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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? January 20 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Good news: I started a book tour company! If you're interested in hosting book tours, please visit my website iRead Book Tours and sign up. Looking forward to working with you!

Two review books this week.


The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler

In The Secrets of Happy Families, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler has drawn up a blueprint for modern families — a new approach to family dynamics, inspired by cutting-edge techniques gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military.

The result is a funny and thought-provoking playbook for contemporary families, with more than 200 useful strategies, including: the right way to have family dinner, what your mother never told you about sex (but should have), and why you should always have two women present in difficult conversations…

Timely, compassionate, and filled with practical tips and wise advice, Bruce Feiler’s The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More should be required reading for all. parents.


10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School by Sarah E. Galimore

Colleges and employers continue to grapple with the fact that students in the United States are not prepared for the demands of higher education and the workforce. Students scramble to figure out where to go to school, how to get in, what to study, and how to pay for their education, one of the most important investments of their life. Education is a complex but highly valued system. It's a pathway to opportunities in life and a cornerstone of economic prosperity, but far too many students get lost along the way. What can students do to make sure they get the most out of their education? In this unfiltered, non-academic, and straight to the point personal essay, students are challenged to ask tough questions about their education and personal goals. They are provided insights based on the experiences of a young professional who has been where they are, and has a few thoughts on how to get them where they want to be.

From NetGalley:

The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She's conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can't bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?

J.C. Carleson delivers a fascinating account of a girl—and a country—on the brink, and a rare glimpse at the personal side of international politics.





This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
Hospice Voices by Eric Lindner (heartwarming memoir)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Sandra's review)
The Folly by Marion Chesney (another good one in this series - audiobook review)
Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That by Victoria Allenby

Bookish Posts:
My New Venture: iRead Book Tours! - Launch of a quality book tour company
Simon & Schuster's Winter Survival Package Contest

Currently Reading:
Rule of Three by Eric Walters

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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