Rebekah Taylor

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My Recent Book Reads| Lifestyle

Sharing my recent book reads with you today. I would love to hear any recent books you have finished!

It has been a long time since I’ve shared my book reads. So I thought I would share a few recent ones with you today. Keep your eyes out for another post because I will be sharing a reading list and tracker that you can download!

Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn By Donald Spoto

I am a big fan of Audrey Hepburn movies. I find her to be feminine, elegant, beautiful and I adore the roles she plays in her movies. So I decided I want to read and learn more about her life. This book definitely educated me on her life. It covers her entire life from childhood, acting, dancing, relationships and talks about her movies.

What Would Audrey Do? Timeless Lessons for Living with Grace and Style By Pamela Keogh

I decided to pick this book up because I adore Audrey Hepburns style and how she presented herself. In my opinion, she is the picture of femininity, grace and style. I recently watched a YouTube video about asking yourself “What would (insert a person you admire) do?” when you are presented with challenges or even everyday life. How do you want to represent yourself? I found this book and decided to give it a read. Sadly, I was disappointed with this book and the author. I found the advice to be ridiculous, shallow and silly. The author is very repetitive and gives advice that is unattainable and sounds like a Disney movie. Not a book I would recommend.

Everything I Never Told You By Celeste Ng

I usually gravitate to self help books but this past year I’ve started reading fiction novels. This was one of my favorite! The book is based on a Chinese American family whose lives get turned upside down when their middle daughter is found drowned in a nearby lake. This book is about family drama in everyday life. The struggles both parents and children face and the fractures that are created in their relationships. Great read and highly recommend it.

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle By Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski

I really wanted to like this book because I was dealing with the feelings of burnout and was hoping this would help. I so badly wanted to like this book but I can not recommend it. This book was confusing because I thought it would be based on burnout and stress and ways to manage it but instead this is a feminist book that blames female stress on the patriarchy. This book did contain some helpful nuggets and general tips but the rest was just about a topic I didn’t care to read. I picked up this book to read about burnout and stress not about the patriarchy. If you enjoy books based on feminism then I would recommend this. The take on burnout being caused by our gender roles was interesting but not what I was looking for in a book. I found the title to be misleading.

How To Do Nothing: Resisting The Attention Economy By Jenny Odell

This is another book I thought would be good but it was extremely difficult for me to read. It was not a horrible book and has some great information in it but I had a hard time with the references to art and it was very dense. Many of the points were lost on me because she uses such extensive wording, artistic points that I have no idea what they even mean and she quotes so many people and includes too many stories. The book felt disorganized and confusing. I think it could have been much simpler and minimalistic. The main point of the book is asking what do we spend our attention on? Let’s spend less time on social media and our phones and take it back to nature. There is so much happening around us and we are missing it.

Everything Happens For A Reason & Other Lies I’ve Loved By Kate Bowler

I really enjoyed reading this book and finished it within a few days. It was an easy read. This book is the story of the author and her diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer. She is a religious author so the book is very heavily religious based. It was interesting to see the religious aspect of dealing with a health crisis. It was also interesting to see how the author dealt with the diagnosis and the emotions she experienced. I do think the title is a little misleading. She really does not address any “lies” and the book felt like it ended abruptly. I do think its a good read and recommend it.

Have you read any good books recently? I would love some recommendations.

Thanks for reading!

– Rebekah


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