book review...

So, really this post should be titled, "What?? She's reading more than magazines?!?"  Because yes, I consider it a major accomplishment that I've actually read anything besides People Stylewatch and Country Living.  I honestly began to worry that the only "books" I may ever read again were "Goodnight Moon" or "Night, Night Elmo."  Seriously.

Some might think my recent reads are kind of lame... books about personal finance, efficient business improvement (a work requirement), more books about personal finance, with one super awesome fiction book sprinkled in for good measure.  But you've got to start somewhere, right?  Here's what I've been reading lately:

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Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn:  So, so good.  And hooray for me... I actually finished a book before they turned it into a movie.  This book had me freaking out at every major plot turn.  The twists and turns were perfectly drawn out and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  I can't wait to see the movie this fall.

Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey:  This book was given to me by a very dear friend that knows our desires to become more financially responsible and our intense longing to pay down our adoption loans before Zara is 32.  Both Lance and I are big fans of Dave Ramsey… we’ve dabbled in some of his books in the past, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually read one of his books cover to cover.  I love the practices he teaches and the real life stories that are sprinkled throughout the book.  It’s inspiring, and leaves me hopeful for our own financial future.

Complete Guide to Money, by Dave Ramsey:  After reading the Total Money Makeover, I was left itching for more.  I felt like Total Money Makeover was the motivation (and swift kick in the pants) that I needed, but was lacking in the“now, here’s how you do it” department.  After doing a bit of research, I picked up Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money with hopes that it will assist us in the practical side of things.  So far, so good.

Gung Ho!, by Ken Blanchard:  As if my reading list wasn’t nerdy enough already.  I was actually required by my office to read this book for some recent training… and I was shocked that it didn’t lull me to sleep every time I cracked it open.  Quite the opposite actually.  This book made my entrepreneurial heart flutter.  I found myself daydreaming about ways to not only improve my role at work, but my role at home as well.

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green:  So in order to cease some of my dorkiness, I figured I’d better add a fiction book to the list.  And quick too…  I’m starting to dream about budgets and spreadsheets and flow charts.  I really don’t know a thing about this book, besides what I’ve seen on the movie previews.  Teenage girls across the nation swooned over this book (and movie)… which is typically a pretty good indicator that I’ll like it too.  (Because yes, I’m pretty much a 15 year old when it comes to my reading selections.  Don’t judge.)  Soooo… I’ll be starting this book soon.  Did you read it?  What did you think?

So there you have it.  Good news, I can still read.  What about you?  What are you reading these days?  Have you read any of the above?