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Amber Can Read : February 2018

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Let’s talk about books, babyyyyyy.

Books read this month : 7

Book 1 : In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is my guilty pleasure author, and even though her books are usually preachy and predictable, I enjoy them. That was not the case for this one. It was so heavy-handed, full of lectures, and derogatory towards anyone who doesn’t agree with her viewpoint that it was difficult for me to finish it. There were also a couple of subplots thrown in that seemed to have almost nothing to do with the main story. I don’t recommend this one at all, and sadly, I’m going to be really hesitant to read any of her books from now on. End of an era…

Book 2 : Jump by Steve Harvey

I needed something decent to read after the Kingsbury fiasco, so I’m glad this one was next! This book was based off a speech that Steve Harvey gave to the audience after a taping of Family Feud. It was encouraging and mixed in some personal stories from his life, which as I’ve said more than once, is right up my alley! If you’re feeling a little stuck in any area of your life, then check this one out.

Book 3 : Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark

This one was pretty mediocre. It’s part of a series, and I haven’t read the other ones, but I think I’m okay not reading them if they are as boring as this one was! Only recommended if you need something to put you to sleep!

Book 4 : Live, Spend, Save, Repeat by Kim Anderson

I listened to this one, which was a change for me because I very rarely listen to books! This book had some really practical tips about budgeting and living a more frugal life. I thought the narrator (the author) was easy to relate to also. I recommend this one to anyone looking to read more about personal finance presented in a straightforward and easy-to-understand way. 

Book 5 : The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

This was another audiobook for me. I don’t know who I’m becoming. This one was also narrated by the author, but in this case, it made me dislike her more than I probably would have if I had just read it. The concept of the book is interesting – she embarked on a shopping ban for a year – but I found her a little whiny and entitled. I imagine it’s a lot easier for a single, young professional to save a boatload of money during a shopping ban than it would be for me in the stage of life I’m in. Recommended only if you’re a single, young professional who wonders where all of your money goes. Also, if that describes you, send me a message because I have a few things I’d like you to buy for me…

Book 6 : Crazy, Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

This was an Erin 8.0 challenge book (the first one I had read since the Kingsbury book). It started out a little confusing because of the family names and the footnotes, but once I got into it, I was hooked. It was the equivalent of watching a soap opera or trashy reality show! It’s going to be a movie soon, and I want to see it to know how some of the characters are portrayed. Recommended if you like gossipy, semi-trashy fluff novels.

Book 7 : China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

I track all of the books I read on Goodreads, and every time I input a new book, I read the reviews of it. When I read the reviews of Crazy, Rich Asians, I discovered that it was the first in a trilogy! I went to the public library’s website and immediately put books 2 and 3 on hold! I’m still waiting on number 3, but I will say that this one was not as good as the first one. Then again, the second title in a trilogy usually isn’t the best one. I still recommend it though, especially if you enjoyed the first one.

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  1. LOL re: The Year of Less. Agree that I would probably not relate as much to the book in my current stage of life vs when single… The kids are always always needing new clothes!

  2. I like Cait as a person but I don’t relate to her, financially and priority-wise, on a few levels so I get . where you’re coming from. I haven’t read her book and probably won’t but I’m glad so many people are.

    • I hate when one of my reliable authors does me wrong with a book that just doesn’t live up to our agreement. The agreement that exists only in my head.

      I am also not in a phase of life where a shopping ban and having no possessions will work for me. I read some of her blog posts sometimes but will not be reading the book.

  3. I don’t know Cait’s blog, but I don’t think I could really relate to the book either. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me because I’m not necessarily trying to learn anything, but it depends!

    I’m curious about Crazy Rich Asians, as it would be nice to read the book before the movie. 🙂


  4. Crazy Rich Asians is on my TBR list. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I plan to pick it up soon 🙂 I half wonder if my husband would enjoy Jump. He’s a business owner and he likes Steve Harvey, but he doesn’t read at. all. That might be something I could get him to pick up, though!


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