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Books Lately

I only have two books to talk about this month. I am trying really hard to get my reading game back! It helped when I was commuting to work every day and listening to at least two audio books a month in the car. Anyways, linking up with Steph and Jana. DUH!

Radical Beauty by Deepa Chopra

We all want to look and feel beautiful, right??? Usually beauty starts with what’s on the inside. And I am not just talking about you being a good person. I am talking about how you treat your body and what you are putting in to it. Unfortunately, some lifestyle changes to sacrifice in the name of beauty are hard to live with. Give up caffeine??? Yeah, no thanks! But there is science behind everything in this book and it all makes perfect sense to me.

What I really loved is not only do you get the optimal lifestyle to live for the most beautiful you (and all the science behind it) there are also a ton of DIY projects in this book! Not just for skincare, but for household cleaners and more.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for ways to work on yourself and enjoy nonfiction, this is a decent read. I especially liked it for the DIY and recipes for skincare and household cleansers.


**I received a copy of Radical Beauty from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

The Magnolia Story

I really love Fixer Upper so when I first heard about this book, I knew I would eventually read it. Laura actually gifted it to me for Christmas. So sweet! Anyways, if you like Fixer Upper or a cute feel good love story…then this book is for you! I really loved learning more about the story behind this adorable couple that we see on TV. Their story is inspiring and makes me want to chase my dreams even more. I will say, there is a bit of a repetitiveness in the book, with them stating how poor they were over and over. But it lends to the story so I get it’s purpose.

Bottom Line: Read it if you are a Fixer Upper fan!

Rating: 5/5

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  • Reply texerinsydney February 14, 2017 at 2:48 am

    I appreciate that you talked about Fixer Upper when discussing the 2nd book. I’ve seen people mention it several times and talk about these people, but I had no idea who they were and wasn’t inclined to find out. haha.

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine February 14, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Magnolia was gifted to me at Christmas too and I loved it, made me fall in love with Chip and JoJo even more. I am way off my reading too but have a huge pile to get going on. Happy Valentine’s Day love!!

  • Reply Carly February 14, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Radical Beauty sounds like it could be really interesting, but I’d probably have the same thoughts as you on some of the things!

  • Reply kristen February 14, 2017 at 9:13 am

    i quite like fixer upper and keep hearing about their book so i’m sure i will eventually give it a go. they are so adorable.

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph February 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Not my type on either, but my mom would probably like both, but especially the Chopra book.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says February 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I like the idea behind the first book but I know I’ll never read it. Not my kind of nonfiction. Although I do like making my own household cleaners. So. Who knows.

    The second one is a hard pass for me. I don’t watch the show and have no interest in learning about them. I know this puts me in a very small minority.

  • Reply Sierra February 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I am in serious need of getting my reading game back. I would love to read both of these books. It’s true beauty does start from within. And anything Chip and Joanna I’m pretty much a fan of. Beautifully Candid

  • Reply Brittany Pines February 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Radical Beauty sounds interesting, I may have to see if that’s at my libraray.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo February 14, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Glad you like the Gaines story – I really enjoyed that one too. They are just such a cute couple, aren’t they – complete one another.

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration February 14, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I don’t watch Fixer Upper, although I know who the Gaines are but don’t really feel a strong enough connection to read the book either. But it definitely seems like a must-read for Gaines’ fans. Radical Beauty intrigues me more because I am trying to be more conscious about the products I use and how they affect my body. And I’m with you all the way – caffeine is must in my world!

  • Reply Nicole February 14, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Yay for another good review for The Magnolia Story. I just started it last night and it has been laughing out loud and re-reading paragraphs to my husband. I can so empathize with Joanna!! LOL. So far so good for me!

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native February 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I’m kind of curious about Radical Beauty now!

  • Reply Katie Elizabeth February 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I just started The Magnolia Story on Sunday and am already loving it! Chip & Joanna are the cutest!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders February 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I love Chip and Joanna so much, so I’m hoping to pick up The Magnolia Story soon! It really is amazing to hear about where they came from and where they are now and how they didn’t lose who they are as people and what they believe in.

  • Reply Nancy West February 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I’m not a Fixer Upper watcher but I’ve heard lots of good things about The Magnolia Story.

  • Reply Olya @ The Siberian American February 14, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about The Magnolia Story. I don’t really watch Fixer Upper (though I have had two friends on it because I went to Baylor, so I do watch their episodes), so I might have to pick up the book sometime!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family February 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I have The Magnolia Story on hold waiting for me at the library right now! I’m going to pick it up tomorrow and I’m so excited to dive into it!! 🙂

  • Reply Audrey February 15, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Eventually I plan on getting around to The Magnolia Story, but I’m in no rush. I think they narrate the audiobook, right? I’m on the fence as to whether or not I want to read it or listen to it. I never do audiobooks but this one might be worth it.

  • Reply Kimmi February 15, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I picked up Magnolia Story at the thrift store for $1.99! I am so excited to read it. Chip and Joanna seem so very much in love.

    I would never give up caffeine for beauty. That is just nonsense.

  • Reply Laura February 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    yay! I’m glad that you liked the book!!! I can’t wait to read it myself — you know, when I start back on my reading game too. Also, no way am I giving up caffeine. I’m sure the rest of the world would be glad to know that, too.

  • Reply Lauren February 22, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Is it anti-Texan for me not to get Fixer Upper? I mean I like her taste but everything looks the same. I would appreciate some backstory though – I mean they kind of came out of nowhere!

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