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Weekly Book Club {7.25.18}

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This week I’m sharing a couple of non-fiction books and a third book from a longtime favorite series that I read from the library. Both the non-fiction books were a bit outside my normal genre selections but I enjoyed both of them. 

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Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames– In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban professionals. But the couple had a dream to become modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day—as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends—they enacted a plan to save an enormous amount of money: well over seventy percent of their joint take home pay. Dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods, Elizabeth began documenting their unconventional frugality and the resulting wholesale lifestyle transformation on their eponymous blog. In less than three years, Elizabeth and Nate reached their goal. Today, they are financially independent and living out their dream on a sixty-six-acre homestead in the woods of rural Vermont with their young daughter. While frugality makes their lifestyle possible, it’s also what brings them peace and genuine happiness. They don’t stress out about impressing people with their material possessions, buying the latest gadgets, or keeping up with any Joneses. In the process, Elizabeth discovered the self-confidence and liberation that stems from disavowing our culture’s promise that we can buy our way to “the good life.” Elizabeth unlocked the freedom of a life no longer beholden to the clarion call to consume ever-more products at ever-higher sums. Meet the Frugalwoods is the intriguing story of how Elizabeth and Nate realized that the mainstream path wasn’t for them, crafted a lifestyle of sustainable frugality, and reached financial independence at age thirty-two. While not everyone wants to live in the woods, or quit their jobs, many of us want to have more control over our time and money and lead more meaningful, simplified lives. Following their advice, you too can live your best life.

My Rating: 4 Stars

This book was so interesting! I’ve thought about moving away from everything and living on a homestead but let’s just be honest, I don’t have the discipline to actually do it. It was so interesting to read about how Elizabeth and Nate made it happen! 

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A Simplified Life by Emily Ley– Busy wife, mom, entrepreneur, and bestselling author Emily Ley knows how you feel. With a growing family, increased work demands, and more, she understands the struggle it is to keep the plates spinning. In A Simplified Life, you’ll find Emily’s strategies, systems, and methods for permanently clearing the clutter, organizing your priorities, and living intentionally in 10 key areas—from your home and meal planning, to style and finances, parenting, faith life, and more. Emily will show you how to truly make the most of your days with realistic, achievable, and tactical tools. Walk alongside Emily through each page of the book, working through her simple strategies toward your own goals as you simplify and make space for what matters most.

My Rating: 4 Stars

The idea of a simplified life is like the unicorn in my life. It’s what I strive to have but it never seems to happen. I was drawn in by the simple cover and the premise of the book. And it was good! The book revolved around living your life with intention, which is a huge thing for me. I got a lot of great ideas and it reinforced a lot of the things I’m already doing to simplify my life. I devoured this book in no time and it actually motivated me to make some necessary changes in our lives to achieve peace. If you’re a stressed out mom trying to juggle way too much crap I highly recommend this read!

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Hot and Bothered by Shelly Laurenston– It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late. Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Oh my gosh, I love the honey badgers. Love them! This is book 1 in a new series that is a spin off of her uber popular Pride series. I’ve read almost every book in her Pride series and they are great. The honey badgers were my favorite characters in that series so I was excited to see a whole new series revolving around them. This book did not disappoint. Charlie is a badass and I adore her. This book has romance, action, hot alpha males, and badass slightly psychotic honey badger shifter women. Basically it’s the best thing ever. Ha! Definitely recommend this one and you don’t have to read the Pride series first. This series stands on it’s own. 

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