Tuesday, July 11, 2017

what i read in june

It's time for another Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana.  I read five books this month.


First up, Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup.


I'd heard a lot about this book and found it at Ollie's for $2.99 so I decided to give it a try.  I really liked the beginning, when the author shared lots of tips and strategies for decluttering.  Sometimes I wonder how we went from living in a 700 square foot apartment to a big house and it's full! Where did all this stuff come from? I was so inspired that I cleaned out our closets and scheduled a Purple Heart pickup for tomorrow morning!  As far as decluttering my mind and soul, I feel like they're in pretty good shape already, so I read those sections fairly quickly.


Under One Roof, by Barry Martin


Everyone knew what was going on in Ballard, Washington: developers were building a giant shopping mall, but a house belonging to a feisty octogenarian named Edith Wilson Macefield was in the way. They offered her a million dollars. She told them to take a hike.
Everyone knew that Barry Martin, head of the construction project, was involved in the push to get her out of the house so that the project could proceed without further delay.
Everyone was wrong.
When Barry took the job as construction supervisor for the shopping mall that was being erected around Edith's little house, he determined to make things as easy for her as he could. He didn't expect that she'd ask him to drive her to a hair appointment―but he did offer to help, after all. And it was in that one small gesture that an unlikely friendship was sparked, one that changed them both forever.
The story of Barry Martin and Edith Macefield is a tale of balance and compassion, of giving enough without giving too much, of helping our elderly loved ones through the tough times without taking away their dignity. In the end, Under One Roof is a tale of grace, and one from which all of us can take solace and strength. From Barry and Edith we have much to learn about love and letting go and, just possibly, about seeing through fading light to find great joy.

I found this book at the dollar store and picked it up, because, $1.00.  It also had an interesting premise, as it was written by a developer who was in charge of building a big shopping mall outside of Seattle.  All of the homes in the area were razed to make room for the mall, but old Edith Macefield refused to sell and leave her home.  So, the developers built the mall around it.  You can see the photo below.


Throughout the construction, the developer and Edith forged an unlikely friendship.  She didn't have any family and needed someone to care for her, and he appreciated her unique life and determined attitude.  I really enjoyed the story, but towards the end the author went into a lot of detail about Edith's aging and health struggles, and I just felt like maybe all of that shouldn't have been shared.  But other than that, I enjoyed it and for $1.00, I got my money's worth.

Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom



Several people recommended this after I read The Last Lecture a few months ago.  It was a similar story and I loved it.

Bossypants by Tina Fey


I've read this before, and I love it.  It completely cracks me up and I re-read it every few years.  She is so funny and I love funny.

Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis



Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She’s spent most of her life falling in love over and over again…with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.
When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it’s love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can’t rush it—after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store. Will Miko get her own happy ending? Will she find the strength to stand up for what she deserves even if it means breaking her own heart?



This is the third book in a series by Rachel Hollis.  I read the first two this year and finished this one
while laying in the hammock on Sunday afternoon.  It was a cute story, an easy read, and a perfect summer afternoon read.

Have you read anything I need to add to my list?


31 comments:

Kristin @ Going Country said...

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (starts with "A Discovery of Witches") is really good, but a definite time commitment. I first heard of it when a woman recommended it by saying if you read "Twilight" and wished it were, well, actually good, you'd like this trilogy.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I cannot resist cheap books, especially if they're paperbacks!

Thanks for joining us.

Rebecca Jo said...

I could re-read Tina Fey over & over again too. Have you ever done that one in Audio? Its so funny in her own voice.

Kelsey said...

"Smart Girl" looks like a great summer read - I'm adding that to my list! Have you ever "read" Bossypants as an audiobook? Tina Fey narrates, and it's hysterical! I've read it on my kindle, then "re-read" it as an audiobook. I agree - it's just so great!

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Oh, and Amy Poehler wrote a book too--"Yes, Please"--that's not quite as good as Tina Fey's, but still funny and enjoyable.

Tanya said...

I love it when I find a good book in a bargain bin! Tina Fey is the best and I can understand why you reread Bossypants.

Audrey Louise said...

I loved Tuesdays with Morrie and Bossypants. I'm glad you liked them, too! The story about the elderly lady and the developer sounds interesting... so does your first one up there!

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

I want that Unstuffed book. I already read the Marie Condo book and while I liked her ideas, her methods were a little too wacky for me. I'm a packrat because I have trouble throwing keepsake type of stuff away, and I'm trying to be better because my office is about to burst at the seams. The older I get, the simpler I find myself wanting to live.

Carly Blogs Here said...

Tuesdays with Morrie is one of my favorites, but I haven't read it in ages! I haven't heard of Unstuffed, but from your review it sounds really interesting- I'll have to see if I can get it from the library. And how crazy about that woman's house and the mall?!

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I love Mitch Albom's books!

Lauren said...

I've only read Bossypants but it is funny!! I love finding good deals on books.

-Lauren
www.shootingstarsmag.net

Lauren Honeycutt said...

I love love LOVE Bossypants! Tina Fey may be my spirit animal.

ReachingBeyondMediocrity said...

Tuesday's With Morrie is one of my favorite books ever! I could read it over and over again! I tried Unstuffed, but you know, I was disappointed. It wasn't what I expected, so I ditched it and didn't finish the rest.

Bookworm Jill K. said...

I love Bossypants too! It is to me what Lean In is to most of the women in my office.

The Siberian American said...

I have wanted to read Tuesdays with Morrie forever and just haven't gotten to it. I need to do it soon!

Hena Tayeb said...

Looks like some great reads. I use paperpackswap.com to swap books.. all i have to pay is for shipping a book out I receive all of them free.

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

So I read Bossypants about a year ago, but didn't really love it and I think that's because I never watched 30 Rock! I think that I want to reread it after I've had the chance to watch the show.

Corie @ Life in the Mitten said...

Reading while laying in a hammock is one of my favorite things ever!

Lizzie Simantz said...

Smart Girl is on my list!! I need to read more!

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

Morrie made me ugly cry so hard! it was such an amazing story.

NY Foodie Family said...

I only read the first book by Hollis, Party Girl and really enjoyed it. I loved Tuesdays with Morrie. I like Tina Fey but didn't enjoy Bossypants very much.

Lacey Bean said...

Under One Roof sounds cute! I really enjoyed Bossypants when I read it

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

oh bossypants. it's been years, i need to read that one again. i will have to add that rachel hollis series to my list. the mall/house one sounds interesting, i would be bothered with the oversharing about her aging though, so might skip it.

Kristin said...

I admit I've listened to Bossypants more than once.

Emily at 'a little bit of Emily' said...

I am reading Unstuffed right now - I am really liking it so far! I feel like it's all common sense, but sometimes you need a reminder of those things to kick your butt into gear! I read Tuesdays with Morrie awhile ago and remember really enjoying it!

Emalie Barber said...

Two of the books you shared are on my audible wish list!! Tina Fey and Unstuffed!! I need more me time to read what I enjoy!

xo

Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis said...

The only one I've read is Tina Fey's Bossypants and she cracks me up! I could read it again for a good laugh. Didn't even know the Dollar store sold books but sounds like a deal. Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

Nadine Lynn said...

Tuesday's with Morrie is one of my top favorite books. So many amazing life lessons!!! Bossypants was a good read, Tina Fey really cracks me up and the book made me want to be besties.

Alyssa said...

Shockingly, I've actually never read Tuesdays with Morrie. I did read and love The Five People You Meet in Heaven by the same author, though, so I really should check it out.

I loved Bossypants! Tina Fey is totally one of my idols.

Kristy Sayer-Jones @ Southern In Law said...

I loved Tuesdays with Morrie - but I'm a little bit biased because I LOVE all of Mitch Albom's books! If you haven't read any of his others, be sure to check them out!

Morgan said...

Ruth Soukup, author of Unstuffed is also creator of the blog Living Well Spending Less that I first discovered when I started Style and Savings four years ago. I love the photo you posted for Under One Roof. I can't imagine turning down a million dollar offer, and I love how the builder was willing to compromise. Ms. Macefield has such a unique story - I would love to visit that mall!