My November book round up is finally here! I have had a busy month full of reading, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Something Like Happy by Eva Woods
This book brought me joy beyond words. Something Like Happy follows two very different women as they commit to 100 days of doing things that make them happy. Despite a cancer battle, caring for a mother with dementia, and a heartbreaking divorce, these women try to find light in the overwhelming darkness.
I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller
Is there any sitcom better than Friends? Well… maybe Seinfeld and The Office, but Friends definitely lands in the top 5. If you are a lover of this show, you will enjoy all of the behind the scenes info on how this show came to be.
Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Though I prefer his second book “Food: A Love Story”, this is still a hilarious read. Jim Gaffigan covers almost every aspect of what it looks like to be a parent. Though he jokes that he is drowning because of all of his children, you can’t help but feel the love that he has for his 5 kids. Did I mention they live in a tiny apartment in New York?
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
This is a sweet teenage love story. It certainly isn’t the most amazing book I’ve ever read, but I still found it enjoyable. One of the main characters suffers from Prosopagnosia, a disorder that causes you to be unable to recognize faces. I had never heard of this condition before, and it was interesting to hear about it through the character’s perspective.
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
I really wanted to love this book, but for me it fell flat. The Library Book investigates the fire at a Los Angeles Library in 1986 that destroyed more than 400,000 books. At the time, it was suspected to be arson…but was it? The LAPD had a suspect, but they were unable to get a conviction. My issue with this book is that it rarely talks about the case at all. 75% of the book talks about the history of libraries. While it was relatively interesting, it is not what I thought I had signed up to read. The investigative work seemed to be a gimmick to get people to pick up the book in the first place. If you have an interest in the history of libraries, I believe you will love this book. If you are looking for a suspenseful investigative piece, you might want to skip this one.
Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
Something about Carrie Fisher makes her easy to love. I was not a huge Star Wars fan growing up, but somehow I have found myself reading almost all of her books. Each book is more of the same, different stories of her troubled life. She tells her life story with such humor that you can’t help but laugh along with all the crazy circumstances she has been through. Whether you love Star Wars or not, I am sure that you will love Carrie Fisher by the time you finish reading.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
I wish this book didn’t exist. Too harsh? Maybe. I, like so many others, fell in love with the cute love story of Lara Jean and Peter. Unfortunately, this book felt unnecessary. Without mentioning spoilers, all I can say is that this book felt like a plot filler until the final book in the series.
Always And Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Now this one? So much better. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is still my favorite in the series, but this one is a close second. The perfect way to end this cute teen series.
Of Mouse And Men by Nicklaus Hopkins
Of Mouse And Men follows one man’s journey as a costume character at the happiest place on earth. Throughout his career at Disney, the author got to play Woody, an Army Man, Sully, Br’er Bear, Beast, Baloo, Mr. Incredible and Hook. If you love Disney World, this book is a must. You can read my full review here.
Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop
I am so thankful that I found this book. I am a sucker for a good self help book, and this one easily makes it in my top 5 favorites. The author doesn’t sugar coat his message: you need to care enough about your life to fix it. He emphasizes the fact that we must all decide what kind of life we want to live and put away our victim mentality for good. Are you disappointed that your dreams aren’t a reality? Do something about it.
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman
I have a confession: I love the bachelor. I have seen every season in the past 6 years and I have no regrets. Amy Kaufman takes us behind the scenes of the making of The Bachelor. What is the audition process like? How prevalent is producer manipulation? How did this crazy reality TV show start in the first place? If the Bachelor is a guilty pleasure of yours as well, you will love this book full of production secrets.
It’s Not Okay by Andi Dorfman
Fresh off my Bachelor Nation read, I decided to read Andi Dorfman’s book next. Andi Dorfman was The Bachelorette in 2014. It’s Not Okay documents Andi’s heartbreak after breaking up with the man she chose on the show. It is a “How-To” guide to breakups. While I found it really entertaining and I am glad I read it, her content is a bit ridiculous. Her worst piece of advice? Go sleep with your ex boyfriend to “get your power back”. Um… No thank you. That doesn’t sound healthy. It is still a fun read, but I would not recommend using it as an actual breakup manual.
Thirst by Scott Harrison
Recently Scott Harrison came to my church here in Atlanta to talk about his organization, Charity Water. After hearing him speak, I couldn’t wait to hear more about the good that they are doing. Charity Water build wells for those in need of clean water. Did you know that 663 million people live without clean water? Scott Harrison has dedicated his life to solve this problem. If you want to learn more about Charity Water, you can check out their website here.
What good books have you been reading lately?
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