October goes by a little slower since it’s my favorite month of all! I’m reviewing the 6 books that I read this month — I typically like to read around 8, but this month was jam-packed with a lot going on. Just a reminder, you may view all of my past book reviews by clicking here.

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An Unwanted Guest // Shari Lapena
Overall, I loved this book but wasn’t a huge fan of the ending — I felt like it could have been stronger. The story follows a group of visitors at a secluded inn and one by one, guests keep wind up being murdered — it’s a bit like this movie if you’ve seen that before. This particular one really reminded me a lot of Mary Higgins Clark’s writing style so I’d still recommend the book especially if you’re a fan of her!

Brain Lock // Jeffrey Schwartz
I picked up this book because I’ve developed some quirky habits while being pregnant and I heard that it’s a helpful one! I ended up loving this book (I’m a sucker for anything about psychology) because not only was it helpful, but it also was extremely interesting! My favorite part was when the author would share case studies and examples of patients with OCD — some of them were crazy, but after reading this book I could really understand why their brains got hung up on certain thoughts or actions. For example, one woman had OCD surrounding whether or not she turned off her coffee maker each morning so she started unplugged the whole Mr. Coffee unit and bringing it in her bag with her to work! I will also say that reading this book made me realize that the quirks I’ve developed during pregnancy are so, so minor compared to what other people are struggling with! I can elaborate more on my OCD / quirky habits I’ve picked up if anyone is interested — just let me know!

The Perfect Mother // Aimee Molloy
I was so excited when this book became available at the library and had really high hopes for it but in my opinion, it was a less-than-stellar version of this book (that I LOVED). The story covers a young single mom whose baby goes missing while she is out one night and many secrets become unveiled as the story pans out to find out who really took him.

The House Swap // Rebecca Fleet
I wanted to love this book but I just did not — the story covers a couple that house swaps with another women who seems to know intricate details about the wife’s life. The story covers an affair and I’m typically not a fan of books with those as plot lines because I always feel so bad for the other person. Wouldn’t recommend this one.

Kind is the New Classy // Candace Cameron Bure
As always, I love CCB’s books and this one did not disappoint! I love her view on life and this one was such a great reminder about having your heart in a good place and living kindly towards other. Would highly recommend, especially if you’re a fan of her!

The Psychobiotic Revolution // Scott C. Anderson
Another psychology-heavy book for the month and this one was really interesting as well. The book covers the connection between our mind and gut and how that affects us not only physically but also mentally. I definitely need to do a whole post devoted to this topic because it’s something that is very near and dear to my heart after experiencing some crazy health issues in my early-to-mid 20s.


August 2018 Books

Another month, another stack of books! Just a reminder, you may view all of my past book reviews by clicking here.

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The Party // Robyn Harding
This book was such a quick and easy read but the story was pretty good! It follows an account of an accident that occurs during a 16 year old's sweet 16 party and keeps you guessing as to what really happened that night. There's a twist at the end that I didn't see coming and it made me appreciate the story even more.

Cure for the Common Life // Max Lucado
This book was just okay -- definitely not my favorite and I didn't really find it applicable. 

The Turquoise Table // Kristin Schell
I had really high hopes for this book, thinking that it would be like this one that I loved. However, it just didn't do it for me! Overall, it was just a little too cheesy! 

Love Your Life, Not Theirs // Rachel Cruze
I picked up this book not realizing who Rachel Cruze is -- there were some good takeaways, but I felt that a lot of what she talked about was common sense.

Let Me Lie // Clare Mackintosh
I felt like this book was a little hard to get into -- I'd have to say that I enjoyed her other books better! 

Body Love // Kelly Leveque
I was really excited for this book but overall felt that it didn't really fit my lifestyle. Kelly is a nutritionist that talks about healthy eating, but her plan is based around three meals instead of many smaller meals. Great concepts, just not for the way I typically eat.

The Light Within Me // Ainsley Earhardt
I LOVED this book! I had never heard of Ainsley before picking up this book and I fell in love with who she is as a person and loved reading about her story to where she is now. Would highly recommend this inspiring book! 

If You Only Knew // Jamie Ivey
This one was just alright -- I've listened to a few of Jamie's podcasts, but her book wasn't my favorite.

What's one book you've read recently?
Any great fall book recommendations?

July 2018 Books

So many of my requested books came in at the library this month and I flew through this stack rather quickly since it was a good lineup! Just a reminder, you may view all of my past book reviews by clicking here.

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Then She Was Gone // Lisa Jewell
I loved this book -- it was super creepy but it was one where I was on the edge of my seat to find out what happened! This lady's daughter goes missing and then she finds out what happened to her later in life through a crazy turn of events. Parts of it kind of reminded me of this book that I read not too long ago.

Say You're Sorry // Melinda Leigh
This one was another winner -- the main character's babysitter turns up dead and she ends up taking on the case to prove that her neighbor is innocent of the murder. Definitely a page-turner! 

Look for Me // Lisa Gardner
This one was just alright -- I felt like the story was so dragged out and I found myself just wanting it to end at many points in the story. I powered through to the end, but wouldn't recommend it.

I See You // Clare Mackintosh
I was so excited for this one since I loved this author's other book! This one follows the story of a woman who is riding the subway and notices her own photo in a dating service ad -- she also realizes that women that have been in these ads in previous days later turned up murdered. So creepy but overall a great book! 

UnSweetined // Jodi Sweetin
This book was SO interesting! I've loved reading Candance Cameron Bure's books, so when I discovered that Jodi Sweetin had a book I immediately requested it at the library. 

Losing You // Nicci French
This book was just alright -- I had a hard time powering through it because I wasn't the biggest fan of the main character. 

Magnolia Table // Joanna Gaines
I actually read this book a month or so ago but forgot to recap it in my monthly book review. This book is beautifully written and is filled with gorgeous photography. Definitely a book you want to savor while curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee.

The Other Mother // Carol Goodman
This book felt dark and had some weird undertones to it -- I felt like the overall plot was interesting, but just a strange book. Wouldn't recommend this one.

What's the best book you've read recently?
What books are on your summer reading list?

June 2018 Books

I definitely got on a true crime kick this month and breezed through four books about the JonBenet Ramsey case and one about the staircase murder case! Just a reminder, you may view all of my past book reviews by clicking here.

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A Perfect Husband // Aphrodite Jones
This book gave a great overview of the Michael Peterson case -- I started watching the new documentary of the case that was recently added to Netflix, but quickly lost interest since it was a little too slow-paced.

The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide // Ted Zeff
I was super excited for this book, especially after reading this one about HSP, but felt like there wasn't a lot of depth to the book and didn't really find it beneficial.

The Bikini Body Motivation & Habits Guide // Kayla Itsines
I loved this book! Kayla's techniques, mindset, and motivation behind her approach to health and fitness is one that I love! My favorite part of her books are the recipes -- she always has such unique, fresh, healthy meal ideas! 

Upscale Downhome // Rachel Hollis
I was really looking forward to this book by Rachel Hollis since I LOVED her other book, but felt like this one wasn't my favorite. I definitely eat differently than the recipes that she shared in her book, so not many of them sounded appealing to me.

We Have Your Daughter // Paula Woodward
This one was SO good! This particular book contained tons of photos, different scenarios of what happened, and so many great details! Super interesting and quick to read despite it being a rather thick book! 

The Other Side of Suffering // John Ramsey
I felt like this book was a little redundant and shared a lot of the same info as the one listed below -- I'd recommend that one over this one.

The Death of Innocence // John and Patsy Ramsey
I loved how this book told the story of the Ramsey case from her parent's perspective -- this book contained new information that I hadn't heard before and I really enjoyed reading it.

Perfect Murder Perfect Town // Lawrence Schiller
This book was just alright -- a little slow-paced and not too entertaining.

What's the best book you've read recently?
What books are on your summer reading list?

May 2018 Books

So many great books were read last month! My creative director brought in a stack of books and I borrowed two of them right away -- one of them ended up being one of the best I've read in awhile! Just a reminder, you may view all of my past book reviews by clicking here.

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Girl, Wash Your Face // Rachel Hollis
This book was so good -- I think a lot of times, Christian books like these can be really cheesy or not relatable, but what I loved about Rachel Hollis is that she was so real and down to Earth. Great book for an woman to read!

The Last Mrs. Parrish // Liv Constantine
This book was SO good! It's the story of this girl that befriends a woman at her gym and secretly plots to take over her family and her life. However, the story takes a twist half way through and gets REALLY good! Such a great psychological thriller.

The Joy of Less // Francine Joy
I had high hopes for this book, but definitely enjoyed this one and this one more. None of it really felt like new information to me since I've read a lot of books on this topic in the past couple of years.

I've Got My Eyes on You // Mary Higgins Clark
I'm such a sucker for anything by Mary Higgins Clark -- they keep me guessing and they're always quick, easy reads. This new one was just as good as the rest in her collection.

Lie to Me // J.T. Ellison
This was a quick read and very similar to Gone Girl, which is another favorite book of mine. A man's wife goes missing and he's instantly a suspect -- the end was a little predictable, but overall worth a read!

The Woman in the Window // A.J. Finn
This thriller was good, but a little predictable -- I ended up guessing the ending about 2/3 of the way through the book and I hate when that happens. I love being surprised! This one kind of reminded me of The Girl on the Train -- since it's a story of "did she really see a crime, or didn't she?"

The Wife Between Us // Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
This book was hands-down, one of my favorites! The story had three major twists and each time I literally gasped out loud. Such a great thriller -- I've heard that there's a rumor of a movie coming out, which I would be super excited about! Would highly recommend if you enjoy a good psychological thriller.

The Courage to Soar // Simone Biles
I always love a good Olympic gymnast story! It was so fun to learn about the background of Simone Biles and her journey to the Olympics -- these types of books always make me feel so inspired!

What book are you currently reading?
Favorite spot to read?
I love reading while laying out by the pool!