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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In my top 5 personal development books I've read so far

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday CourageThe 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my favorite personal development books read this year. I am now a Mel Robbins convert and plan to listen to as many of her uTube videos that I can find! I have started to use the 5-second rule in my own life, especially when it comes to cheating on what I eat, ha ha. So far, this is in the top 5 PD books in my list of best ones to read, and I highly recommend it. I listened to the Audible version, narrated by the author. I want to check out the print version to see how it compares, because, to me, it felt like she was ADDING in comments as she read the book, more like a talk she was giving. I just loved it!

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A book that book lovers will enjoy!

My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot EnsuesMy Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I feel like the author is a kindred spirit and would love to meet her! I too keep a book of books (BOB) and have, for many years, although I now do it in Goodreads instead of in a notebook. I have the same feelings as she does about many of the books she read and it was a trip down memory lane to read this book! Interspersed is a memoir of her life. If you're a bookaholic, you'll want to check out this book!

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A really good book by a new author for me!

The Years That FollowedThe Years That Followed by Catherine Dunne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, once I dedicated myself to reading this book, I read it pretty quickly and I must say I LOVED it! It's the story of two women, Calista and Pilar, from the 1960's to the present, and how their lives intersect. I couldn't put it down and I want to explore more books by this Irish author. Highly recommend!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

A good book club discussion book.

Keep You SafeKeep You Safe by Melissa Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The setting of this book is Ireland in today's times. One mother cannot vaccinate her child because of a medical condition of the child; another mother does not vaccinate her child because of her beliefs regarding vaccinations. Both girls, in the same kindergarten class, come down with measles. One recovers and the other faces serious medical consequences and is in the hospital. This book is all about the choices you make and how they can affect others. It is a great book for discussion and would be a good book club read. I recommend this book.

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A thriller you won't be able to put down!

Her Darkest Nightmare (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles, #1)Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whoa, this was a real thriller of a book! I definitely need to read the other books in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles. When Evelyn was 16 she was raped and tortured by her high school boyfriend, after he tortured and murdered her three best friends. She pretends to be dead and thus escapes. She grows up to be a psychiatrist dealing with psychopaths/serial killers. She establishes a prison in the wilds of Alaska strictly for psychopaths. But when two employees are murdered, she wonders if it's her attacker come back to get her. I won't give away the story except to say it kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. Wow! It contains romance, mystery, thrills, terror and more!

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A thought-provoking book about surrogacy and what it means to be a mother

The Nearness of YouThe Nearness of You by Amanda Eyre Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book about a famous heart surgeon whose husband, after years of marriage, decides he wants a child, after they had agreed they would not have any. This was because Suzette's mother is in a mental institution and Suzette herself, some time ago, had mental issues of her own. She does not want to pass on those genes to a child of theirs. So they decide on surrogacy, with the husband's sperm and the surrogate's eggs. They find a young girl as a surrogate, but early in the pregnancy she decides she wants to keep the baby and runs/hides away in another state. The book is told from the point of view of Suzette, her husband and the surrogate, in alternating chapters. I won't give away the story or the ending, but it is all about what makes a family and who is the "real" mother.

It was a very fast and good read; I recommend this book.

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The DuchessThe Duchess by Danielle Steel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, this has to be my second most favorite Danielle Steel book. I read it in two sittings. It is a real departure from her normal, contemporary novels, as it is set in England in the 1800's.

A young girl, Angelique Latham, is the daughter of a Duke and his second wife, a noble French woman related to two kings of France. The Duke is related to the current king of England. Angelique's mother dies after the birth, leaving her young daughter to be raised by her father. Her two older half brothers, from the Duke's first marriage, do not like their sister and did not like their stepmother, who was a wonderful woman and wife to their father. When Angelique's father dies when she is only 18, her older brother is left the estate. As the daughter, he cannot leave anything to her, although he hopes his son will take care of her financially and let her life in the guest cottage on the estate. Luckily, right before he dies, her father is able to give her some money he had hidden away, enough to keep her for the rest of her life. Immediately after her father's funeral, her older brother makes her leave immediately, having securing a spot for her as a nanny to a family some distance away who have 5 children with one on the way. She is the sole nanny, never having even been exposed to children before. Surprisingly, she does very well and grows to love the children (more than their parents do) and they love her. However, after 16 months, a guest of the family corners her in the nursery and tries to rape her. She fights him off but in order to save face, he goes to the employer and claims she came to his rooms and came on to him. She is fired on the spot, with NO references. She goes to London to look for a job, but with no references she is unable to secure anything. It is suggested that she try France, so she goes to Paris and, again, is unable to secure any position. She checks into a hotel to explore her options when she encounters a young woman in the gutter, a prostitute, who has been beaten and abused. She takes her back to the hotel and nurses her back to health and they become best friends. With her money, Angelique decides to open the best brother in Paris, with intelligent, beautiful women, who are able to converse with the top men in the city. She herself, however, although the madam, does not sleep with any of the customers. Instead, she becomes a friend to many, and enjoys great conversation and food with them. Her business becomes wildly successful, as she has found the pick of the crop of women to work for her. However, a few years into the business, two of the customers quarrel and one shoots and kills the other. One of the other guests, a man high in the government and good friend to Angelique, helps her "clean up" the situation, but at the cost of closing her establishment for 6 months to a year, until it all blows over. She goes to New York by ship, not knowing what she will do there, except live on the money she has made. On the way, on the ship, she meets the love of her life and they get married. I won't tell any more of the story, except to say that, again, it's another book I wish DS would write a sequel to, as it's so so good.

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