2018 Book Report – Part 1

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How in the actual world are we halfway through 2018?  I just now got used to writing the 8 rather than the 7 when I date something!

I’ve been working hard on my goal of reading (or listening) to 10 books this year.  I’m actually over halfway there, so here’s hoping to check that off of my 2018 goal list come December!

Here is a recap of all the books I’ve read so far this year:

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.  This book is a life-changer.  I’m not exaggerating.  It has seriously changed my life, my attitude, my goals, I could go on and on.  Rachel starts each chapter with a lie she used to tell herself.  Things like “I’m a bad mom” or “I’m not good enough.”  Even if you’re not a self help junkie like me, you’ll still enjoy it, I promise you.  There is an Audible version as well, which Rachel narrates, that is super amazing

Everybody, Always  by Bob Goff.  I don’t personally know him, but I feel like Bob Goff might be my favorite person on the planet.  I absolutely loved his first book, Love Does, and this follow up is just as good.  He has so many beautiful stories about making a difference in the world and loving everyone, even the people who creep us out.

Of Mess and Moxie  by Jen Hatmaker.  I love Jen Hatmaker.  This book is her classic style, a perfect mix of humor and faith.  She has various short essays on everything from religion to parenting to friendship.  I listened to this one on Audible and Jen narrated, so I’d highly recommend that because she’s hilarious.  Plus she offers some additional commentary not in the hard-copy book.

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity  by Jen Hatmaker.  I’ve heard about this book for years and decided it was finally time to read it.  Holy moly.  If you want a book that will really make you check your priorities, this is the one.  Jen talks about realizing that God’s commandment to feed his sheep is actually literal–as in help the hungry, homeless, poor, needy–and not just some theoretical command that means you need to volunteer to bake cookies for Vacation Bible School.  It will honestly challenge your convictions and beliefs.  I listened on Audible, but Jen didn’t narrate it.  Frankly, it was hard to listen to her words in someone else’s voice, so I’d probably read this one if I were you.

Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life  by Melanie Shankle.  Melanie will remind you a lot of Jen Hatmaker, but with more of a Texas accent.  I found Melanie on the Big Boo Cast podcast with Sophie Hudson, and this book is great.  It’s a light read that also throws in some really important topics.  Melanie is hilarious and has the perfect southern charm and humor.  I did the on Audible as well and she narrates, which is awesome.

Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee.  Taking it back to circa 2008 when I started reading blogs, Meg Fee’s was one of my favorites.  She is a super talented writer that can really write in a way that paints as picture.  This book is all about her life in New York in her twenties.  Each chapter is titled as a different location in the city and she talks through romantic relationships, jobs, friendships, and so many other things.  It’s a bit like a (much dialed down version) of Sex and the City.  I’d highly recommend it.

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