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It’s been a month or so since i’ve updated y’all on what I am reading + listening to these days, and I’ve added LOTS to my list since my last post! Figured I would round up my latest reads with y’all today because I’ve got some good ones to share!

I’ve actually been loving listening to books on audible recently. I’m almost always reading one physical book and/or a book on my kindle and then a different book on audible. I love to go for walks and usually I listen to podcasts but if I’m ever out of new podcasts to listen to…I’ve been listening to books and loving that!

How Did I Get Here by Christine Cain

Christine Cain is one of my favorite Christian speakers but I actually hadn’t ever read one of her books until this one. I LOVED this book so much – the premise of it is on how we can drift spiritually without ever being super aware of it, and how we can stay anchored to Christ. The book gives practical tools to keep us anchored to the truth of God’s word and signs to watch out for that might be a sign that we are starting to drift. I found it really encouraging, challenging, and opened my eyes to a new perspective.

It’s Not Supposed to be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst

I’m about halfway through this book right now and I think I have cried my way through every single chapter thus far. I was actually gifted this book about 3 years ago when I was in a really sweet + happy season of life. I knew the book was about grief / suffering so I thought “guess I’ll save this for a rainy day”…and unfortunately, that rainy day is now my every day. We have been walking through a season of infertility and miscarriage and loss and it has been pretty brutal to be honest with y’all. If you’re also going through a season of suffering I cannot recommend this book enough. It has been such a God-send for me and encouraged me in some of my darkest moments.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This is my latest fiction book I’ve read and finished and I loved it. You’ve probably already read this one because thousands of y’all have recommended it to me haha. I typically don’t love historical type of books which is why it took me so long to start this one. But I ended up loving it! The beginning felt kind of slow to me but I stuck with it and ended up being so invested in the characters in the story. It’s a historical fiction novel about WWII so it’s definitely not a ‘happy’ type of fiction book, but very well written, a beautiful story, and one you’ll definitely feel deeply connected to!

The Maid by Nita Prose

This is my current fiction read and I’m about half way through it! It’s slightly different than the typical fiction novel I like (suspenseful murder mystery thriller haha) but I really like it so far. The main character is very quirky and different and I feel super invested in the story! It’s kind of like the game of Clue as far as the vibe goes – it’s a murder mystery but not crazy suspenseful or scary if that makes sense. Has more of a happy / quirky vibe.

What’s next on my list:

I have tons of non-fiction books on my list I can’t wait to start! I actually just downloaded the power of one more by ed mylett on audible so I’m going to start that one this week. I also want to read Jenna Kutcher’s How Are You Really?, and Jacey Duprey’s Liking Myself Back.

Have you read anything lately you’ve loved? Fiction or Non-fiction? Comment below and let me know! Thanks for reading!

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xo Lauren

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