Welcome to my post of book reviews! I am a voracious reader and love to document for you the books that have been on my docket as of late. Here are the first five I reviewed in a recent post on my personal blog, The Sweet Life:
1. Settle for More by Megyn Kelly
I’ve always been a Megyn Kelly fan — I think she is fierce and smart and so good at her job. It was really cool to get an inside look at how she became the superstar she is — as well as the story behind her sexual harassment from Roger Ailes. I’m fascinated by how famous people get to where they are and it was neat to see the softer side of Kelly, who can sometimes come across as pretty darn badass. I miss her as a hard-hitting interviewer on Fox News but can see why she probably needed a change after the trauma of 2016 with Donald Trump, which is a big part of the book she explains. He seems even crazier than I thought after reading this
2. Called to Create by Jordan Raynor
I’m thrilled to recommend this book again — and have found myself telling people about in person frequently. It’s technically geared toward “Christian creatives” but I think any Christian can find a ton of inspiration about their job or even hobby here. It’s all about God being the firs entrepreneur and how we can live out our love & lives for Him in everything we do. Well-written, Biblically-based, and inspirational! Check out my Facebook Live interview with the author here.
3. Brain on Fire by Susannah Callahan
I have seen this one on the shelves for YEARS but never picked it up until now. Now I see why it’s been so popular for so long. It’s exquisitely written — clearly a memoir by a writer to the core (she did and does write for the New York Post) about her battle with a mysterious mental illness that nearly cost her her life. Susannah spent a month in the hospital as her brain deteriorated and doctors puzzled over the problem. Susannah recovered but her story went to help SO many people who developed the same mysterious brain problem, perhaps saving many lives. It’s intriguing, scientifically sound and beautifully written. Memoir lovers get on it.
4. I Wish I Might by Lisa De Pasquale
I enjoy well-written chick lit and I would this book in that category, which isn’t easy to do. I’ve read my share of overly sappy, badly written books and I’m happy to say this one was easy to read and entertaining. I takes place at a popular women’s magazine and follows the story of a lead character editor with many personal insecurities as she battles against them in the midst of a media storm. Definitely a fun, easy read perfect for vacation, before bed and something to de-stress!
5. Nurtureshock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
Got this suggestion last year when asking for parenting books. Super interesting as it tackles common myths or beliefs parents have about everything from how kids learn to discipline to speaking with your kids about race. It covers a wide variety of subjects from a scientific angle, bringing up some surprising hypothesis that might change the way you choose to parent on certain issues. It was really thought-provoking and I’m glad I picked it up.