Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Books (February 2018)

Happy Tuesday! Today, I am reviewing the six books I read in February. There was a little bit of everything this month-suspense, humor, a true story, finances, and history.  For the most part, I really liked them all so if you are looking for suggestions, check some of these out! 

My February reading started off with a bang and What She Knew did not disappoint. This book is about a little boy who goes missing in the woods while on a walk with his mom. I really had no idea how it was going to play out, and I think I suspected just about everyone at one point or another in the book. This is a good one!

I was excited to read The First Family Detail because I love reading about life in the White House and with the First family. Let me just say, this book was juicy (insert wide eyed emoji). Some of it was a little too much information than I cared for, but I did enjoy reading a little more about how the Secret Service operates, and a few things I didn't know about some of the Presidents and their families. I would say that most of what I read has lined right up with what's been in other books too. It made me sad to read about how some of the Presidents (and their families) treated the White House Staff, Secret Service etc, but on the other hand, I did love to read about the Presidents and their families who treated their staff really well (hello Preident Reagan, both President Bush's, and President Obama!).

The Girl with Seven Names is about a woman who grew up in North Korea and then escapes into China and eventually to South Korea.  This book was very eye opening for me, as I had no idea what life was/is really like in North Korea. I enjoyed reading about her journey into these different Asian countries and learning a little more of what life is like in each of them. She has a pretty amazing story!

This is my second time reading Love Your Life Not Theirs. I am a big Rachel Cruze fan, and I find this book very encouraging. I would say I already knew 80 percent of the book from following Dave Ramsey, but I did like Rachel's perspective and take on things. The first two chapters are my favorite of the book because they are encouraging and real. This is one of those books that I will pull out every year or two just as a refresher and for encouragement.

This was my first Melanie Shankle book, and I liked it! Church of the Small Things is about finding significance and meaning in every day normal life. Melanie tells a lot of her story and then relates back to God using us even in the small and ordinary tasks of every day life. I do have to say the majority of this book is about HER story (which is just fine!) and there are very small bits of relating back to us. So in some ways I felt like the explanation of the book was a little misleading. But I like to read about other people's lives so this was just fine for me.

Ohhhh The Outliers was scary, but I liked it! A high school girl (who has recently lost her mom) receives a text from her former friend who has been missing asking her to come with her (the missing girl's) boyfriend to pick her up. So this book follows the high school students going to find their friend. There are twists and turns, and I had no idea who to trust and who was good and who was bad. Eeeek!

That's a wrap on February reading! What have you been reading?!

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32 comments:

  1. Great suggestions!! I’ve added the White House Book to my list. I read a different Korea book and it was very fascinating and sad!

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    1. Which Korea book did you read? Let me know what you think of the White House book!

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  2. The Outliers sounds like something I'd enjoy.

    Rachel Cruze is hit or miss for me. Sometimes I love what she has to say and other times I just want her to shut up.

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    1. Try the Outliers! It's the first part of a series too so there are more :)

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  3. Love your Life Not Theirs sounds really good and definitely encouraging.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! The Outliers sounds intriguing!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It's the first in a series so if you read it and like it there are more!

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  5. Oh - I definitely want to read the First Family Detail now! What She Knew and the Outliers both sound interesting too.

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  6. Ive heard such good things about The Outliers!

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    1. It's the first book in a series (I just recently found out) so if you like it there are more!!

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  7. the Girl With Seven Names sounds really familiar, I want to look into reading this.

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    1. You should! It is really interesting. She has a pretty amazing story :)

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  8. Outliers has been on my TBR for a long time. I'd actually forgotten what it was about but seeing your review, makes me think I need to prioritize it. I've heard great things about Gilly MacMillian but haven't read any of her books which needs to change. What She Knew is now on my TBR. Also the Girl with Seven Names. While I generally don't read much non-fiction, I was born in South Korea so the subject matter really interests me.

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    1. Oh that's so interesting that you were born in South Korea! So was my sister-in-law :) You should definitely check out the Girl with Seven Names. She has a pretty amazing story!

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  9. Oh, the last one sounds like something I'd like.

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    1. It's a good one! And the first book in a series so if you like it there are more :)

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  10. I just read Rachel Cruz's book, too and loved it. I agree about most of it being the same kind of stuff as Dave Ramsey's, but as someone who is smack dab in the middle of their debt snowball, the extra encouragement was nice! :)

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  11. The Outliers was already on my to read list. I just added The First Family Detail, The Girl with Seven Names and Love Your Life. I'm trying to read at least one non-fiction book a month and these look like great reads!

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  12. What She Knew sounds like it's right up my alley!

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  13. My son and I like to read about life in the White House so I'm adding the First Family Detail to my TBR. I am also going to check out Love Your Life Not Theirs.

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    1. Have you read Upstairs at the White House or the Residence? Those are really good too!

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  14. Just added Love Your Life Not Theirs to my list. I haven't read Dave Ramsey's books, so I think I'll appreciate this one. Since it's written by a young woman, I may find it more relatable than his.

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  15. I really liked what she knew and church of the small things has been on my TBR for a while!

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  16. I've heard interesting things about The Girl with Seven Names. How eye opening! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  17. Ok- I really need to start reading again! ‘What She Knew’ looks like a good one and one that I wouldn’t be able to put down until it’s done! Love Rachel’s Cruz too! Such a good reminder book- like an annual reader!

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    1. Yes you should!....when you find the time between the twins, studying, and running a restaurant :) Read the Last Mrs. Parrish. You'd like it!!

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