As a continuation of my post, A Resolution Worth Keeping, I decided to keep a separate log of all the books I have read lately as well as what I thought about them, etc. I won’t go as far to call them “reviews” as I don’t think I have that kind of talent, but I will certainly give a little info about each one and give my opinion (I’m pretty good at that. LOL)

minimalismMinimalism by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus is a quick and easy read about the basics of Minimalism. I recently have shifted my perspective on things to try to adopt a more minimalistic approach, and this book (along with their Netflix special of the same name) got me started on the right path. I have done a series of blog posts on this topic, and if you are interested in reading those, start here. My motivation? The stress of clutter and feeling like we just have too much stuff, plain and simple. To get more info about The Minimalists and the different layers of the concept, check out their website, The Minimalists.

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott:  This is another Book Club selection and I, once GMYHagain, devoured it. Basically, I spent the first chunk of the book wondering “WTF did Diane do?!?!?!” It also incorporated some, ahem, “girlie issues” surrounding PMDD. I wish they would have discussed that topic a little more, because it is interesting, but the whole mysteriousness surrounding the characters and….. OMG where did the body go?!?! The main setting is a research laboratory, which provided some new knowledge for me on that working environment. All around, it captured and kept my attention very similarly to Sometimes I Lie.

year of lessThe Year of Less by Cait Flanders:  In continuing with my journey toward a more minimal approach to life, I picked up this recommendation from another blog post (I think). Cait is very relatable as she talks about her own life and struggles with “excess,” not just with stuff, but also with food and alcohol. In this book, she documents her year-long shopping ban and brings us into her adventure with revelations about finances and the mental journey that went along with it. So much of what we do in life is impulsive. In her book, Cait made me appreciate the word mindful even more, and was a nice follow-up real-world piece to Minimalism. Cait is also a blogger, where you can find out more about her and her journeys.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan:  This was one of our monthly book club selections since the movie release was imminent. It was a little hard to get into at first because there were SO many names and I was trying to keep them all straight (don’t let that deter you – the names will all come together throughout), but the story quickly picked up and it turned into a “Can’t put down” book. I’m CRAexcited to go see the movie now because the luxe extravagance and wealth described by the author makes my mind want to see it with my own eyes! I’m actually envisioning something similar to the fashion show that was the Sex and the City movies where the clothes were almost their own character! I didn’t realize until I finished it that it is a series, so I’m hoping to pick up the next one soon and continue the story. It’s a great look into part of the Asian culture, and it made for interesting book club conversation!

BHCBehind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris:  Holy. Guacamole. I devoured this book. It was creepy and well-written and I just could NOT stop reading it. It took me three days to finish, and that’s only because I had to put it down to go to work and be a mom. From the very first page, there is an air of eeriness that you can’t put your finger on… until you realize what is going on, and then buckle in for a ride down psychopath lane! I also loved this protagonist; a strong female lead with a tight family bond.  This one is seriously on my “WOW” list!


The Body Book by Cameron Diaz:  Nutrition and health simplified. Oversimplified? Maybe, but honestly there is just SOOOOOO much info about diets and what to eat andbody book what not to eat and what activity to do and blah blah blah blah blah… I just find that from a dieting/nutrition/health perspective, there is information overload. This book really took me back to the basics and although not a silver bullet for a healthy lifestyle, it certainly helped reframe my thinking about the point of taking care of one’s body. I really thought that taking health advice from Cameron Diaz wouldn’t go over well, but I was quickly hooked! She put out a great book!

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult:  Jodi is easily my favorite author, and definitely my most-read author. Anytime I see she has a new release, I’m all sparkover it! This book certainly lived up to her reputation, too. She always chooses such cutting edge topics and looks at them from so many angles that it really makes me think and often times understand a point of view that might differ from mine. Trigger warning: This book is about the topic of abortion, and it gets a bit graphic at times. She tells the story in such an interesting way that it only adds to the plotline.

Educated by Tara Westover:  I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did, but I found myself unable to put it down at times! It follows a girl whose family can be educateddescribed as off-the-grid “preppers” in a way, and they also happen to be Mormon. They homeschool the author (but she makes it clear that the word “homeschooling” should be used loosely when describing her education) and her siblings, and she decides she wants more from life than what her parents have decided their path to be. Her journey is AMAZING to say the least, and I really feel as though I learned a lot just from reading about it!


Up next:  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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