Tuesday, January 14, 2020

What I've Read Lately

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In case you missed it among my 2020 goals, I'm making a concerted effort to read more.  I do a lot of reading in my job so reading for pleasure ends up getting pushed to the bottom of my priority list more often then I care to admit.  Which is sad, since reading is the best.  As long as it's not a legal document.  So in order to ensure that I stick to that particular goal, I've decided to commit to also posting about my books to Steph and Jana's Show Us Your Books link up every month.  Having that monthly reminder will really help to keep me on track, since I'm what Gretchen Rubin calls an 'obliger' - I need external influences to motivate me to get stuff done.


Everyday Millionaires by Chris Hogan.  Chris Hogan is part of the Dave Ramsey team, but unlike Dave's books, this one is more motivational than informative.  They survey 10,000 people with a net worth of more than $1 million and then looked at all the characteristics and traits that would explain that success.  He debunks a lot of myths about inherited wealth and needing to earn a certain income, so it's a motivating read for people who think they can't reach that level.  In terms of financial information, there's nothing new that hasn't been covered in another Dave Ramsey book, but I still found it an interesting read.

Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze.  Rachel Cruze is Dave Ramsey's daughter, so clearly I was on the financial train this month.  This book is a reiteration of Dave's baby steps but from the point of view of Rachel, with her personal stories thrown in.  Most people find her a lot more relatable than her father, so this book is a good choice for people who think Dave is kind of harsh.  It was an easy, quick read with cute stories, but I wouldn't have gone out of my way to find a copy.

Before You Cast a Spell by Carl McColman.  This is a beginner witch book, nothing about actual spells, just about what magick can and can't do for you in the world.  The building blocks, if you will.  It's an easy read but worth it for some foundational information but if you're past that level, you don't need this.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.  A great thriller, fast paced with lots of suspense and twists - guy meets girl, guy tells girl his wife had an affair and lied about it and now he wants to kill her, girl eggs him on.  It spirals from there, so you get the idea.  And I love a good thriller with a sociopathic female main character you can't help but like.  If you like thrillers, 100% recommend this one, it's great.

Winter Cottage by Mary Ellen Taylor.  This one is a mystery and told from 3 different people in 3 time periods so it was a little hard to follow.  It's otherwise middle of the road for me.  It's well-written and it was interesting, but not great.  Ending was predictable and overall it was slow moving. I think it's a good pass the time beach read.
  
What's on your read list?  Don't forget to link up your own post, so I can find more recommendations for next month.

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