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Recent Reads #4

Monday, June 24, 2019

Plot: Written in a documentary style, a band from the sixties is interviewed. Daisy Jones joins a band called The Six, and their chemistry becomes legend.
What I Liked: This book is so good that I forgot I wasn't watching a documentary about a real band! Highly recommend the audio version. So well done. The details in this book just make you feel like you are reading history instead of fiction.
What I Didn't Like: This book is heavy on substance abuse and sex like you would imagine of a band in the late sixties and seventies. 
Rating: 5 Stars

Plot: This is the story of Eleanor Oliphant learning that life can be more than just fine. She has an monotonous office job, chats on the phone with her mom every week and treats herself to a frozen pizza on the weekend. She and a coworker end up helping an elderly gentleman they find on the sidewalk and she sees that life can be a little bit more
What I Liked: This book has so much character development it's crazy. Eleanor starts out as the strangest person you've ever seen. She is so unlikable! As the story develops you learn why and watch her grow. I really love that she does all the growing on her own, and not because of someone else.
What I Didn't Like: I understand that she is supposed to be unlikable, but some of her inner monologue was unbearable and I skimmed through a lot. 
Rating: 4 Stars.

Plot: Who knew kindergarten could be so dramatic? This story follows a few moms in one kindergarten class in a beachside community. All of these women are dealing with different obstacles, and they end up at a crossroads when one little girl claims a little boy in the class choked her. 
What I Liked: This is a book you won't be able to put down. It's got a little bit of everything in it: social issues, murder, humor, friendship. She gives you just enough hints to keep you guessing. 
What I Didn't Like: The amount of language in this book was approaching the limit of what I consider excessive. Not a fan of that. 
Rating: 4 Stars

Plot: Emily Ley provides her tips on simplifying every aspect of your life from your closet to your meal plan. Designed to help you reflect and make some changes in your lifestyle.
What I Liked: This book felt like I wrote it! If I ever wanted to write a book, now I don't have to, I'd just recommend this one. I love the message, the suggestions and all of the pretty pictures. I also really love the questions she has you write out your answers to. For example, how do I want people to feel in my home? I thought that was a great leading question that can help you narrow down your focus in your routines and decor. 
What I Didn't Like: While I agree with the last section of the book, I believe it was rather preachy. Additionally there is a huge section devoted to motherhood-something that just doesn't apply to me at this point. 
Rating: 4 Stars

Plot: Rachel Hollis shares her tips for setting and achieving goals. Written with women in mind. It's broken up into 3 sections: excuses to let go of, behaviors to adopt, and then skills to acquire. 
What I Liked: This book is without a doubt motivating. She provides some really good tips on setting goals. For example: Set only one goal at a time. Many people have a handful of goals (I know I do.), but she suggests just start with one, achieve it and move onto the next thing. Of course, she gives the reasons for that method in the book. She also suggests setting aside 5 hours a week to work on that goal. 
I also appreciated her thoughts on how you got attention in childhood can shape who you are as a productive adult. Simply, if you were praised for achievements growing up, you are likely someone who still seeks to overachieve. Alternatively, if you got attention by being needy, you probably are still that way today. 
I liked her perspective on the term 'girl boss' too. 
What I Didn't Like: I know Rachel Hollis is polarizing. I found that most of this book was one big humblebrag-which is kind of annoying. She also does this very strange thing were she writes all of these Pinterest worthy quotes, but acts like she came up with it. “Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business.” “Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle.”...they keep coming with no acknowledgement that she didn't come up with it on her own. 
Chelsea said it better that I could though! She said that you can find value in what Rachel says without agreeing with all of it. That's exactly how I feel. Overall, this book was very motivating, although quite pushy. 
Rating: 3 Stars

Let's Chat! Leave a comment below and tell me what you've been reading lately.Last time I did a Recent Reads post it had tons of books on it-which do you prefer and shorter list like in this post, or a long one like last time? 
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