I did something again this month that I have never done before… I listened to an audiobook! It was nice to have something to listen to on my treadmill runs and this way I was able to read two books at the same time (one on audiobook and one actual book).
Why Not Me?
This was the first time I listened to an audiobook. My sister said it might be a good one to try since the author, Mindy Kaling, does the reading for the audiobook. I think that made a big difference! I was afraid that an audiobook would be read too slow or that I would zone out and miss important parts. I think because it was in Mindy’s voice, that made it more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the book expired before I was able to finish so I only heard 3/4 of it but I am ok with that. If it were a novel and I didn’t get to hear the ending, that would be another story but this is a random collection of stories and I wasn’t loving the section I was on so I am ok with not hearing the rest. I did love when she talked about weddings and the difference between responsibilities of a bridesmaid vs. a groomsman. Also, when she talked about online dating and how she does not online date because she lives in fear that her profile would be made public for everyone to see.
P.S. I Still Love You
This book is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which I read back in December. Teenager Lara Jean wrote love letters to all the boys she loved and her little sister mailed them out. This resulted in a pretend relationship with one of the boys. It started out as pretend but now Lara Jean finds herself in a real relationship and it’s not as easy as she may have thought. I really liked this book. It made me laugh out loud, the characters are lovable, and there were lots of good quotes on love I can relate to.
“People say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but I think they’re wrong: proximity makes the heart grow fonder.”
“I can see now that it’s the little things, the small efforts, that keep a relationship going.”
“Maybe really, really good things aren’t meant to last for too long; maybe that’s what makes them all the more sweet, the temporariness of them.”
I love Nicholas Sparks books and have read all of them so I was excited when I discovered a new one was out (this is why I browse the book section at Target). This was as good as the rest and did not disappoint. It was a bit more anxiety provoking than most but also didn’t elicit the tears like some of the others. Again, an unlikely love story between Colin, a man with a not so shiny past and Maria, a hardworking lawyer. A chance encounter begins their love story but things get intense when things from Maria’s past come back to haunt her. If you are a Nicholas Sparks fan, you should definitely read this book! I also need to go see his new movie The Choice as soon as possible!
Wildflower is written by Drew Barrymore and is a portrait of her life in stories as she talks about being a child actress, becoming a legal adult at 14, and many other defining moments in her life. WOW I LOVED this book! Her early years were crazy and fun. She reports at 6 years old she was cocky and would go into auditions like she owned the place. She was wild and free for many years. Steven Spielberg took her under his wing. Cameron Diaz is a good friend of hers since they were teenagers. It was neat to realize the real-life relationships between famous people. She met her business partner and best friend when she was a teenager. She is very hardworking and has definitely earned all her success. It was interesting reading about her early years and her teenage years and how that was before the internet and social media so she got away with a lot more than she would nowadays. I have heard bits and pieces about Drew being a wild child but yeah, definitely not in the way you hear about celebrities today.
Strong Looks Better Naked
My favorite of the Kardashians, Khloe, wrote a book about being strong in body, mind, and heart. She talks about exercise, food, the power of the mind, and how she has grown in the past few years through heartbreak, drama, and life. This was a quick and easy read (including pictures!) and I enjoyed it. The exercise and nutrition parts weren’t too preachy or “here’s how I lost weight, and you can too”. She was realistic about what works for one doesn’t work for another and that there are no quick fixes. I mostly resonated with her section on improving one’s outlook on life and how we respond to situations. Make the most of everything, think before you act, and the power of kindness. Lots of good quotes and takeaways from this book. I recommend it if you are looking for a little motivation or if you are just curious about the more personal side of a celebrity!
More book recs – 6 Books to Read if You Loved Gone Girl
Have you read any good books lately?