Thursday, November 30, 2017

Books (November 2017)

This was a busy reading month for me...7 books! And I liked almost all of them so it was a good month as far as reading. With Christmas coming up, I am not anticipating reading quite as many books, but I do have some ones I am excited about on my nightstand :) Today, I am linking up with Narci and sharing what I read this month. 

The Residence takes a peek inside the day to day operations of the White House and a little bit about what life is like for the First family. Now I say a little because obviously significant details can't be shared for security purposes, and the staff interviewed in the book seemed (understandably) guarded. If you are looking for a book full of juicy details about life in the White House than this book isn't for you, but if you are looking for a glimpse of what life is like in the White House from every day staff (butlers, maids, florists, chefs etc) than this is totally for you. I loved reading this book! We were able to visit the White House East Wing in April so I knew a lot of the rooms they were referring too and reading this made me want to go back (with all this information in the book) to see it all again! Hopefully one day :)

I just finished The Emotionally Healthy Woman this month with my church's Bible study. This book (and my Bible study!) quickly became a favorite of mine this Fall. Honestly, when I saw the title, I wasn't that excited because I thought it was geared towards woman who are more emotional and that isn't really me (currently) BUT it is so not that at all, and I think this is a book that every woman needs to read. This book has 8 chapters and each deals with quitting something. These are things like being afraid of what other's think, overfunctioning, blaming, living someone else's life, lying etc. Each chapter was full of so many relatable things, and I took away so much. This book is definitely one that I will be pulling out every 6 months or yearly as a refresher and for encouragement :)

I read  First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies after readingThe Residence. Although there was quite a bit of information from The Residence in this book, it was full of stories about First Ladies (starting from Jaqueline Kennedy and ending with Michelle Obama) while they were in the White House. Just like The Residence this is not full of juice details (which is fine by me!), but there was a lot of interesting information about them and their lives as they navigated being First Lady. I enjoyed reading this!

52 Things Kids Need from a Mom is such a sweet and easy read for moms. Each chapter is short (just a few pages) and full of good ideas to make a difference in our kid's lives. This book was such an encouragement to me, and it will be one that I read every year or so just to refresh and give me ideas!

Last month I read Organized Simplicity and loved it, so I was excited to read Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World. This book wasn't really what I thought it would be and left me a little disappointed. It is a quick and easy read with short chapters so that helped. The book shares a little of the author's life in Turkey and then here in the U.S. and explains some on their approach to things like food, working, travel, education, entertainment etc. The description says it is full of practical hows, but I didn't really pull much from it. There were some things I liked and some things I would probably pass on. So I guess I would say this book was just ok.

I was torn with  Where They Found Her because I really wanted to like it but just didn't. I was torn because as a whole I thought the book was interesting to read. I wanted to know what happened so as the book played out, I enjoyed it for the most part. However, it had so many characters that I couldn't keep everyone straight and then I didn't like the twists and just how it ended overall. In a jist, this book is about a woman who moves from NYC to Ridgedale where she is a newspaper report and her husband is a professor at a local college. A baby is found by the college, and it goes from there.

  Winter Street was a sweet little read just in time for Christmas. I liked this book alot! It takes place on Nantucket and follows an Inn keeper and hsi family over the holidays. I was interested in each of the story lines and am excited that this book is part of a series so I can keep on reading :)

What have you been reading??!


  1. Oh my goodness! I loved the Residence! I am adding the First Women to add to my list! I am currently reading American Wife which is loosely based off of Laura Bush's life

    1. Oh I am going to add American Wife to my list! Happy Reading :)