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Tuesday Talk: Summer Book Review

Tuesday Talk: Summer Book Review

Hi friends,

I’m linking up with Ashley and Erika for Tuesday Talk where you can talk about pretty much anything! So far, I’ve discussed the following:


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I am quite giddy about this post. One of my summer bucket list items was to read between 10-15 books. So far, I have read 8. At the end of the summer, I will share the rest of my books on my list.

Here’s what I read in order:

Food Babe

When I first heard about Food Babe, I wanted to run for the hills. She challenges the food industry and the uncovers truths regarding what ingredients are really in our food (genetically-modified ingredients specifically). It can be uncomfortable and even fearful to read and then think, “Oh man, now what can I eat?” However, I think it is important to be informed about what really is in our food. On the plus side, she has been able to convince many large corporations to modify their ingredients. Reading about her suggested daily habits to change your health was enlightening, yet many of them I already knew. Yes, we need to watch our sugar intake. Yes, we could all benefit from a green smoothie each day. Towards the end of the book, she includes several recipes. Read with caution- I think she does mean well, though her delivery and approach can offend some. To be honest, I found myself skipping through some sections. If I had to sum up her book, I would say, eat organic, clean, and green. There you go!

Freefall to Fly

Author Rebekah Lyons spoke at our church’s women’s conference several years ago. Her confidence and boldness to proclaim truth and speak blessings over us ladies was very powerful. Her book chronicles her journey from the South to New York City while battling panic attacks and raising three children, including one with special needs. While being very transparent regarding her struggles, she also discusses how many women may especially feel depressed or inadequate if they have had to shelve their passions and godly gifts in order to raise a family, pursue a career, tend to that thing we call life. Fairly good book because I loved her honesty and could connect with a lot of her story regarding panic attacks.

The Marriage Pact

Y’all, I could not put this book down. Immediately, I was locked into this book and I was sucked into this psychological newlywed adventure. Without giving too much away, we follow a newly married couple who have been invited to enjoy a “pact” upon being married. The pact goes way beyond affirming vows to one another. Noooo….it’s a structured set of rules (and consequences) that all married couples abiding by the pact must follow. Some of the rules are understandable and most spouses would agree it would be beneficial to take trips ever so often. Others are flat out ridiculous (read to find out!) You begin to wonder if marriage vows are simply insufficient or is this Big Brother approach necessary to keep the marital covenant. Suspense carried me through all the way to the end, however the ending was somewhat of a let-down. If you read it, tell me your thoughts.

Sisters First

Such a charming read. I enjoyed reading about the former First family and what it was like for Jenna and Barbara to grow up as twins within the political limelight. Personalities were revealed, secrets and special stories were told with nostalgia, and even excerpts from intimate emails and letters were delicately placed throughout the book. Regardless of your political affiliation, I would recommend this book.

Beautiful Day

Imagine all of the drama in the world leading up to your dream wedding: drama from friends and family members alike. When I say dream wedding, I am referring to a dream wedding that was planned by your mother before she passed away. This bride attempted to carry out these wishes to a T. As you’re reading this book, you’ll love some of the characters, pity others, and come close to despising them. Honestly, if I were this bride, I probably would have eloped! This was my first Elin Hilderbrand book and I was quite impressed!

The Wife Between Us

Oh man. Thankfully, I only had to wait a few days to obtain this book at the library as it was on hold. Very suspenseful and psychological thrill for me. Just don’t assume anything because you will naturally start to develop your own personal hypothesis at the beginning. It is definitely a thriller of a book and I had to tell Shay all about it once I finished! Just read it!

The Silent Wife

This book almost wanted me to analyze the main characters from every angle possible. In short, it’s about a husband having an affair and how the wife not only learns but responds. The ending was a bit of a let down for me because I felt it came to quite a halt. Maybe there will be a part 2!

The Castaways

Another great Elin Hilderbrand read. Elin knows how to stir up some serious drama in her characters! A couple goes out sailing on their boat one day and then tragically drown. You’ll read about the events leading up to this ill-fated day while seeing how the couple’s married friend group (aka: The Castaways) respond to the tragedy. I tend to judge books based on how well the author “ties” things up at the end. This ending was a pleasant one for me!

Such great books! Let me know if you’ve read some of these books! As usual, I am always taking more recommendations. Please add me on Goodreads too if you want to make some more personal recommendations and/or connect!!! Can’t wait to share part 2 with you later on!

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12 thoughts on “Tuesday Talk: Summer Book Review”

  • I’m always so hesitant about food books since the author’s all have an agenda. I feel like there needs to be an unbiased book about food! That’ll give the best info in my opinion.

    I loved The Wife Between Us! I thought The Marriage Pact was on my list but apparently it wasn’t, just added though. So glad you use Goodreads and can’t wait to connect 🙂

    • Food books are tricky!!!

      I’m excited we are connected on Goodreads! You’ve given me lots of great recs for books and I’ve enjoyed them all thus far!

  • We have the same taste in books- for sure! I read and loved Beautiful Day, The Wife Between Us and The Silent Wife- all for different reasons of course! Thanks for the recommendations- going to check out the other ones now too!

  • So many good book recommendations here! I’m really intrigued by The Marriage Pact. I’ll have to add it to my list.

    I also love the idea of having a summer reading goal. I’m a bit late on that, but maybe I’ll set an August reading goal 🙂

  • Haven’t read Elin Hilderbrand’s The Castaways yet, but picked it up for $1 at a garage sale this summer! I enjoyed Sister’s First too and agree that it should be read regardless of political affiliation. Looking forward to what else you read 🙂

    • Before the summer, I had not picked up one single book! I’ve tried to make the time- even if it’s 15 minutes a day! I can imagine it being very hard with little ones running around too!

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