Friday, March 3, 2017

February 2017 Reads

For being such a short little month, I sure fit in a lot of books in February! It was a cold and miserable time in our long, looooong winter, so I cozied up with books as often as possible! Here's what I tackled:

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
I love Anna Kendrick! This look into her life and start as an actress was super fun to follow. I love her humor and her insistence on being seen as just another gross human being. ;)

The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg
This was a quick, cute intro to Hygge - it was exactly what I needed on a very Winter Bluesy day. If you're curious about it, this is the perfect little resource to get you in the Hygge mindset! You can tread the entire thing in an hour or less!

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
I read this book over Valentine's Day weekend, thinking it was a perfect romance read for the timing. I loved escaping to Italy with Lina and being a part of her adventure in self-discovery and finding love along the way. This is only the third book I've read that's set in Italy, but it reminded me of how much I enjoy "traveling" there.

Co-Creating at Its Best by Dr. Wayne Dyer & Esther Hicks
I grabbed this book on a whim at the library and was compelled to read it that night. Its format was easy to fly through, but its content was enormouslyinsightful. If you believe in The Secret and the Law of Attraction, this is the best start to taking that further and understanding the teachings of Abraham. I know this all sounds hokey and crazy, but nothing has ever made so much sense to me before, once I was finally able to wrap my mind around it!

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
This my very favorite kind of YA - where the love story is just the right level of cheesy, the writing is still good, and the humor enhances the characters. This is a seriously cute story of a girl that writes on a desk during class and is surprised to get a response. As the days go on, she becomes pen pals someone who shares her seat, and ends up surprised by their identity. It's cute and fun, and it started my love of Kasie West's fun YA romances.

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Another perfectly adorable Kasie West story about a girl who gets dumped in the parking lot before prom. As a strong, action oriented girl, she fixes the situation by finding a guy to stand in for her date. The story that evolves is perfectly suspenseful and sweet, and she learns a lot about herself and her place in the world in the process. Super cute and fun - loved it!

Wheat Belly by William Davis
My family and I went gluten free in August of last year, and wanting to know more I grabbed this book on a recent library trip. I wanted to take my GF dedication to the next level, and this book was perfect! I learned so much about wheat - why it is totally garbage in modern times, why it causes so many problems, and that everyone has some level of irritation in their body because of keeping it in their diets. I went from thinking a GF diet was a temporary situation to deciding that I will NEVER go back! My body is noticeably different since letting wheat go, and this book supported every last one of my feelings. The author is a cardiologist with loads of personal experience and patient stories relating to wheat and illness, but he also has a great sense of humor that keeps an otherwise dry topic interesting and sometimes entertaining. I recommend a read to literally every single human being - drop the wheat!!!! And use this book to help you get there.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This was a gorgeous story, full of well-written contrast and thoughtful issues. As the reader, you find yourself pulled into Madeline's situation, rooting for her freedom and her full life right alongside her. I can't wait to see the movie! The other again shows her talent with words, her quick sense of humor, and her emotional understanding of the struggles in life.

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