a reading update

I have quite a long list of books I want to read this year and I thought it would be fun to share a few of my latest reviews here. Interestingly, all the books I have read so far this year have been on the Kindle App on my iPad. That's a big change for me! It must be working though because I've already finished five books so far.

You can follow me on Goodreads if you want to keep up with what I'm currently reading. It's also a great place to find all of my reviews. I will also post quarterly updates here on my blog. Here are the books I have read so far in 2017:

Death Saint by Rich Curtin. I love mysteries and I have read every one of the books in Rich Curtin's Manny Riveria series. They are fun and interesting and I really enjoy that they take place in locations that are dear to me. Most of them have been set in Utah (I live in Utah) but this one was set mostly in New Mexico which is also a favorite place of mine since my parents lived there for 13 years and I still have a brother who lives there. 

I'm so grateful for the clean content of Rich Curtin's books. So many mysteries get too gruesome or gratuitous. His books just focus on the story and don't get carried away.

Not deep literature, just a totally fun escape. I loved it!

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2017. This isn't the type of book you usually read cover to cover, but I'm pretty sure I've done that! I've read through so many passages over the past 2 months that I'm sure I've completed it. This has been a great resource and has helped me plan a trip to Walt Disney World for later on this year. My son has also read through most of it and we both agree that it is very well done!

Hearts in Hiding by Betsy Brannon Green. Quick and easy read that was a lot of fun. The book's main characters are LDS (Mormon) and so am I, so I enjoyed a lot of the references. You wouldn't have to be Mormon to enjoy the book though. My favorite characters were actually the ones from different religions that interacted with the main characters.

I enjoyed the setting of the south and found the book to be charming (even if it was a little predictable).

Until Proven Guilty by Betsy Brannon Green. This is the 2nd book in the author's Haggerty series and it's fun that some of the characters from the first book also appear in this one as well. Again, the main character is LDS (Mormon). I found that to be an interesting part of the story but you wouldn't have to be Mormon to enjoy this book.

A simple and fun read.

Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard. This is a mix between a self-improvement book and a management book. I read it from the perspective of trying to change my mindset about eating and living healthy. It could be applied to many different types of situations involving change. It took me a long time to get through the book because it isn't a light read. I'm glad I persevered though because I feel like it was helpful and insightful.

The most useful takeaway point for me was that I need to reshape the path I'm on to avoid the pitfalls that I know will stop my success. I was able to figure out some good ideas and I feel like I'm more knowledgeable about how to view and accept change.

I did end up telling my husband about many of the examples in this book because I knew they would be useful to him as a manager. He really liked the passages I shared with him.

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I have definitely found that reading is an important activity for me to stay happy and creative. Thanks goodness for books!