Monday, February 23, 2015

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Feb 23 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.

Yes, it's a new look, folks! I needed a change and I felt I needed more space. I'm still making changes and cleaning up my sidebars, but for now I like what I see. So what do you all think? I'd love your feedback!

Three books in my mailbox this past week:

When this one arrived, I began reading it right away. It's like it was written for me. 

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner

Every woman has had this experience: you get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you. And if you go days, weeks, or even months in this cycle, you begin to feel like you have lost a bit of yourself.

While life is busy with a litany of must-dos--work, parenting, keeping house, grocery shopping, laundry and on and on--women do not have to push their own needs aside. Yet this is often what happens. There's just no time, right? Wrong.

In this practical and liberating book, Jessica Turner empowers women to take back pockets of timethey already have in their day in order to practice self-care and do the things they love. Turner uses her own experiences and those of women across the country to teach readers how to balance their many responsibilities while still taking time to invest in themselves. She also addresses barriers to this lifestyle, such as comparison and guilt, and demonstrates how eliminating these feelings and making changes to one's schedule will make the reader a better wife, mother, and friend.

Perfect for any woman who is doing everything for everyone--except herself--The Fringe Hours is ideal for both individuals and small group use.

These two MG books should be good to read with my son. They sound like fun reads with some good lessons thrown in.

Dear Opl by Shelley Sackier

After two years of hiding beneath a sugar-laden junk food diet meant to soothe the bitter loss of her dad, thirteen-year old Opl Oppenheimer is told she's gained so much weight she's pre-diabetic and now must start weighing far more than she ever bargained for.

There are three things that keep Opl busy during her eighth grade days: fighting the new “mock meat and healthy colon” cafeteria cooks, attempting to crush a celebrity chef’s reputation because he slings mud on any food that tastes good, and finding a pair of jeans that still fit. What she doesn't count on is needing time to win back her best friend, illegally employing a penniless ex-rodeo clown, and solving the problems of teenagers who write in for advice on her blog. Finding room to fit everything in is proving as impossible as following her mom’s ridiculous diets. Only now, Opl has no choice. It’s do or die. How Opl determines what it is she's truly hungering for and how to fill herself and her world is the heart of this timely, contemporary novel.

Don't Vote for Me by Krista Van Dolzer

It's election time, but David's never won the popular vote. 

It's class president election time, and no one is surprised when Veronica Pritchard-Pratt is the only name on the candidate list. She's the most popular girl in school and wins every single year. David, for one, is sick of the tyranny, which he says. Out loud. And now the whole sixth grade knows. Publicly challenged by Veronica, David reluctantly enters the race. But as the campaign wages on, David learns this Goliath is more than just a social giant and maybe deserves to win more than he does.

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.

Posted these past two weeks:

The Monster That Ate my Socks by A.J. Cosmo (Touching! Enter the giveaway to win a Kindle)
The Girls of Piazza d'Amore by Connie Guzzo McParland (reviewed by Sandra)
Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning (the dogs in this book made me cry)
Life II by Scott Spotson (time travel novel reviewed by guest blogger Laura Hogan)

Just finishing up with: 

A Life of the Twentieth Century by Irene Even (This memoir is unforgettable.)

Reading next: 

Silence by Deborah Lytton

Have a great reading week!


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