Share a September book synopsis and if I would recommend adding this to your TBR list!
Hello hello friends! How are you during the week? I hope you are having a great time so far. I work on SEO all day here – one of my least favorite aspects of blogging. Blahhhh- and looking forward to a hot yoga class this afternoon.
For today’s post, I’m sharing a roundup of the books I read in September and whether I’d recommend adding them to your list. I always enjoy your book choices, so please let us know what you’re reading in the comments section. 🙂
Book Review September
I wasn’t sure if I should add this to the summary because obviously we don’t all have the same beliefs and I never want anyone to feel isolated or left out. One of my favorite things about having you guys as Virtual BFFs is the fact that we have a lot in common and probably some differences as well. It makes life more comfortable and exciting to be surrounded by different perspectives and points of view.
I ended up adding it because it’s been a part of my life lately and I’m sure many of you would love to hear about this recording.
I’ve been doing this 2 Corinthians Bible study for the last month and a half and I’ve learned so much from it already. As someone who has always felt intimidated reading the Bible, this was a great introduction to the Bible, especially as I am able to study and debate with such a lovely and brilliantly intelligent group of ladies. We meet weekly and chat about what we’ve learned, and the conversations have been so meaningful to me.
If you have always wanted to read the Bible, I highly recommend undertaking a study like this for greater knowledge and understanding. I feel like I’m actually learning rather than just reading passages and that way I can more easily apply these principles to my life. We will complete this study early next month and conclude it with a celebratory lunch before beginning our next study. 🙂
The city of ancient Corinth was very much like our modern cities: a melting pot of electrifying cultural experiences to be lived along with the myriad pitfalls of spiritual depravity. Nevertheless, Paul wrote to the church of God in Corinth. That is, God’s Church should flourish in every city and in every circumstance in which we find ourselves. Paul’s letter is as timely as ever. Over 8 sessions, Kelly Minter will guide you through the epistle of 2 Corinthians, explore the anchoring truths of carrying treasures in jars, meet Christ through a pressing thorn, open your heart wide amidst hurtful relationships and what it means to the lost and lonely as to accept servants of the new covenant. Each of us has a message to proclaim and to live: Because of Jesus, the old has gone, the new has come.
I’m glad my mother died
What a turn of events, right?
TBH, the title of this book put me off reading it despite the overwhelmingly positive reviews. “She’s glad her mother died?” That’s a lot.
But in the end this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time (heard this one on Audible and highly recommend it). It’s deep, heartbreaking, upbeat, hilarious and beautifully written. Just as a trigger warning, it includes some heavy topics like mental and physical abuse and eating disorders. While these are predominant themes in the book, it was not overwhelmingly vivid to read. 10/10 would recommend.
A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir from iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actress – including eating disorders, addiction and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother – and how she regained control of her life.
Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mother’s dream was for her only daughter to be a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy. So she did what Mom called “calorie restriction,” eating little and weighing herself five times a day. She endured major home renovations while mom chided, “Your lashes are invisible, okay? Do you think Dakota Fanning doesn’t dye hers?” She was even showered by mom until she was sixteen, all the while sharing her journals, emails and all of her earnings.
in the I’m glad my mother died, Jennette recounts all of this in unflinching detail—just as she chronicles what happens when the dream finally comes true. Cast in a new Nickelodeon series called iCarly, she rises to fame. Despite Mom being smitten, emailing fan club moderators, and on first-name terms with the paparazzi (“Hi Gale!”), Jennette is riddled with fear, shame, and self-loathing, which has translated into eating disorders, addictions, and a host of unhealthy ones Relationships.
Those problems only get worse when her mother dies of cancer shortly after taking the lead alongside Ariana Grande in iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat. Eventually, after discovering therapy and giving up acting, Jennette begins recovery and decides what she really wants for the first time in her life.
Told with refreshing frankness and black humour, I’m glad my mother died is an inspirational story of resilience, independence and the joy of washing your own hair.
I’ve learned that Colleen Hoover is hit or miss for me… and this one was a miss. I just couldn’t get into the plot that much, which had a lot of potential. Her writing often feels lackluster and doesn’t allow me to really engage with all of the characters she creates. 3/10
Popular New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unlikely muse.
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before they plan to move abroad.
Her premature attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in LA together, and their eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben always sought for his novel. As time went on, and amid the various relationships and difficulties of their own separate lives, they continued to meet each year on the same day. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure whether Ben was telling her the truth or inventing a perfect reality to achieve the ultimate plot twist.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon – and his novel at the same time – be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
The Core 3 Healthy Eating Plan
I ordered this book after Lisa Moskovitz, RD was a guest on the podcast. I enjoyed hearing about their philosophy and wanted to see what their nutrition plan guidelines entailed, especially since I’m often looking for new recommendations to share with clients. This one is AMAZING. It’s simple enough for beginners, but it will also encourage more experienced macro trackers to try a new way.
You can check it out here and use code CORE20 for a discount. (No partner, just like to spread the word.)
What did you read in September?
What’s next on your TBR list?