It was a winter full of reading! Lots of cozy nights by the fire (even some while on vacation!). So it was hard to narrow this book review list down. However, here are the BEST books I read this winter …
The BEST Non-Fiction Books
This year, I’ve tried to start each morning with a chapter or two of a great motivational/ growth book and High Performance Habits was my first. With a combination of personal and social habits to explore, there is something everyone can work on – regardless of how successful (or not) you are today. I especially liked the performance prompts as a way to apply each habit to my current life. My rating 4 out of 5.
So, I’ve reviewed Eat that Frog more than once (I even did an in-depth review several years ago) – with good reason. It’s quick, down-to-earth, affordable, and my all-time favorite motivational book. I’ve found so many useful tidbits that I re-read it every few years. This year, I picked up the Eat that Frog Action Workbook to use alongside the book and I’ve been loving it! It’s helped me implement the principles even more effectively! My rating 5 out of 5!
The BEST Fiction Books
Wow, this was a great book. If you enjoy WWII historical fiction, I suspect you will adore The Book of Lost Names. Eve escapes Paris with her mother after her father is taken, and on her way to freedom, discovers a way to assist others fighting against the Nazi’s. Through her art, she is able to help forge documents for children fleeing for safety. She is torn between helping others versus helping her mother (and herself) escape. And what becomes of the many children she helps? My rating 5 out of 5.
Creepy! Verity is quite the thriller – I definitely didn’t see the twist at the end coming. Loved it. Several of my friends have also read this one and it was fun talking about it with them. Some of the book can be pretty disturbing, so take that into account if you decide to give it a go, but the premise was quite unique and I had to keep reading just to see what would happen at the end! My rating 4.5 out of 5.
I wouldn’t have thought of myself as someone who enjoys ghost stories, but I really liked The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James. Carly moves to the town where her Aunt Viv was last seen (years ago) determined to discover what happened to her. What she found was not what she expected. My rating 4.5 out of 5.
So what have you been reading lately? I just picked up a big stack of books from my local library AND thanks to Amazon Prime (get a free 30-day trial here), two new free books to read for the month of February. I’d love to hear your current favorites too, so please share in the comments!
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