Reading List Update

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Lately, I’ve been doing a ton of reading and I realized that I haven’t posted a reading update in a while. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to share my updated reading list. However, there are so many books on my list! It is hard to narrow my selections. So, I picked a few off the top and I’m excited to share them with you today. Let’s put on our reading glasses and get started!

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Read with Me!

I signed up for the Good Reads annual reading challenge again this year. My goal is to read 40 books in 2017 and I’m well on my way to that number. So far, I am at 20 books for the year. Did you sign up for the reading challenge? By far, It is one of my favorite things each year. Feel free to join me on Good Reads if you haven’t already. It’s a great place for bookworms.

I’m going to try to keep this post brief. For that reason, I’m only going to share two books from each of the below categories. I’m sharing two books that I’ve completed in both fiction and non-fiction, two books I’m currently reading and two books I plan to read next.

Best Fiction

I’ve read some really great fiction this year, which is inspiring because usually I find that I prefer nonfiction. It was hard to pick just two, but I managed.
1.) The Rosie Project – By Graeme Simsion

This book was laugh out loud funny. I seriously could not put it down. It is the story of a pragmatic professor, likely living with undiagnosed autism, and his search to find the perfect wife. He turns to the scientific method in his attempt to find her and the results could not be funnier. According to his scientifically formulated plan, Rosie doesn’t meet a single requirement in “The Wife Project.” However, a friendship is quickly formed and things only complicate from there. This book is sweet, funny, and unexpected. I really had a good time reading this!

2.) Room – By Emma Donoghue

This book is a tear-jerker. It is the story of a woman who is kidnapped and held captive for seven years in an 11 x 11 foot room. During this time, she gives birth to a child and Room is narrated by that child. Room is the entire world to Jack; it is all he has ever known. This book is told in two parts, both inside and out of room and has real staying-power. I am a late to the game on this one but am so glad I finally read it. Having a young son myself, this book really tore me up. It speaks volumes to what a mother will do to protect her child.

 

 

Best Non-Fiction

 

3.) Why We Get Fat And What to Do About It – by Gary Taubes

Spoiler alert: THIS BOOK IS LIFE CHANGING. It seriously changed the way I think about health, nutrition, and dieting. Science journalist Gary Taubes presents an eye opening take on why most diets don’t work. He also explains how we can fix our diets and lose weight. I have been fully converted. Gary helped introduce me to the insulin resistance theory of obesity and I haven’t looked back. After a six month plateau and yo-yo-ing on a standard calorie reduction diet, this book has helped me FINALLY lose weight.

4.) The Five Love Languages of Children – by Gary Chapman

As a follow up to his best seller, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman wrote this book focusing on children and parenting. According to Chapman, every one of us has a “primary love language” which is our way of giving and receiving love. He argues that we can understand our children better by understanding their love language. After reading this, I felt like I had a better understanding of Chase – his primary love language is touch (and my husband’s too!) and I felt better able to provide him the kind of love he needs. A must read for anyone wanting to improve their relationships.

 

Currently Reading

 

5.) The No Cry Discipline Solution – by Elizabeth Pantley

I love Pantley’s book, “The No Cry Sleep Solution” and can’t believe it’s already time for this book. Chase is going through a defiant stage lately and Pantley’s gentle approach helps me control my frustration. Additionally, the book really helps me see that every parent struggles with discipline issues at some point. Pantley gives wonderful, applicable advice that I am currently implementing into our day to day dealings.. As a result, Chase and I are both happier

6.) Where’d You Go Bernadette? – by Maria Semple

I don’t know yet how I feel about this book. Admittedly, I’ve only read the first few chapters but a few things about it bother me. First, Bernadette seems pretty stuck up and second, the fact that she leaves her child is disgusting to me. Bernadette suffers from agoraphobia and struggles with even simple errands. When she is presented with the dilemma of a family trip across the globe, she disappears, leaving her daughter to solve the mystery of her disappearance. I imagine the book gets better and has a happy ending but so far, while this book is funny at parts, I’m not terribly impressed.

Upcoming Reads

 

7.) Like Water for Chocolate – by Maria Esquivel

I had never heard of this book before a friend recommended it to me. Now, I keep hearing about it everywhere! This book has been described as funny, enchanting, and bittersweet. It is the story of Tita who seems destined to remain forever single and care for her aging mother. When Tita falls in love, her mother demands that Tita’s sister must instead marry the man Tita loves. I am taking this one to the beach and am excited to dig in to this family story full of food, folly, and fun.

 

8.) Fangirl – By Rainbow Rowell

Am I the only fan of young adult who has never read Rainbow Rowell? Yes? No? I am setting out to fix that by reading Fangirl on my upcoming beach trip! Cath and her twin sister Wren are huge fans of a popular franchise. When they move away to college and Wren finds a life apart from her twin and their fandom, Cath has an identity crisis. Is she ready to be her own person apart from her sister and their shared fandom? This seems like a great, easy beach read that is sure to get some laughs.

Your Reading List

There you have my updated reading list but I’d love to know what you’re reading! Did any of these books appeal to you? Please let me know what you’re reading by commenting below.
As always, thanks for reading. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day!

 

-Sheena

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