March is nearly halfway over and I haven’t shared my February book review yet. Better late than never, right? February was a crazy month for us, but I managed to read two books. Both of my February books turned out to be non-fiction. Sometimes I’m just in the mood to read something true, and that was definitely the case in February.
I love all things Gaines – Magnolia, Fixer Upper, Joanna, and last, but not least, CHIP. Chip is hilarious to me. He’s a total guy’s guy, he’s obviously crazy in love with his wife, and he seems like he’s a really hands-on dad, all awesome things in my book. So when I received Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned While Doing Stupid Stuff, I couldn’t wait to read it.
It was so interesting to read Chip’s life story. He talks about his successes, but he also talks about the failures that helped him get to where he is today. Every single page of this book was filled with encouragement and motivation. I’m definitely a glass half full kind of person who wears rose-colored glasses, so Chip was speaking my language with all of his stories about turning trials into triumphs and making the most out of every situation.
Throughout this book, you can see Chip’s faith shining through, something else I found really refreshing. Chip relies on the Lord for His guidance in making decisions and listens for that still, small voice. In his writing, he motivates us to think about the world we live in today as well as the future, but most of all, to think about what we can do to leave a lasting impact on it.
If you’re looking for a motivational read with lots of fun stories thrown in, I’d highly recommend this book! It’s a quick and easy read, but it will leave you feeling full of wisdom and determination.
The second book I read in February was Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. I’ve always been fascinated by the Bush family and love seeing Jenna on the Today Show, so I was really excited to read this book. I only wish Jenna and Barbara had a tour stop near me!
This book covers everything from the girls’ early life to national events to personal things like Jenna’s wedding and birth of her daughters. It was really interesting to read how the sisters felt they led relatively normal lives as children to how their grandmother took them abroad for their sixteenth birthday to how their lives have remained just as intertwined as adults as they were as kids.
I enjoyed reading about more personal sides of their famous family and seeing how so many events I “watched” from the sidelines were up close and personal for them.
Throughout this book, you see the very real and deep love these sisters have for each other as well as their extended family. It was very refreshing!
What books have you read lately?
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?