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Book Review 1



Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm really excited for today's blog post because I've been wanting to do book reviews for a while now. For the last few years I haven't read that much (college turned me off of it lol) so I never had enough books to review to make a whole post. At the end of last year I decided I really wanted to make more of an effort to read because I really do enjoy it and now we can do book review posts! I'm not sure how regular these will be, it all depends how quickly I get through books!


1. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory


This book I read as part of Reese Witherspoon's February book club pick and it was a great recommendation from her! It was such a fun and lighthearted read; I would describe it as a rom-com in a book. Nothing too serious or complicated but it had enough depth and character development to keep me engaged in the story. "When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal in front of 45,000 people. Saying no isn't the hard part-- they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik's rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He's even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik's social media blows up in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can't be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes. -- adapted from back cover." Copied from Google Books. 

2. Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life by Gisele Bundchen 

Okay so this isn't your typical memoir, I'm not even sure if this is considered a memoir. Basically the book is broken up into different lessons she's learned throughout life and through those lessons she tells stories from her life. It was interesting to learn more about her and the ups and downs throughout her life. That being said, this isn't a must read which I feel bad for saying because it's about her personal life. I guess the format didn't impress me and the format is the core of the book, all the "lessons". Like I said, the stories were interesting but I couldn't tell you one lesson she shared or one piece of advice that really stuck out. Side note: how many times did I say "life" above? lol

3. Troublemaker by Leah Remini

If you want a juicy memoir this is it! Alright to be honest this wasn't THAT juicy for me but only because I've watched Leah's show and watched many interviews she's done regarding her life and Scientology. If you don't know much about Leah or Scientology you won't be able to put this book down, she really gets into things. It was still a really good read for me nonetheless! While she does talk a lot about Scientology she also shares other stories and aspects of her life which I hadn't heard much of. 

4. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin 

Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors (Something Borrowed, Something Blue, etc.) and this book was SO good. I actually read it late last fall/winter and I feel like it's still stuck with me. Let's just get to the summary (from Barnes and Noble): "Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian's perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her. For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever." This book was super cheap on IBooks which is one of the reasons I picked it out of other Emily Giffin books to be honest but I couldn't recommend it more. It pulls at your heart in the best way possible! 

Okay we're going to stop there for the first book review! I've been on a huge reading kick so hopefully book review 2 will come sooner rather than later. Hope you enjoyed! Please leave your book recs below on the comments or on Instagram!


XOXO, Maddy 

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