My Favorite Books from August 2017

My Favorite Books from August 2017

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...
Favorite Books from July 2017

Favorite Books from July 2017

I read an interesting mix of books this month – and I actually quit reading two books about a third of the way through – I just wasn’t into them and decided they weren’t worth my time.  Do any of you do that too?  Or do you struggle through them to the end?  Here is what I read: NON-FICTION I just love Kris Carr – we’ve been eating about 80% Vegan since summer began and so many of my recipes come from her website and cookbooks, yet I had never read this book – one of her early ones.  It was an interesting read – I didn’t learn anything I didn’t know, but for someone with limited nutrition education it would be very eye-opening.  Highly recommended.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. Lots of good reminders in this book of how I desire to live my life.  I found the various meditation descriptions inspiring and useful too.  This is a book I’d consider purchasing and reading just a chapter a week – maybe 2018!  My rating 4 out of 5. Other non-fiction books I enjoyed in July: Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More (this was a lovely book and enjoyable to read a few pages at a time) and Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage.   FICTION Interesting story and beautiful writing.  A young wife who is a bit dissatisfied with her life survives a massive wildfire that destroys her town.   When her husband doesn’t return she becomes quite resourceful and creates a new life for her family.  I didn’t love the main character – I felt that...
June 2017 Favorite Books

June 2017 Favorite Books

I started this month off slowly, but ended up reading four books in just a few days – vacations will do that for you!  Here is a list of everything I read this month and below are highlights of my favorites.  What was your favorite book this month?   NON-FICTION This was a very inspiring book – it focuses on seven important areas of life and shares stories of women who experienced change in each area.  The areas it covers are quite close to the ones I focus on in my coaching business so I really enjoyed the insights.  My rating 3.5 out of 5. FICTION What a fun book!  The characters were quirky and entertaining and I just loved them all.  Benedict Stone’s life is falling apart and he doesn’t have the energy or gumption to fix it.   Unexpectedly, a neice he’s never met shows up and is exactly the catalyst for change he needs.  My rating 4 out of 5. A very fast read – I consumed it by the pool one day.  A school shooting is narrated by a cast of characters present or affected by the situation.  I didn’t get a strong emotional connection to any of the characters – the way the book was written in short sections for each character as the events unfolded didn’t allow for that, but the story was engaging nonetheless.  Thought-provoking and raw.  My rating 4 out of 5. I just picked up a new stack of books from the library – a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction so we’ll see how the last month of summer...

Books I loved in April 2017

It’s that time of the month again!  Quick reviews on my favorite books.  I read a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction this month.  HERE is the list of everything and below are my favorites: NON-FICTION For those of you in the corporate world like me, I’m sure you’ve heard about and probably engaged in design thinking.  It’s one of the hot new “ways of working.”  This book applies that method to designing your life.  I love it.  It’s a fresh way to think about where you are today and what you want your life to look like.  I also love that there isn’t an “end” – just constant experimentation and new iterations – so just as I preach to my clients – enjoying the process is as important as getting to the end goal.  If you are looking for a new way to create a life you love, give this book a read.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. FICTION Shelby is a typical teenager with a lot of promise in her future until one night she is involved in a horrific accident with her best friend.  After the accident, Shelby unravels from within until her life bears no resemblence to the life she was living before.  The book then takes you through Shelby’s unconventional way back to a life she finds worth living.  I had trouble getting into the book at first, but continued on and ended up loving Shelby and her journey.  My rating 4 out of 5. I actually read this book in one day – I had to find out how it turned out....

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale

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March 2017 Book Reviews

March 2017 Book Reviews

Shockingly I didn’t read a bunch in March.  Just seems like we were always busy with life – which isn’t a bad thing at all!  HERE is the list of everything I read, and I’m sharing a bit about my favorites below: & nbsp; I really love the premise of this book.  I haven’t quite implemented it all yet, but I have found some of the tips for getting up early VERY helpful.  The outlined morning routine very closely follows my ideal morning, so any encouragement I can get for getting it to work consistently is terrific.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. Who doesn’t love Chip and Jo?  We don’t have cable, but when I’m traveling I like to watch an episode or two of Fixer Upper.  I really enjoyed their story – they have had quite a crazy life and have worked hard to get to where they are today.  They didn’t just “get lucky” or know someone to get on TV.  It was also interesting to learn about all the other businesses they have going on – the TV show we all watch is just a small portion.  My rating 4 out of 5. If you haven’t signed up already, be sure to check out my NEW opt-in offer “7 Ways to Become Healthier & Happier THIS Week.”  It’s a terrific jump start to a healthier and happier year! *This post contains affiliate...

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