What I Read: December & Top Books of 2018

Whew, ok I know this post is INCREDIBLY late, but having been down for the count all last week with the stomach flu, I’m just now getting back to my life. I’ve been super excited to share what I read in December as well as my favorite books from 2018. As the book nerd that I am, this is basically my favorite post to write all year. 

I read 3 really great books and 1 not so great book, and 1 incredibly disappointing book (which I was expecting to LOVE) in December. 

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Ya’ll, this was my very disappointing book.

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What I Read: January & February

Ok ya’ll. I don’t know about you, but book review day is kinda like Christmas to me. I look at other people’s book review posts and post my own so it’s like the wondrous giving and receiving of Christmas. Yes, I’m a nerd, and I’m ok with that.

So, I kinda went on a book binge these last 2 months. I “blame” it on football/Super Bowl and all my regular shows being on winter hiatus.

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Top 5 Books of 2017

2017 brought about a lot of great things…Stranger Things Season 2, Star Wars whatever number we’re on, Tay went bad girl, “Salt Bae” happened, men started wearing rompers, and I read 27+ books! (I say 27+ because I only started recording them in March, but I know I read some Jan and Feb, I just didn’t blog about them.) 

I wanted to whittle my list down to my top 5, since I’ve been getting a lot of requests for book suggestions lately, but let me tell you, it was a lot harder than it seems!

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Awaken by Priscilla Shirer Review

As a busy mom of 2, it can be difficult to find time to spend with the Lord. And when I do have the time, it can be hard to decide what to read, and how to spend my time. Do I just dive right into the Bible? Never a bad idea, but sometimes it’s easier to have some structure. Something to read to go along with a passage of scripture to help you delve deeper into what God is trying to say through His Word.

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What I Read This Summer

If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree there is just not enough time in the day to read all the books that you’d like. Especially if you add in children and traveling. I way overestimated my time and ability to read when we were traveling this summer, and brought about 10 books with me, and guess how many I read while we were away? 

0. 

Oh I read a couple chapters here and there of books, but I didn’t finish one of them. 

[Insert rolling eyes emoji here.]

But that’s one thing that makes me excited about the fall.

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Children’s Book Reviews

The Gift That I Can Give for little ones by Kathie Lee Gifford

This book is one of the sweetest books I’ve ever read! How many times have we as mothers told our kids they couldn’t do something because they’re “too little?” Well this book is here to say even though they’re little, they can still move mountains.

Written in a beautifully illustrated, durable board book, Katie Lee Gifford gives children hope that even something as “little” as an extra hug, or a visit to a sick friend, can be a gift to make someone’s life better.

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A Bible You Can Cuddle.

I have always LOVED to read. When I was younger I remember being so engrossed in one of the Harry Potter books, (at one of those really intense, “will Harry get killed this time??” moments,) that when my mom opened my bedroom door, I jumped off the bed and the book went flying from my hands. I love getting so lost in a book it felt like you were living life in those pages. 

Baby Faces Book Collage

One of my hopes for Knox is that he will fall in love with reading as much as I did. (Looks like he’s well on his way!) I know so much of our culture spends its’ time in front of the TV, but I want him to experience the creativity of picturing what the characters look like, instead of that information being easily provided for him on a screen.

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Make it Happen.

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“You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them!”

In the constant chase for perfection women find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed. Working women want to take their careers to the next level, but are struggling to “do it all.” Stay-at-home moms look for relief from burning the candle at both ends. Aspiring entrepreneurs and artists seek the courage to jump into a new venture.

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