Since a couple of these were over the 300 page mark, I read considerably less books this month than usual. I am not endorsed by any of these writers and now that I no longer feel guilty for not finishing a book (see my earlier posts on Life Audits), these are books that I felt were worth my time and kept my interest.
The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (A Sunset Cove Novel) This was a quick, easy read. One of the main characters, Claire Dellamare, is determined to figure out a decades old mystery: why she went missing for a year. The premise is good, the characters are well-written. The mystery, coupled with the fact that a woman went missing at the same time and people suspect the two incidents are related, is beyond intriguing. The story is dubbed a romantic suspense and I suspect that if I thought it was just a romance, I would have enjoyed it more. The build-up was good, but the suspense was loosely brought together at the end. As a lover of suspense novels, I prefer that part to pack a punch.
Rich Dad’s Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki was very interesting. He introduced a different way of looking at finances that I haven’t encountered before, which was refreshing. So many finance books revolve around how to save money and Kiyosaki challenges his readers to think about how to increase their wealth, not just live within their means. He lightly touches on the different types of categories (such as employees vs. small business owners, for example) and explains the differences in how they’re taxed. It’s a good read for those who want a different kind of finance book and want to get out of the rat race.
Rich Dad’s Rich Dad’s Retire Young Retire Rich: How to Get Rich and Stay Rich by Robert T. Kiyosaki had a lot of crossover material with the Guide to Investing, which is a good way to learn it and he says it slightly differently, so there were a few things that made sense in this book that I didn’t quite grasp in the first one I read. I like the underlying themes that anyone can get rich if they believe it’s possible and take action to do so and that by being financially educated you put yourself ahead of the rat race in many ways. Like any good salesperson, he gets you interested in the topic and then the “secret” info is available in paid seminars and webinars, which is to be expected. It feels like he says wealth is attainable and that he can give you ways to do it, but it feels like the first few rungs of the ladder are missing and I’m not sure how to get started. Maybe that’s just me. The writing is easy to follow and there has been a good deal of information, so I’ve decided to get book 1 in the series (it wasn’t available when I first looked for it), which may clear up any confusion.
Debra Clopton’s Counting on a Cowboy was a good Christian Romance read (I was just in the mood for a good-moral book after some heavy technical reading). Abby moves to a small town as a way to reset her life and is immediately folded into the town’s gossip, friendship and strife. It’s an easy read and the author gets some Christian messages across subtly. Overall, it was a good Christian Romance.
Sarah Jio’s Always. This is the second novel I’ve read by Joi and I’m hooked. The main character, Kailey, has a picture perfect life until she runs into a past love. He’d disappeared after a fight and it’s shaped who she’s become, but when she finds out that he had a brain injury and forgotten who he was, she begins to question the truth she thought she knew. It’s been a long time since I read a book in one day and there was no way I could put this down until I reached the end.