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Every month, Kristin from Taz + Belly and I host this fun little book-loving link-up, and we're so happy you've stopped by!

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This month's theme was: A Brand New Book

I chose: The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin. (Head over to Kristin's site to see what she chose, too!)

You can grab this book HERE (affiliate links are here and throughout this post!).


What part of the book could you NOT get enough of?  This book is chock-full of straight up WISDOM. I'm a big Rubin fan already (her book Better than Before is where this original concept came from!) so I preordered this one way in advance! The four tendencies relate to how you handle expectations, both inner and outer. The types are: obliger, upholder, rebel, and questioner.

Curious which one you are? Take Rubin's quiz  here !

Curious which one you are? Take Rubin's quiz here!

I'm a rebel through and through, which makes life reaaaaaally interesting, ha! This book gave me so much helpful insight into the way my tendencies play out in my life, how to still get things done, how to understand others, how to stay motivated, etc. I was underlining and highlighting SO much of this book and found it so incredibly enlightening! 

I'm admittedly a personality type nerd and this is right in line with the kinds of books I devour about the Enneagram and other models, so there really wasn't a single thing I didn't love about this one!

If you're somebody that gets skeptical about personality types or feels boxed in by them, I'd still encourage you to give this one a read, since it's much more about understanding your habits and tendencies than it is about trying to give you a label.


How did you relate to/care for the characters? What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? Since this one is nonfiction, there weren't characters... but if you could count each of the tendency types as characters, I loved them! ;) There isn't a plot so much here either, but the way this book is organized and written is very thought out and really makes for a great reading experience. It isn't heavy at all or dry in the content, but is a really engaging read that will teach you so much and open your eyes to so much about your own personality and the tendencies of others as well.


What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with it's themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now? It's similar to her book Better than Before, obviously, since the themes overlap. I'd also put this one in a similar category to books like The Road Back to You, The Sacred Enneagram, and The Road to Character. I read all of those books and highly recommend all of them!


You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? This cover is bold and colorful, and while that usually isn't my preferred style, it definitely stands out on the shelf and looks great paired with all of her other book covers, so it works.


How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? This one was a 5 star read for me!




October's theme is "A One Word Title". Find any book that feels like summer to you, read it this month, blog your thoughts (you can use our R.E.A.D.S acronym or whatever style you want!) and link up at the end of the month!

Kristin from Taz + Belly and I are so excited to have you joining us, and we can't wait to see this fun little link-up grow this year!

We'll link up next on OCTOBER 24!