Sunday, January 26, 2014

January Reads

January was a busy one! During the first half of the month when I was still on winter break, I read some great books. Here is what I recommend:

1. Adulting: How to Become a Grown Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown 
I had seen an interview with the author and knew I had to read her book because of how hilarious she was. This book had me laughing out loud. Her 468 tips vary between "Do not buy a used European car" to "If you are dying to go to a schmancy restaurant that you could never afford, go for lunch." I feel like she accurately describes the transition that takes place in your 20s where you are "adulting" or learning how to be an adult. With personal anecdotes and several diagrams she gives lots of helpful advice and many great laughs.

2. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
This novel tells the story about how one secret could change the lives of 3 families and alter them forever. I loved how the story went between the three wives and kept you guessing until the very end. It explores the complexity of family, love, and the pain of a broken heart. It was a quick read because I enjoyed all the characters and I couldn't stand the suspense.

3. Financially Fearless by Alexa Von Tobel 
I graduate in May and I've been working to learn more about how to manage my money. One of my favorite resources is LearnVest. I subscribe to their emails and get lots of great tips on financial planning. The founder's book came out this month and I'm happy to say it lived up to my expectations. My problem with finance books that I've looked at before is that they never seem to be for someone thats just starting out. Alexa breaks down what a budget should look like, how to make one, and how to save for what you want. She puts things in easy language to understand and makes personal finance a lot less scary.

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