Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday #wanttoread List

This book slipped into publication with what seemed to be a little fanfare. Often you hear about a book because it is written by an author who publishes a ton of books, and has their social media warriors making sure that the word about their book spreads. To tell you the truth, I love it when a book that doesn't blare the trumpets and sound the horns comes in and blows everyone away! This book is one that readers, once they read the last page, immediately get on their phones, tablets, or computer and immediately start sharing how awesome the book is. It's always the same sentiment-"Read this book! NOW!" So here it is. I bought this a while ago, and in the business of life have not had the privilege of sitting and reading it...yet. It's in the queue.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

I thought about posting some books I am looking forward to reading in June and July, but thought you all might want something you can go out and get your hands on right now!

Happy Hump Day & Happy Reading!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

One Good Life by Jill Nystul

One Good Life by Jill Nystul

This book is part memoir, part "Pinterest-style" tips to make your life easier, and your relationships with your loved ones stand at the forefront of importance. This book was inspired by Jill's own experiences with life, and finding one good thing every day. She now has a website devoted to finding one good thing, as well as ideas you can use. The book is a wonderful compilation of the ideas found in the pages of her book, and I also found the anecdotes about her life endearing, and honest. Truthfully, many of the insights she writes about are blatantly obvious things that you don't need a book to understand. But, I find the timing of this review fitting especially when there has been so much negativity in the media of late. The obvious bits of advice are things we know, but fail to put into action. As parents, wives, husbands, and family members, we often lose ourselves in the daily tasks that we have deemed important. You cannot venture out, or even stay in the four walls of your home without seeing people glued to their devices. Eyes cast downward, they forget that what is really important is to look up. In order to see and appreciate the beauty that is in our world, you have to look up. The smile of your child, the conversations you have that tell you what you didn't know, and everything that gives our lives sustenance cannot be found in pixelated images or in scrolling through your feed. The good things, the many good things in life are in front of us, beside us, and all around. We must pay attention and look. 
Here is a way that you can get started right now creating your good things. Think positive karmic energy!

Random Acts of Kindness
  • Pay for someone's meal
  • Compliment someone (seriously)
  • Volunteer to help out at a shelter/soup kitchen
  • Donate food to the local shelter
I'm really digging this DIY Cereal Box + Washi Tape organizers!

All this and more can be found via Kill's website One Good Thing by Jillee and the book One Good Life is on sale today! A special thank you to G.P. Putnam and Sons (A Penguin Random House Group) for an early copy of Jill's book. Thank you for helping to inspire me to find the good things.

Happy reading!



Monday, May 4, 2015

If You Read This...Then Read This: Books That'll Make You Cry

If you're like me, you find it incredibly difficult to follow up a great read with another equally appealing and enticing book. The disappointment that comes from successive books that just don't hit the mark can leave you feeling hopeless. I never shop at Target without walking past the book section to see what new friends have arrived. And by friends, I mean books. One of the best ways for books to sell is to see a book that you loved with an arrow pointing to your next read. If you loved this, then you are certain to love this book! I am pulling together some of my "If you loved this, then you'll love that" suggestions for you. Just like the Target book section, but without the cool pop-up sign.

If You Read This...                                                              Then Read This!
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese                   A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
                                                                    


If I Stay by Gayle Forman                                              Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
                                                               



Still Alice by Lisa Genova                                          Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova
                                       


As the school draws to a close, curl up with a good book that'll have you doing the ugly cry in the comfort of your own home. I hope you have a wonderful week. Be sure to mark these books into your TBR list!

Happy Reading! 



Saturday, May 2, 2015

If You Read This...Then Read This! Saturday Kid Reads Edition

If you're like me, you find it incredibly difficult to follow up a great read with another equally appealing and enticing book. The disappointment that comes from successive books that just don't hit the mark can leave you feeling hopeless. I never shop at Target without walking past the book section to see what new friends have arrived. And by friends, I mean books. One of the best ways for books to sell is to see a book that you loved with an arrow pointing to your next read. If you loved this, then you are certain to love this book! I am pulling together some of my "If you loved this, then you'll love that" suggestions for you. Just like the Target book section, but without the cool pop-up sign.
If you read this....                                               Then Read This!
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For the Teen/YA Audience
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Happy Saturday, Happy Reading.