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Summer flew by and it sure was fun! Now we are in my favorite season of all… FALL. I love all the holidays and traditions that come with the next few months. Since I revealed my fall reading list recently, I figured I should review what I read over the summer. I didn’t get to all of the books listed on my summer reading list, but I got a few other in that were not on the list. Sometimes my book selection depends on when the ebook becomes available from the library, so I have to be open to a few different book options.
Luckiest Girl Alive: This book was super violent with a lot of disturbing subject matter. Rape, mass shooting and blackmail doesn’t exactly scream summer read to me. It got really good near the end and I did stay up late to finish it. The ending as a whole felt incomplete and many of the storylines ended sloppily. I would pass on this one and I’m not really sure why this book got so much hype.
Brain Maker: I know a book all about the power of your gut microbes doesn’t SOUND very interesting, but I LOVED it! This is the same author who wrote Grain Brain, another book I enjoyed. I learned so much reading this book, but I do think the book is a bit slanted. The study results highlighted in the book are carefully selected to match the author’s opinion. But it was interesting and educational.. and I started immediately adding more pro and prebiotics to my diet. (and I feel fantastic!) I even wrote a whole post about probiotics for my sister blog, Strong Girl Collective.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: I know everyone loves Mindy Kaling, but I did not get anything from this book. I expected it to be similar to Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, which was autobiographical as well, but it had lots of tips and advice that I could apply to my life. This book was basically a story of her life and I just didn’t get much from it.
Modern Lovers: I really enjoyed this book. There book had a lot of different characters and story lines, but it was clear and easy to follow. It is basically about childhood friends dealing with real life together as grownups. I totally recommend this one.
You are a Badass: This book was awesome, motivating and FUNNY! Everyone should read this book. I believe in the whole positive “thoughts become things” mentality… if that isn’t your thing then this book may be a bit too crunchy granola for you. I highly recommend this book and I’m sure I will read it again one day.
29 Gifts: This was a book Sincero mentioned in “You are a Badass” so I read it right after that one. It was a interesting book that focuses on the premise that doing nice things for others will, in turn, make your own life better. The author came across this 20 gift challenge shortly after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, something my dad had… so that maybe made me like the book a bit more as well.
What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: This was a quick read, but I love books like this. I also wake up early but I haven’t been getting as much accomplished in the mornings as I would like, so I thought this could help me with that. It didn’t but I liked it anyway.
For the Love: This was my first Jen Hatmaker read and she is FUNNY! I liked how she openly discussed challenges and controversies surround the church today and why she thinks fewer Christians are going to church these days. Great book.
So as you can see, I only read 3 books from my summer reading list, but the other books are still on my wait list. I am currently reading The Nest (love it) and I am dying to read Fringe Hours! I am only 3 books away from reaching my goal of 25 books for the year! Woot! Woot! have you read any good books lately?