Monday, May 3, 2021

What I Read in January

All the books I read in January 2021 I started this year with an ambitious (to me) reading goal: finally read 100 books in one year.

Years ago I'd read an interview by a well known author who was asked what helped them become a better writer. Their answer was to read a ton, "like 100 books or more a year." For whatever reason, that particular piece of advice has stuck with me. I've been reading over 50 books a year consistently for years, but the 100 mark felt kind of monumental.

However, I was reading fast enough to do it. It was not unusual for me to read 1-3 books in a week. It's just that some weeks I would get distracted by holidays, TV shows, crafts, other hobbies, etc., and reading would take a back seat. After hitting 80 books last year, I realized that if I just tried to get a little more intentional about it - I could probably pull it off. 

So, I'll tell you this much about my progress so far - as of the end of April (when I'm writing this) I'm almost on track. Maybe 1 or 2 books behind pace. (Thanks for that, Bridgerton.) But that's okay! Because whenever I feel like I've fallen a tiny bit behind, I just declare a reading weekend and I catch right back up. 

All of that to say, as I recap the books I've read each month I'm going to keep a running tally of how much closer I've inched towards my 100 books goal. (Wish me luck!)

Here's what I started the year with:

Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin (3 Stars)
This was a re-read for me, but I started the year with that New Year motivation and wanted something to kick me into organizing/planning mode. I knew that this would be quick and invigorating. It is chock full of small, easy to execute tips for cultivating order in your everyday environments. It's not my favorite Gretchen Rubin book (I kind of love her to pieces!), but it is helpful and handy and I recommend it if you need a quick kick in the housekeeping pants!

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren (4 Stars)
Any time I review a Christina Lauren book I always want to start with, "It's Christina Lauren, just read it!" And while that's true, I'll also let you know that this one comes with a side of hollywood life, questionable betrayal, a before and after style young turned unrequited love, and a whole lot of family drama. Tate, the daughter of a very famous actor lives an undercover life. When she turns 18, she goes on vacation with her Grandmother and meets a boy named Sam that she falls head over heels in love with. Before the end of their trip, he ghosts her, and as she heals from the heartbreak and decides to follow in her father's footsteps, she locks Sam in box of distant and painful memories. Only, when she finds herself on set to make a movie with her father for the first time, she sees someone she never thought she'd see again. And then all the steamy-good Christina Lauren things happen to them. :)

By the Book by Amanda Sellet (3 Stars)
Okay, mixed feelings. I went into this book excited about all of it's bookishness but found a lot of it kind of cheesy. It did get better at the end, so it salvaged its third star. This story follows Mary, one member of a large, intellectual family. Raised by a par of college professors, Mary is obsessed with classic novels and tends to translate the world around her with the language of her beloved characters. She transfers into a new high school (public, for her first time) and tries to use her classic novel knowledge to make friends and understand her classmates. It's a little bit of a bumpy ride, but she finds friendship and romance along the way and it's cute overall.

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai (4 Stars)
This book was so great! Career-focused Daisy is tired of her meddling Aunties constantly trying to set her up. She finds a temporary solution to her problem by asking her childhood crush, Liam to pretend to be engaged to her. Turns out, there's something in it for Liam, too. He only gets his family inheritance if he's married. The two then embark on a good 'ol fake turned real relationship that is full of allll the good stuff. The highlights for me (aside from the angst and romance, of course) were the diversity of the characters and the depth and energy of the families. I loved the interactions they had with their wild Aunts and Uncles. Loved it!

Atomic Habits by James Clear (4 Stars)
This book was my morning study book for a while and I really liked it! It was perfect timing, really - I'd chosen Baby Steps as my word for 2021 (I mean, it's 2, but who's counting) to help me navigate my goals and life after the dumpster fire that was 2020. Outlawed by Anna NorthIt was helpful to see the encouragement and rationale behind taking things a little bit at a time and structuring your life for consistency. This book is a great stepping stone into self-help, or tackling any sort of goal in your life. 

Outlawed by Anna North (3 Stars)
I didn't love-love this book while I was reading it. I was never pulled back in to see what happened next, and I was often so bored and confused about who was who and what was really going on that I never really got attached to any of the characters. However, looking back at it, I really liked the premise and what it stood for. I think I just expected it to be different. Ada runs away from her home at only 17 years old because her infertility is raising witchcraft suspicions within her village. Her only chance at safety is to leave, and at first she finds herself in a monastery. She decides that life as a nun isn't really her thing, so she is sent along to a rebel gang of outlaws to see if they will take her in. Her experience with herbs and midwifery earns her a place in the gang, but life isn't easy for any of them. On the run, in constant search of sustenance, and guided by a mentally unstable leader, Ada and the rest of the gang find themselves in trouble repeatedly. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that I like where they lead Ada in the end, but the whole unsettled life of crime wasn't my favorite reading. I do love the discussion about the many ways women have found themselves discarded over the years as well as the desperations they've had to turn to just to live their lives. It has a great message - it just wasn't my favorite journey. (This cover, though!)

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (4 Stars)
Ooh this one was fun! Co-workers Lucy and Joshua work as rival assistants in a tumultuously merged publishing company. The pair battle each other at every turn, and are convinced that the other is at fault for their mutual hate. They end up making a bet relating to the promotion that only one of them will earn, and this game takes them on journey filled with confusion, drama, and a whole lot of enlightenment. If you love a good hate to love story, this one will stick with you! 

Blessings from the Other Side by Sylvia Browne (4 Stars)
I have a whole lot of Sylvia Browne books sitting on my shelf so I decided to start knocking them out. I received them all as gifts due to my interest in the woo-woo, spiritual world, but it's taking me forever to get to them! This book didn't have any earth shattering info for me (I've heard most of it before), but this was a comforting confirmation of our relation to the people we loved and lost, and those we may lose someday. Anything that encourages unending love and connection always feels right in my heart, so I loved this.

And that's it for January! It was a pretty solid start - 8-9 books is the goal in order to stay on track! It was a good list of backlist, BOTM, and some oldies I've had sitting on my shelf, too. 

8/100 Done! 

Back with February's stack soon.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday Favorites: Spring '21

Happy Friday! And Happy almost-May. Life is so much better with sunshine and flowers!

And with all of these things, too.

Animal Print Adidas Sneakers

These New Sneakers!
I was totally influenced to buy these - as soon as I saw them I knew I had to add them to my growing, already too large sneaker collection. They are called the Adidas Swift Run X Sneaker in the color Core Black/White. I am obsessssed and already eyeing up the pink ones. I got mine on Nordstrom, but I know Dicks also has them, as well as the actual Adidas site.

Super Enthused on YouTube
We have a Disney trip booked for next year, and the last time we took the kids they were too little to really understand any of it. They are SO excited to be involved in the planning this time, so I've been telling them all the things about WDW and showing them videos. I stumbled on this channel recently and LOVE it! Jackie is so upbeat and happy and sunshiney and she does such a good job of sharing her fun while also telling you cool things about the attractions and restaurants she visits. I love watching her channel! If you're a Disney fan, check her out for sure!

This Ariana Collab
Have you heard this yet?! I can't stop listening to it. I don't know what it is, but I'm in loooove. On repeat over here. Super vibey.

Brixton masks at Nordstrom

Brixton Masks
I grabbed a leopard print one of these from Nordstrom when I ordered my sneakers and I LOVE IT! I went back and ordered a grey one as well. They are such great quality - sturdy, great fitted shape - and they have both a nose wire and a filter pocket. I don't usually use the filter pocket but I did the day I went to get my vaccine, just because I was so close to a few people. These are so great!

spring lilacs

This Weather Tho
Buffalo is a rollercoaster in Spring. Last week we had half a foot of snow. This week we were outside in short sleeves until dark. It's wild, and I hate the deceptively cold days and the ones with flurries in the air, but I LOVE the fresh air and sunshine days so, so much. 

springy breakfast

Yogurt Parfaits for Breakfast
This is my breakfast jam this time of year. Produce starts to improve a bit and I wake up to sunny skies craving something fresh. I usually I throw in strawberries and blueberries with my granola, but I also sometimes add pomegranate seeds or raspberries. So good.

Monday Hair Products

Monday Shampoo & Conditioner
I'll be honest - I gave this a shot because of the packaging, haha. I love it so much! But this stuff is SO GOOD! My hair has felt incredible since I started using this. I got the volume shampoo (because my hair has no life of its own), and the gentle conditioner because my hair gets damaged pretty easily, and I think it's the perfect combo! I'm a total convert. I got mine at Target, but you can also get large bottles on Amazon.

My New Living Room is my Favorite!
I mean, it's not new. It's not even 100% finished. But it's so BRIGHT and clean and refreshed and styled for ME since I decided to update it that it energizes me every time I see it. Check out all the details here if you missed it the first time around!

Linking up with Friday Favorites today!
Have a great weekend! <3

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Last Minute Monday Pt. 2

Shipping issues have foiled my plans again and last Monday felt a little less Monday-ish when I sat down to write in real-time, so I thought I'd give this a try again. Maybe I'll make it a regular occurance?? Maybe.

The first thought that bubbled up: there are 8 more Mondays of virtual school and that both feels like "thank God" and "holy crap that's way too many." My kids do their very, very best to make it as painful and difficult as possible. Am I THE TIREDEST of being their school-day referee. At the same time, I am overwhelmed by the thought of making decisions for next school year, or seeing how they'll adjust after this bizarre year. Sigh. It's just, all the things. 

*sips coffee*

So how was your weekend? 

Mine was wildly uneventful after a week of chaos and stress. I spent all week trying to get ahead of it all - chores, groceries, blogging, projects (house and otherwise), preparedness items in case we felt sick. Why would we have felt sick, you ask? Because we got our second doses of the vaccine on Friday. (insert da butt dance here)

vaccine #2

It was just as easy and painless as the first one. Our side effects were nearly identical to last time. ("Our" being me and Matt, who got his 2 hours before me.) Friday evening we got weird, heavy, pressure-filled tension headaches followed by fitful sleep. We were a little tired and sluggish both Saturday and Sunday, and dealt with sore arms. But that's really it! No real complaints. We were lucky. I do think some of our luck came from the intense hydrating we both did Thurs-Sat. I'm talking a glass of something (either water or Gatorade) every half hour. 

Now that I'm past the threat of feeling like trash over it, I've been mostly focused on the possibility and excitement of being fully vaccinated. I am SO thrilled to visit the library and Target soon. And something I kept thinking yesterday (that, okay, is slightly morbid) is, my kids won't be covid orphans. The gratitude that fills me with is...incredible. I know I'm wildly lucky to be able to say that with confidence and so, SO many others have not been so lucky, but the gravity of that truth is not lost on me. I know the privilege that I've now been afforded and I am endlessly grateful for it!

I don't plan for things to change all that much. I won't be afraid to quickly pop into places when I need something anymore. I'll dine on a patio with a table of other fully vaccinated loved ones. But I won't hang out in enclosed spaces with the general public or with others who aren't vaccinated. Mostly because while the risk is very low, while my kids wait for approval for their own vaccines I won't risk bringing it home to them. It's still all about the kids for me. 

So yeah, I diiiid...nothing. For two days. Other than dishes and laundry and meals I mostly just hung out in bed and read and watched TV. Not mad about it, but definitely not a whole lot to report today.

I'm looking forward to warmer weather, May beginning, and some more normal in my near future. What's new in your world?

Friday, April 23, 2021

Full Living Room Reveal (+ links)

Ahh, she's finally done!

Well, kind of. As done as she's getting for the time being.

It won't be 100% done until I have time to paint the trim. The baseboards and hallway/doorway trim will eventually be a bright, crisp white - but the trim in this house is a solid 70 years old and needs A LOT of love before I can put paint on it. Which is an amount of work I'm not sure I'm up to while also draaaagging my kids through the last two months of virtual school. So that may be a Summer vacation project. I'll just have to re-share when the time comes!

Here we go!!! My long overdue living room refresh.

Living Room Update on a budget |

I was too excited and motivated (slash forgetful) to take a before picture, so here's one from Christmas:

living room before and after

I am SO happy with the change! Let me show you around ;)

So first of all is the wall color. I was hoping for something that appeared a bit more cream than this - it looks like bright white in person. I think once I finally paint the trim you'll be able to see a bit more of a difference, but I'm okay with it for now. As bright as it is, it still has some warmth to it. The color is called Pale Bloom by Valspar, and we got ours in Satin.

gray faux leather couch

living room shelf decor

This shelf used to hang a little bit to the left and it was stained with a random leftover stain we had when we moved into this place. Back then I had a toddler and no patience, haha. I painted it with a bright white paint and simplified the decor down to the things that fit my vision - whites, creams, greenery. I didn't plan to add the painting in the middle, but it was lacking something so I propped it up there as an example of what a mirror or artwork would look like there aaaand I kind of loved it. So she stayed, for now. I bought it at a garage sale years ago! The garland and such won't stay there forever - just spring decor.

Candles: Amazon | Plants: Hearth & Hand at Target (1 & 2)
Bunting & Wreaths: Bullseye's Playground at Target


This table makes me so happy for some reason! It's just bright and simple and lovely. When I ordered the lamps for the side tables I definitely thought they were bigger! But it's fine. I'd prefer bigger but I liked their style (and price!) so much that they're staying for now. However - the shades don't sit high enough to cover the bulbs, so when you'd sit near these lamps they were blinding. I remedied this by wrapping the base with electrical tape until it was thick enough that the shades could sit up higher. They're perfect now! 

target tulips, bullseyes playground faux florals in a crystal vase

The crystal vase belonged to my late Grandmother! I love that I found a way to display it all times! I noticed it in the background of a picture from my parents' wedding day recently, and while they're not still together (and haven't been for decades), I still love the history of this piece and I'm so glad to have it! I filled it with the beloved bullseye's playground tulips from Target and I love how it looks!

Brass Side Table Lamps: Target | Bunch of Tulips: Bullseye's Playground at Target

The recliner beneath my art gallery is also a new addition. Our old one was a dark red and a gift when our oldest son was born. It has served us well, but after twelve years and many little ones, the fabric was tearing and the stuffing was disintegrating in the arm rests. We'd ordered this one in early November but it didn't show up until March! We love it so far.

I call this wall our family gallery. Years ago (7 or 8?) I created a bigger, much more playful and colorful mural on this wall. I even blogged about the process. At the time, I had three itty bitty little ones and our house was very much so in "playroom" mode so I loved it at the time, but started to get annoyed with it after a while. I wanted it to be simplified and streamlined and a little more "grown up". So I played around with new layouts, spray painted all the frames a uniform bright white, and ordered new prints. I used gallery putty stickers to keep them straight and secure. The frames are a random collection from thrifting over the years, and I love how they look with different shapes and textures but all with one uniform color.

Photo Prints: Mpix | Gallery Putty Stickers: Amazon

This side table was already in the room, but I just simplified it a bit. The clock was a gift from my in-laws many years ago (when my oldest son was just a toddler and he loved all the dinging clocks all over their house). On the bottom is a faux fiddle fig from Target, and a soy Opalhouse candle (my favorite) and another bullseye's playground wreath (both from Target). The decor down there hides our Echo dot and one of our wifi routers. We had to get a double system because we have 3 kids doing virtual school & Matt working from home all at the same time!

Faux Fiddle Fig Plant: Target | Opalhouse Soy Candles: Target

art gallery wall with society6 and target

This wall! So much love here. This whole room was inspired by my bubblegum girl and it makes me SO happy to see her up on the wall! The rest of this was pieced together with random frames and things I had on hand (except for the hands canvas, that's new). The landscape watercolor was done by my late grandma (the same one who used to own the crystal vase), I made the Schitt's Creek quote print myself, the floral piece was another garage sale find from years ago, and the inspirational canvas I'd gotten maybe 4 Christmases ago and never hung up. Eek. Whatever, it has its home now, haha!

Quote Print: Target | Bubblegum Girl: Society6 | Hand Holding Canvas: Target

target drum lampshade

So, trying to keep things on a budget while updating this room, I tried to find ways to use what we already had and just adjust it to fit the new look. We'd had this stand lamp for years, and while its style isn't exactly perfect, I knew we could make it work by just changing out the lamp shade. I found one that coordinated really well with the side table lamps at Target, and it was SO easy to install and looks so great! And the bright light that comes out of it now is incredible!

Large Drum Lamp Shade: Target

faux ficus

The final piece of the update puzzle was finding a plant to go behind the love seat. I really, really wanted this one from Target, but I couldn't find it in stock anywhere. After struggling to find a faux fiddle fig that didn't look like it was shellacked, I settled for a ficus. (Btw, we have to go fake up in here because our cats terrorize real plants.) I love bringing the outside in a little, and I snuck some twinkle lights in her branches to make a cozy movie night situation. She will 100% get dressed up for Christmas, of course.

Faux Ficus: Kohl's

What else to share? Oh - the lighting in this room is a GAME CHANGER. Obviously going from a medium tan to a bright cream is going to make a difference, but rearranging our lighting locations, going from 2 to 3 lamps, and working on the light settings has taken this room from gloomy day to surface of the sun. We use the Phillips Hue Lights, which are great because you can change the brightness and color, play around with different effects, and even program them to turn on and off when you'd like. (We also have them in our room and I wake up to them in the morning!) We have two of the color bulbs and one white bulb in the living room, and they make SUCH a difference!

Philip's Hue Color Bulb: Target
Philip's Hue White Bulb: Target

While I'm at it, this fireplace TV stand is fairly new. We got it in November I think? We were trying to think of something to make the long winter a little more cozy and comfy so we got this bad boy. I put it together myself! It wasn't bad. Also, the side tables are from Target as well. I don't think they have them anymore - we bought them a good handful of years ago.

Fireplace TV Stand: Target
(in the color rustic gray)

That's about it! I'm still on the hunt for some throw pillows. I don't have any now because until recently, they would get so trashed by my kids that they just weren't worth it. Aside from an occasional seasonal one, I just stopped trying. I'd also like to find new curtains, but that's been a hunt. I love the fabric of the ones we have - I'd be ecstatic to find them in white. We'll see!

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I'm really happy with how this room turned out! We wanted to work around the couches we have, even though they are pretty rundown (they are about 18 years old and some cats have had their way with them). They are faux leather and just SO easy to wipe down with kids and pets in the house. Considering we hope to move in the near future (hopefully), we'd rather buy furniture for the home we find then. 

I know this is a small room without a whole lot of dramatic change, but it's what we're working with! We needed some more light and to simplify and sort of mature the room from its days of showcasing preschool artwork and legos. I love it so much!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

What I Read in December

Oh, my gosh. I'm finally wrapping up my 2020 reading. Listen: no matter what I say to try and convince you that I'm on top of things, don't believe me. I will inevitably end up under a mountain of intentions. Maybe I'll figure it out in my 40's. But probably not. 


Okay I'm the worst, yadda yadda, onto the books!

All the books I read in December 2020 |

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle (4.5 Stars)
Why did no one tell me how gorgeously complicated and heartbreaking this book was??? I thought it was a cute little kitschy book about that game we've all played - the "dead or alive, who would you invite to have dinner with if you could choose anyone?" And while it was that, it was SO much more. Sabrina actually gets to live out this scenario for her thirtieth birthday. She doesn't know how it comes to pass - is it a dream? An actual fantastical occurrence? Is she hallucinating? The crazy thing is, the reader never gets to know, either. And the experiences and closure she has with each of her dinner guests are deep and messy and gorgeous and profound and I LOVED going along for the journey. This book is so underrated!

Home Body by Rupi Kaur (4 Stars)
I love Rupi Kaur's poetry - even though it gets a bit darker than I can relate to at times, she has a way of really getting *right* to the heart of the human experience. I liked this newest collection more than one of her others - definitely worth a read.

A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday (3 Stars)
I was in the mood for something Christmasy and this popped up on my libby app as an audiobook. It was a cute story to listen to while I baked and did Christmasy things around the house. The story follows a single taxi driver who finds himself playing chauffeur to a visiting princess. The two become friends as they navigate NYC, and the rest unfolds much like a Hallmark movie. Super cute!

A Promised Land by Barack Obama (3 Stars)
If you've considered reading this book, you might want to make sure you have a whole lot of time on your hands! I listened to this one as an audiobook and it was nearly 30 hours long! It was super interesting, but not at all concise. I loved having his point of view as he went through his life, campaigned, became president, and dealt with the crises that came up along the way. It even made me laugh to hear him swear and go through some of the situations he found himself in. This was interesting, educational, and worth it (for me)...but it was looong and a bit dry, and didn't find myself feeling overly entertained or enraptured, so I only gave it 3 stars. Also: there's apparently a whole part 2 coming?! Barry likes to talk! haha

Normal People by Sally Rooney (4 Stars)
I walked into this book with a big helping of skepticism - both because I'd heard mixed reviews and because it didn't have any dialogue punctuation. So weird! While that definitely made the usual breakup of paragraphs and pages a little strange to navigate, I didn't otherwise miss it. The story was so well done and emotionally heartbreaking in all the right ways that after a while, I hardly noticed. This book revolves around two friends (that have sometimes been more than friends) while their life circumstances and social status sort of ebb and flow and trade places. They have to keep adjusting and shifting in order to remain in each other's lives, while both working with their deep, seemingly endless, sometimes impossible to explain connection. I loved it!

The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere (3 Stars)
This was a cute little book I'd gotten from a book sale for pennies. The holidays felt like the perfect time to give it a shot. It follows Lauren as she finds herself in the adorable, highly-connected small town of Grandon where love and hope and support are intricately woven through the people she meets. This is for sure a story about redemption and building a good life out of very little, which was sweet and satisfying for Christmas. I love watching her friendships bloom as she finds purpose in her new life, as well as cheering her on with her potential love interest. It was cute, at times a little preachy, but definitely a good cozy Christmas story.

Majesty by Katherine McGee (3 Stars)
This book...kind of took me by surprise. It is the second in the American Royals series (which explores the concept of a Royal Family in America with some revisionist history), and I LOVED the first one. December 2020 Book StackIt was so full of angst and longing that I couldn't wait to see what would happen in the next installment. It was a good story, and the author definitely did a good job changing your mind about who belonged with who, but NONE of the couples that I was rooting for before the publication of this book turned out. I'm not sure how I feel about it? It sort of ended in a "okay that makes sense" way. I appreciated it in the way some people are Team Jacob. Healthy, logical, sane, comfortable. But it didn't have the spark and excitement of the first book and its cast of potential partners. I still liked it! It was worth a read. But the first book is better, for sure.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren (5 Stars)
AH! This book comes around again. How could I let December pass without giving it another read? I've already reviewed this one HERE and HERE, so I won't do it again...but 100% add this to your reading list this year! In December for sure!

The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek (4 Stars)
Man...this book! I listened to it as an audiobook and I 100% recommend that you do!! The book is mostly read by Ken Jennings, but there are certain parts that Alex read himself and I loved that! I love when authors read their own books. Alex was an incredibly interesting man! His life was fascinating to hear about. And the end? Oh my gosh the end. I won't spoil what he said, but I cried. 

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss (4 Stars)
This was another one of those "available so I'll listen to it" audiobooks that I played while I was doing Christmasy things around the house. Of the two I listened to this month, this was my favorite. This one was a holiday-themed, England-based romance about a designer/baker named Kate. Her friend convinces her to give a holiday-themed dating exercise a shot, and she starts her journey through both comical and terrible dates. While none of them seem to promise her love, she does make friends and have a lot of fun along the way. I loved listening to her Christmasy adventures and seeing where her romantic prospects might actually lie. Super cute!

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian (3 Stars)
Phew, this one narrowly avoided a 2-star rating. It was just SO cheesy. The book starts out with popular girl Lila attempting to throw a big party while her parents are away, but her much younger little brother tattles on her. She retaliates by telling him the North Pole is melting, which prompts her brother to run away and attempt to make it to Santa in time to make a difference. Because Lila is in charge of her brother over her parent-less weekend, she ends up on a road trip with an ex who didn't rise to popularity along with her. The end of the story is cute, and the relationship Lila and her ex Tyler develops in a way that redeems them both a bit, which is what bumped it up an extra star for me. But overall? It was pretty painful to read through. That may just be because it's aimed at a much younger crowd, though!

The Cosmic Power Within You by Joseph Murphy (4 Stars)
This was pretty good! I've said this before, but I'm a bit desensitized to spiritual/self-help books at this point. I've read so many that most of the principles out there are a little redundant and not earth-shattering, but I do love it when an author confirms something I've already come to believe in their own words. This was one of those books for me! If you're intrigued by manifestation and co-creation, this is a good one to add to your list!

And that does it for 2020! Finally.
Despite all of the other disappointments in 2020, it was a great reading year for me! I'm hoping for an even better one this year. I'll start sharing some 2021 books I've read soon!

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