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This year I decided to start reading again. I challenged myself to read 12 books in 2016. I only made it to 6 but hey I think that’s pretty good! I use to be an avid reader when I was a teenager. My parents seriously use to have to tell me to go to bed because I would be up all night cramming in every chapter. I know right? NERD! But I wouldn’t change that part of me for the world.
Adulting really put a dim light on my reading. Now that I am a stay-at-home mom, to stay sane, I needed to find a hobby to keep me busy! BOOKS! They were my answer. I just didn’t realize how much harder it would be to read now a days. A LOT of interruptions!
This is actually book #3 to the White Rabbit Chronicles. I had read the previous ones in 2015 while I was pregnant. They were the only books I read that year so I guess you can say that made me want to read again. This story has it’s own interesting twist on the cliche zombies story and follows a similar time line to Alice and Wonderland. It’s very different and I liked that. It is a little teenie boppish but overall I can look past that with the unique story line.
A friend of mine loaned me this book when I first started taking blogging seriously. At the time I was still using the free version of WordPress and exploring my options to self-host. This book had everything I was looking for in my search for answers. It gives you literally every step you need to know about switching from wordpress.com to self-host but uses the examples through switching to SiteGround which was great for me because that is the host I had overall chosen before this book. Great book for beginners and even shows you a little beginning coding.
I have read my fair share of “Vampire” books, since it is one of my favorite genres, and I can honestly say this one stands out in the crowd. The characters in this story are far from the cliche’s of damsel in distress or hunky man meat leading roles. I really appreciated this because it was like a breath of fresh air.
The book is kind of long compared to most but the plot line is so unique that I found myself fully immersed for longer than I realized sometimes. While I loved the idea of the little girl, I found myself drawn to Father Molinari the most. I am not the religious type so to see a religious person portrayed as someone who is “only human” (my little play on words ha ha) and not this perfect person really made me feel for him and understand him in a way I didn’t think my mind could. In the end, this is a very interesting, thought provoking, and riveting story that is easy to read and appropriate for any age!
See my book tour review and guest post with the author HERE.
Started but didn’t finish: Changeling Moon by Dani Harper
Kind of long and drawn out. While there is a lot of good information in here and is very insightful I find myself having trouble reading it for long sessions. I honestly think the physical copy of this book would have been better for me than the digital copy because the charts are kind of hard to see on my phone and it’s harder to follow the activities it asks you to do. I don’t really like the real life experiences he outlines sometimes from his patients because I find a lot of them to be unrelateable even though I understand the message he is trying to portray.
The book is so long I find myself having to go back and reread some things because I have forgotten what I had read by the time I decide to read it again. Sometimes the book makes me feel better but sometimes it just makes me sad and anxious because of all the things it is pointing out I never realized I was doing. I am wondering if that is the true point of the book because therapy also makes me feel that way.
This was short and sweet but really helpful. I used it to apply towards my blogging and later on in December read again when I became a distributor for Plexus Worldwide. It is very easy to read, even for a beginner, and hits all the solid points it needs to. Also helps those who already know how to Social Media Market to refocus and get back to basics. Sometimes when you do something a lot and get caught up in it you get burnt out and forget to do the simple stuff.
Started but didn’t finish: Be Your Spirit: A Guide to Health and Happiness Based on the Yoga Sutras by Randy Neiderman
This book is by the same person who created the show Victoria on PBS that will be premiering January 17 and is based loosely on Queen Victoria’s life. I have never been a really big fan of historical fiction but I really enjoyed this book. Young Victoria is very relateable to my life. The book takes you on a journey through her struggle of finding her place in the world, grieving over a father who is never there, a family that is constantly trying to over protect her and keep her from the world, and finding love. While I have read other reviews that it didn’t stick entirely true to the facts I still would suggest my friends and family to read it because it’s an amazing story.
I can’t wait to begin my 2017 reading list. This is just the beginning and now I have the real momentum going. I realized how many self-help books I read in 2016 so this year I am going to focus more on fiction. In my sidebar you can see what I am currently reading on Goodreads so you can follow along or add me if you like!
What was your favorite books from 2016?