August Book Recap – The Fitnessista

I’m sharing the books I read in August and I recommend adding them to your collection!

Hello friends! I hope you’re enjoying the day so far. The pilot was off work so he took the kids to school while I took a barre class, we enjoyed a coffee date and lunch together. It was a lovely mid-week treat!

For today’s post, I wanted to share a summary of some of the books I read recently. This post is a little late because I kept thinking it would end. Daughters of Rome but I couldn’t do it (below). I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading lately if you share the products in the comments section!


A recommended friend this book for me, since we both have tween daughters and are heading into new territory when it comes to friendships, independence, and all that teenage stuff. This book was AMAZING. It’s about helping your child navigate the seven stages of adulthood, including friendships, moods/attitudes, bullying, relationships (with others and with parents), and I found it incredibly insightful and fulfilling. of useful tips. I highly recommend it if you have a tween or teen.

One of my favorite metaphors the author gave was that Our children swim in a pool and we are the wall. They need to be adventurous, able to swim and find independence, but sometimes they may need to go back to the wall. Sometimes they push themselves off the wall, which can be painful, but we have to stay there to help them. A child with a wall will find it easier to deal with difficult situations than if the wall were not there. <3

Of Amazon:

In this healthy, engaging, and informed guide for parents of daughters, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct (and completely normal) developmental transitions that turn girls into adults, including childhood separation, facing adult authority, entering the romantic world and taking care of herself.

Provide realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters intelligently and constructively. Untangled provides parents with a broad framework to understand their daughters while addressing their most common questions, including:

My 13 year old daughter rolls her eyes when I try to talk to her and only does it more when I get angry at her for it. How should I respond?

Do I tell my teenage daughter I’m checking her phone?

My daughter suffers from test anxiety. What can I do to help her?

Where is the line between healthy eating and an eating disorder?

My teenage daughter wants to know why I am against marijuana when it is legal in some states. What should she say?

My daughter’s friend is cutting herself. Should I call the girl’s mother to let her know?

Perhaps most importantly, Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect and grow with their daughters. When parents know what motivates their daughter, they can accept and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

The Mediterranean dish

I’m old school and will love cookbooks forever and ever. Amen. The Internet is amazing, but there’s something magical about having all your favorite recipes in one place and seeing olive oil-splattered pages and worn edges of beloved cookbooks. Since I’ve been doing the EquiLife detox, the Mediterranean style of eating fits well with the meal guide. Furthermore, after seeing blue zones on Netflix, I’m inspired to enjoy fresher, more vibrant daily meals!

We all love Mediterranean food (especially kids!) so I thought it would be fun to learn this cookbook for new inspiration. It’s amazing. We tried a couple of recipes that were fantastic and I can’t wait to make more.

Of Amazon:

What started as one of the first online Mediterranean food blogs has become the leading site for modern Mediterranean cuisine and lifestyle with millions of readers, and is now the inspiration for Suzy Karadsheh’s long-awaited first cookbook . In her cookbook, Suzy brings cross-culturally inspired dishes from around the Mediterranean to American home kitchens, using easy-to-find ingredients and easy-to-follow, perfectly tested recipes to make your meals more vibrant, delicious, and yes, even! a little healthier too!

Born and raised by the sea in Port Said, Egypt, Suzy lived in Michigan and Des Moines with her family before moving to Atlanta, where she now lives. Her modern cuisine reflects the rich and complex traditions of the Mediterranean and Middle East, from Greece and southern Spain to Jordan and Tunisia, as well as inspiration from her new southern roots.

Practical, weeknight-friendly recipes include: Spanakopita Egg Muffins, Chicken Shawarma Bowls, Lemon Garlic Spinach Chickpea Soup with Pecorino Romano, Roasted Asparagus Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil, Rice Pilaf Middle Eastern with toasted noodles and pine nuts, orange and cardamom Olive oil cake and of course homemade pita bread to serve with almost anything. Suzy’s winning combination of accessible instructions, trustworthy recipes, stunning photography, charming authentic stories, and simple assembly is sure to excite anyone hungry for healthier foods packed with flavor and spice.

Daughters of Romeabandon

this was my second book in this series, and I was really looking forward to seeing it, since I love Kate Quinn (I’ve read many of her books). The first book, daughters of Rome, It was a slow process for me, but I still enjoyed it. Since the first book was a little slower, I stuck with this book and ended up reading more than half of it before putting it down. The plot just dragged on and while it was interesting to be introduced to the characters from the first book, but in a previous situation, I couldn’t get into it. Boo.

Of Amazon:

69 d. C. The Roman Empire is at stake. The Year of the Four Emperors will change everything, especially the lives of two sisters with a very personal stake in the outcome.

Elegant and ambitious, Cornelia embodies the essence of the perfect Roman wife. She lives to one day see her loyal husband as Emperor. Her sister Marcella is more distant and content to witness history rather than make it. But when a bloody coup turns their world upside down, both women must maneuver carefully to stay alive.

As Cornelia tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered dreams, Marcella discovers a hidden talent for influencing the most powerful men in Rome. In the end, however, there can only be one Emperor… and one Empress.

part of your world

I went into this Abby Jimenez combo backwards; I read Sincerely first (which is technically the second book) and then This. Turns out it didn’t really matter. Some of the characters overlap but that doesn’t make a big difference to the plots.

Abby Jimenez is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The books are fun and light, and include the perfect amount of witty jokes that I love. It’s definitely fun to mix it up between reading about autoimmune issues and historical fiction; a slightly lighter fare. 9/10

Of Amazon:

After a crazy bet, a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, and cuddling a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. Her cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously handsome carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come, the complete opposite of sophisticated city girl Alexis. And yet, their chemistry is undeniable.

While her wealthy parents want her to continue the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She is fine with being a “simple” emergency room doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the close-knit town where she lives, she discovers what’s really important. However, letting her relationship become more than a short-term fling would mean turning his back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.

Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she also cannot give up the joy she has found with him. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis choose between her world and his?

So tell me friends: what did you read last month? What’s on your TBR (to read) list?

I have a lot of Book of the month selections I need to resolve!



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