Sunday, February 7, 2016

Weekly Book Haul.......February 7, 2016

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.

It's been a good week around here.  I got up at 415am every day and went to the gym - I was so tired every day but throughout the day I would have a sudden burst of happy thoughts - mostly that I had already worked out, so I didn't have to go after work, or feel back about that fact that I wouldn't go at all.

On Saturday, I went on a 2.88 mile hike with my friend, Windee.  Going up was painful (disclosure - we didn't go that far up), but coming down was much better.  It was a short hike, as I'm just getting started, but my goal is to climb Camelback Mountain.  I don't know why I chose this - probably because you hear everyone in Arizona talking about climbing Camelback.  Not that this should matter to me - I've lived in Arizona for 6 years and still haven't gone to the Grand Canyon, so fear of missing out is obviously not an issue for me.

I went and saw Hail, Caesar! last night.  I wasn't super impressed.  I had really high hopes because it was such a great cast, but it was a real disappointment. The most entertaining thing about the movie was one of my friends sat next to an old guy who thought the movie was hilarious - a real knee slapper.  There is nothing worse than sitting next to a talky, loud laugher at the movies.  Especially when the movie isn't that funny.  But his laughing was so over the top that it ended up making us laugh.

I did some good reading this week.  Finished Prodigal Daughter by Laura Elliott, which I loved.  Finished Heather Gudenkauf's Missing Pieces last night (I'll review tomorrow), and wasn't blown away - which is unusual because I'm such a fan of hers.

I didn't add anything from NetGalley this week, but I did buy a few.

I Bought

Fragile Lies by Laura Elliott.....His name is Michael Carmody. He is a writer and a father. His son is
lying in a coma, fighting for his life. 

Her name is Lorraine Cheevers. She is an artist and mother. An illicit affair has destroyed her marriage. 

Michael is desperate to find the couple who left his son for dead, a victim of a hit and run. 

Lorraine is desperate to start a new life for her and her daughter. 

Michael and Lorraine are about to cross paths – damaged souls, drawn to one another. 

They don’t know that their lives are already connected. 

They don’t know the web of lies surrounding them. 

They are each searching for the truth. But when they find it, it could destroy them both. 

Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Mayfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler.....This book comes from the author team that brought you the perennial
bestsellers Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations, which have more than one million copies in print worldwide. 

The authors have made 50 years of social science research accessible to the general reader, and go one step further by codifying exactly what is required to be an influencer in every situation. As leading expert change agents and communication gurus, the authors are sought after by the media for their expertise. 

They have been featured on national television including Today and CNN, and in national newspapers including USA Today and the New York Times.Features focused, intensive study of hundreds of change gurus from around the world, from individuals in small communities to the father of cognitive psychology, Albert Bandura VitalSmarts has worked with more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies in leadership and communication skills training and has taught more than two million people through their training, seminars, and conferences.

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