Aziz Ansari always knows how to make me laugh. In a Modern Romance, Aziz takes a deep look into current dating culture around the globe. Get ready to read a whole lot about Tinder and similar dating websites. While he presents his findings in a humorous way, I was surprised how informative the book was and how much content he managed to include. It left me pondering how different dating is now than it was 50 years ago. Pro tip: Listen to this one on audible. The best part is hearing Aziz’s narration.
The Secret Life of Bees
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I read half of it when I was in high school, but never got around to finishing it. This time I was completely enthralled. I think even more than the actual story, I loved the writing style of the author. She has a way with words that touches my soul. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Lily lives alone with her absuive father in the south. Her mother tragically died in a gun accident when she was 3: an accident that Lily believes she caused. The abuse of her father finally drives Lily to make a decision about the direction of her life, and that is to be free of her father, TJ. She brings her African American Nanny, Rosaleen, with her, and they build a bond like no other as they run full force into a new life.
The Secret Garden
This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so I knew that this would eventually make it on my book list. What I didn’t know? This is basically a children’s chapter book. I ordered it on Thriftbooks, and I was surprised to see how short it was but I decided it was worth the read. I love the entire premise of the book. Stepping outside of your fear and declaring, “The magic of the garden is making me well.” It inspired me to say a similar affirmation to myself. “Jesus’ love is making me well”. Though it was a simple book, I loved the themes and message.
Girl, Stop Apologizing
If you have read my previous book review, you know that I have genuinely enjoyed Girl, Wash Your Face. Rachel Hollis’ new book has the same vibe that you love, but this time she has a new message: Stop apologizing. Stop apologizing for dreaming big and for who truly are. She always manages to leave me motivated: Time to make those dreams happen!
The Wife Between Us
What a roller coaster ride this book was! Lately I have been starting to enjoy thrillers(as long as they aren’t actually scary). This book had me turning page after page, dying to know how this thing would end. The best part? A twist you won’t see coming! I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I would hate to give away any spoilers. I can say if you are a sucker for a good thriller, The Wife Between Us is worth a read.
I did it. I finally read Divergent. Having seen the first movie a couple times, I figured it was time to see where the series started. The movie followed the book so closely, that it really felt like I was just watching the movie over again. Divergent takes us into a dystopian world where every person must decide to live in one of 5 factions. We first find Tris as it is almost time to decide where she will choose to be for the rest of her life. Will she stay with her family or choose a new path for herself?
Overall, it was an easy and entertaining young adult novel. I’m still not sold on finishing the series, but I might pick it up if I want a mindless read someday.
The Miracle Morning
Can you transform your life with the miracle morning? This author sure thinks so!
Hal Elrod shares how he was able to become more successful in all areas of his life by starting his day earlier. The premise: Wake up 1-2 hours earlier every morning and focus on self improvement. He shares keys to his success, such as positive affirmations, exercise, and envisioning his dreams becoming a reality. I would give him an A+ for concept and a C+ for execution.
In January, I began waking up two hours earlier to see if it would have a significant impact on my life. I found that it was a great to start off my day with positivity and productivity. I have no doubt that every person could benefit from incorporating a miracle morning. I found his writing style to be a bit cheesy and oversimplified at times. After preaching about how we need an hour a day to reach our potetional, he then tells us we can actually accomplish the same in 6 mintues, using 1 minute for each activity. Call me crazy, but I doubt that 60 seconds per activity would truly be enough to have a long lasting impact on your life, but of course that is just a matter of opinion.
Outer Order, Inner Calm
Ah, another self help book from one of my favorite authors, Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen is also the author of the Happiness Project, which is the program I am currently following in 2019. When I heard that my self help guru released another book, it was a no brainer to use my audible credit as soon as it was available.
My first impression when I read the title was that it was going to be a mindfulness book. Boy, was I wrong! I quickly realized, “Oh! This is about tidying up.” If you liked reading Marie Kondo’s, “The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up”, I am sure this book will bring a smile to your face as well. In this short book, Gretchen shares how she has managed to bring order to her home, which in turn brought her inner calm.
Gretchen is a bit more laid back than the Kondo approach, and I think she is probably more relatable to the average woman. There were some good tips and tricks that I hadn’t heard of before and I am excited to continue my tidying ways.
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It
Should this count as a book read? I am not entirely sure, but it was on Goodreads so I am just gonna go with it. In this quick, don’t blink you might miss it, book, Lauren Graham shares a commencement speech she delivered a few years back. It has some good advice in it, but nothing I haven’t heard before. If you don’t have the time to read this one? Don’t worry about it.
Harry Potter 1, 2, & 3
Every year I reread my favorite book series of all time. Harry Potter brings my soul joy like no other. If you haven’t read this magical story yet, Do it! If you have already read it, reread it!
What is your favorite Harry Potter book? What is on your book list this spring?