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I’ve read 9 books since the last post of my recent reads so I thought it was time for another one!
Again, some of these books were fantastic and some were (in my opinion) just okay, but here they are!
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This is a psychological thriller that I liked a lot. It’s about a girl (Esther) who goes missing. Esther’s roommate, Quinn, starts looking for her. At the same time, in another state, a boy named Alex starts seeing a mysterious girl around town. He’s drawn to her and the more he gets to know her, the more Quinn finds out about Esther. The book ends with a big twist that I didn’t see coming. I can’t wait to read this author’s other books, The Good Girl and Pretty Baby!
I’ve had anxiety for the past 5 years now and I’ve never read a book that went into so much detail about the condition. The author goes into great detail about what it’s like to have anxiety, what it’s like to constantly be on edge, and what it’s like to fear things for (sometimes) no apparent reason at all. The author has lived with the condition since before it was understood by doctors and she couldn’t get a diagnosis for her problems. She also talks about the history of anxiety, what scientists and researchers have learned about the illness, medications, and almost everything else you can think of. If you have anxiety and want to understand it better, this book is for you. I also recommend it to anyone who has a loved one suffering from anxiety – this will help you get a better grasp on how they feel and what’s going on inside their head!
Oola for Women: How to Balance the 7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness Within You
This book was helpful, encouraging, and inspiring. It gives you tips and advice for setting and achieving goals in the “7 F’s” – the 7 key areas – of your life. In between these tips, they share stories of real life women applying the OolaLife to the areas of their life. It also tells you about “Oola Blockers” and “Oola Accelerators” to help you reach your goals. Then they give you actionable steps you can take to move towards your OolaLife. I really enjoyed it and it’s actually probably one of my favorite self-help books I’ve read so far! I definitely recommend it to all women!
This was a short, simple, no-fluff read. I loved it! It covers pretty much all you need to know for a basic introduction into how to meditate in order to live a happier life. The author gives good reasons why you should meditate, easy to understand instructions on how to meditate, solutions to common problems people have with meditating, different meditations you can do throughout the day, and more! If you’re curious about meditation or you’re looking for more information about it, I definitely recommend this book.
This book was pretty strange and creepy… But I’m okay with strange and creepy, and it definitely kept my interest. It’s about “the Pact” – a group of people joined together with the same common goal: to make their marriages last. Jake and his new wife, Alice, think that the Pact sounds interesting, mysterious, and maybe even good for their marriage. They decide to join, but pretty soon they realize that The Pact is actually more sinister than they ever imagined, and they want to leave. But it’s too late because they’re already in – and once you get in, you can’t get out.
The author of this book uses historical events from the past, along with events happening right now, and shows us how history makes an impact on present day events. In my opinion, it seems as if the world just keeps getting crazier and crazier, but the author shows us that the world is always going to be crazy and messed up because that’s basically how it has to be. He also talks about how Christians can deal with these strange days – despite the fact that we’re often looked down on, laughed at, and overwhelmed by what’s going on in the world. I agreed with a lot of what the author said, but I disagreed with a lot of what he said as well. Either way, it was still an interesting read. If it seems like the topic might interest you, I definitely recommend that you give it a read!
This book was great! I was honestly skeptical about the whole Law of Attraction thing, but this book definitely opened my mind and I can’t wait to work on manifesting things! The author was engaging, the stories were motivational, and I can’t wait to try out the tips and techniques that it discusses. If you want to read my full review of this book, you can catch my post on it right here!
I thought that this book was… okay. I mean, I guess I liked it but some parts threw me off. It’s about Billie, a wife and mother who goes on a solo backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness. She didn’t give her family much of a warning that she was going and she ended up never coming home. All that was found of her was her car and one hiking boot. As her husband and daughter try to find her, all they come up with is more questions. Who was Billie, really? Was she hiding something? Did she want to disappear or did something more sinister happen to her?
Sarah Dessen was my favorite author in junior high and high school but I haven’t read any of her books in like 7 years, so I was super excited to read this! I don’t usually like young adult novels much anymore, but I’ll always make an exception for Sarah Dessen. This wasn’t my favorite book of hers, but I still liked it. It’s about a girl named Sydney, whose brother did something bad and it left her whole family feeling lost. Sydney is unsure of where she fits in at school, in her family, and in the world in general. Until she meets the Chathams, an amazing family who owns a pizza parlor near her school. It’s a great young adult novel and if you’re a fan of romance or YA, you’ll definitely like it!
What are some good books you’ve read recently? I’d love some suggestions!