What I am reading Monday!!!

I am hoping to get a lot of reading done this week. I hope to get a lot of listening and reading done this week! I had a pretty good reading week last week, and hope to keep up the trend!

What I finished reading!

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I thought this was such a fun sequel and really enjoyed it. I really loved the character that we focused on in this novel. I thought the mystery had predicable moments but it was a fun, fast pace story!

What I am currently Reading

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I am really enjoying both these reads and hope to finish them soon! I am def loving the thriller a lot!

What I want to read next!!!!!

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These are next three books I want to tackle, I hope! Let me know in the comments what book i should read next!

later book lovers!

 

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This will only hurt a little (audiobook) review!!

This will only hurt a little  by Busy Phlipps

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Published by  Touchstone on October 16, 2018

Genres: non-fiction, celebrity

Pages: 320

Format: audiobook

Source:  personally bought

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

There’s no stopping Busy Philipps. From the time she was two and “aced out in her nudes” to explore the neighborhood (as her mom famously described her toddler jailbreak), Busy has always been headstrong, defiant, and determined not to miss out on all the fun. These qualities led her to leave Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of nineteen to pursue her passion for acting in Hollywood. But much like her painful and painfully funny teenage years, chasing her dreams wasn’t always easy and sometimes hurt more than a little.

In this stunningly candid memoir, Busy opens up about chafing against a sexist system rife with on-set bullying and body shaming, being there when friends face shattering loss, enduring devastating personal and professional betrayals from those she loved best, and struggling with postpartum anxiety and the challenges of motherhood.

But Busy also brings to the page her sly sense of humor and the unshakeable sense that disappointment shouldn’t stand in her way—even when she’s knocked down both figuratively and literally (from a knee injury at her seventh-grade dance to a violent encounter on the set of Freaks and Geeks). The rough patches in her life are tempered by times of hilarity and joy: leveraging a flawless impression of Cher from Clueless into her first paid acting gig, helping reinvent a genre with cult classic Freaks and Geeks, becoming fast friends with Dawson’s Creek castmate Michelle Williams, staging her own surprise wedding, conquering natural childbirth with the help of a Mad Men–themed hallucination, and more.

Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram and now to the page, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

“I’ve been waiting my whole life to write this book. I’m just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it??”

My Thoughts:

I really loved this audio book so much. I really love reading books by actors about their experience in the lime light. I found this book to be such a fast pace read and just was really touched by the honesty and how real this story came across. Busy did a really good job at making her life a open book for both the good, the bad and the ugly. I highly rec listening to this book because It made the story even more impactful. It did deal with harder issues so some trigger warnings but overall a great listen!

Who Thought this was a good idea (Political book) (Non-Spoiler review)!!

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco

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Published by  Twelve on March 21, 2017

Genres: Bio, Political, Self Help

Pages: 257

Format:  Audibook

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this…

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, and long before his run for president. From the then-senator’s early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made Hope and Change happen through blood, sweat, tears, and lots of briefing binders.

But for every historic occasion-meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace, bursting in on secret climate talks, or nailing a campaign speech in a hailstorm-there were dozens of less-than-perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day. Like the time she learned the hard way that there aren’t nearly enough bathrooms at the Vatican.

Full of hilarious, never-before-told stories, WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is an intimate portrait of a president, a book about how to get stuff done, and the story of how one woman challenged, again and again, what a “White House official” is supposed to look like. Here Alyssa shares the strategies that made her successful in politics and beyond, including the importance of confidence, the value of not being a jerk, and why ultimately everything comes down to hard work (and always carrying a spare tampon).

Told in a smart, original voice and topped off with a couple of really good cat stories, WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is a promising debut from a savvy political star.

My Thoughts:

I listened to this audiobook and found this book to be such a informative read not only about life and job hunting and being a women in any field. I also thought that is covered such a unique take on a white house roll, that I never read before. I really loved both learning about her role in the WH and also how she got where she was. This was such a fun read and so informative. I hope to read more political reads in the future!

 

This is me Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz (Review)

This is me Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz

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Published by Dey Street Books on March 27, 2018

Genres: memoir, non fiction

Pages:  320

Format: signed hardback (I listened to the audio book, I adored it)

Source: Barnes and Noble

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Challenge:  NA

Summary!

An inspirational book about life and its lessons from the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated star of NBC’s This Is Us.

When This Is Us debuted in fall 2016, a divided America embraced a show that celebrates human connection. The critically acclaimed series became America’s most watched—and most talked about—network show, even building on its fan base in the drama’s second season. As Kate Pearson, Chrissy Metz presents a character that has never been seen on television, yet viewers see themselves in her, no matter what they look like or where they come from. Considered a role model just for being her authentic self, Chrissy found herself on magazine covers and talk shows, walking red carpets, and as the subject of endless conversations on social media “I don’t know what you’ve been through to play her,” she is often told by fans, “but it was something.”

In This is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave readers both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy’s This is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments, and leaves the reader feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.

Chrissy Metz grew up in a large family, one that always seemed to be moving, and growing. Her father disappeared one day, leaving her mother to work a series of menial jobs and his children to learn to live with the threat of hunger and the electricity being cut off. When her mother remarried, Chrissy hoped for “normal” but instead experienced a form of mental pain that seemed crafted just for her. The boys who showed her attention did so with strings attached as well, and Chrissy accepted it, because for her, love always came with conditions.

When she set out for Los Angeles, it was the first time she had been away from her family and from Florida. And for years, she got barely an audition. So how does a woman with the deck stacked against her radiate such love, beauty and joy? This too is at the heart of This is Me.

With chapters that alternate from autobiographical to instructional, Chrissy offers practical applications of her hard-won insights in a series of “Bee Mindful” interstitials. There she invites you to embrace gratitude in “Say Thank You” or to be honest with your partner and yourself in “The Shrouded Supreme.” Blending love and experience, Chrissy encourages us all to claim our rightful place in a world that may be trying to knock us down, find our own unique gifts, and pursue our dreams.

 

My Thoughts:

I loved listening to this audio book so much! I think it was because Chrissy Metz read me this book and I thought nobody else could read me her story. I loved how it played with balance between small pieces of advice but also her life story. I learned so much about her and took so many small life lessons from this book. I just did not want to stop listening to it. She is such a charming narrator and I really loved her story so much! If you are a fan of this is us you really need to pick up this book!