What a fun month of reading – I really enjoyed most of what I read this month.  Now that my kids are back in school, I’ve picked back up with reading some of what they are which is really fun – makes for good conversations around the dinner table!

FICTION

What a fun story.  Willow has a mother who is MUCH older than most – and quite the unique character.  The book focuses on the mystery of Polly – what made her who she is, and how Willow goes about figuring out her story is quite entertaining.  Loved the quirky characters, yet there was a bit of depth in the story too.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

Other fiction books I enjoyed this month were: The Sunshine Sisters (quite funny in parts but still a dramatic storyline), Fitness Junkie: A Novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, and The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation.

NON-FICTION

So I just love Jenny Rosenstrach’s cookbooks – all of them!  This one was worth the purchase price for the marinara sauce and black bean quesadillas alone.  Yum.  I like her suggestions for making family dinner the norm – excellent tips if you need a nudge in that direction.  I bought it for the recipes!  My rating 5 out of 5.

Hilarious – as a young teenager, Maya decides to follow the rules in an old book her father found in a thrift store on how to be popular.  The book was published in the 50’s and so you can imagine the advice.  Maya chronicals her experiences, successes and failures along the way.  This was actually a book my daughter read for her Language Arts class and since she breezed through it I decided to read it too.  Great book for any middle school kid to read.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

Excellent advice in this one – I’m actually planning on purchasing it once I have to return my library copy.  Some very interesting (and unique) exercises and some great suggestions for not “playing small” in your life – whatever that means for you.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

The other non-fiction book I read this month was Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy which I liked but didn’t love.

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