What I am Reading Week 7 and 8

 What I am Reading Week 7 and *

The last couple of weeks have not been typical reading weeks for me. I spent part of it sick and then I made a trip to Oregon for a week. I didn’t read much when I was sick, but I did end up reading quite a bit on my trip. Most of my reading for the last two weeks is due to the fact that I had several long flights.

I go back and forth on whether I like print books or ebooks more. It really depends on when you ask me what my answer will be. Sometimes I prefer a real printed book and other times I prefer Kindle books. All five books I am sharing today were Kindle reads for me. The reason for that is that when I travel it is easier to take my Kindle than several books. Traveling always helps me catch up on reading some of the ebooks that I haven’t gotten to read yet. I tend to read books when I travel that I wouldn’t normally take time to read.

Here are the five books that I read over the last two week. I also made a page for all the books that I have read this year, so be sure to check that out as well.

Settle for More by Megyn Kelly

Most of the ebooks I own are ones that I got free or for only a couple of dollars. I can easily fall down the trap of spending way too much on books, so I usually limit myself to only buying ebooks that are $2.99 and under. I broke that rule for Megyn Kelly’s book.

On my recent trip to Oregon, I wanted a book that was pretty easy reading, but that was not fiction. I wanted it to be a quick and easy read, but one that would still be worth reading and would not be a total waste of time.

After reading a couple of reviews online, I decided to give Settle For More a try, I am so glad I did! This book was exactly what I needed when I read it. It was a quick, easy read, that was also interesting.

I don’t agree with everything in this book. There is a lot I actually don’t agree with, but like most books there is almost always something to learn by reading a book like this.

This book was a great reminder not to let the difficulties of life get you down. Those difficulties are what make you who you are. It was also interesting to read Megyn’s story from childhood, to college and law work, all the way to her prime time show on Fox News. It was well worth my time for a quick read on my trip.

Present Over Perfect

This book has been very popular over the last year in many blogging and social media circles. I have had it on my Kindle for some time, but finally decided to read it on my recent trip to Oregon. I can see why so many people love this book. There is a lot about this book that I enjoyed and found true. The title says a lot. Really we often strive so hard for perfection that we aren’t present in the moment. In trying to live this life, we lose site of the important things in our lives.

There are some things in this book that I don’t agree with, but I found the overall subject to be good.

I have to admit though I have mixed feeling about this book. I think for me it may be the timing. So often books affect us differently at different times. That is the case for me with this book. I think I would have appreciated it more at a different time. You can read my full review of this book here. I explain why I think I read it at the wrong time.

The Notebook

I picked this up recently on Kindle when it was on sale. I honestly didn’t know about this book until recently. I have heard of the movie, but have never watched it. I know. It has been out forever and I never watched it. I really am not much of a movie person. When I found out about the book though I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Since I have not seen the movie, I am not sure how to compare it to the book, but I loved the book. I thought it was a sweet story. One that could have easily happened in real life.  I thought it was well written and loved how it told the story. The one thing I didn’t like about this book was a couple of the “sex” scenes. I know there were mild compared to many books. But the reality is that I don’t read those type of books. I can handle blood and war in books. I can handle other stuff.  Descriptive sex scenes are not something I like to read about. I have found that a good story will still be a good story without the descriptive sexual stuff. The sexual stuff is because it gets people to read it. People like that stuff. They think it adds to the book, but I find that it takes away from it. So, yes I enjoyed the book, but I could have done without a couple of the detailed scenes.

Girl Waits with Gun

I have heard so much about this book that when I saw it on sale on Kindle a few months ago I knew I had to get. I don’t read a lot of fiction, but for some reason this one appealed to me.

This was another book I read on my recent trip to Oregon. Yes, I ended up doing a lot of reading on that trip.

I loved this book! I am not usually a western book fan, so I wasn’t really sure what I would think of this. But I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. It is based on a true story and often I would prefer to read the true story. I found this book though interesting and fun and a great trip read.

I don’t know a lot about this time frame or place in history, so I don’t know how accurate the book is, but I found the story fun and fascinating. Now that I have read Girl Waits with Gun, I can’t wait to read the second book Lady Cop Makes Trouble.

The Happiness Project

This book has been popular over the last few years. I bought it when it was on sale on Kindle quite awhile ago. I decided to read it on the airplane on my way home from Oregon. It was an easy read and I finished it in one day. However, I didn’t really enjoy the book. I can see why some like it. A friend of mine even called it life changing. For me it was not life changing and I actually disagreed with some of the book. It just wasn’t for me. Not a total waste of time to read, but one I didn’t really enjoy either.

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