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It’s time for another look at what I’ve been reading recently!
I have a goal of reading 40 books this year. I had the same goal last year and I didn’t quite reach it, so I’m hoping I can this time! Which means I’m hoping to have about 4 more of these posts by the end of this year. 😉
Here are the last 5 posts in this series in case you want to check them out too:
- Recent Reads (Vol. 1)
- Recent Reads (Vol. 2)
- Recent Reads (Vol. 3)
- Recent Reads (Vol. 4)
- Recent Reads (Vol. 5)
Now, here are the 9 latest books I’ve read recently!
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I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It had a lot of helpful information but it was a super quick read, which I liked. It talks about how to become better at hearing people when they’re talking to you, and how it can help improve your relationships and communication with other people. It gives tips and examples on how to make people feel validated and heard when they’re talking to you. If you want to learn to be a better listener to your significant other, family, friends, co-workers, or anyone else, this is a good book to read!
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s about Ikigai, a Japanese phenomenon commonly understood as “your reason to get up in the morning.” It talks about how to find joy in the little things and also how to live out your passions. It also talks a lot about Japanese history and culture, and how people in Japan live out an Ikigai life. I really liked this book and you can actually read my full review right here!
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. This is a cozy mystery (you know how much I love cozy mysteries) about a woman named Hannah Swenson. It’s the 12th book in a series, but it can be a standalone. When a local business man is murdered, there’s no shortage of suspects but Hannah wants to find out who the killer was. It was a fun holiday read with an okay plot. I only gave it 3 stars because I honestly just don’t really enjoy the author’s writing. The characters seemed sort of bland and the dialogue was honestly boring at times. But it was an easy read and sometimes that’s what I need, haha.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was actually written by my friend over at Contentment Questing! 🙂 It’s a quick read, which I like because it meant that every page was full of useful information. Jennifer shares practical tips to help you change your perspective and feel happier with life. I also love her writing style, it’s like a friend chatting with you over coffee. If you struggle with feeling negative all the time or feel unhappy with your life, I recommend this book!
A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I honestly feel like this is one of the best and most important books I’ve ever read. It was written by Kelly Brogan, a well-educated Psychiatrist with an interesting backstory that led her to begin practicing psychiatry the way she does now. She lays out the reasons WHY we’re more depressed and anxious than ever, why antidepressants don’t help, and what we can do to take control of our mental health and improve it naturally. She even includes a 30-day plan to help you get started. You can read my full review of this book here.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. It’s a psychological thriller about a woman named Eve, who was adopted as a baby. Now, as a woman, Eve finds out the truth about her biological mother and it flips her world upside down. Now she feels a pull to take enormous risks to unravel the mystery of her biological mother’s dark past. I had a hard time getting into this book but near the end, it got more interesting. The ending had a twist that I really wasn’t expecting, which is always nice. Some things also seemed like they weren’t explained well, though. Overall, there were good parts and bad parts but if you like suspense novels, it’s worth a read!
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Social media (particularly Instagram) is a big part of my job and it’s something I’d like to improve on, so I was really excited to read this book. Sara Tasker is an Instagram coach and a talented photographer. She gives tons of helpful advice on everything you could think of when it comes to Instagram. From how to find your confidence
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. It was interesting and informative. It talks about how to be more innovative and creative in your business. I think the author really knows what he’s talking about. My only problem with it is, I feel like it could’ve been about half the length that it was and still gotten the point across. A lot of it just felt super repetitive to me. But other than that, I definitely recommend it if you really want to learn more about innovation!
This is a suspense novel about a woman named Faye. She’s a beautiful model and mother who doesn’t know she’s being watched by an envious woman named Erica. Erica wants Faye’s life, but she doesn’t know that Faye’s life isn’t as great as it seems. One day, Faye’s daughter disappears and all signs point to Erica, but is she the only one’s who’s been watching Faye? I thought that this book was good up until the ending, but I really didn’t like the ending at all and it was a problem for me. If you like suspense books, this might be worth the read for you!