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September 2018 Book Chat + What I’ve Been Reading

*This is a link up post to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit, that she posts on the 15th of every month. It’s all about books and reading.

September 2018 Book Recommendations

The Books

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. Three of these books are absolutely phenomenal. One of them I read 3 pages of before I put it down. I’m going to do this “What Should I Read Next?” style. I’ll give you the three books I loved and the one book I hated. That’s right, I’m not afraid of the “h” word.

The Books I Loved:

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You, By: Cal Newport
This is the best business book I have read this year. In it, Cal debunks the extremely popular “follow your passion” myth. He gives you extremely practical and absolutely doable steps to finding work that you love. 
A lot of it is common sense. You have to be willing to do the work, even if that work is menial and mind-numbing. Cal also uses the term career capital and states that it’s vitally important to creating a meaningful life. In the book, he uses real-life examples of real people to prove why the “follow your passion” mentality will get you anything but a job you love.  

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Rise of the Mystics, By: Ted DeKker
I am excited to be part of the launch team for this book, which releases on October 2, 2018. Rise of the Mystics is Ted’s best work. If you’ve read the Circle series then you’ll love this one. It’s as if all of his previous work has led up to this book. There are so many amazing things I can say about this book, but I’ll just keep it short. I’ve been known to rattle on. 

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I’d Rather Be Reading, By: Anne Bogel
This book is beautiful! It’s written by a book lover (and popular blogger) for book lovers. The whole time I was reading this book I kept thinking, “Anne gets me! I have never felt more understood as a book lover!”. Chapter 10, “Bookworm Problems”, had me laughing out loud. I can’t recommend this book enough. Get it for your bookish friends. If you don’t have any physical bookish friends (raises hand) then gift yourself!

The One Book I Hated:

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Business Boutique, By: Christy Wright
Since this is the last book on the list you can correctly guess that this is the book I hated. I don’t want to spend a lot of time writing about it so I’m linking my Goodreads review here. Basically it’s full of fluff. Granted, Christy’s business plan is probably fantastic. But I can’t take anyone seriously who believes that her mom was born with the “gift” of cake making and decorating.

My Goodreads Review

This book has great potential, it really does. I’m on page 3, after having read the forward and introduction, and it’s just not what I thought it was going to be. She talks about her mother in the first few pages, telling the story of how her mom got started in the cake business. What I’m having a hard time with is that she keeps saying her mom’s “gifts” are what gave her the background to work for herself. I just don’t buy it. I know that God blesses us with spiritual gifts, and those gifts manifest in unique ways because we are all different. I do not believe; however, that God blessed her mother with cake making talents. She was not born with the ability to bake and decorate amazing cakes. That is something she learned. It’s a skill. 
I’m not discounting the fact that she did take something she was good at and made it into a good business. But I seriously doubt that as a young mother with a 6-month old that she really enjoyed making cakes. I bet she would have rather been doing something else. I think that the true joy Christy’s mother got from her cake business was the accomplishment she got from being really good at her craft. She had a fulfilling job because she got to do something that she had learned to love. There is no way she started out “loving” what she did. Christy clearly stated that her mother’s first job when she was 16 was learning how to make and decorate cakes. The only reason that her business venture was successful was that she had the skills she needed to start right away, and she was lucky enough to stumble upon a business owner who could benefit from her business. I just don’t buy the nonsense that you can take something you “love” and turn it into a business. It just doesn’t work that way for most people. I’m not sure if I’m going to finish reading this book. At this point, I might just skim it and see if it’s worth reading or not. 
Like I said, it has great potential. If only Christy could get past the “gifts” and doing something you “love” and call it what it is. Most people that are living lives they love did not start out doing things that they loved. It just doesn’t work that way.

Books I’m Going to be Reading

Next up on my TBR are some title I got because Anne Bogel recommended them in her podcast, “What Should I Read Next?”. If you read many of my posts about books, you’ll find that Anne is a huge influence in my reading life.

In no particular order here are my next reads:

  • Ex Libris, By: Anne Fadiman
  • The Year of Reading Dangerously, By: Andy Miller
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, By: Arundhati Roy
  • The Read-Aloud Family, By: Sarah Mackenzie
  • Station Eleven, By: Emily St. John Mandel

I might finish them all, or I might start some and not finish them. I’m not afraid to abandon a book. The only problem I have is deciding which one to read first! Let me know in the comments which book YOU think I should read next!

That’s my reading month so far. A lot quieter than last month considering I’m not doing a Harry Potter Magical Readathon.

Until next time,


P.S. How is your reading month going? What is something great that you’ve read? Have you picked anything up that you didn’t like? Let me know in the comments!

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