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Friday Finds (July 25)

FridayFinds-aFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

FordCandaceN_The180Revolution  CamdenElizabeth_WithEveryBreath-GM-august

 

The 180* Revolution” by Candace N. Ford

With Every Breath” by Elizabeth Camden

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (July 23)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


My answers:

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinWhat are you currently reading? I’ve just started reading “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves, and it’s good, so far.





OxenreiderTsh_NotesFromABlueBikeWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider, and found it very enjoyable. I have a GIVEAWAY going for this book, right now — it ends Friday, so hurry and enter, if you want your chance to win! ;)




VaynerchukGary_JabJabJabRightHookWhat do you think you’ll read next? I’ve got “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk out of the local library, again, and I’d like to get it finished!




PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (July 22)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinMy Teasers:

“’You’re in a good mood,’ Elisa says. She twists the cap off a bottle of water and takes a drink.”

~ p. 173, “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves

 


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

REVIEW: “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider {with Giveaway!}

OxenreiderTsh_NotesFromABlueBikeTsh Oxenreider is a blogger I’ve known of, for a while (haven’t actually been following her posts, but I might start, now!) She writes, in this book, about her daily family life — both in Turkey and in the USA — and how she and her husband have decided to live a slower, more intentional life.

Of course, in our Western culture, this isn’t easy. But Tsh and her family have found a way to make it work. One thing they’ve chosen as part of this is to join the “slow food” movement, where you eat mostly locally grown foods. I’d like to look into doing something like this. I’ve often thought of it, and just haven’t done it, yet.

I also love the idea of living a simpler, and more intentional life. Tsh says that she found a lot of people crave this… and I’m one of those. Definitely. This book (in addition to the last one I finished before this) has inspired me to go through my house and really declutter and simplify. I’ve been wanting to for a while, and — again — just hadn’t gotten around to it. Time to actually DO the things I’ve been putting off. ;)

Definitely recommend this book. Tsh’s writing style is very easy, but (thankfully) not rambling. I really enjoyed this one.

About the Book:

What does it mean to live intentionally?  Tsh explains, “To live with intention means to make daily little choices that resonate deeply in our soul—that make sense deep in our being and ring true.

Notes From a Blue Bike is for people who crave a more meaningful life, a life that doesn’t bow down to calendars, and a life that makes margin for relationships and contemplation.  Tsh teaches readers how to slow down in a culture that worships efficiency and believes a checked-off to-do list is the sign of a good day. 

This book chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, car and blue cruiser bike. Tsh’s personal experiences translate into universal felt needs, covering five core areas of life—food, work, education, travel, and entertainment—each infused with spiritual insights.

Entertaining, thoughtful and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic— Notes From a Blue Bike invites you to pay attention to who you are and what your family needs.  Then, it encourages you to make some choices and live the life that reflects your true values.

“This book is about giving ourselves permission to creatively change the little things in our lives,” she writes. “It’s about living life, instead of life living us… It’s about living with intention.”

Notes From a Blue Bike will compel you to climb on your own bike for an adventure you’ll never forget.  It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it.

Living according to who you really are simply takes a little intention.   It’s never too late to live out your dreams.

 

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The same company that sent me a copy of this book is offering a SECOND complimentary copy to one of my readers! So, leave a comment telling me one thing you’d do to live a simpler life, and I will choose a winner from the comments by the end of the week. You’ll be notified by email if your name is chosen. Thanks!

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Complimentary review copy was provided to me by Shelton Interactive.

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Musing Mondays (July 21)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 

• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!

• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!



My Musings:

I actually got to “buy” a pile of books — traded for them, actually — last weekend! We’d visited my Dad for a few days, and then Dad gave me a bunch of his already-read books to trade in at the weekend market’s book stall. I ended up with $45 worth, so I got the following (plus spent $3 of my own at that stall, and $5 of my own at a second book stall):

• “The Barcode Tattoo” by Suzanne Weyn (for my daughter)
• “The Book of Souls” by Glen Cooper
• “The Winter Palace” by Eva Stachniak
• “Mistress of Rome” by Kate Quinn (already read this — loved it!)
• “Empress of the Seven Hills” by Kate Quinn (book 3)
• “Kiss of Crimson” by Lara Adrian
• “The Weigh Down Diet” by Gwen Shamblin
• “Thirst: Vol. 4” by Christopher Pike
• “Creating Your Best Life” by Carolyn Adams Miller
• “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr

Have a look at my library, here: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/mizbooks


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

REVIEW: “First Steps to Wealth” by Dani Johnson

JohnsonDani_FirstStepsToWealthI have skimmed through and read a ton of books on personal finance, lately, and this is probably one of the best — if not the best — one I’ve come across, thus far.

Dani Johnson went from being homeless, to becoming a millionaire. It’s a true “rags to riches” story. She met some helpful people along the way that she learned from, and has been able to help thousands of people learn how to make money, keep it, and make their money work for them.

Throughout this book, Dani shares the “12 Laws of Success” that, if followed, will lead you to great blessings. My favorites — the ones that spoke to me most deeply — were: “The Law of Reaping & Sowing” (you reap what you sow); “The Law of Honor” (honor every person you meet); and “The Law of Promotion” (if you’re faithful with the little things –what you have now– you’ll be made ruler over much).

There’s a whole section on declaring War on Debt — Dani’s program has helped thousands of people pay off thousands of dollars of debt fast!… even their mortgages! — and there’s another section all about investments… the most important one being learning to invest in yourself!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book — so much that I’m putting it on my Top 10 List for this year! Definitely recommended.

See DaniJohnson.com for more.

Friday Finds (July 18)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

AlexanderRebecca_TheSecretsOfLifeAndDeath  PulmanFelicity_IMorgana  McNealLauraLane_Dollbaby  WolraichMichael_UnreasonableMen  MohrTara_PlayingBig

CheallaighAine_TheVisualEnneagram  PatriauGustavo_TheAntiquarian  AllenDebbie_TheHighlyPaidExpert  RaoKathleen_MyBossIsAJerk  MurphyJennifer_ILoveYouMore

ClarkCorie_TheSimplicityProject  AndersonScot_ThinkLikeABillionaireBecomeABillionaire  AndersonDrCThomas_BecomingAMillionaireGodsWay  TownsElmer_Loneliness  RattinerDan_InTheHamptons

BurchardBrendon_TheCharge  BurchardBrendon_TheMillionaireMessenger  TrumpDonaldJ_TrumpThinkLikeABillionaire

 

The Secrets of Life & Death” by Rebecca Alexander
I, Morgana” by Felicity Pulman
Dollbaby” by Laura Lane McNeal
Unreasonable Men” by Michael Wolraich
Playing Big” by Tara Mohr
The Visual Enneagram” by Aine Ne Cheallaigh
The Antiquarian” by Gustavo F. Patriau
The Highly Paid Expert” by Debbie Allen
My Boss is a Jerk” by Kathleen Rau
I Love You More” by Jennifer Murphy
The Simplicity Project” by Corie Clark
Think Like a Billionaire, Become a Billionaire” by Scot Anderson
Becoming a Millionaire God’s Way” by Dr. C. Thomas Anderson
Loneliness” by Elmer L. Towns
In the Hamptons” by Dan Rattiner
The Charge” by Brendon Burchard
The Millionaire Messenger” by Brendon Burchard
Trump: Think Like a Billionaire” by Donald Trump

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

 

 

WWW Wednesdays (July 16)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?



My answers:

JohnsonDani_FirstStepsToWealthWhat are you currently reading? I’m reading “First Steps to Wealth” by Dani Johnson, and it’s excellent!






GroutPam_E2What did you recently finish reading? I finally finished a book — after a full month! It was “E2” by Pam Grout. A quick, easy read about the power of your thoughts and intentions.





OxenreiderTsh_NotesFromABlueBikeWhat do you think you’ll read next? I’ve promised to read “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider next (review book), so that’s what it’ll be.





PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (July 15)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

JohnsonDani_FirstStepsToWealthMy Teasers:

“When I came up from under that wave, I had to make a decision about what to do with my life. And I did.”

~ p. 11, “First Steps to Wealth” by Dani Johnson

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

Musing Mondays (July 14)

musing mondaysMusing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!  

My Musings:

Apparently, I need to get my hands on my own copy of “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk, as I keep having to return the library copy before I’ve finished reading it! LOL

VaynerchukGary_JabJabJabRightHook

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Friday Finds (July 11)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!



My Finds:

MinterKelly_WhereverTheRiverRuns_DavidCCook  WheldonFay_HabitsOfTheHouse  DirksenJulie_DesignForHowPeopleLearn  ShellRichardG_TheArtOfWoo

Wherever the River Runs” by Kelly Minter
Habits of the House” by Fay Weldon
Design For How People Learn” by Julie Dirksen
The Art of Woo” by Richard G. Shell



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

WWW Wednesdays (July 9)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?




My answers:

VaynerchukGary_JabJabJabRightHookWhat are you currently reading? I’m reading “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk, and it’s excellent!





GroutPam_E2What did you recently finish reading? I finally finished a book — after a full month! It was “E2” by Pam Grout. A quick, easy read about the power of your thoughts and intentions.





WhalenMarybeth_TheBridgeTender_JuneSHEREADSWhat do you think you’ll read next? Probably “The Bridge Tender” by Marybeth Whalen. We’ll see.





PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (July 8)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

VaynerchukGary_JabJabJabRightHookMy Teasers:

“Whatever story you tell, you must remain true to your brand. Native storytelling doesn’t require you to alter your identity to suit a given platform; your identity remains the same no matter what.”

~ p. 12, “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

PROMO: “That Night” by Chevy Stevens

This is the July 2014 book club pick at SheReads.org.

That Night

They said she was a murderer.

They said she killed her sister.

But they lied.

As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn’t relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren’t easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night.

Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison.

Now thirty-four, Toni is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. This means having absolutely no contact with Ryan, avoiding fellow parolees looking to pick fights, and steering clear of trouble in all its forms. But nothing is making that easy—not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life hell in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night.

But the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.

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Click here to read the reviews of “THAT NIGHT”
from other SheReads.org members.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island home. For most of her adult life she worked in sales, first as a rep for a giftware company and then as a Realtor. While holding an open house one afternoon, she had a terrifying idea that became the inspiration for Still Missing.Chevy eventually sold her house and left real estate so she could finish the book. Still Missing went on to become a New York Times bestseller and win the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel.  Chevy’s books have been optioned for movies and are published in more than thirty countries.

Chevy enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her husband and daughter in the local mountains.

 

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