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5 Books We've Loved Lately

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5 Books We've Loved Lately

Jen and I would love to say that we are big readers and read SO MANY BOOKS throughout the year. We could lie to you….but we won’t. Don’t get us wrong, we do love reading! We just don’t get around to it as much as we’d like. BUT that is something we are both working on this year - it’s pretty high up on both our “do more / do less” lists. And while we’re trying to read more, we thought we’d highlight some of our past and present favourites to inspire you to read more too! It’s so daunting trying to pick a good book and a recommendation from a friend is very welcome for us. So enjoy the below! We’ll be adding new favourites every so often (PS: we don’t read fast…so don’t expect a new blogpost like this every other week! haha). 

 

Happy reading! 

Also if you have any favourites you’ve read recently please comment below and let’s share!!

 

The Year of YES by Shonda Rhimes

Oh. My. Gosh. Incredible. That is all we really have to say about this book. If you love Grey’s Anatomy then you’ll love this book. No - it’s not medical. But the writing style, of course, is very much like the script of Grey’s. Shonda Rhimes is an award-winning writer and was also the first female ever to have 3 TV shows scheduled on what is known in the TV world as ‘prime real estate’ - she had the entire Thursday night on one channel in the US. Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder were scheduled one after the other on a Thursday night and this is supposedly unheard of (we aren’t the biggest TV gurus but we believe them!). How incredible. Also WHY does this not get talked about more? Anyway. The book is about how Shonda got in a rut and became super introverted and decided that for an entire year she was going to say “yes”. It’s about how she found herself again, about taking risks, about choosing the good in life. And it’s truly inspirational. Also such a fun read - would highly recommend this. 

 

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

This is the autobiography of the founder of Nike and it was so insightful! Especially for anyone who wants to or has started their own business. Phil goes into all the detail of how Nike started, what the company is based on, and how they came to be - especially going into their production in Japan and how it all branched out from there. I don’t want to give anything away. But it was an eye-opening book about how successful businesses aren’t built overnight and that all good things take time. A great lesson indeed! 

 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This was such a wonderful story about a woman who is a little bit on the stranger side, going through her daily life, and how she meets a certain man and what they do together. That’s all I can say without giving it away! But let me tell you - this book was laugh out loud hilarious. Eleanor is an incredible character and so direct and honest about the simple things that we humans do in this world - it makes you think twice about a lot of our habits. 

 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

A great read and a great piece of fiction. A mystery story that unravels in a suburban neighbourhood with a good dose of small town American politics. The book is filled with character portraits and gets you engrossed in the emotions of it all. 

 

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

I found this book on my ‘recommended for you’ list on my Kindle and bought it on impulse. Then it sat there in my Library for a while before I started reading it one weekend. Then I finished it within a week (I know for some of you that is SO long but for me that’s a big win!! hahaha). It’s such a moving and sad story based on the true events of Georgia Tann and how she kidnapped underprivileged kids and sold them as orphans to rich families in the south of America in the 1930s. A beautifully tragic story. 

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