What I Read in July

Well, looks like I’m really sticking with the theme here. I only read 1 book in July, but hey one book is better than none book HA. It’s a little pathetic because the one book I did read this month I finished in probably 3 days of the 4th of July break, just relaxing at the lake! 

Setting a goal for myself to at least finish 2 books in August! I just need to set out some time for myself. I also jumped back into getting books from our public library! I recently learned you can check out Kindle books and download them right to your device! Now there is no reason to be lazy and not get all the books I want! 

What I read in July: 

The Perfect Child: 3.5/5

The Story: A happily married couple who works for a hospital has longed for a child of their own. One seems to fall into their lap when an abandoned little girl shows up at the hospital. But, Janie is anything but a normal child…

My Thoughts: I was very drawn to this book because I love a good suspense/thriller novel. The book kept me going and eager to find out more as it jumps from 3 different points of view and different states of time. I enjoyed the novel up until the very end, if you can even call it that. I felt the book had no actual ending and felt very disappointed. 

If you are interested you can get the Kindle version of the book for only $4.99 so it’s hard to be too disappointed with the ending. Stay tuned for next month’s book and to see if I can actually keep the goal I set! Let me know in the comments below if you have any good book recommendations!

13 Things to Bring You Joy This Summer

13 Things to Bring You Joy This Summer

Hello friends! Summer is in full swing and I couldn’t be enjoying it more, even though I’m no longer a student and summer doesn’t make much of a difference for me. But, I do feel like summer seems to be a nice relaxing and slower time. Traffic dies down a little here in Houston, and things go just a little smoother.

I read an interesting article a while back about finding your joy. Naturally, I’m a pretty joyful person but doesn’t mean I don’t find myself in a rut or stuck totally vegging out watching TV every moment I’m not at work. So this article stood out to me on looking into finding myself a little joy this summer! It all comes down to joyful moments that can come from the smallest choices. The list below is small choices I have decided to make in order to find my joy.

  1. Read more books
  2. Dedicated Bible Study Time
  3. Become more active at Church
  4. Dance around the house– while you clean and organize
  5. Journal more
  6. Go for walks
  7. Reorganize whatever you can. Your phone, purse, wallet, house,   desktop, email. Really the possibilities are endless.
  8. Get back into crafting
  9. Bake
  10. Read under a tree
  11. Give yourself breakfast in bed
  12. Hold your hugs just a little longer
  13. Discover somewhere new in your own city

I hope these things can help you find your joy this summer! If not create your own list of items that can get you up and moving and bring you joy!

What I Read in June

I wanted to start posting the books I read for others looking for books to read, but also so I can get suggestions from you guys! I pretty much tend to stick to thrillers, so venturing out for sure wouldn’t hurt. I also thought it would really motivate me to read more. I honestly feel guilty reading sometimes. Since Jordan and I have such different schedules when we are both home at night we try and do things we can do together. Then when I am home alone, I choose to watch TV, when really I should be spending time reading books.

I’m not embarrassed to say I am FOR SURE a slow reader. I’m hoping by setting a reading goal for myself (just starting with the summer) I can become a stronger reader so I have more time to read more books! 

Anywho now that we have a little back story, let’s start with WHAT I READ IN JUNE.

After I do: 4.5/5 

I very much loved this book! It’s not a thriller so I was surprised I kept up with it, but it was a great feel-good book. Being newly married it was very interesting to read a book about when the love fades. 

As I sit here to finish up this post for the month I hate to admit I only finished the one book. I thought my goal for the summer would be easy, but it does not look like that for me. BUT, I am happy to say we have some exciting news coming up. Which is why my focus was a little taken away from reading! I do promise though to keep it up and still leave my book reviews (even if it is only once a month) here for you!

Hope you guys are having a great summer so far! (Can’t believe it’s almost halfway through already!)