The Best Hidden Resource!

The Best Hidden Resource!

Today I’m singing praises about a resource most of us have access to, and few people ever use.  It makes my life easier, brings me daily enjoyment and costs NOTHING.  What is it? The local library. Seriously – if you don’t use your local library, you really need to check it out.  Libraries are so much more than dusty old shelves of books (although if you love to read, you’ll appreciate that too).  Ready for some examples of why the library is such a great resource? It’s free.  Unless you habitually forget to turn in your books, the library will cost you nothing. The library contains more than books.  Most libraries have DVD’s, audio books, music and magazines.  Mine also has board games and get this –  museum passes!  Yep, on our recent Spring Break we were able to check out family passes for two state museums and visit them for free.  This easily saved us $100. If your library doesn’t carry what you want, you can request it.  The library doesn’t have a book you want to read?  Ask them to purchase it or see if they can get it on loan from another library.  Most libraries are continually buying new material and they appreciate it when members tell them what they’d like to see. The programs can be terrific.  When my kids were little, we were regulars at story time – it was a fun, free activity we could do together.  Now they always enjoy participating in the summer reading program. Our library offers a program or two almost every day of the week – truly something...
Favorite Books from November 2017

Favorite Books from November 2017

Some REALLY great books this month!  I enjoyed a nice mix of Fiction and Non-Fiction.  Here were my favorites: FICTION Very fun vacation read – every time I thought I had the plot figured out, something would happen to throw me.  The main characters are a pair of writers with a seemingly perfect life.  Until the wife goes missing.  Who is responsible?  Don’t read ahead to fully enjoy this one.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. This book couldn’t be more different than the first one.  Covers many of the topics so many of us working moms think about – do I love what I’m doing?  Or am I just doing it for the money and prestige?  Is that enough or would I be happier going down a different path?  Full of quirky characters and new chances.  My rating 4 out of 5. I just finished this book last night and got a huge kick out of it.   I didn’t love Sunshine, but the questions she raises – how far do we go from our truth when we start “curating” our life oneline?  How do we balance sharing what is real versus what looks good?  are so relevant today.  I’m sure you’ve heard others say “I wish my life was as good as hers looks on Facebook.”  Well this book helps you think about those questions.  My rating 4 out of 5.  The other fiction books I enjoyed this month were We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel, Elizabeth Is Missing: A Novel and We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Orange Collection).   I read two non-fiction books this month. ...
My Favorite Books from October 2017

My Favorite Books from October 2017

  I didn’t read as much as normal this month – but that’s not surprising since we had a relaxing two week Fall Break.  That meant most of my free time was spent hanging out with friends and family.  Definitely more of a priority than reading!  Plus we went out of town for a soccer tournament (so much fun) and a wonderful family vacation with lots of hiking, game playing and just enjoying life! My favorites for the month: Oh my goodness this is a fun book.  Alice gets sent to California by her boss to assist an author with creating her new book.  When she arrives she finds herself spending most of her time caring for Frank, the author’s son.  Frank is quite an unusual child.  He prefers old movies, dressing the part of characters in them, and definitely marches to his own tune.  By the end of the book, you’ll fall in love with Frank and the quirky cast of characters that support him.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.   Totally different genre – this thriller kept me guessing until the end.  I was pretty sure I knew what was going on, but never 100%.  On a stormy night, Cass sees a woman sitting in her car in the woods.  She doesn’t stop, thinking it might be a trap, but then the next day when the woman is found dead, she begins a downward sprial of guilt.  Meanwhile, the anxiety she feels seems to be unraveling her entire life.  But is it just anxiety?  Don’t read ahead and you’ll enjoy this book more.  My rating 4.5...
My Favorite Books – September 2017

My Favorite Books – September 2017

Well, I read a ton of fiction this month, so that’s what I’ll be sharing.  A couple of REALLY good ones, so check them out: I really loved this book.  It was quirky, funny and emotional.  Leia has a chance encounter with a masked Batman at a comics convention with interesting consequences.  As she is coming to terms with that, she discovers her Grandmother is quite ill, so she heads down to her home to figure out what comes next.  Finally, her step-sister has a situation of her own that Leia gets involved with.   Throughout it all, the bonds of family are what keeps everything together.  My rating 5 out of 5. Another great and very entertaining book.  Eleanor Oliphant is quite the unusual heroine.  Eleanor has no social skills, she likes things a certain way and doesn’t deviate from her routine at all.  She’s created a very small and safe life for herself.  When she and her co-worker happen to help out a older gentleman who collapses, her life starts changing.  The question is, can Eleanor keep up, and does she want to?  My rating 5 out of 5. Yet another unique main character (I’m starting to see a theme with my favorite books this month!), Ginny Moon is an autistic teenager who is living in her “forever home” with her “forever parents.”  However, Ginny’s “forever mom” is expecting a baby.  And Ginny’s birth mother has found her and wants her back.  Ginny doesn’t want to go back to her birth mother, but needs to in order to get back something she left behind when she was taken.  The...
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...

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