Last Three Books I Read

Ok, full transparency, I actually LISTENED to these because I have an Audible addiction.  But I started this conversation the other day on instagram stories because I wondered if people considered an audiobook reading.  So, are audiobooks really books?  I realize it’s not the traditional reading in the sense that your eyes are on paper, but it’s the consumption of text through a different medium, so I consider a book “read” if I listen to it on Audible.  I also consider it “reading” when I read stories aloud to my kids each night.  Harry is just learning to read and I’m reading more of it aloud, but I still consider us all reading a book together, even if the boys are just listening.  Someone messaged me that audiobooks don’t require your full attention like a normal book does, but I respectfully disagree on that point.  I have had to rewind audiobooks (and podcasts!) when I find myself spacing out, just like I would have to flip back a few pages to re-read if I wasn’t paying attention.

It’s a controversial subject, I learned, but hopefully we can all agree that these books are worth the read (or listen), so matter how you consume them!  And I realize that many of you disagree with me and that’s ok–Eric does (ha) and it was actually split 50/50 on my poll and thousands of you voted!

PS Audible was a 2019 instagram partnership for me but in case you’re interested in trying it out, you can get 30 days and one audiobook for free through my link (it still works, I checked).

American RoyalsLet’s take it back to the end of the Revolutionary War–what if George Washington had taken a crown and been made royalty?  What would America look like today fill of duchesses, dukes, and noblemen?  American Royals is such a fun, wistful read that portrays the personal lives of modern day American royals–let love, scandal, and drama ensue!  True, it’s a little young adult-ish, but it’s fun to hear the snippets of how American worked as a monarchy for the past 200+ years.  I, personally, cannot wait for part two, which is coming out this year!

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed – Holy moly this book was a bit of a saving grace during a very difficult time for me.  I started it the day I decided to call a therapist for my first appointment ever (my sister, the therapist, sighed in relief that I decided to go right after we said goodbye to our baby at 20 weeks).  I honestly chose it randomly; I thought it would be a light-hearted listen and it was, but it was also so much more.  Hearing Lori’s therapy journey as well as her patients’ journeys helped me approach my own therapy in a constructive manner.  It also helped me deal with some heavy stuff going on in my own life.  I’m sure it’s a good read in the traditional sense, but the narrator for this book was incredible.  I didn’t want it to end.  I brought my phone in the shower with me (maybe don’t do that).  There’s so many people to root for in this book.  You must listen/read.

City of Girls – No matter what your opinion on Elizabeth Gilbert of “Eat, Pray, Love” fame, I think we can agree she’s a talented writer (I personally didn’t finish the book–it lost me halfway through).  This book is a little dose of historical fiction–set in 1940 Manhattan and I enjoyed the ride of protagonist Vivian Morris.  The narrator was fantastic–I loved her rich voice.  It was a really fun ride (full of sex scenes) and I really enjoyed it.  I will say, I didn’t love the ending and I think a lot of people would actually disagree with me; I kind of found myself saying, “huh” at the wrap-up but I’d still recommend it.

Leave me comments for book (or audiobook, sigh) suggestions in the comments!

Moree book suggestions here and here.

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  1. I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine a couple of months ago and LOVED it. It’s a heavy story but I loved the characters and the use of dry humor throughout the book literally had me laughing out loud at times. The best book I’ve read in awhile. This is also the author’s debut novel and I’m shocked because the writing was just so good. I also just read the non-fiction book, Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe, and thought it was super interesting. I didn’t know anything about the author but saw the book mentioned in a few places and was curious so I read it and enjoyed it. Some of the stories told get repetitive but overall I just thought it was really interesting.

    • I also listened to Signs by Laura Lynne Jackson on Audible! I really enjoyed it (she narrated it, too). A friend recommended it to me and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would!

  2. Okay I just finished City of Girls at the end of December and I loved the first part of the book, very fun and enjoyable. And while the end wasn’t horrible, I would definitely agree with your opinion. It just felt disjointed and didn’t match up with the awesome first half! Currently reading Discovery of Witches, so I can watch the series. But my favorite book I read last year was either Ship of Brides or Silver Bay both by Jojo Moyes!

    • Ok, I’m glad I’m not alone. I felt like it came out of nowhere and the “love of her life” at the end didn’t make a ton of sense to me…

      Thank you for the reccs, too!

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