Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Recent Reads: January 2016 Edition

Oh My Goodness. You would not believe how many books I have read in the last few months. I honestly didn't think I had read too many books lately, but then I checked out my kindle. Crazy!

I'm going to do mini reviews on each one for you so you can get an idea of each book.

The Total Money Makeover- Dave Ramsey
I have heard a lot about Dave Ramsey and thought it would be a good idea to read this since I am trying to focus on saving and want to buy a house in the near future. I found his tips to be extremely valuable and realistic. Reading the stories of others who have successfully completed Dave Ramsey's plan made me hopeful that I will get to the point of being debt free. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in financial wellness.

A Summer Affair- Elin Hilderbrand
This novel was excellent! I loved reading about the affair between Claire and Lockhart. Both of their characters were ones who were so sad in their day to day life that they needed the affair with one another to be happy. I was fascinated with Claire's career as a glass-blower, I found it to be an extremely interesting detail that Elin included. I would recommend this book if you like easy, summer reads.

Beautiful Day- Elin Hilderbrand
I think this book was one of my favorites by Elin that I've read so far. The novel focused around the wedding Jenna is planning based on her late mothers wishes. I thought the idea of a notebook running your wedding to be interesting, but was even more enthralled with the drama the two families had throughout the wedding weekend. It was definitely a page turner!

The Blue Bistro- Elin Hilderbrand
Yes, another Elin Hildebrand book... Adrienne was an awesome main character to follow throughout the novel. The love story between her and Thatcher was exciting, I also enjoyed reading about her day to day experiences as she worked in a restaurant. I do have to say that the ending was pretty surprising, so enjoy the twists and turns Elin supplies in this novel if you do decided to pick it up.

Troublemaker- Leah Remini
I found this book SO interesting that I read it in only one day! Leah Remini's book is primarily a memoir about her time in Scientology and Hollywood. I thought her stories about Tom Cruise were extremely interesting and I enjoyed her memoir from beginning to end. She shared so much about her experience and if you are someone who has ever wondered about the inner workings of Scientology you should check it out!

Shopaholic To The Rescue- Sophie Kinsella
This was NOT my favorite book by Sophie Kinsella. I thought Becky's adventure in this book just continually dragged and although there were some humorous parts, I don't know that I will continue reading more books about Becky. The series seems to have flatlined and there's no bringing it back to life!

See Me- Nicholas Sparks 
I loved the newest Nicholas Sparks book! The love story was subtle compared to other elements but it was just as wonderful as all his previous novels. Pick it up if you love a good Nicholas Sparks book!

I read a bunch of other books but they were not fresh on my mind, so I am going to skip over them for reviews but I will try to do better in the future with reviewing books right away!

Have you read any good books lately?

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