Hi, my name is Shay and I’m addicted to reading books about the French lifestyle. Because Amazon knows this about me, it’s constantly putting those books in my face when I’m on their site and thus, I bought three more. This one, The French Beauty Solution, was written by Mathilde Thomas who founded the beauty brand Caudalie. I enjoyed every page of this book. Don’t ask me why…but knowing little details about the French way of putting on their makeup, styling themselves, entertaining, and more just makes me happy. #imanaddict #therewillbeanotheronenextmonthtoo #andthemonthafterthat
Erika passed this next book on to me by Kayla Aimee called Anchored. This book is a memoir about the author’s journey having a premature baby. This one will tug at your heart friends. If you know someone who has had a premie or a baby in the NICU, I really recommend this one. It’s hopeful, honest, encouraging, engaging and uplifting all at the same time…even if you’ve never experienced that kind of trial in your life.
So, of course I read another Elin Hilderbrand book. Shockingly enough, I haven’t read them all…so, be on the lookout for more to come. This one is Nantucket Nights and it was okay. Considering it was like my 10th one to read in less than a year, I have enough Hilderbrand on the brain to know the ones I love a lot verses the ones that are just alright. This one falls into the “just alright” category. It is suspenseful and I didn’t know how it would turn out in the end, so that was a positive…but it wasn’t my favorite of her books to read.
Random, right? One of our pastors preached in January and quoted from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and then later that same week, someone else I was talking to started telling me how he re-read it and applied the habits to parenting and so…I felt like that was God’s way of telling me to read this book again :).
I read it back in college (I think pretty much everyone did back then), but this time, I read it with fresh eyes as a parent. Now, let’s be real…it’s kind of like reading a textbook at times…but, it really does have some wonderful ideas. I was reading paragraphs aloud to Andrew constantly as I read this one. He just says stuff that seems so simple and obvious and you think to yourself, why have I not been doing that all along?! My friend was right about applying this to parenting too…it really does work well. I’m sure you’ve read this book (it’s been around forever), but I would say read it again if your life is more about effective parenting these days. And if you’ve never read it…you should. It’s legendary.
And finally, I read Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We Should All Knock It Off. Erika passed this book on to me after she read it and I loved it! This is such a quick and easy read and will totally encourage you as a mama (plus make you laugh!). I was shaking my head in agreement and chuckling all the way through. The sixth myth on time spoke to my heart the most. I don’t know about you…but time is my biggest foe. When I have my time scheduled well (not over-scheduled!), then my days seem so much smoother. When I don’t, my days are crazy, chaotic and this mommy is cranky.
Okay, that’s what I’m reading this month…what are you reading? I have a big stack to read in March. With a vacation coming up, I’ll have extra reading time (woohoo!). Comment below and tell me what you’re reading.