July Book Round Up

After I hit my 100 book mark, I definitely slowed down a little bit. I ended with a total of 9 books, and here are my thoughts on them:1.The Gift of Imperfection by Brene BrownI have heard rave reviews of this book for years. It did not disappoint! As a struggling perfectionist, I could relate to her message on many levels.

  1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I have started the first chapter of this book many times and this was my first time fully reading it. I will say that it starts off a bit slow and remains that way for most of the book. Somehow I still found myself interested and the ending to this novel brought me to tears. If you can get past the slow pacing of this book, it really is a beautiful story.

  1. Love Does by Bob Goff

I finally read this gem! Bob Goff has a way of communicating God’s heart towards us in a very real way. One of the best Christian books I have read in a long time!

  1. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

This series holds a special place in my heart. I grew up reading it out loud with my cousin Rebekah and it holds so many happy memories for me. I have read the Lightning thief at least 7 times but this is my first time reading the conclusion to this adventure tale. It was predictable but everything you could hope for to finish such a fun series.

  1. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The title says it all. This book is human relations 101. Whether in business or in everyday life, I think this is important to read once in your life.

  1. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Oh, Carrie Fisher. I love listening to her books on audio. I finished this one in a day, and loved every second of it. It is a fun and lighthearted book about Carrie’s life and career. Hearing her voice and dry humor always brings a smile to my face.

  1. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

This book gets me! It hands down makes it into my top 5 self help books. The author has the exact same personality type as I do, so I could really relate to everything she was saying. I can’t wait to go back and read it again so that I can fully absorb the helpful advice.

  1. Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin

This book is written by the same author of “The Happiness Project”. While it was a decent and entertaining book, it felt like an exact repeat of her first.

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I truly wanted to like this! I am always up to try a new book series. The first few chapters had me hooked, but I didn’t really like the direction that the author decided to go. It wasn’t horrible, but I don’t see myself reading the second book. What have you been reading lately? What should I add to my book list?

  1. Great list and your reviews are helpful. As a busy mom, book reviews help so much as when I do decide to grab a book, I’d like it to ‘worth my while.’ The Carrie Fisher one sounds incredibly interesting, especially now that my boys have recently become Star Wars fans. The entire house has taken to the movies – they’re incredible 😊🙏🏽

  2. I felt the exact same way about A Man Called Ove. It was so slow but I still wanted to read it & I definitely was brought to tears a couple times. I feel like I’m the only one who loves the Peculiar novels. They were so good to me!!

  3. I read Miss Peregrine absolutely yonks ago and really loved it — the story was so unique. I never saw the film but I heard it was okay. How To Win Friends and Influence People (or Manipulate People) as I like to call it was one of the first self-improvement books that I read back in my early 20s and it was quite interesting to say the least.

    Great list! x


  4. We have such similar reading lists! I agree with everything you said, especially about A Man Called Ove, Happier at Home and Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children.

  5. This is a great list! If I could tell everyone to read one book it would be How To Win Friends And Influence People, I read it years ago and I probably need to re read it just brush up on a few techniques. You can never go wrong with this one, it is the golden rule of business.

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