Show Us Your Books Link-Up: November 2018

Hello, fellow readers! Hope it's been a great reading month for you. I have passed my Goodreads goal of 40 books for the year with 44. Seeing as how we are officially into the Holiday Season (which is basically October-November-December), it's nice to know that the (very light and self-applied) pressure is off, since stress either makes me read EVERYTHING or NOTHING.

That being said, here is what I read this past month.

I really enjoyed this book! Self-help type books are usually either hit-or-miss, depending on my mood, where I love them completely or hate them with every fiber of my being. This one I loved. It almost doesn't feel like Happiness is the correct term for this book, although that is what is used every other sentence.  It may have been started in an attempt to be happier, but it really seemed more like a plan to live out her general life values, and that's something I have been kicking around in my own head for the past few years anyway. If you enjoy thinking about your core values and/or applying a logical approach to your life, give it a read. People have complained that Rubin is a well-to-do white woman in modern America, so it's stupid to the point of offense that she is preaching about happiness. However- I think it's a perfect example of the human tendency to believe that everything would be better "if," while never actually being satisfied when we get to that special place with the greener grass.

Side note- I actually bought Rubin's other book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, first but she referred back to The Happiness Project so much that I had to stop and read it first. I will definitely be reading the Habits book but I'm still mulling around The Happiness Project right now.

This book has been on my TBR for years guys. I had the hardest time finding it, but didn't want to pay $25+ for it either.  Eventually I was able to get it through a InterLibrary Loan via the NC University system- yeah, it was that intense to track down! But after reading, I kind of understood why. It seems that this started as a thesis, and the author was either a TA or very new professor. So while it was interesting, it very much read like a long paper versus a story, if that makes sense. Things were summarized more than they needed to be, etc. It focused specifically on "heavily tattooed women," so women with sleeves and much more of their body covered than myself (I have multiple tattoos but they are small and discrete). It was an interesting read, but just be prepared for the writing style.

I found this randomly at my local used book store, on a day when I was apparently in the mood for female-focused stories. I didn't know necessarily that this series was Christian-faith based, so that was a nice surprise. This was a nice story about friendship and faith and family and chasing dreams.

Ditto the above. I liked the backstory for SOTL much better, the beginning of this story was a little awkward but it smoothed out into a good story. I sincerely hope the insight on Hawaiian culture was well-researched and honoring to the culture, because it was central to the story and beautiful and it will bum me out if it was just white-washed fiction.

What have you been reading this month? 
Link-up & let us know!

Life According to Steph


  1. I havent read any of these - covered in ink sounds interesting

  2. I've read The Happiness Project and I really loved it. Yes, the author is fairly well to do, but I think it's a good idea to realize that EVERYONE can be happier. Plus, I didn't really find it preachy...I do want to re-read it at some point. I love her books, though I need her newest, The Four Tendencies.


  3. i have both those Gretchen Rubin books on my list but i've heard mixed things - glad you liked it. i'm with you on self help books, i either love or hate them. i have heard a lot of people don't like the way she talks or she's super preachy, so whenever i get to it i'll be sure to keep it in mind lol

  4. I read Better than Before and didn't love it. It did have some good points! That's put me off The Happiness Project, but I've heard better things about that! So someday I might still give it a try.

  5. Sisterchicks looks fun!

    I'm not really a self help book reader.

  6. I love The Happiness Project and have read it twice. This book made me fan of Gretchen Rubin and I've read all of her books since.

  7. I need to reread the Happiness Project. I probably should do one, too.

  8. I love The Happiness Project and Better than Before. I am a huge fan of her books but I can't do it with her podcast overall - a bit too much. Super inspiring in my mind though :) She has a new book coming out March 2019, she just announced it!

  9. Happier at Home, which was the "sequel" to The Happiness Project is also a favorite of mine. But I enjoy that she promotes the idea that you don't have to massively overhaul your life to be happy.
    But yeah, the podcast is a bit much.