The Best of 2018 Pt. 3 – Books/Movies

I think I’ve confirmed that I talk about books more than I read them. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I do read a lot of books. But I think the ratio of books talked about to books read is slanted pretty steeply. I’d apologize, but I’m not sorry.

These book summaries are taken from Amazon because I am notttt a book reviewer. Although, where do I sign up for that? Sounds like it could be fun. DM me.

Movies follow the books, so keep on scrolling, folks.


Cuckoo’s Calling


The whole series. Reminds me of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. Not quite as good, but I really enjoy the characters. The 3rd is probably my least favorite out of all 4. If you love mysteries, check them out. PS – this is really J.K. Rowling. She be acting all clever writing under a pseudonym.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

The Alchemist


This only gets better with time. I have hopes of reading this book every year, knowing I’ll get something new every time.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

The Sacred Enneagram


Yup, I’m going there. If you’re interested in diving deeper into the Enneagram, I definitely recommend picking up a copy of this. I read it over the progression of about 6 months, and I really found it helpful.

The Sacred Enneagram is a trustworthy, richly insightful guide to finding yourself in the enneagram’s 9-type profiles, and applying this practical wisdom to transform your life. Far more than a personality test, author Chris Heuertz writes, the enneagram is a sacred map to the soul. The enneagram offers a bright path to cutting through the internal clutter and finding our way back to God and to our true identity as God created us.

Force of Nature


I oddly couldn’t put this book down? I think I read it in 24 hours. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but I was engaged, curious, and stumped all the way until it ended. This is technically the second book from Jane Harper, but I thought this to be better than the first.

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.

But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.

Am I There Yet?


I can’t even. This is the most relatable book I’ve picked up in a LONG time. My gosh, Mari Andrews knows how to write. I couldn’t be a bigger fan of her. She writes the dreamiest, but also most realistic words, ever. Highly recommend.

In the journey toward adulthood, it is easy to find yourself treading the path of those who came before you; the path often appears straight and narrow, with a few bumps in the road and a little scenery to keep you inspired. But what if you don’t want to walk a worn path? What if you want to wander? What if there is no map to guide you through the detours life throws your way? From creating a home in a new city to understanding the link between a good hair dryer and good self-esteem to dealing with the depths of heartache and loss, these tales of the twentysomething document a road less traveled—a road that sometimes is just the way you’re meant to go.

Remember God


I read this book, not because I wanted to, but because I felt like I needed to. I downloaded the audiobook, and listened in a few days. I was walking the aisles of the grocery store while I listened to the epilogue. I couldn’t wrap my head around what Annie was saying. It was so different than the cliche ending I assumed would be attached to this book. I’ve probably listened 5 times now. It’s unfinished, and in a lot of ways, that so feels like where I was 5 months ago.

I know God is loving; I know He is good; I believe He is big and powerful. But sometimes I wonder if He is really kind— really deeply always kind.

Is He?


A Star is Born

I’m still speechless.



Instant Family

I think I half loved this movie because I kept thinking of her in Bridesmaids. I just thought this movie was pure. And funny. They play into those stereotypes soooo hard, and I found it clever, in an easy way. Some moments, I was like, ya let me foster. Other moments, I was like ya, let me think about that for a sec.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

This soundtrack. This cast (NOAH). This feeling of nostalgia. I’m here for it. ALSO HERE FOR PART 2.

Three Identical Strangers*

I’m not going to give any spoilers, but this definitely TOOK A TWIST. Don’t freaking google it, either. Just get the popcorn and watch.

Crazy Rich Asians

Awkwafina made this movie. She is such a star. I hope she’s around for the long haul.

Ocean’s 8

I’ve heard people were disappointed in this movie. Do you know what? I don’t care. The cast was all I really needed for this movie, anyway.

Black Panther

Honestly, I feel like this came out in 2017. I CANNOT believe this movie came out last year? Have we been talking about it forever, or nah? I’m not sad about it, but just curious. It was the highest grossing movie last year. It’s made over $1.2 billion. BILLION. K, just wanted to make sure you understood. The costumes, music, cast, everything. And I’m not even a marvel girl? TBH, I barely even know what that means.

What did other books and movies did I miss?

Cheers, grab a book, grab a movie.


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