Books on Deck

I’ve got three books in my life right now simultaneously and every time I take time for one of them I feel like I’m having some kind of nerdy affair behind the others’ paperbacks.


 The One & Only by Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin is a genius with her characters. They are always intricate, surprising, and she uses them to manipulate you! I’ve read a couple of her books before–Where We Belong (2013), and Love the One You’re With (2009). They both surprised me with a little twist at the end and I highly recommend them. Giffin’s books deal with matters of the heart, but always deeper topics like adoption, infidelity, and abusive relationships.

The One & Only comes from the perspective of Shea who is a thirty-something year-old woman from a small town in Texas named Walker that happens to have a nationally ranked college football program.  The story is inundated with football–which I love–but others might think its a little much. It begins with a funeral and so far (I’m almost finished) has a romance, a somewhat forbidden secret relationship and like I said…football. I have an inkling that this Giffin book will be a little twisty at the end too.


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Ok to be straight up–I finished this book already. But it was such a journey that I really needed some time to process the absolute tragedy that is Paul Kalanithi’s death. The reader knows from the beginning that Paul has already passed away after a long battle with cancer. It was an incredible story and I strongly encourage you to take it on because it will change everything for you. As a cancer survivor, a wife and a parent I really struggled with his losses and rejoiced in his victories. At the end, it broke my heart, but changed my perspective on so many things and I desperately want to hold onto the message he left by writing such an honest account of his life.

Paul Kalanithi seeks the meaning of life–of living a meaningful life–throughout his time in school, medicine and as a patient himself.  He finds it through love and medicine and death. That’s all I’ll say for now, look for the full review in the “Book Reviews” section of the blog in the next couple of days. But if you are looking for something to change your outlook on life and to challenge your definition of living and dying…read When Breath Becomes Air. It is exceptional.


You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

I am a badass, I just don’t know it–yet. But I am pretty freakin’ confident that I will after I finish this book by Jen Sincero. Every chapter I’m like “dude, she totally gets me.” Her tone is driven and consistent, and honestly keeps me motivated to follow through with whatever nugget of wisdom (which is usually laced with profanity) she feeds me.

I am still at the beginning of this one, but so far I already see myself implementing her strategies into my own daily interactions with the world. She’s a total badass obviously, and this ‘self-help’ book doesn’t feel like the typical droney fix me book. It’s straight forward, curse word riddled, and filled with experience. I can’t wait to finish it and share my musings and hear yours, but also to see if it will help me stop doubting my greatness (because don’t we all?).

Keep looking for these full reviews over the next couple weeks, and if you have any suggestions for new fancy books to read please shoot me a message on any of my social media accounts (Facebook@thereviewmamajr, Twitter@thereviewmama, or through the contact form on the blog!

Hearts & Coffee:::Happy Reading

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