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Show Us Your Books — September ’17

Man! Has life been crazy busy or what? I had so much going on in August and now I feel like things are about to slow down just a little bit. I’ve got a few new books to get reading and some that I’ve been wanting to read for a really long time, now. Let’s take a look!


Couldn’t Stop Reading

Love on Pointe by Tiffany Odekirk — I reaaaalllyyy super loved this book. It’s LDS Young Adult Fiction and I TOTALLY love that. It was perfect in every way. I loved every word. I ate it up in 2 days. I la la la la la love Emmy and Rhys. How they meet is kind of ironic. Not in a negative way. But it’s cute. I wish there were going to be sequels! Definitely can’t wait to read more by this author! *Clean/healthy romance, paperback/library checkout


Fine Reads

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Back to the Heart by Sky Corgan — I’m giving 4 stars because of the insane shocking twist to the story almost at the end and I just couldn’t handle it. You’ll have to read the entire thing to find our for yourself!! *Sexual scenes/content, eBook/Amazon purchase

Cultivate by Lara Casey — This book was a fine read. It wasn’t a terrible read, just not what I hoped it would be. Her first book was incredible! I had high hopes for this one, and while I did high light some things she said, I wasn’t completely impressed. I sort of felt like she repeated the same concept over and over, just in a different way. Don’t get me wrong, LOVE Lara, just not as impressed with this book. eBook in exchange for honest review


Did Not Finish/Still Reading

 

None currently on the list.


NEW READS!

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One by One by David A. Bednar — I’m excited to read this one. I had a bad attitude about it when I got to chapter 2 so I’m going to start over and try to keep my mind open while I read it. This is a new book by Elder David A. Bednar. I really like him as a speaker, he’s great! hardcover, free copy in exchange for review

Cheers to Eternity by Ben and Al Carraway — I read Al’s first book, More Than the Tattooed Mormon, and I suuuuuper loved it! This is her second book and her husband wrote it with her! I have no idea what it will be like but I’m excited to find out! eBook, free copy in exchange for review

Embracing the Broken by Tiffany Webster — If you haven’t watched Tiffany’s Hope Works speech, you need to do that now! It’s amazing and I’ve been following Tiffany ever since. I was super excited to join her community in preparation for the release of this new book she’s written! I’m super excited to read it! paperback, free copy in exchange for review


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Show Us Your Books – July ’17

I’m trying to be better about my expectations when it comes to reading. I feel like I have to finish each book that I start to read. It is so dumb because I hate doing that. Some books just don’t interest me like others. I need to stop caring so much and just read what I love and want to and be happy with my pace.


Couldn’t Stop Reading

Worth the Wrestle by Sheri Dew – I finally finished this book and hands down, making it on my top 10 books list. It is so perfectly written for our day in age and it exceeded my expectations. I saved so many quotes and had so many sticky notes in it. Sheri Dew isn’t afraid to tell it like it is all the while sharing her personal experiences that are the same as we experience today. It’s so nice to see a Church leader share those same feelings with us.


Fine Reads

The Burnout Cure by Julie de Azevedo Hanks – I didn’t finish this book. It was a good read, and I had been at it for a year but towards the end I just didn’t care to finish it. The whole workbook idea just really makes me want to read the book less but she has incredible insight. It wasn’t a terrible book but I obviously didn’t read it in a day.


Did Not Finish/Still Reading

Cultivate by Lara Casey – I really like this book. Though I am starting to feel like her thoughts are repetitive but written in different ways. I will definitely finish this because I love Lara’s books and I know this one is great! eBook

Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley – I’ve only read a few pages but it seems like it’s going to be a good book! It is a workbook and that tends to keep me from finishing the book so I hope I can stick with this one! hardbound book

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter just celebrated 20 YEARS! That’s so awesome!!! :) I haven’t picked this book up in a while because I’ve been trying to read other books but I might just read this one because it’s different than all of the self-help/religious books I’ve been reading/trying to read. Harry Potter never disappoints!


New Reads!

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Currently – July ’17

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2017 © Ashley Ziegler Photography
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documenting — I am documenting my life via planners, Instagram, blog posts, Facebook, photo shoots, Twitter… I prefer digital journaling over physical journaling. I haven’t been able to successfully keep up with a physical journal since I graduated high school. It held me together in high school and probably through my first and second year of college. Then I got married and poof! it’s all gone. Haha!

accomplishing — well well well. This is my biggest struggle right now!! I have been talking about it non-stop for quite some time. Life plans were supposed to change in January of this year but they didn’t and it totally threw my life off course and I haven’t been able to hop back on the train again.. it’s been really difficult so I’m not accomplishing anything right now.

enjoying — my planners. I purchased my very first Erin Condren planner this Spring and it started this week so I’m really excited to start using it. I’ve decided I’m going to use it as my “wellness” planner. I’m going to focus on planning things like reading books, taking walks, drawing, therapy appointments, cleaning… pretty much “me time” stuff. I’m excited!

reading — Oh my gosh am I reading right now!! Haha, I’m currently reading: Cultivate, Chances Are, The Healing Code, Grace Not Perfection, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban… and probably a few more. So many good books to read!!

spending — I’m trying not to spend anything!! I actually mapped out our entire finances in a spreadsheet via Google Docs. It’s crazy. I even included our car loans, and my student loans (since we’re currently paying on them), and even though that adds up a HUGE chunk of our entire debt number, we’re going to be completely debt free in 2023 (I believe… lol). I’m so excited, of course, things could change and that date could definitely change but for right now, that’s what we’re shooting for!!

Link up here or here! Then come back next month (first Wednesday of the month) to talk snacking (on), anticipating, borrowing, admiring, and purchasing with Anne and co-host Shea of Shea Lennon.

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Show Us Your Books – June ’17

I only read 2 books according to Goodreads but I feel like I read much more than that! Haha, I guess I only finished two books but read in so many!

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Couldn’t Stop Reading

» 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin – Wow! I have been dying to read this book for a long time… wow! When I added it to my Goodreads “currently reading” list, I noticed there were A LOT of terrible reviews about this book. It was sad because after watching Amy’s TED talk, I couldn’t wait to jump in. I signed up for Audible and used one of my credits to get the audio for this book. I could not stop listening to it. I’m pretty sure I listened to it in like 2 or 3 days. It’s definitely not something I haven’t heard of before but I did learn a lot of new things. I need to go back through the physical book and take notes and stuff. FANTASTIC read. Audible and hardcover, own

» Worth the Risk (St. James #3) by Jamie Beck – I la la la la la la la la LOVED this book. Best story of the three book series. Like hands down, by far it beats #1 and #2. Jackson is so incredible, and Gabby is like.. the calm to his storm. Their love story is just perfect and heart-wrenching but happy at the same too! I felt like much more was involved which is what made the story so rich! Five stars for sure! Amazon Kindle Fire eBook, own

Fine Reads

none this week

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Did Not Finish/Still Reading

» Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – You guys. I promise I’m going to finish this one THIS month. I swear it. I went on vacation in May and I got so much reading done in this book. I’m really proud of myself for making it this far! Haha *insert monkey-covering-eyes emoji*

» Worth the Wrestle by Sheri Dew – This book is SO FREAKEN GOOD. Sheri Dew is the CEO of Deseret Book which is a book company that sells Christian/Mormon-related goods like this book. She is so good at discussing God and the importance of trusting in Him during the good and the ugly. I just cannot say enough good things about this book. I wish I could share every quote but then I’d be sharing the entire book. It’s so good!!

» The Burnout Cure by Julie de Azevedo Hanks – This book was really good when I first started reading it and I haven’t read it in a very long time. I need to quickly finish this one up after I read Worth the Wrestle (see above).


New Reads!

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» The Healing Code by Alexander Loyd – A good friend of mine recommended this book to me and I’m SO excited to dive into it! I know nothing about it or the author so I can’t wait to share more next time!

» Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley – I’ve been putting off reading this book for a while now. Not really sure why but I have. Emily Ley is a really great person and her planners are incredible! I’m just sure this book is going to be amazing!

» So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport – My team at work is reading this book together. We discuss it every Friday and so far, nobody is really liking this book :/ I guess I’ll see how it goes!

» Cultivate by Lara Casey – Wow, just wow. This book is incredible already and I’m only 50 pages in!! I loved Lara’s first book and this one is no disappointment either. I can’t wait to finish reading it!


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#collaboreads | A Book That Became a Movie

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

I am joining in on the #collaboreads linkup and I’m so excited. I love reading! This month’s choice was a book that became a movie. I was already 80 pages into reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so since that book became a movie, I decided that would be my choice for this linkup!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
This is the edition I have.

I have never ever read Harry Potter. I’ve seen all of the movies sure, but I’ve never read the books. I get really intimidated with how thick the books get but I want to get over that and just read the series!! What is your favorite Harry Potter book?

Riveting. What part of the book could you NOT get enough of? The very beginning! I loved how I was able to pay more attention to the signs/ques of things that wouldn’t come until the end of the book. Seeing the movies before reading definitely has its perks but so much happened that wasn’t in the movies!

Elements. How did you relate to/care for the characters? What’s your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? I feel like I relate most to Ron, considering his big family and being a young one of the children. The hand-me-downs are literally my life. Haha!! Harry Potter has the perfect plot line. I can’t wait to read the next! Sometimes I feel like the twists and turns are like, “UGH. I REALLY HATE THAT. But whatever, it has to happen, let’s move on.”

Associate. What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with it’s themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now? There aren’t any books quite like the Harry Potter books, and I don’t really relate it to my life other than life comes with trials and that’s that!

Design. You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? I definitely purchased the book with this cover (see image above) because it is WAY better looking than the original covers. Like so much better.

Stars. How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? I give this book 5 stars, obvi. I would love to recommend this to a friend but that’s why I’m reading it because all of my friends recommended it to me!! Ha

 

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Next months collab is, “A Book You Can Finish in One Day.”
I have no idea where to find a book like this but I’m pretty sure I’ve got one somewhere!! :)

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