Show Us Your Books: July 2019

Hello everyone! So far, July has been pretty busy for us...and swim lessons just started! So, not expecting it to slow down too much for a few weeks. Still, I managed to get some pretty good reading in.

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serles
This book was...interesting. Young woman actually has the dinner- you know, the "What five people would you have dinner with if you could choose anyone in the world?" It was good, a bit of suspense and drama regarding the different relationships - familial, friend, romance. Not something worth rushing out to read but not a regret either.

This book was really interesting. I honestly didn't remember much about it, I just had it on my TBR- probably from some point of this link-up. It's about two sisters and flashes between the present and the past. I've never seen anorexia portrayed like this, from a familial bystander and over such a long time frame. It was a compelling and worthwhile read. 

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
Let me tell you, you get some interesting looks when you carry this book around. It was interesting to read about sociopathy, although how she defined it seems to vary compared to some quick online search. Either way, it was interesting to read about conscience and lack thereof/etc. If you are someone who enjoys psychology/sociology type theories and views then I'd recommend.

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff
I've heard a lot about this book, so I bought it with a gift card I got for my birthday. It was good...not as good as I wanted it to be, if that makes sense. I think a lot of some self-help/inspirational books should be much shorter than they was good, important, and stirring but got repetitive after a bit.

Goodreads describes this book as "a fierce, hysterically funny memoir that reminds us that comedy equals tragedy plus time." Don't think I can really do any better. It was a good read, and I'd recommend if you find the general human condition of emotion interesting.

This was a random and fun pick. A while back I read Circe and loved it, but wished I could remember more about the various Greek deities mentioned throughout the story. This would have been a perfect companion, and I'm glad to have it in my arsenal for future reference since this pantheon is so often referred to.

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
I loved this book, I stayed up late to finish it and cried at the end. It was interesting to read about depression and I deeply appreciated that it openly and respectfully discussed the variety of causes and triggers and methods of dealing with depression between people. I liked that people were shown with nuance. This did follow the John Green pattern a bit- meaning, it was slightly unrealistic situations for teenagers but it was so beautiful and the characters were so real that I do not care because I love it. Characters over plot for me, every time, and this did that wonderfully.

Life According to Steph


  1. I have this notebook that was gifted to me that looks like a book and it says "How to trick vegans into eating meat" and I always forget that it says that because I get crazy looks when I bring it out in public!

  2. I'm sure I've gotten weird looks from the books I've carried out in public. LOL I am fascinated by the psychology behind people's minds.


  3. I like the sound of Definitions of Undefinable Things, even though I think John Green is overrated.

  4. One of the greatest things about ebook readers is the ability to hide what you are reading. :D One of my friends loves the sexy steamy books, with their sexy steamy covers, and she's grateful that she can read them without judgment on the train to work. :D Definitions of Undefinable Things sounds great - adding it to my TBR.

  5. I was holding off on Circe because I was thinking the same thing- I hardly remember most mythology and would need a refresher before diving in, and that 30 Second one sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  6. adding Definitions of Indefinable Things - that cover is gorgeous and your review has sold me!

  7. I never really thought about whether I choose characters over plot. Hmmm. Interesting point.

  8. I haven't read any of these, but I like the genres - they all sound interesting!

  9. I haven't read a self-help/inspirational books in, literally, years. You're right: They're too repetitive and most of them should honestly just be blog posts or IG posts or Twitter threads.

  10. It makes me laugh when I carry a book like Sociopath around and I catch people visibly reacting to the title.

  11. I love greek mythology and truly enjoyed circe and song of achilles when I read them. I should check this book out.

    the definitions of indefinable things sounds interesting