Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Oct 31 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.

It's been such an ugly kind of week: rainy, cold, damp and boring. Same humdrum. Kids have lots of homework and projects, and hubby and I hard at work too. Thanks goodness for family dinners. On that note, I came across this video that was truly touching:

It's worth watching.

Some great books in my mailbox this week! These three are for review:

How could I resist a book with the words "trailblazing women" in it?

Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World by Joann S. Lublin

Among the first female reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Joann S. Lublin faced a number of uphill battles in her career. She became deputy bureau chief of the Journal’s important London bureau, its first run by women. Now, she and dozens of other women who successfully navigated the corporate battlefield share their valuable leadership lessons.

Lublin combines her fascinating story with insightful tales from more than fifty women who reached the highest rungs of the corporate ladder—most of whom became chief executives of public companies —in industries as diverse as retailing, manufacturing, finance, high technology, publishing, advertising, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals. Leaders like Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, as well as Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, and Brenda Barnes, former CEO of Sara Lee, were the first women to run their huge employers. Earning It reveals obstacles such women faced as they fought to make their mark, choices they made, and battles they won—and lost.

Lublin chronicles the major milestones and dilemmas of the work world unique to women, providing candid advice and practical inspiration for women of all ages and at every stage of their careers. The extraordinary women we meet in the pages of Earning It and the hard-won lessons they share provide a compelling career compass that will help all women reach their highest potential without losing a meaningful personal life.

Life, Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living by Halley Bock

Live Life from the Inside Out
Despite living in a hyperconnected world, individuals are more disconnected from each other and themselves than ever before. In her engaging new book, Life, Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living, Halley Bock inspires readers to slow down, wake up, and pay mindful attention to all facets of life in order to generate self-worth and to live whole, more gratifying lives.

In conversational prose, Bock shares her own experiences and guides readers toward purposeful living--what she terms as living life from the inside out, with topics ranging from inner life and well-being, personal mission statement to core values, avocation and vocation, and relationships. Bock's focus on connection to the self and others makes Life, Incorporated particularly intriguing. Life, Incorporated is a must-read for anyone interested in redefining and recapturing life and provides a revolutionary alternative to the age-old money = happiness mind-set.

Bock expertly braids her personal path to fulfillment with compelling activities, thought-provoking quotations, and life-changing lessons that will captivate readers along with a journal component to ensure the reader can put this work into practice. Securing mindfulness and balance--from the inside out--is the only way to achieve fulfillment and real happiness. Bock shows the reader just how to make that happen.

This one is set in Italy and in particular the cities of Rome and Venice. I'm really exciting about reading it.

Disruption By Chuck Barret

There are two types of people: those who have been hacked and know it, and those who have been hacked and don’t know it.

Former Naval Intelligence Officer turned secret operative Jake Pendleton finds himself in a pulse-pounding race to stop a cyber-terrorist from releasing a string of the most heinous cyber-crimes the world has ever seen. Crimes that could render the world’s advanced technology useless.

Jake teams with his partner, Francesca Catanzaro, to track down their only lead, a white-hat hacker in Italy known only as The Jew. A man who might hold the key to stop a group of black-hat hackers from causing worldwide chaos—tag named Disruption.

After a search of the hacker’s flat in Rome turns up empty, Jake and Francesca follow the clues—a trail of dead bodies that leads them across Europe. Along the way, Jake discovers a possible link between recent hacks and a Malaysian airliner that mysteriously disappeared.

In the final adrenaline-charged moments before Disruption, Jake and Francesca find themselves in a high-voltage race to stop these cyber terrorists from unleashing destruction against their sworn mortal enemy.

This one was a free Kindle. I love Tamara Leigh's writing but have only read two of her books even though I want to read all of her works.

Baron of Godsmere: A Medieval Romance (The Feud Book 1) by Tamara Leigh

England, 1308. Boursier, De Arell, Verdun—three noblemen who secretly gather to ally against their treacherous lord. But though each is elevated to a baron in his own right and given a portion of his lord’s lands, jealousy and reprisal lead to a twenty-five year feud, pitting family against family, passing father to son.

England, 1333. The chink in Baron Boursier’s armor is his fondness for a lovely face. When it costs him half his sight and brands him as one who abuses women, he vows to never again be “blinded” by beauty. Thus, given the choice between forfeiting his lands and wedding one of his enemies to end their feud, he chooses as his betrothed the lady said to be plain of face, rejecting the lady rumored to be most fair.

On the eve of the deadline to honor the king’s decree of marriage, the fair Elianor of Emberly takes matters into her own hands. Determined none will suffer marriage to the man better known as The Boursier, she sets in motion her plan to imprison him long enough to ensure his barony is forfeited. But when all goes awry and her wrathful enemy compels her to wed him to save his lands, she discovers he is either much changed or much maligned. And the real enemy is one who lurks in their midst. One bent on keeping the feud burning.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Posts From Last Week:

How to Raise a Smart Ass by Lucia Walinchus (Book Spotlight & Giveaway!)

Kid Konnection: Our Love Grows by Anna Pignataro (Review)

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Hope you all have a great reading week.

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  1. We're having summer heat without the humidity here and I love it. It looks like you've got some good reading ahead of you.

  2. Life, Incorporated sounds interesting. We had lovely weather earlier last week and then rain and cold - the change of seasons. Next week the clocks change and it will be dark so early in the evening...

  3. Looks like you have some good inspirational reads! Earning It sounds fascinating. Enjoy and have a great week!

  4. Yes...thank goodness for the family dinners.

    It's great to be busy, though.

    Our weather has been unseasonably warm, then cold, crazy. Was in the 70's yesterday and going to be cold today and then warm again for two days. LOL!!

    Have a good week!!

    Can you believe it is the last day of October? This year is flying by.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  5. Lovely video! Family dinners, the best.

    Thanks for sharing your week...Disruption looks like a gripping read. Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your reading.

  6. Life, Incorporated looks good to me too. Thanks for sharing because I had never heard of it.

  7. It's been nice fall weather here so far. Nothing too depressing...yet. Hope you enjoy your new books!

  8. I love to read about women who are successful and you have me interested in Tamara Leigh - her book sounds like a good romance read.

  9. Hi Laura,

    Our UK weather (well at least down here in the south of the country), is very unpredictable right now, going from unseasonably warm to Arctic cold almost overnight. The worst thing however, is that we have suddenly developed some very foggy mornings and evenings, which makes the commute extremely unpleasant. The autumn colours have been quite vibrant, but very patchy this year, with the leaves falling much more quickly than usual.

    I'm not really much of a one for reading non fiction, however your current read, 'Killer In The Band', sounds quite intriguing and 'Baron Of Godsmere' has some great cover art.

    There are only the two of us at home, however we always make a point of eating dinner together whenever possible, sitting up at the table and making the most of the opportunity to catch up on each other's day. This discussion time is very important to both of us and I think should be a part of family life for so many others of our friends and acquaintances. Talking and sharing things as a family is just so important.

    Great post! :)


  10. Great Video! You did get good books. Earning It and Disruption caught my eyes.
    Have a great reading week!


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