What I’ve been reading

I love writing, but I also love reading. Between my four jobs and all my side hustles, my schedule doesn’t leave much time for that hobby, but this summer and early fall, I was able to plow through some great books that I wanted to share incase you’re looking for something to dive into.

I’m cheap y’all, so I actually only bought two of these, and the rest I checked out from the library. That is such the way to go, especially for a first read, and if you decide you want to read it again (or happen to be meeting the author) then make sure to buy it.

Over the summer, I randomly discovered a new author. I stopped by the library and saw Regrets Only by Erin Duffy. I knew nothing about her, but I liked the title and the cover of the book was super cute, so I grabbed it. It was so good! It turned out to be the exact type book I love to read. I couldn’t put it down. Here’s a synopsis from PopSugar.com.

“Duffy tells the story of Claire, whose life has just thrown her for a loop. She catches her husband and their realtor, who just so happens to be his high school sweetheart, in a compromising position. Duffy explores the complexities of marriage, the unpredictability of life, and the power of resilience in a story that will charm readers from page one.”

Before I even finished it, I went ahead and reserved two more of Erin’s books on hold at the library. On The Rocks was a great summer read, especially since it’s set at the beach! Here’s a synopsis of it from her website:

“Six months ago, Abby’s life fell apart for the entire world to see. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her—on Facebook—while she was trying on dresses for the big day. When the usual remedies—multiple pints of Ben & Jerry’s, sweatpants, and a comfy couch—fail to work their magic, her best friend, Grace, devises a plan to get Abby back on her game. She and Abby are going to escape Boston and its reminders of Ben and head to Newport for the summer. There, in a quaint rented cottage by the sea, the girls will enjoy cool breezes, cocktails, and crowds of gorgeous men. But no matter where they go, Abby and Grace discover that in this era of social media—when seemingly everyone is preserving every last detail of their lives online—there is no real escape. Dating has never been easy. But now that the rules are more blurred than ever, how will they find true love? And even if they do, can romance stand a chance when a girl’s every word and move can go viral with a single click?”

The last one of Erin’s I read was Bond Girl. This one was about a young woman trying to make it as a broker on Wall Street. It kind of reminded me of when I was in college trying to be a sports writer/broadcaster before there were hardly any women in the field.

All three of the books were so different, but I loved them all. Here’s a blurb about it from  her website.

“The Devil Wears Prada meets Wall Street in Bond Girl—a hilarious, fast–paced race through the jungle of high finance in four–inch heels. An author who spent ten years working on Wall Street, Erin Duffy has parlayed her stock market savvy into a fresh, hip, funny, and sexy novel about a bright, young, newly minted B-school graduate’s rise at one of the Street’s most prestigious brokerage firms—only to confront the possible destruction of her dreams in the infamous 2008 financial bust. Bond Girl is a blue chip hoot for anyone who loves smart and fun contemporary woman’s fiction.”

My favorite author of all, Emily Giffin, released her latest book this summer ON MY BIRTHDAY, so obviously  All We Ever Wanted was exactly what  wanted for my birthday. I basically consider us friends, since I actually did meet her a couple of years ago AND she’s commented several times on my Instagram, so there’s that. Her books are always fantastic, so I plowed through it super fast. This blurb is from her website.

“Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. Her husband recently made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton.  Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.  Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in. Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.  At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.”

Ok, the next book I read completely rocked my world! I had heard really great things  about Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis and got it at the library. The tagline is Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are, So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be. Y’all, I could put it down. When I had to turn it in to the library, I went straight to Target and bought my copy and re-read it immediately. It has sticky notes ALL in it of my favorite parts (which are a LOT). I consider Rachel a friend too, since she has also commented on my Instagram. This blurb is from her website. My goal is to get a book club going for this one in 2019.

“Have you ever believed that you aren’t good enough? That you’re not thin enough? That you’re unlovable? That you’re a bad mom? Have you ever believed that you deserve to be treated badly? That you’ll never amount to anything? All lies.”

My next read was by one of my favorite actresses, Reese Witherspoon. I knew Whiskey in a Teacup wouldn’t disappoint. It was full of stories, recipes, party tips and just all kinds of fun stuff. Here are Reese’s own words from her website.

“My grandmother Dorothea always said that it was a combination of beauty and strength that made Southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup.’ We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery. My Southern heritage informs my whole life, and spreading the gospel of Southern living has become sort of an obsession of mine. I bring the South everywhere I go with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how I entertain, decorate my home, and make holidays special for my kids—not to mention how I talk, dance, and do my hair (in these pages, you will learn my fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). I love sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as my favorite Southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honkytonks.”

What I’m reading now: I’m currently finishing up: Cheers to the Diaper Years- 10 Truths For Thriving While Barely Surviving. This was written by my friend Erin Hollis who is a fellow Birmingham Moms Blog contributor. It is not just for mom’s with kids in diapers. It’s for anyone navigating through motherhood. It’s so funny and written as if you were in her kitchen drinking a cup of coffee. You can buy it on Amazon and find out more about Erin, here. 

If you have read something lately that you loved, please leave a comment or let me know on social media.

Happy Reading!