I haven’t shared what I’m reading in quite a while. With summer and beach reading season coming up, it seemed like the perfect time to share a few books with my readers. This post also gave me an excuse to browse the books I’ve downloaded on my Kindle to see which ones are still waiting for me to read them.

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I’ve divided the list into three parts to help you navigate where I’m at with each book. I’ve also offered my opinion and how I came across the book whenever possible. I hope you find at least one new book to enjoy from this list!

Recently Finished:

Miss Minimalist by Francine Jay

I don’t remember how I came across this book but I’m very glad that I did! This book walks you through the minimalist lifestyle and what it means. In addition to offering tips on how to be a minimalist, Francine also walks you through the how and why behind becoming a minimalist. Her book really made me think about my own clutter and what I can do to free myself from it. I loved her writing style as well – I felt like I was reading a series of letters from a friend rather than an informational book. I enjoyed her book so much that I’m planning to download her longer book, The Joy of Less.


How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

This book was chosen for a book club that I found through a Meetup group. The group picked it because of the movie version that was coming out. I read the entire book and enjoyed it quite a bit. It wasn’t what I was expecting it to be but it was still a fun read, nonetheless. I’ve heard the movie is quite different from the book and I’m looking forward to seeing how the two compare. Any idea when the movie is coming to Redbox?

It Starts with Food by Dallas & Melissa Hatwing

This one was definitely a curiosity read in addition to wanting to educate myself. I’ve been very focused on learning more about health and fitness lately which includes learning about the popular buzz words in the industry. I was seeing the term “Whole 30” just about everywhere so I decided to go straight to the source to learn about it. This was definitely an interesting read and I have to say – I’m very tempted to try a round of Whole 30 just to see how my body reacts.

Currently Reading:

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

I feel like I have been reading this book forever. I keep starting the book and not finishing it. I originally downloaded this book because it was recommended in a group that I trust. Since downloading it though, I’ve had a really hard time getting involved in the book. I just don’t think it’s a match for my reading style. I have found that it has some interesting anecdotes and stories about fashion though. I think someone that’s interested in fashion would enjoy it a lot more than me.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

This was another curiosity read. I’ve read about this book on so many blogs and seen it mentioned by a lot of fellow military spouses. It’s supposed to be a best seller and the word of mouth for it is definitely strong. I’m almost finished with it (thank you plane rides across the country) and I have to say I’ve enjoyed it a lot. This book is full of personal stories from Marie and tips to help you tidy up your place in a new way. I have to say I’m jumping on the popular wagon and recommending this book as well.

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

I’m about a chapter into this book and I’m already enjoying it. It’s based on true events and individuals who have served in the military. This book was actually chosen by the military spouses club that I’m a part of to read for our next book club meeting. It’s being made into a movie, so you’re going to want to get your hands on this one before the movie comes out!

On My Reading List:

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This is another book that I downloaded a while ago based on recommendations from others. I’ve had it on my Kindle for a while now, I simply haven’t started it. I’ve heard great things about it though and it seems like the perfect read for a special collaboration that I’m working on.

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

This is the last book that’s making it on my list. Just like The Happiness Project, this book is already on my Kindle waiting to be read. This one was recommended to me by several different Beachbody coaches. I’m looking forward to reading it – I just haven’t had the chance to yet.

What do you suggest for my reading list? I would love to get a few new books downloaded before summer!