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Each month around here, I tell you all the books I have been reading. Why? Because choosing books to read can be hard and everyone needs a little book inspiration from time to time.
I love to read. Books are my thing. We read a lot around our house. We talk about books. We listen to books. We read books and then watch movies. I am a big believer that loving good books is contagious. All you need some really good inspiration.
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I challenge myself to read a certain number of books each year. I try to mix it up between fiction and nonfiction. Up until a few years ago, I never read fiction. In 2010, I challenged myself to read 10 fiction books in one year. After that year, I was hooked. Fiction is now a regular part of my reading rotation.
Edith Hinde, a beautiful graduate student, and daughter of a surgeon to the Royal Family goes missing. Her disappearance leaves little clues except for a few drops of blood and an open front door. Marion Bradshaw is a respected member of the police force. She is single and lonely. Marion instinctively knows this case is BIG and is determined to find Edith alive. The investigation is tangled and twisted but this mystery will leave you guessing until the end. The characters are rich and enthralling. I enjoyed this book.
Terry is a new legal clerk. He has struggled to establish a career most of his adult life, but he is given the opportunity of his life when he is asked to help defend a millionaire accused of murder. The accused man is an old friend from his childhood he hates. Terry is forced to investigate this old friend's life and flights the internal battle of justice and revenge. This is a story full of twists and turns. A page turned from the beginning.
Jenna Gray moves to a broken down cottage in a remote coastal town. She wants to forget a terrible car accident and the child she lost. The middle of this book will leave you in shock and have you on your toes until the end! Fans of Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love this book. Fair Warning: this book deals with the death of a child and domestic violence.
Elisabeth, Andrew, and Zoe were college bandmates and lifelong friends. The are now grown up, married, and have children of their own. They live in the same Brooklyn neighborhood while watching their children suddenly grow up before their eyes. This book is a story of friends and the passing of time. It is an easy, breezy read.
Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours, collected hour-by-hour time sheets from women who make $100,000 a year or more. She found some fascinating things about the lives of these women. Contrary to popular belief, these high earning women worked less and slept more than you would think. They spent quality time with their spouses and kids. They worked out and maintained friendships. Laura includes their time logs in the book as well as tips and trick she has learned from these women.
In life, you can be unhappy or you can change things. And even if there are things you can't change, you can often change your mind-set and question assumptions that are making life less good than it could be.
I really enjoyed this book and resonated with much of it. The quote above is everything I am learning right now I as I am working more. It probably deserves a whole post itself! I think Laura hits all the right places in this book emphasizing that we probably can't have it all, but we can change the things we can control. Amen.
What are you reading right now?