5-minute Book Reviews: The last 3 books I read

9/05/2018 08:22:00 PM

You're busy. I hear you. Here's a quick roundup of the books I've last read, friends.

Book: Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Author: Brené Brown

This was my first time reading a Brené (pronounced Renee) Brown book.

At first, I thought, "Shooo... this is far more clinical than I like..." So, I read slowly and so much of this resonated.

(Luckily, Brené gives applicable illustrations that help really bring home her thoughts and techniques.)

I highlighted so much.

Quote(s) /part(s) that stuck out to me:

"Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage." 
"Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands." 
"It often takes just a single brave person to change the trajectory of a family, or of any system, for that matter." 
"I’ve learned enough about privilege to know that we’re at our most dangerous when we think we’ve learned everything we need to know about it. That’s when you stop paying attention to injustice. "
"When you judge yourself for needing help, you judge those you are helping. When you attach value to giving help, you attach value to needing help."

I could go on and on. Brene's path of the stories we make up and tell ourselves, rumbling with reality and rising strong are relatable and applicable.

There are some gems here, ya'll.

Check it out here.


Book: A Place for Us: A Novel

Author: Fatima Farheen Mirza

The is the heartbreaking and heartwarming story of a Muslim family in California. I knew nothing of the author and assumed she was in her mid-50's or so -- I mean, with all of that life experience she wrote about.


She's 27.

She was born in 1991.


Fun fact: This is the first ever fiction novel published by Sarah Jessica Parker.

Quote/part that stuck out to me: Family is complicated. It's so interesting how all of us take on our particular role without our tribes and either struggle with that or embrace it, or maybe have a mix of both feelings about it...

"Be careful who you point your blame at, Layla. And remember that anytime you point your finger to accuse someone, there are three fingers beneath it, curled to point right back at you."

I'd read this one.

Here's a quick link.


Book: Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Author: Rachel Hollis

(FORGIVE ME if you've already read this book.) If you haven't, this is basically a primer for life. There are a series of lies that Rachel writes about in a very, "Hey girl, let's be real here" voice. You may not resonate with all of her lies, but there will be at least 5 that hit home: I'm not enough, I'll start tomorrow, I'm not a good mom..." etc.

I wrote on my InstaStories (follow me on IG @twoPretzels) that I think that this should be required reading for women.

Quote(s) / part(s) that stuck out to me: (I highlighted 66 different things on my kindle.)

"Your life is supposed to be a journey from one unique place to another; it’s not supposed to be a merry-go-round that brings you back to the same spot over and over again."

"When you really want something, you will find a way. When you don’t really want something, you’ll find an excuse."

"Every single moment is preparing you for the next. But whether or not you choose to see this time as something wonderful—the time when God is stretching you and growing you or maybe forging you in fires hotter than you think you can withstand—all of it is growing you for the person you’re becoming, for a future you can’t even imagine."

And if you haven't read it yet, check it out here.


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