3 Great Books I’ve Read Lately

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some books on here, and honestly, that’s because I wasn’t doing a ton of reading!

Well, that’s not true. If you count my Advertising Account planning textbook and the Starbucks drink menu, then I’ve totally been doing my reading. 😉🙋🏻

After a couple weeks in school and work, I began to feel really drained. The type of drained where you’re tired of looking at a computer for hours on end trying to create the perfect infographic on Illustrator. I really needed to get off my electronics by the end of the day and lose myself in a good book.

By the way, my new favorite place to shop for books? GOODWILL! I happened to go in with Cam a couple weeks ago and wondered over to the book section while Cam contemplated a pair of gently worn Brooks sneakers. Boy, are there some gems there! And for 25 cents each…yes please!

I also have mentioned this before, but I love my public library card! I got it when I first moved to Houston a year ago, and it’s great because I can check out all the books I want at any of the many Houston libraries. If you haven’t gotten a (free) library card yet in your city, I would highly encourage it!

For example, the first book I want to talk about I *almost* bought at Barnes and Noble, but I’m trying to save money for all those gift-giving holidays coming up, so I didn’t want to drop the $19.95 on it. The very next day, I found the book at my library FO FREE with my card, so it worked out really well!

That book was Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. I’ve seen this book floating around social media posts for months, but just didn’t know if it was for me. I thought by the title this book would be about FOMO and “is everyone hanging out without me” kind of vibes, and I frankly #cantrelate. I’m perfectly happy hanging out at home with a good book and fuzzy socks, which you can probably tell by the nature of these posts!

However, this book was more about learning about the fullness we have in God. In the strange way that He works, this was actually something I had been trying to focus on/learn more about. When we understand this fullness, we yearn less for being worldly people pleasers who sometimes feel less than, not-so-beautiful, and get caught in that comparison trap. So it ended up being a really refreshing read. I prefer Annie F. Downs’ books because I like her writing style where she shares more personal anecdotes rather than just analytical Scripture-based writing, but it was still a great book.

The second book I read recently was actually my very first Emily Giffin novel, Heart of the Matter! I’ve seen these on the Target shelves for years, and I have seen the movie “Something Borrowed” a couple times, but I just didn’t know if this would be too much of a beach read for me. I get the notion that every single one of her books involves relationships and the issue of cheating, but just like People Style Watch magazines and Fuller House on Netflix, they are a total guilty pleasure. I really love those stories where two lives (or in this case, two relationships) intertwine because it makes you want to keep reading to find out how things unravel in the end.

Last, but not least (because it was my favorite) is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert! I think I was a little too young when this book and movie were released, but I do remember seeing previews of Julia Roberts eating pizza with her million-watt smile. When I found it at Goodwill for some pocket change, I figured I should just give it a shot. It did not disappoint, and now I can see why it’s read by book clubs around the world. The story is truly inspiring, and it’s one of those books you’ll want to read with a moleskin notebook, so you can jot down all the little nuggets of wisdom. I really have to see the movie now!

As always, you can follow me on Goodreads to see what I’m currently reading, want to read, and what my favorites are. There’s also a widget on the sidebar of my site.

Have you read any great books lately? Let me know down below!

X,

Cristina

  • This is a great list! I’ve been wanting to read Uninvited. I’m actually reading the Harry Potter series right now for the first time! I’m absolutely loving them.

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

    • Cristina Mandujano

      It’s great! Check to see if your local library has it first cuz it’ll save you major $$ 🙂 Harry Potter is my favorite! I read the series between 7th and 8th grade, but I’d love to re-read them all. 🙂

  • I have Eat, Pray, Love on my TBR list! I agree with you that I was too young when the movie came out and there was hype around the book. I still haven’t seen the movie but I want to read the book first! Glad you liked it!

    • Cristina Mandujano

      It was surprisingly such an easy and enjoyable read! And I love that anyone could get something out of it no matter what your religion, spirituality, or relationship status are. It’s crazy!