Welcome to another round of book chat and the last day of April!
I’m writing this at 5:30 am on Thursday morning. I have my peppermint candle lit and I’m sipping on my standard extra strong coffee with soy milk.
I traveled home on Tuesday after the alert level changed as I have been called back into work. Home has never looked so good. I have a newfound appreciation for my little space after seeing so many changes. The only thing that hasn’t changed is my dependence on coffee and my love of books. In February, I mentioned the books I was reading so I thought I would give you an update on what books I managed to finish and what my current reading pile looks like.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
1. Who’s Who in the Zoo x Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola & Ben Robertson
In February, I said this book took a lot of effort to get invested in. It was a slow burner, but one I enjoyed reading. I love the “behind the scenes” look of things and this book provided exactly what I wanted from that perspective. I would recommend it if you’re interested in the criminal world and how corruption affected policing in Australia but it is the epitome of a slow burn book. You have been warned.
2. The Guardians x John Grisham
I ended up blitzing through this book, thanks to the level four lockdown. I had to go back a chapter or two (because I forgot what was happening – whoops!) but I was hooked after that. I feel like it did drag on for longer than necessary but it is still one I would recommend to others! I’m going to keep an eye out for his other books.
3. Juggling in High Heels x Lisa O’Neill
I finished this book with the overall amazement that this woman has managed to achieve so much in her life. The book was pretty and well-packaged but the vast majority of tips and tricks mentioned were things I have already implemented in my life. It would be a good coffee table book or one to flick through on a rainy day as it was broken into easy-to-read segments and it had tips that you can implement immediately; however, it is not super high on my list of recommendations.
4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo x Taylor Jenkins Reid
UM!! I am obsessed. A friend of mine mentioned this author so I grabbed this book when I saw it at the library. It did not disappoint. I read this book in a matter of days and I didn’t want it to end. I thought it was going to be repetitive due to the “seven husbands” title but it was the exact opposite. The writing flowed and the development of the characters was crafted beautifully. You need to read this book. Like, now.
5. Daisy Jones & The Six x Taylor Jenkins Reid
You should know that I get obsessed with certain authors. Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of them. I grabbed this one from the library too and devoured it. There were times that I forgot it was a work of fiction – that’s how good it is. It’s a similar style to her other book as it’s a group of people telling their version of an event but it jumps between narratives in each chapter. Initially, I didn’t like how choppy it was but the style grew on me as each story developed. You need to read this book. Do it.
6. LifeTonic x Jody Shield
I picked up this book on a whim and it turned out to be really good! Like Lisa O’Neill’s book, it has tools that you can implement easily and it would help your life. I, however, devoured this book at speed and feel like I missed out on some of the key teachings. I like to write notes when reading books like this because they have one-liners that hit home so I think this is one I will re-read in the future. This is one I recommend if you like self-help or development books as it has short, simple chapters with ideas that are easy to implement and journalling/reflection prompts. I’m trying to get into journaling so this was something I loved about the book.
7. White Hot Truth x Danielle LaPorte
…This book was a lot. I mean that in the most positive way, too. Like LifeTonic, this book is broken up to easy-to-digest chapters with a lot of insightful tips and one-liners. It is full of spiritual references and quite “woo” so you need to start this book with an open mind. Like, really open. I definitely had some raised eyebrow moments with this book but it was one that I absolutely devoured. I do recommend this book but you really need an open mind, absolutely no distractions, and a notebook to record your thoughts. It’s a ‘first thing in the morning’ sort of book. I’ll definitely be re-reading this book in the future.
…And that’s it for the books I managed to read in March and April! Let’s move on to the real juicy stuff!
On the bedside table:
- Crystals: How to Use Crystals and Their Energy to Enhance Your Life x Judy Hall
- The Mindful Kind x Rachael Kable
- The Post-Birthday World x Lionel Shriver
- The Abundance Project x Derek Rydall
- Talk to Me x John Kenney
- Road to Paradise x Paullina Simons
Now you have an idea of what I’m currently reading as well! This list is sure to go on as we move into May so add me as a friend on Goodreads! I’m constantly updating my reading list and adding books to my “want to read” list.
What have you read this month? I am always hunting for a new book or author so let me know!