What I Read: February 2017

Brief and filled with candy, February has come and gone and with it, another stack of books. This month's reads were diverse, a vast mix of fiction, business, faith, and non-fiction. Here are the pages that filled my days:

The Miserable Mill

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Picking up from January, this Lemony Snicket book was a short and quirky read. If you have kids in the 8-12 age range, these would make a great family read.

verdict: library or audiobook

 

 

The Royal We

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Listen, I read wonderful and thoughtful books. My shelves are FILLED with chapters on grief, finances, how Starbucks started, the power of prayer, and infinitely more deep topics. For some strange reason, though, I can not resist chick-lit and this book made me incredibly happy. It's the fictionalized version of Prince William and Princess Kate (that would be enough to make me buy it) Unexpected twists and the peak into royal lifestyle made this book impossible to put down. After finishing the last chapter at 2 am, I texted my sister so she could start it the next day. Every bit as charming, frivolous, and fun as you would expect, this is a winner.

verdict: buy and hide the cover to avoid mocking

Speaking from Among the Bones

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We have yet to chat about Alan Bradley, my new favorite author. Last fall, I stumbled upon his Flavia de Luce series and have been hooked ever since. The series follows an eleven year old girl (Flavia) who lives in England in the 1950s. Her days are filled with chemistry experiments, tormenting her older sisters, and accidentally stumbling upon town mysteries that need to be solved. Bradley writes with imaginative descriptions, vivid characters, and Sherlock Holmes charm. The first book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, is the first book I recommend if people are looking for a whimsical and engaging read. This was the fifth book and it was wonderful, as expected.

verdict: library (or borrow them all from me)

Uninvited

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Lysa Terquerst tackles the feeling of rejection in her latest work. The cover is lovely, truly it's what made me get this book! I've read some of her other work and, truthfully, her writing style isn't my favorite. However, after hearing good things from friends, I wanted to give this book a chance. At times, it can feel like she is striving to be relatable with comments about her thighs instead of just letting her words speak form themselves. However, there were some incredible pieces of wisdom throughout the chapters. I walked away with a few pages of notes that have truly shifted my thinking  about the way we handle rejection. 

verdict: library

Design Your Day

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Claire Diaz- Ortiz was one of the founders of Twitter and has written a few short books based on maximizing your days. This was a quick read that was filled with engaging questions. By the end of it, I had revised my goals for the year and looked ahead at my schedule to see how I could best utilize my time. This is a GREAT book for small business owners! She talks about batch scheduling (which I'm a big believer in) and using your time for your most profitable activities.

verdict: buy or ebook

Born Standing Up

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This book was off-handedly mentioned in a podcast and I put it on my library list unsure of what to expect. Steve Martin narrates the audio book and it ended up my favorite read of the month. Rather than jokes, it was full of his surprising back ground, his struggles in comedy, his burnout, and life in the seventies. Interesting and enlightening, I felt like I was stepping back in time every time I hit play. Steve Martin's endearing personality shines through as he relives the nitty gritty of what life for a stand up comedian is truly like. Plus, his short interaction with Elvis made me thrilled. It was brilliant and a must read for anyone who loves comedy.

Verdict: audio book

March is waiting with a busy schedule and a fun new crop of books. My desk is holding this months reads, including a few library fiction finds for a spring break treat. If you're a reader, let me know what you have loved lately. If you aren't a reader, go grab a book and read. Seriously. Readers are leaders.