September 5, 2018

Lifestyle

Books are a topic that has increasingly become more common here over the past couple of years, so I thought it was time to start a Recent Reads series. You can probably tell (and or expect) that I’m not much on series or following through with any sort of blogging promises for that matter. However, I have enjoyed writing the posts I have shared in the past on books and hope to make it a regular thing with these recent reads posts. My goal for these posts will be to share my recent reads, obviously, along with any books that are on my current reading list! 

I am always scouring my favorite blogs, Instagram pages and more for book recommendations. Hopefully, this will not only encourage me in my reading endeavors but will also serve as a community platform for you to find inspiration and leave your current book recommendations for others. I have shared that I love reading spiritual, self-help and psychological thrillers/murder mysteries, but I’m always open to new ideas, so please share! 

One of my popular requests in my inbox is to share more book recommendations so I will do my best. Before we get into this volume of Recent Reads, I wanted to share a couple of notes on books. First up, I discovered this free printable/download from Lara Casey, when I purchased my Powersheets at the beginning of the year. It’s a simple list template that allows you to create a reading list of books that want to read, as well as books that you have read. For the books that you have read, you are able to rate them. This isn’t essential, but it’s easy to lose track of what books you have read and when. I like using this to keep track of my reading and to also have a running list of books I want to read next!

Secondly, ordering my books from Amazon has been a life changer. You probably already know this, but if you still read physical books (aka just don’t use your iPad or a Nook) ordering from Amazon is great! Don’t get me wrong, I still love to browse through Barnes and Noble, but Amazon feels cheaper and they ship almost overnight! Just a little reminder!

Now, without further ado, let’s get into Recent Reads Volume 1! 

Recent Reads Volume 1

Recent Reads

The Woman in the Window

The control freak that I am or should I really say, the gal who has to know everything, finds a large degree of pleasure in predicting something and being right. Now, I should say that, that rarely happens, but when it does, boy do I feel good. Maybe that’s why I love suspenseful, mystery books. Either way, this one shocked me with a twist that I didn’t see coming.  A lonely woman happens to see something out of her window, that she shouldn’t have. Struggling with reality, she finds herself pushing the limits to find out the truth.

Something in the Water

This book has been very popular this summer and for good reason. At first, I found this one a bit hard to get into. However, I did finish it a enjoy it!

Home Sweet Maison

When it comes to homemaking, or being inspired by the French daily lifestyle, this book is life-changing. Like, I truly have made changes to my daily life, and to our home, based on this book. This book is written by a woman who is married into a French family and she shares detailed (or as detailed as the French will share publicly) insights into the French family home and way of life. I found this book immensely interesting and inspiring. This would make an incredible engagement or bridal shower gift! Not too mention, it’s a great refresh for any other woman or man who is looking to care more about their living environment.  Please read this one!

Girl, Wash Your Face

As with the prior book, this one is for sure a must read for all women, especially young mothers and wives! I’m sure you have already heard the hype about this one so I will keep it short, and sweet, and share what I found most interesting about this book. Being someone who loves a good self-help book, this was obviously on my list. However, I found myself shocked and feeling so refreshed after starting this one. Rachel is not a psychologist, she doesn’t ahve a Ph.D., she is just a woman who is traveling through life like the rest of us. She shares her wisdom and her honesty is refreshing and so needed in this world. It was so nice to hear from someone who is not an expert but is just someone who has survived to tell her story. 

If you find yourself feeling doubtful, wondering if your enough or are just a woman, please read this book. I promise you it will not disappoint!

Coming Up Next

Right now, I don’t have too many things on my “read next” list. It seems like books come in big waves for me. I usually by them three at a time and work my way through them and then purchase another cluster! Here is what is on my list right now and please leave me any of your recommendations below!

The Miracle Morning

This one was added to my list after hearing Marianna Hewitt talk about it a couple of years ago. Getting into a morning routine is something that I struggle with. I love the morning time, but I haven’t ever been a morning person or someone who hops out of bed each morning. I’m hoping that this book will share some insightful tips on how to shape my mornings better. 

How To Win Friends & Influence People

I have been reading this book off and on for a few months now. It comes highly recommended and for good reasons, however, I do struggle with it being, I wouldn’t say boring, but maybe just not grab you by your seat exciting. I can see that it will definitely be a must read, but I’m still working on trying to finish it this year, lol.


I hope that you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Reading has become so therapeutic for me and such a great conversation topic that I love sharing with you. I know that I have said it probably about ten times in this post already, but please leave me your favorite reads of the moment so I can check them out!  I would really love to make this more of a community-based post and even something that we could maybe have book reviews/submissions for these posts! Let me know what you think and you can see my last reading list here!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

Recent Reads Volume 1

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