December 2018 Books

This is my last stack of books for 2018! I’m anticipating reading a lot of books over the course of the next few months as I’m home on maternity leave cuddling a little newborn and I seriously can not wait! Don’t forget, you may view all of my past book reviews by clicking here.


Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth // Ina May Gaskin
I was really excited for this book after I found myself really enjoying her other book; however, this one was a little too “crunchy” for me. I tend to have a conservative approach to our health and wellness, but this was on a new level. For example, home births are not my thing — I’m all for diffusing essential oils, taking supplements instead of medications, and changing my diet for the sake of my health but when I am giving birth, give me a sterile hospital room because once that baby is here I want to come home to my nice clean sheets. ;)

My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired // Benjamin Spall + Michael Xander
This book was SO inspiring! I’m thinking that I probably won’t have the best morning routine these next few months as we adjust to a new schedule of baby sleeping + eating around the clock, but this is something I’d love to incorporate into my life once he gets on his own little schedule. I used to have a really solid morning routine and I felt like it really helped me set my day up for success.

The Vaccine Friendly Plan // Paul Thomas M.D. + Jennifer Margulis Ph.D.
I always love these types of books — not only are they super informative, they just really make you think about the decisions that you’re making for yourself and your family. Would highly recommend this book if you’re interested in an alternative vaccine schedule for your children.

5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life // Bill Eddy
My love for psychology once again shines through — I usually just add random psych books to my library request list and this was one of them. After dealing with a couple of crazies this past year, this book was actually really applicable! ;)

You Don’t Own Me // Mary Higgins Clark + Alafair Burke
You guys know that MHC is one of my favorite authors and this one didn’t disappoint! These are such easy reads and after whipping through so many non-fiction books this month, it was refreshing to read a page-turning thriller by one of my favorites!

Live the Life You Love // Barbara Sher
I found the recommendation for this book in a magazine article and was really excited to read it; unfortunately, it wasn’t really what I was looking for. I felt like most of the info didn’t feel new to me and felt a little redundant. I did, however, start reading another book by her (they both became available as e-books through my library at the same time) and I am really enjoying this one so I’ll be sure to share it in my January 2019 book review at the end of this month!

What are you currently reading?
Any book recommendations that I should read in the new year?

November 2018 Books

I only read one book in October so I’m merging that book in with the stack that I read during the month of November. Don’t forget, you may view all of my past book reviews by clicking here.


The Other Woman // Sandie Jones
This book was SO good! I whipped through this in just a day and a half because I couldn’t put it down. I ended up guessing the ending but it was still an entertaining read — the story really reminded me of a “made for tv” type of movie! It covers the tale of a woman who is engaged to a man with a crazy mother — some of the events that happened were just nuts!

The Gospel Comes with a House Key // Rosaria Butterfield
I was so excited when this book became available after being on my “holds” list at the library for awhile and wanted to love it but I just didn’t! I quickly realized that the author and I hold very different viewpoints on things and it was hard for me to power through this one because there were a lot of things that bothered me. Normally, I have no problem reading books that have different views than my own but it was something about the tone of voice (for lack of better words) that just didn’t sit well with me. Originally, I was excited about this one since it’s all about the importance of hospitality, but I would recommend this book (easily one of the best books I’ve read) instead if you’re interested in that topic.

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding // Ina May Gaskin
I figured I should probably start doing a little prep for baby since he is making his grand debut in just one month. Since I literally knew nothing about breastfeeding, I figured this book was worth a read. I had intended to just flip through this one mainly due to the fact that yes, I’m all for breastfeeding but am not one of those moms that is super passionate about all that it entails. Well, I was in for quite a surprise because I LOVED this book so much! It was so fascinating and I read it cover-to-cover over the course of a week. I learned so much about the benefits, statistics, and process of feeding your baby naturally and let’s just say I’m a believer! One of the most interesting tidbits that I learned was that if you have a preemie baby, your body will produce a different kind of milk that is loaded with nutrients that a preemie needs and will then switch to regular milk once your baby is no longer a preemie. How amazing is that?! I’ve already requested her other book at the library and am really hoping it comes in before January!

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Hi, I’m Laura and I’m obsessed with reading about anything psychology-related. I picked this book up on a whim because I love reading textbook style books — I think it’s the learner in me. Anyway, I browsed through this and of course found it fascinating because I just love learning about the human mind. When I was in school, I used to read through unassigned chapters of my textbooks just for fun — such a nerdie thing to do, but hey!

This is Me // Chrissy Metz
After so much resilience, I started watching This Is Us two summers ago — catching up on episodes before season 2 started. At first glance, I didn’t think it would be my type of show (too many emotions, ha ha), but after my sister giving it rave reviews, I ended up giving it a shot and loved it. Chrissy Metz plays Kate and it was so interesting to learn more about her background — what her life was like before the show, and how the show has affected her. Would definitely recommend this one if you love this show!

The Vaccine Book // Robert W. Sears
This was another baby prep book that I quickly became super fascinated with. There were two vaccines that popped up during my pregnancy that made me realize I needed to do some research on vaccines before our little dude arrives and this book was really helpful. The statistics, breakdown of each vaccine, and story behind each one was so interesting to me (again, I love that textbook type of data) and I’d highly recommend this one if you’re looking to learn more about vaccinations and babies / children.

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way // Lysa TerKeurst
I whizzed through this book while at B&N on Thanksgiving Eve and it was just one of those books that you randomly pick up and it ends up being the EXACT thing you need to read in that moment. There’s also a study guide that goes with it and I’m thinking I might pick it up to do while I’m home on maternity leave next month and have a little more time. That being said, having “more time” will probably be the understatement of the year since I’ll be taking care of baby all day but I think it’s super important to still have hobbies even as a parent. :)

Real Food for Pregnancy // Lily Nichols
It was a little late in the game to read this book at 8.5 months pregnant last month, but I love learning about nutrition and really enjoyed reading this book. A lot of it was knowledge I felt that I already knew, but there were enough new little tidbits that made it worth reading.

What’s one book you’re read recently?
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

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.


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.


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.


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?