So excited to get my read on this year. I joined the goodreads book challenge again. If you haven’t done this and you have a love for reading you really should! It has made reading more of a priority for me and there is no better feeling than when you accomplish that goal. You can make your goal any number, last year I read 12 books, this year I am aiming for 16!
So far I have read 4 books and listened to one audio book(which I am not counting in my goodreads account until after I have physically read 16). Lets get started!
This book is the last of a trilogy. For the reviews on the first two click here. I really loved these three books and thought the last one ended perfectly. Reading Christmas themed books really added to the holidays for me. I will definitely be doing this again next year. “Winter Storms” by Elin Hilderbrand gets 5 Stars from me. I wish it didn’t end at this book! I will definitely be reading more Elin Hilderbrand books in the near future.
I really love Gretchen Rubin and her “Happier” podcast but this book was a hard read for me. It took me a year!!! I started last winter and put it down in favour of fiction. I gave it 3 stars. This book has great, useful, content however it is a lot of information to take in and if you are like me a lot of changes to take place. I found it overwhelming at times. It gave me some great insight in my life if I were to ever read it again I would just do a chapter/week.
“The Girls of Mischief Bay” by Susan Mallery surprised me. I was on the hunt for fiction and came across this book in the 2/$15 section at Indigo. On the back of the book it said fans of Elin Hilderbrand would enjoy this author. That line gave me the confidence to buy it and give it a read. It it based on three very different friends and some major curve balls are thrown at them. It drew me in, had me in tears at one point, and I read it very quickly thoroughly enjoying it. I gave it 4 stars and am happy to announce it is the first of a series so I will be reading book #2!
When my BFF suggested we read a book together I excitedly said yes! However at the time I was reading a book with my Bible Study group, a self help book, and a fiction book. So I decided to listen to this book instead. If you don’t feel you have the time to read I highly suggest trying out audible. “Present over Perfect” however was a huge disappointment for both my friend and I. We lead very different lives and this book did not speak to either of us. I am very careful about not overbooking myself and when life does get crazy I make sure to take a breather. Shauna Neiquist’s life of speaking engagements, book signings, and travel is not my reality. We are from different worlds and I really wanted to like this but it just didn’t fit my lifestyle. I give this 2 stars but if you are someone who doesn’t slow down and are constantly overbooking yourself and not able to say no this book may be for you.
That is it for part 1 of my reading for 2017! Join me on Goodreads! If you want to read along with me I am currently reading “Goodnight Nobody” by Jennifer Weiner for fiction and my next self help book will be “Grace not Perfection” by Emily Ley. With two kids at home it is hard to find the time but I realized keeping my book close by during the day and if I get even five minutes I grab it. I always bring a book with me when Miss Charlie has gymnastics, appointments, and to work. Reading the last 20 minutes before sleeping is much better than screen time too. It relaxes me and makes me sleepy. Happy reading and I’ll see you back here on Friday to get happy!