2nd Quarter Wrap-Up | 2019

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Can you believe it has been three months? Time is flying by. This quarter I read 6 books all of which were eARCs. I also had two DNFs.

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Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit by David Page Coffin

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was looking for a book about this and it delivered. As someone who is learning, this was a tremendous help. Informative and easy to follow, I would highly recommend.

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Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was amazing and inspirational! I keep recommending it to everyone I talk to. The author makes a lot of good intellectual points that will make you look at gender social cues and breaking down barriers. Would love to see more like it.

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The 30-Day Money Cleanse by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Not exactly what I thought it would be. It has some useful information and could be more beneficial to young adults or those who really know nothing about money.

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The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I am very interested in minimalism and have read several books on the subject. Unfortunately, I could not get into this book. I didn’t like the tone and felt that it wasn’t organized very well. I’m actually a bit disappointed.

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Namaste the Hard Way by Sasha Brown-Worsham

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a beautiful story. I was much invested and could not put the book down. What I love is that you don’t have to be a yogi to appreciate the overall message.

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin


I really tried, but just couldn’t get into the book. I love the description and found the premise interesting, but I guess it wasn’t for me.

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Slay Like a Mother by Katherine Wintsch

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book. It was exactly what I needed for a bit of self-reflection and motivation. The book was well paced and I enjoyed the voice used. It was also nice to have activities spread throughout. I would recommend to any parent out there.

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The French Girl by Lexie Elliott


I tried to get into this a couple of times, but I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. It just wasn’t for me. However, I did find the description intriguing.

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Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was not familiar with the Don’t Keep Your Day Job podcast prior to reading this book. I have listened to a few episodes since. Listeners of the podcast will be familiar with the tone and structure of each chapter. It is very similar to the way episodes are formatted. Heller uses a very conversational tone and often talks about her journey as a music writer, consultant, and motivator. Some of the information is redundant, especially if you’re a listener. That being said, I enjoyed the book and thought that it had an uplifting and motivational tone. It was nice to hear about the successes of the author, as well as others her listeners and interviewees. I like that each chapter provided key takeaways and that there were reflective exercises. Whether or not you have listened to the podcast, I think you would get something out of this book.

Thank you NetGalley for providing digital copies of these books in exchange for an honest review.

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