January 2015 Book Reviews

I read a TON of books this month (I even impressed myself).  Between traveling for business and pleasure, there was just a lot of dead time – and I like to fill that time with reading!  Here is

IMG_0026the beginning of my 2015 list of books read – you can also find 2014 and 2013 on this site.  Below were my favorites from this month:


Like your books a little bit creepy but not scary?  This book will fit the bill.  It’s really hard to explain without giving away the fun of understanding it for yourself, but suffice it to say that it includes “ghosts,” family drama and lots of “ah ha” moments for the occupants of the house.  My rating 4 out of 5.

My daughter and I have had so much fun reading this series.  It’s about a group of girls without much in common who are thrown together by their mothers to create a mother- daughter book club.  Typical tween and teen issues abound (but pretty wholesome overall) – reminiscent to me of the many preteen books I read when I was young.  I love that the mothers are so involved, and that there are tidbits in each book about the books they read in the book club (Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, etc.).  They are quick reads and we’ve had a lot of good conversations about some of the topics as well as the books themselves.  There is a seventh book coming out this summer which we are anxiously awaiting.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

I picked this book up at the library simply because I’d enjoyed What Alice Forgot. and this was from the same author.  It’s hard to say where I’d place this – not really romantic suspense, not really true chick lit – maybe a bit of a mixture.  Regardless, it was great fun.  The main character, Sophie, feels very real and the supporting characters are often quite hilarious.  After inheriting a house on a small island from her ex-boyfriend’s Aunt, Sophie decides it’s time to create a life she loves – and try she does.  I didn’t love the ending, but I didn’t hate it either.  This would be a good addition to your beach bag or to read on a long and boring flight.  My rating 4 out of 5.


I was lucky enough to get a pre-release copy of this book written by the blogger Jessica Turner of The Mom Creative, and while I’m sure I’ll do a deeper  review of it at some point, I couldn’t leave it off my list of favorites this month.  Jessica makes an excellent case for why women need to shift their perspective, lose the guilt and spend some time creating and enjoying their own interests.  Along with the why, she shares some helpful tips for how this can be done.  The topic is exactly my sweet spot – and what I coach women on weekly!  So of course I loved it!!  My rating 5 out of 5. 

Being a sucker for healthy programs, lifestyles, etc. when it was suggested as reading for my Mentor Masterclass this month, I had to delve into this book.  While I didn’t agree with all the principles – they are a bit too extreme for me and I’m a proponent of moderation in everything versus a more hardline approach, I DID like some of the suggestions and I really liked some of the recipes – the book is worth it for the recipes alone.  One thing I picked up that I’ve been trying out (and enjoying) is to start each meal with some raw foods – it’s an easy way to get extra veggies and fruits into your diet and a good way to ensure you are eating a decent percentage of raw food.  My rating 4 out of 5.

So what were your favorite books for the month?  I have another staggeringly high stack of books to be read from the library, but I’m always eager to get new recommendations.  Please share in the comments!

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