New year – same goal – but this year I am DETERMINED not to blow it! I was sitting around the other day thinking about ways to keep myself more on track with my reading goal this year and an idea hit me – why not get other people involved?? It’s always more fun doing things as a group! What do you think??
Every month I am going to pick a book and then will write a blog post (similar to this) with my thoughts on it! My hope is that we can either comment on the post itself and get a dialogue going about the book – or maybe even meet online in another way (still tbd).
Anyways, just a thought – but I hope you’re intrigued. Today I’m here with a January book review post! Hopefully the first of many … be sure to comment below if you have read any of the books or have any recommendations on what I should choose for February’s book of the month
1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This romance novel has a bit of a twist to it that I wasn’t expecting. The story is based on a fictional old Hollywood star, Evelyn Hugo, who at age 79 decides that she is going to tell her life story to an unknown journalist named Monique so she can write a book about it. Throughout the book Evelyn spills her life story going through each of the 7 marriages she had throughout her life. As her life story unfolds it becomes clear exactly why Evelyn chose Monique to write the story and the impact that this story will have on Moniques life (both personally and professionally). I really loved this new age romance book and would recommend if this is a genre you like!
2. Run My World : How I Empowered Myself Through Fitness: by Mary Kesinger
This book gave me new perspectives on the way I think about exercising and eating. Throughout the book Mary shares her experiences of struggling with an eating disorder and obsession with being healthy. She shares tips on how during her recovery she has been able to change her views on her body, herself and her world. She touches on topics like finding your fit (what does fit look like to you and what types of exercises do you actually enjoy), acknowledging your past, fueling your body, practicing mindfulness and having time for yourself. If you need any motivation in this area of your life or have battled with unhealthy eating habits now or in the past I highly recommend reading this! I loved this book – and yes it might be slightly biased because I know the author and she’s AMAZING, but it’s also because it changed my point of view on working out and eating. Also 15% of all profits from this book are donated to Girls in the Game, a Chicago organization that helps every girl find her voice, discover her strength and lead with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs.
3. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Although many of the chapters in this book were not relatable for me (because they were about her experiences as a mother) I still loved the message of the book. Rachel has a very raw humorous writing style for a Christian author which I love. Throughout the book she talks about 20 lies/ misconceptions that keep us from living our best lives. And after each lie/misconception she shares her personal experiences with getting over them. I highly recommend this book for new moms! She has written a few more books that I can’t wait to read, including her book “Girl, Stop Apologizing” which is coming out in March.
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