Show Us Your Books Link-Up: June 2020




Hello, everyone. Hope you are doing okay...there's so much right now. It's overwhelming, and I hope you are all okay...or at least, feel like you will be soon.

There's really nothing to say that hasn't already been said. So, onto the books.

Glad I started with the anniversary author's note, or I would have been so confused. TBH, these books are kind of crazy. They are just so long! And it feels like each one could have been at least two books...but the series is like 7-8 books long! I am scared to even think of how it goes from here, haha. But it was an enjoyable read. Side note- the television adaptation is one of the better book-to-visual media ones I've seen. Not saying it's perfect or exact but it's very good.


Another honesty moment? I rarely like books about readers or book lovers! I know, I know, insanity. But so often they feel a little cheesy to me. And this one was maybe cheesy in some bits, but I loved it. Really. I appreciated how they took a love of books and reading and applied it to real world situations- education, diversity, social inequality...it was great. I liked that Amy failed to include a diverse rang of stories, and once that was pointed out she fully acknowledged it and was open to ways to do that. That part felt extra timely.

Part of my reading goals for the year was to read the 2019 Goodreads Choice winners. The Nonfiction winner was Rachel Hollis with Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals. I read Girl Wash Your Face and just couldn't stomach the idea of reading another Hollis book*, so I went with the runner up. Did not know going in that this was by the people who hosted the podcast My Favorite Murder, which I have heard of but never listened to (went through a huge true crime phase in high school but it passed). This was still an interesting and very fast read, a nice "break" from all the current heavy (which is saying something about 2020, given that it's by people who refer to gruesome murders a lot).
*short review of my opinion- some parts were great, some were super repetitive and some were super full of white privilege which...I get, because I have it, but also...acknowledge that sometimes it's not realistic for everyone..


What have you been reading lately? Link-up and let us know!
Life According to Steph

10 comments

  1. Yeahhhh I've heard really mixed things about Rachel Hollis, so I've never been interested in her books. However, I do want to read Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered. I love the podcast, though I need to listen to it more!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. Rachel Hollis is a hard pass for me.

    I like Amy Byler a lot, and read Harms's new book this month. I think you'll like it!

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  3. I couldn't agree with your comments on Hollis more. I actually completely bypassed "Girl, Wash Your Face" and went to her second one, and didn't make it through the first 50 pages before getting tired of her. A friend of mine picked up Outlander #1 and when I reminded her that it was a series, she promptly put it down- they are tomes! Props to you for getting through them! The Overdue Life is on my TBR- happy to see another positive review of it!

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  4. I really enjoyed the overdue life and agree with your comments.

    I read neither of Hollis' books and dont plan to lol

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  5. I really enjoyed The Overdue Life. I had Outlander and have been so afraid to start it. It's so big and the writing is so small. But I do want to read it before watching the show.....

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  6. I re-listened to Outlander so I can keep going... but yes they are dauntingly huge! I really enjoyed both reading it and the audio, so I am excited in that sense. I agree with you about at least season 1 of the show. It was very accurate. :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  7. i have read outlander twice and i have tried to start the second book like twelve times. the first chapter is so confusing lol. i'm like what is going on?! everyone tells me to keep going but man, they are a commitment. i really need to do it again soon though, otherwise outlander will leave my brain again and i'll have to re-read it, again.
    i like your goal of reading the 2019 winners! i am not a fan of rachel hollis from what i 'know' of her online, but i did enjoy her fiction books several years ago before she became more popular online/released that book.

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  8. Ohh Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered sounds really interesting to me! Adding it to my list. I have never read anything but Rachel Hollis but I feel like I wouldn't be a fan. Glad you went with the runner up, it sounds way better ;)

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  9. Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered sounds like great life advice! Hahaha... I never even attempted one of the Hollis books. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your month!

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