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For those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I love sharing short reviews of books that I’ve been reading recently. And it’s time for another one!
Here are the last 3 posts in this series in case you want to check them out too:
These are the 9 latest books I’ve read recently. I loved some of them and didn’t really care for others, but I hope you find at least one (or a few) that you’re interested in reading!
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You know me and my cozy mysteries, right? 😉 While I was at the library looking for some movies to check out, I saw this book and knew I had to read it haha. It was so good, too! It’s about a woman (Piper) who owns a spice shop in a town called Brandywine Creek. There’s been a murder and the town’s police chief is the prime suspect. Piper believes he’s innocent though, and she has to prove it to everyone else. This was honestly one of my favorite cozy mysteries I’ve read, and that’s saying something!
I’m an introvert and HSP so I just had to read this. It was an interesting book, full of helpful tips and advice. Honestly? It got a little bit dry at times but it’s a good introduction to the topic of being introverted or highly sensitive. The author is both, and her personal anecdotes were interesting, I just wish she had gone deeper into the topic. I recommend this book to you if you’re someone who doesn’t know much about the topic though!
This book was interesting and informative, just not what I expected. It gave more information on the history of anxiety than I thought it would. I thought it would be more about how the author overcomes or copes with anxiety or something. I also thought it would be more helpful. It was still a pretty interesting read, even though I skipped a few chapters of it (the ones about drugs/medication, since I already know a lot about them). If you’re looking for a book on the history of anxiety, this one might be helpful. If you’re looking for a book about coping with anxiety, I recommend looking elsewhere.
*small rant alert* There are more slaves in the world right now than at any other point in history. This is something I’ve always had strong feelings about but for some reason, nobody seems to talk about it much. I think everyone should read this book and realize that this problem is so huge, and shouldn’t be ignored any longer. This book gives us a look at the state of modern slavery in all of its various forms. It discusses the trafficking victims, their traffickers, and the consumers. It talks about the different ways that humans are being exploited every day and how we (unknowingly) are consumers of the products of different forms of slavery – from candy bars to manicures. If you’re someone who doesn’t know much about human trafficking and want to know more, I recommend this book at least as a starting point. Just know that it’s so depressing and disturbing.
Another cozy mystery! This book is about Quinn and Delilah, sisters who work at their grandfather’s B&B. Quinn finds Jason, her friend’s brother, dead on the floor of his restaurant. Quinn’s friend ends up getting arrested for his brother’s murder and Quinn has to prove that he’s innocent. I really liked this book for the most part and it was a great introduction to a new book series. If you like cozy mysteries as much as I do, this is a good one!
I had never heard of Debra Williamson before reading this book, but it was still interesting. Debra tells the story of how she went from an insecure little girl to a successful business owner who feels comfortable in her skin. She talks about how she found God and her life began to change. She fell in love with the man of her dreams and built a successful business. This is such an inspirational book!
Yet another cozy mystery! This one is about a woman named Sophia, a pastry chef at a fancy NYC restaurant. Her boyfriend cheated on her, so she decided to go back to her hometown for to mend her broken heart. She finds out that her old high school friend is getting married and she decides to bake the cake for the wedding. But then they find a dead body at the wedding venue, so they have to find out who the murderer was before the wedding is ruined. This is probably another one of my favorite cozy mysteries so if you’re interested in them, definitely give this one a try!
Don’t get me wrong, I love Stephen King’s books. But honestly? I didn’t like this one at all! I mean, it was mildly entertaining but I just couldn’t connect with it. To be fair, it’s one of his first books, and the concept was a good one. You probably already know the story but in case you don’t: It’s about a teenage girl named Carrie with a “religious” mom who basically abuses her. The kids at school also like to make fun of her and humiliate her. But Carrie has telekinetic powers and finally gets revenge on her everyone who mistreats her. It was just such a slow story, it wasn’t scary, and there was almost no exciting parts. Probably his worst book, in my opinion. 🙁
Once again, I had never heard of Nataly Kogan before reading this book, but it was still interesting! Nataly has led an interesting life and in this book, she tells her story. She was a Russian immigrant to the U.S. and her family was poor. But now she’s a successful business owner and she’s sharing the secrets to her happiness – gratitude, leaning into your emotions, and self-care. These are all such important habits that I totally love. If you’re into self-help, I recommend this book!
What have you been reading recently? Do you want to read any of these? Leave a comment!