Calling this my Louella Reese summer reading list and breaking down my favorite and not so favorite books!
The Knockoff | What Alice Forgot | Love Warrior | Matchmaking for Beginners | 5 Minutes with Jesus: Making Today Matter | 5 Minutes with Jesus: A Fresh Infusion of Joy
Happy Friday!! One of the items on my summer bucket list was to read one book per month. Which I wanted to do so I could get back to my love of reading and also relax a bit (step away from the computer and iPhone). I am happy to say I made it happen and have read one book per month since May + two morning devotional books. Yay! Now I’m hear to share my reading list (as requested by a couple of you via DM on IG) and provide a yes or no recommendation on whether they’re worth the read or not.
Have you been on the reading train this summer? If so, what have you read and what are you loving? I would love to hear and add some books to my list. Comment below and share!
This was my first book of the summer. First real book in quite awhile actually. The Knockoff is about an editor in chief of a big fashion magazine. She leaves for a bit due to being sick and when she returns things are VERY different. Her previous assistant has also returned after attending business school. Now having all of the confidence she tries to take reign of the magazine and ruin her previous (and current) boss. The editor-in-chief now has to learn all about social media and is basically in an adapt or die situation. There’s lots of back and forth “fights” and millennials vs. baby boomers. Overall I felt you could tell the WHOLE ENTIRE book what was going to happen and that did in fact happen.
What Alice Forgot
This book started off a little slow for me aka the first half of the book really. Once the second half hit I was hooked though. The book is about Alice (shocker) forgetting the last ten years of her life after having a spill at the gym. The last thing Alice really remembers is being madly in love with her sweet husband and newly pregnant with her first child. Boy have things changed in 10 years! Alice is now in the middle of a nasty divorce and has three child. Plus she doesn’t recognize herself at all!
Recommendation: Yes & No
No, because the first half is SO slow moving. Yes, because the second half is very addicting! So if you can move past the slow first half, it’s worth it. However, if you’re someone who really struggles with slow moving books, I’d say pass.
My mother-in-law gave me this book on a whim. At first, I have to be honest, I wasn’t too sure about it. It’s written by Glennon Doyle and she shares the story of her early years into her 30s. Typically, I’m not into real life books (I like the fiction novels). But my mother-in-law gave it to me, so I had to read it right?
Well, I am so glad that she did and that I did in fact read it. This book and Glennon’s story absolutely blew me away. The book tells the story of Glennon’s issues with her body which included bulimia, her struggle with alcoholism, and the heartbreak that came with her perfect little family falling apart due to infidelity. While showing how Glennon deals with each crisis and how staying true to herself is the ultimate way she survives it all.
Matchmaking for Beginners
This was super fun light read. I honestly read it faster than any of the other books. One due to it being an easy read and two to being slightly addicted to it. Needing to know what would happen next!
Matchmaking for Beginners follows Marnie, Blix, and a pack of misfits (really they’re adorable but the book calls them that ha) and their journey through life, death, and love. Marnie faces a lot of struggles, I would say but I don’t want to ruin any part of the book. And you really can’t help but cheer for her and flip to the next page (or chapter) to find out what happens to her next. Marnie finds herself with an amazing gift that completely uproots her life and the “perfect” forever she saw in front of her.
5 Minutes with Jesus: Making Today Matter
I may have mentioned this before (if so, sorry!) I had been on the search for a morning devotional. One that spoke to me and also wasn’t super long because to be honest, I can’t stay focused that long. Not my learning style ha. But anyways, while at Barnes and Noble for a little mid-week date night with Joshua, I found this 5 Minute with Jesus series. I started with Peace for Today and have since been hooked.
Making Today Matter was actually the first of the series so it really focuses on taking those five minutes to be with Jesus. To leave work, your jam-packed day, friends, family, and everything else to focus on peace and your faith.
5 Minutes with Jesus: A Fresh Infusion of Joy
A daily reminder that joy is a choice. That we have to choose joy every single day! A reminder I can often use on those hard days. If you’re in the same boat, this would be a great book for you to start your morning with each morning (or a couple times a week).
p.s. if you’d like to shop my dress you can find it in this styled post.