Last month I talked about one of my favorite (and affordable!) ways of having access to Kindle ebooks through the Amazon First Reads program. You can read more about that HERE.
My March selection, I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan, was one of my very favorite books I read last month. If you missed it, I will be doing a giveaway this week for a hardcover edition!! Stay tuned!
I love that there is always a wide array of genres to choose from and it is a great way to be exposed to new authors! I choose The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms and I can’t wait to check it out!
“Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.
Usually grounded and mild-mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man, in particular, makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.
But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.”
What book did you choose?
Are you an Amazon First Reads member? What book did you choose this month?!
Hello! How is your week going? It may not be Tuesday but I am always drinking coffee and I wanted to pop in and share a little bit about what is going on lately.
Lately, I have been working on letting go of smaller expectations I set up for myself and focusing on the big picture which is definitely a work in progress for me.
Last month I read an ARC of Juliet’s School of Possibilities which was released this past week. You can read more about the book and see my review HERE.
In celebration of its publication, Laura(the author) and Sarah discussed it on last weeks episode of The Best of Both Worlds Podcast. There is nothing I enjoy more than when my podcast and book worlds collide and I loved their discussion so much that it inspired me to go back and read the novella again. It was also the perfect week to be reminded of the important messages of this book.
Laura shared some great advice about recognizing that your larger life goals are not always achieved by saying yes to everything. Every day you have to make choices about what you are prioritizing….and asking yourself “is this bringing me closer to the life that I want?”
“A choice to do one thing is a choice to not do something else” -Laura Vanderkam
I have been pulled in many different directions lately and this book and discussion was a timely reminder of how important is it to have open time to think and reflect…Every day we are choosing between immediate obligations vs making choices that are a vision of the life we want in the long run.
I highly recommend reading this book if you are feeling decision fatigue but are also looking for an engaging and fun read. The discussion questions at the end also are an amazing way to reflect on Juliet’s advice in your own life.
Currently listening to…
I am slowly working my way through Girl, Stop Apologizing and I am struggling with wanting to put it in my DNF pile. It is not working for me, but I also want to do a full review…so I am pushing on.
I really struggle with sharing more negative reviews but I also think it is important to share our feelings about something with the perspective that everyone responds differently to things.
I am not an author so I can only imagine the amount of time and effort it takes to write and publish a book and I never want to take away from that. But just like with any content out there, the style and tone can impact the way we react. I also do think there are parts of most everything that can help in some way and I plan to share about that too. More on this soon…
On a more positive note, I am just loving The podcast Moms Done Have Time To Read Books with Zibby Owens. Her latest episode with Camille Pagan, author of I’m Fine and Neither Are You was so inspiring and also relatable. It was a wonderful conversation and if you haven’t checked out this podcast yet you should! And I highly recommend I’m Fine and Neither Are You, which you can still grab for free on Amazon’s First Reads…more information can be found HERE if you are curious and my review of the book can be seen HERE.
Way too many Cadbury mini eggs!!! I am not that tempted by candy normally (I am more of a savory person) but these are just too delicious. The crackle of the outside coating makes the perfect crunch and I think because they are a seasonal item, they feel extra special. I love that they taste just as good as when I had them as a kid…and I am traditional and will never get the shimmery ones or the ones with dark chocolate.
Are you a diffuser? I love diffusing oils and I find citrus scents so invigorating. I have found a great selection at our local Healthy Living store. I love the pink grapefruit for daytime and sleep dreams for the evening.
Currently excited about:
We may have more snow in the near future but you know it really is spring when baseball season has begun! This year we will have two players and lots of practices means lots of time for reading while we wait.
I broke out my Crazy Creek chair last weekend at little league tryouts and was able to read my Kindle in total comfort. 😉
Alright, that is all for today! I will be back soon with some more book reviews and I have a fun guest poster on Friday for What’s On Your Nightstand? <3
There are so many great Kindle Book Deals today! And if you haven’t read The Dream Daughter, you must! It was one of my very favorite books of 2018. Diane Chamberlain is an amazing storyteller and this one was so unique and engaging!
How to Walk Away and The Dinner List are perfect weekend reading books and I have heard great things about Milkman.