4 Books I Read Last Month - 2016 Wed, Feb 3

Over the last few years I've really wanted to make reading a bigger priority in my life. It started when we were living in North Carolina and all of a sudden my friends all loved reading for leisure. Growing up my parents never set rules for how long we had to read each day, or limits on screen time, so we basically did what we wanted with our spare time. I think in high school I only read a total of six books in three years.

Now that I'm older, and my job involves staring at a screen for large portions of the day, I find reading to be a great way to unwind and calm down at the end of a long day of parenting and blogging. A few years ago I wanted to read 50 books in one year and that never happened. But this year, I'm actually on track to make it happen. Here are four books I read last month. 

The Dorito Effect: I already wrote about how much I loved this book. If you're a foodie into a good food book, then this one is it. I loved reading about the agricultural revolution and how it's impacted the quality and taste of our food over the years.

When is a Planet Not a Planet: I saw this in my library last month and really did love it. I read it in one night and it talked about all the reasons why Pluto is not a planet. If you've been curious about it, you should pick up this quick read!

The Book Thief: Derek and I watched this movie a year or so ago when it came out and I knew then I wanted to read the book eventually. I really loved this story because it's the first one I ever read about what it was like to be a German during World War II. You usually here about the Jews, or other countries that were being oppressed at that time, but it was interesting to see how much of it was happening to the Germans as well.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: This book wasn't my favorite. I found myself reading it each night just to get through it. It's about a man who retires with his wife and gets a letter in the mail from an old female employee who is dying from cancer. He decides to leave his wife and walk 500 miles across the UK to see her before she dies. I kept thinking how if Derek ever did that to me I'd kill him.

What are you reading right now? My book list is getting longer by the minute and I love it.


  1. Seriously looking for new books to try :)


  2. I can't believe you read 4 books in a month! I've been working on the book I have since November. lol. The problem I had is reading makes me sleepy. Yesterday I read one page and then couldn't keep my eyes open. lol


  3. Still haven't read the Book Thief, I would love to! War books make me so sad and anxious though ahha


  4. I also didn't love Harold Fry (even though people just kept RAVING about it). It was just so looooooong and not a lot happened.

  5. I am reading gratitude diaries. It is absolutely the best read. It talks how gratitude is not passive and how it can impact your life for the better. I read The Bridge to Terabithia it is amazing! I love a good cry. Also I want to read Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. She wrote the "Happiness Project."

  6. The last book I read was 'The Gift of Fear' written by Gavin de Becker. Highly recommend! The book is definitely worth reading!

  7. I am also on the hunt for a book recommendation, something that isn't one of my night school textbooks! I've never heard of your picks, I'll have to check them out! xx celebratingthislife.ca

  8. love it! have a great weekend! sending loves!

  9. So much of life is in front of a screen nowadays, even reading!! I grew up with memories of family vacations where we travelled to somewhere relaxing and everyone would spend hours a day reading books. I regret I haven't read many books for fun since finishing law school (can you say burn out? LOL) and I want to get back into it. Love recommendations.
    Have a great weekend.


  10. I have been looking for a new book, thanks for the suggestions!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  11. i saw the book thief movie and loved it! it was the first time that i've watched a movie and had no idea that it was a book first. i still need to read it!


  12. I used to want to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and now I do not want to at all. I would also KILL Devin if he did that. I started The Book Thief, but I struggled getting through it just because the writing style was so different!