It’s time for another monthly book review! Here’s what I finished reading in April. They are a best-selling, wonderful group. I find it ironic that just as I decided to read some “lighter choices” I found myself reading books that were not light at all. I know that all three of these are very popular and have been out for awhile (the movie Me Before You came out last year). But if you’re like me and you managed to miss reading these, don’t worry, I don’t include spoilers in my reviews!
Me Before You
This book is pretty amazing and not what I expected at all. It may be women’s lit and a romance, but it’s not fluffy. And let me warn you, this book is almost impossible to put down. The writing was good, but the story is the kind that will stay with you forever. Me Before You will knock you down, make you laugh, cry, hope, and basically take you through an emotional roller coaster in the nicest way possible. To put it bluntly, you should read this. When you’re done, you’ll need chocolate, and a trip to Paris.
It Ends With Us
Wow. First off, a small disclaimer: I didn’t realize this book was a bit R rated. It Ends With Us begins as a steamy romance, but takes a surprising and riveting turn. The characters had such a grip on me that I really wanted to see it through (and it was really good reading to take my mind off things while I rocked my sick daughter).
This book grew me. It tackles a difficult topic, but it doesn’t feel forced. Instead, I found myself in the main character’s shoes, wondering what I would do and hoping I’d be strong enough to do the right thing. That’s the magic of this book–instead of spewing an agenda on any particular issue, the author takes a realistic look at the attitudes and feelings of regular people who struggle with demons. It was a quick, easy read that is somehow not easy to read at all. In the end, I liked this book a lot. I found myself making time to read it while I cooked and cleaned–a sure sign for me that a book is addictive.
How to Blog for Profit (without selling your soul)
There were three reasons I didn’t sign up for Ruth’s Elite Blogging Academy this year: I felt my blog was too new, I have little ones and not the kind of time I’d like, and for financial reasons. I got this book instead, because rumor has it that it’s like a rough outline of what you go through in the class. Let me just say, I think this book is fantastic for someone with a new blog. It’s crammed full of essential information, and keeps you inspired and focused on what’s important with your blog. Honestly, the title is a little misleading (though there’s definitely lots of useful information about montetization). This is more like a blogging guide that covers all kinds of topics, like content, social media, SEO, and more.
I found it really helpful for someone with a new blog and I had immediate actionable items to do that improved my blog and social sites right away, and that felt good. After every chapter, there is a great Action Plan section that outlines what you need to do to implement what she recommended. Because of this, I barely even needed to take a note! There were a couple of very small things that were outdated. Overall, however, I feel that this book is definitely worth the grand price of $10 (Kindle). I plan on revisiting each chapter and slowly implementing what Ruth recommends. I’ll be reading How to Blog for Profit more than once, that’s for sure!
If you want to know how I get my books, I wrote a guide to borrowing e-books online. I’m nerdy that way. What have you been reading lately?