Total books read during month: 17
Total books read during 2017: 34 (116 books until goal)
Least favorite book read this month: The Lonely City
Books I did not finish this month: Wild By Nature, Uglies, Child of a Hidden Sea, Rebel of the Sands-chose to skip these ones completely. I did not get to Essentialism or The Tea Planter’s Wife so those will go on the pile for next month.
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Quick, short little book with a lot of good tips. I read it as a Kindle book and I’m glad that I didn’t invest in the paperback version, but it was definitely worth the $2.99. It read a bit like a very long blog post, which isn’t a bad thing.
War Hospital: A True Story Of Surgery And Survival by Sheri Fink, MD
It was really hard for me to get into this one. I struggled to connect with the characters, and if I don’t care about the characters I don’t care about the story. The subject was interesting, and I remember many of the events happening. But after reading I was left with the feeling that it could have been so much better.
It took me a bit to get into this, but once I did I discovered so many good points. This is by Gary Keller of Keller Williams, the real estate company, so the book is somewhat geared towards that profession. I still found a lot of good advice and tips despite not being in that field, so I think there is a little bit of something for everyone in here.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
If you want a good, all around view of the concept of hygge, this is the book to start with. It’s short, simple, and to the point without being brusque. It’s also written by a native and current Dane, so that gives it an edge over other similar books.
77 Good Habits to Live a Better Life by S. J. Scott
This was a short ebook that was a bonus after buying Habit Stacking. I had many of the same thoughts about this one as I did about Habit Stacking-great tips, but not really worth a full book. Maybe if these two had been combined?
Moving and thought provoking. This was even more touching because it is a true story, so you know these things had actually happened to these people. An excellent account of what it was like to live in occupied Poland during WWII, and how to survive while helping others.
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
The third and final installment of the Across the Universe trilogy, this book takes Elder and Amy down onto the planet together with Elder’s subjects and everyone in cryofreeze-including Amy’s parents. There is a lot of clashing egos and opinions, but the storyline is as good as the first two and the ending was solid. One of the few trilogies I’ve actually completed without losing interest.
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
I’m always the person who figures out the twist before it happens, so having the ending of this book totally surprise me was a fun experience! I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would recommend it. Not quite at the level of The Girl on the Train, (which I’ve heard it compared to) but a solid story.
One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider
I am a long time reader of Tsh’s blog, so this was like reading a longer, more fleshed out version of her best blog posts. This would be a really great book to work through slowly, applying each tip to your life.
This book blew me away. I had heard so many good things about it, and it was all correct. Following the three main characters, seeing their lives intersect at different points, was both fascinating and painful. Each character was very real and had their own faults, which made the story that much more realistic.
Reading this was a rollercoaster of emotions. You go into it thinking that you know how you will feel about the characters, and come out with some totally different and surprising feelings. It’s a quick book to read and definitely worth it.
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
While this book wasn’t bad, it was not what I thought I was getting into. I expected more personal adventures about being alone-instead the book was filled with examples of famous artists that were actually very lonely, and parallels to the authors life. I wish there had been more personal experiences.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
I absolutely loved this! As a homeschool graduate and as a homeschool mom, I have always been interested in alternate forms of education. We are currently using Kahn Academy to supplement our math curriculum, so hearing more of the details behind how it came about was very interesting. This would be a great book for anyone who is homeschooling or considering starting, but it would also be beneficial to anyone who has kids that are school age.
I have highlighting or page flags on almost every page of this book, it was that good. It was packed full of good information and was fascinating to read, especially as a blogger and someone who spends a lot of their time using technology. Many people are quick to accuse technology of being the downfall of human intelligence, but Thompson provides a solid argument for combining forces with technology and celebrating the good it can do us all. There is also a chapter entitled “Digital School”, which highlighted different ways we can learn online, including big section was about Khan Academy-especially interesting to me because I had just finished One World Schoolhouse the day before I read this. The two books are very complimentary and were great to read together.
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
I have had Sleeping Giants on my TBR list for awhile, so when NetGalley hooked me up with the second in the series I read through it quickly so I could get to Waking Gods! I know I’ve said before that I normally don’t care for trilogies, but this series was a great exception to that rule. It was extremely fast paced, and carried on the same non-tradional storytelling as the first book. You never knew what was coming, and several times I was totally shocked by what happened. I have the digital version, but I will definitely be buying this one in a hard copy when it comes out!
The Miracle Morning for Transforming Your Relationship by Hal Elrod, Paul & Stacy Martino, and Honoree Corder
(note-I received an advanced digital copy of this book to read. It’s not even on Amazon yet, so I linked to the audiobook version.)
I’m giving this one a three rating because I felt like it was a solid book on it’s own, but it was nowhere near as good as Hal’s orginal book, The Miracle Morning. The Miracle Morning is amazing and the principles behind it are sound, but I didn’t care for this book nearly as much. It did have some good points and examples, and would be worth reading if you are struggling in your relationship with your partner.