I was really feeling bad about the number of books I was reading but looking back on this month I actually finished quite a few. The genres of books are all over the place since I was doing some research and also some self-help books snuck their way in there too.
I luckily didn’t have any totally horrible books and some were even really good. I may be biased as they were from some of my favorite authors.
My rating system:
Five Stars: Blew me away, made me want to stay up till 3am to finish, would read again and again.
Four Stars: Really good book, fast paced or thought provoking
Three Stars: Okay, didn’t thrill me but didn’t disappoint me either.
The Experiment: Discover a Revolutionary Way to Manage Stress and Achieve Work-Life Balance – Cover Not Available – This book blew me away. I am usually not a fan of self-help books because the author is trying to show you how life evolved they are instead of trying to actually teach you something. What I loved about this book was that it felt like you actually had a life coach and were in the sessions. He gave “homework” and really boiled it down to basics. One of the best self-help type books I’ve read.
Forbidden – A man finds a woman in the middle of a snowstorm, only to find out she is supposed to be the fiance of his dead brother. She doesn’t believe he is dead though, and wants him to help her find her brother who was overseas covering a story. The way that Suzanne Brockmann tells a story is just so amazing. I have read so many of her books, and this one didn’t disappoint. So many twists and turns and I didn’t want this one to end.
Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook: Real Food for Real Life – This book covers recipes for incorporate the Paleo diet into your life. I made the meatloaf, ketchup and mayo recipes. I was so happy with the book I ended up going out and purchasing a copy.
The Icing on the Cupcake – A mean spirited debutante from Texas gets dumped from her fiance, which is social suicide. She moves to NYC with her grandmother, she as never met this grandmother before but she needs to save face. She tries to figure out what to do with her life and baking cupcakes are her therapy. This book includes recipes and I wanted to try them all.
Touch & Go – Lisa Kackson is another of my favorite authors, so intricately woven. A family is kidnapped and as the search continues parts of their lives are exposed to where you are not sure who is telling the truth and what other secrets are being hidden. The story is pulse pounding and fast paced right to the end.
Worth the Fight – Elle is introduced to Nico by her
Bluegrass State of Mind – An attorney is hiding out after she sees a crime being committed by the partners of the law firm and her boyfriend/fiance. She moves to a small town where an ex lives in hopes he can give her a reference and hide out. The attraction is still there, but Will’s ex-wife won’t go down without a fight. The town is highly invested in the relationship and shows their small town charm.
Books, Cooks, and Crooks – I have read the first two books in this series and it is quite entertaining. A room full of competitive cookbook chefs in for an event and one ends up dead. It seems everyone has a motive for murder. Lila is a literary agent and it is all she can handle to keep the other chefs from going after each other. I was constantly changing my mind as to who I thought did it. A great read.
My De-Stress Diary: 52 Effective Tips for Less Stress and More Peace of Mind – This book was outlined as a once a week lesson and while some were too easy and some were worth a look it was unlikely that I would read a book that way. No “homework” or how to apply the lesson was given. Very short and sweet, not a lot of meat to it.
How to Start a Home-based Etsy Business – I think I have read this twice and it provided some really basic general knowledge which I found useful but I was hoping for more of the business side of things and not just the idea side of setting up an etsy business.
Nothing Changes Until You Do: A Guide to Self-Compassion and Getting Out of Your Own Way – While I liked the way the author provided real life examples I felt it got tedious after the first few chapters. It was not broad enough and didn’t really give me the sense that it could help me or relate to my life. It was also a little more for someone later in life maybe 40-50 years old. Not bad but just harder to relate or connect to like I did with The Experiment.
What books have you read this month?
Will you add any of these books to your list?