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I received free copies of It Is Only Money and Zero Down Your Debt from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
February was a tough month for reading, because I worked so much, but I somehow still managed to get a few books in! Okay, so I actually met my goal for this month, which was shocking!
Zero Down Your Debt by Holly Porter Johnson and Greg Johnson
I received a free copy of this book from the authors. I read the first chapter as a PDF while I waited for the physical copy of the book to come in, and I really really enjoyed it. It talked about the authors’ experience working in a funeral home and realizing that life is too short to be saddled by debt; the rest of the book is the “how to” guide on paying off your debt. It reminded me of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover, but I know not everyone likes Dave’s personality. If you’re not a Dave fan, you should give this book a try! I can’t wait to hopefully meet the Johnsons at FinCon 2017!
It Is Only Money: And It Grows on Trees! by Cara P. MacMillan, MBA
I was also given a free copy of this book by the author, who is another member of FinCon. This book is a narrative about finances around the world, across different religions and cultures. I really liked the “real world” explanation of money to various people around the world, instead of just looking at finances from an educational perspective. I will be totally honest, before reading this book I didn’t think a whole lot about what finances mean to people who are not like myself. This book really forced me to think about how Andy and I view our own finances. Hopefully, Cara will be at FinCon 2017 so I can meet her as well!
The Chase by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky
I read this book because it was by Kelsey Kupecky (Karen Kingsbury’s daughter) but honestly, I didn’t enjoy it at all. It’s a book about dating for single Christian girls, and those days are long gone for me which is probably why, haha! The book seemed really cliche, but I probably would have enjoyed it back when I was looking for Prince Charming. I can definitely attest to the fact that you should seek God above anything else… It worked out for me! 😉
10 Lessons to Transform Your Marriage by John M. Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman
Andy and I listened to this audiobook on our trip to and from Paducah. I had checked it out through the Army MWR Library and it was almost overdue, so Andy didn’t really have a choice in listening to it, hah! We both really enjoyed this book and it brought up some good points on how to maintain a strong marriage. It provided real snippets of actual conversations between married couples (read by an actor, to maintain anonymity) and it was fun dissecting them with my husband! We learned some negative conversation traits we have as well as how to encourage the good conversation traits.
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
I had read another book of Emily’s (Something Borrowed) a few months back and really enjoyed it, so when someone recommended this book to me I couldn’t wait to read it. Or should I say, listen to it, since I had the audiobook version. This book, although not quite a “light” read, was very interesting. It talks about different types of love… love between parents, siblings, and spouses.
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
Y’all know I love me some Gilmore Girls, so when Lauren’s book was released I immediately put it on hold at the library. I loved hearing about Lauren’s life and time on Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. I actually haven’t seen Parenthood yet, but I really want to even more now! I definitely recommend it if you are a honorary Gilmore Girl like me, but be warned it does include spoilers for A Year in the Life!
Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
This book studies habits– how to develop good habits, get rid of bad habits, and the like. I was really excited to read it and like I expected, I learned so much from it! I discovered I’m an Obliger, meaning I work best when I have outside accountability and external pressures for me to do my work. After reading this book, I feel like I can develop good habits and stop the bad ones!
Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
I’ve heard many great things about Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, so I was excited to read a second book about happiness. It felt more like a diary to me than a self-help book, which was okay I suppose. It did make me think about ways I can be happier in my own home and life, so that’s good!
What books did you read in February?