Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weekly Book Haul......November 22, 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea, Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's ReviewsThe Sunday Salon is a new facebook group I've joined and Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia to be Continued.

So I've spent the last week forcing myself to finish a book.  It wasn't a bad book, but it just wasn't that gripping to me.  And then I started another ARC earlier this week that WAS bad.  I mean, awful.  The dialogue was so stilted and awkward.  I was about 17% through it and taking a deep breath, when I had an epiphany.  I don't have to finish a book that I'm not enjoying.  Even if it is an ARC.  This blog was started as a hobby, for fun, I'm not making one cent on it.  

So my early New Year's Resolution is to not force myself to finish books I'm not enjoying.  I have too many great books waiting for me to read things I'm not enjoying.  This is a big step for me because I'm definitely one who needs to wrap things up.  Leaving things unfinished causes me great stress, but I'm determined to start reading only books that I enjoy.

I didn't request any ARC's over the last few weeks, as I keep trying to catch up, but I got a few physical copies in the mail from Booksparks this week.  I'm always excited to come home to books on the porch - best welcome home ever!


The Black Velvet Coat by Jill G. Hall....Twenty-eight-year-old struggling
SanFrancisco artist Anne McFarland is determined to get a one-woman show, even though no one, including herself, believes she can do it. But when she buys a coat at a thrift shop with a key in its pocket, strange, even magical, occurrences begin to unfold, and she is inspired to create her best work ever. Fifty years before, the coat’s original owner, young heiress Sylvia Van Dam, is headed toward a disastrous marriage with a scoundrel. In a split-second reaction, she does the unimaginable, which propels her destiny out of alignment and forces her on a trip of self-discovery to nature-filled Northern Arizona. 

When Anne and Sylvia’s lives intersect, they are both forced to face their fears―and in the process, they realize their true potential.

Go Clean, Sexy You by Lisa Consiglio Ryan.....Go Clean, Sexy You" not only
serves up a collection of delicious recipes, but offers a holistic approach on how to live a healthier life putting whole foods into your body, detoxing every season to regularly cleanse your system, associating with those who fuel you not bring you down, and managing stress with activities that bring you back to balance. 

A certified health and nutrition coach, author Lisa Consiglio Ryan provides straightforward guidance on how to overcome the obstacles that keep you from losing those last ten pounds, make you feel exhausted every afternoon, and compel you to indulge in unhealthy habits. 

Spending years struggling with a growing arsenal of health-destroying conditions that ranged from fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, candida and rosacea to cystitis and tons of allergies, Lisa decided to turn to nutrition and lifestyle to reclaim her health. Then pursuing her education with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she turned her personal quest into her vocation with the launch of Whole Health Designs. 

As a nationally acclaimed wellness expert, Lisa has worked with thousands in her detox programs. Her approach incorporates easy-to-adopt eating habits, free from counting calories and fat grams. As you navigate through the seasons with Lisa s whole food based detox plans, you ll be tapping into your body s wisdom, forming sustainable habits, and developing loving, respectful relationship with your body. Not only will you feel better, you ll look better too!

The Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner.....Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.
Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

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