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...
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....

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