Books That Got Me Through July…

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July is always a busy month because we return to school at the end of the month. That means teachers start heading back in to set-up classrooms mid-July so we don’t get too overwhelmed the first few weeks. Surprisingly, I still managed to read quite a few books this month. Score!

“I followed his finger to the spot where they squirmed and twisted in the organic muck of Varner’s violated torso: three maggots performing a sinuous ballet in the infected meat, their black heads shining like polished beads.” ~The Monstrumologist

I have entered into the world of the Monstrumologist and I love it! This is a four part series, and I’m half way through the journey. So far, I’ve read The Monstrumologist and The Curse of the Wendigo. The first one, by far, is my favorite. Rick Yancey writes with such delicate prose, that it’s almost poetic, about the adventures of a young apprentice working with a monstrumologist. The next two in the series are The Isle of Blood and The Final Descent, and I hope to finish those sometime in September. Afterward, I’ll dive into his next series, the first of which is The 5th Wave.

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” ~To Kill a Mockingbird

Finally, in my thirties, I can say that I have read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. I won’t lie…it was because of the hype from Go Set a Watchman that I finally decided that I needed to read this book. Like many, I devoured each and every word of this book. It took me a couple of days to get through because I was determined not to miss one word. Beautiful. Each and every word was beautiful. I have no desire to read anything else by Harper Lee. This was enough.

The other gem that I finished in July was Goddesses Never Age. Without a doubt this book should be required reading for all women. This book has changed my life. I’m a work in progress and this book has helped me to see what I need to improve upon and how to do it. It has motivated me to continue to change my outlook and to be more proactive in my life. I’m not an audience member. This is it. I get one shot at this thing called Life and I need to make it my own.

I actually listened to the audio version of this book, which I highly recommend. Anytime you can listen to the actual author read his or her own work, it adds so much life to the book. After finishing it, I broke down and got the hardback so I can refer back to it. I’ll also need it to help me stay on track for the 14 day ageless goddess program at the back. I hate using the word “program” so I’m going to change it to rejuvenation, because that’s what I think it is. It’s not anything magical or prescriptive. It’s simply good things all women should be doing on a daily basis to recharge and appreciate ourselves.

Mary Kubica…wow! I’ve had The Good Girl on my Kindle for quite some time. It was a Kindle Daily Deal a few weeks ago and I thought ‘hmm, I should probably read this’. I’m so glad that I did! Throughout the book I thought I had an idea of what was going on. Then I really wanted what I thought to be the truth. Then I read the second to last chapter and was so bummed that I was wrong and that it didn’t end the way I had hoped. And then…well, thank you, Ms. Mary. What a thrilling story!

I did read another novel by Blake Crouch, Run. This was a fast paced, quick read on a lazy afternoon. Not as awesome at Wayward Pines but I still recommend Blake Crouch as a fantastic author.

I read a lot of John Saul growing up. In fact, I’m pretty sure I was too young to be reading such twisted stories, but what can I say…I like a good thriller. Shadows popped up as a recommendation on my Kindle and I can’t resist some old school John Saul. Another quick thriller on a lazy summer day.

August is proving to be even more busy than July, but I am reading some good books. I signed up for NetGalley so now my TBR pile has grown even more. Did I mention that I went to a Scholastic Warehouse book sale? So, yeah, my TBR pile is taking over my bedroom.

What book has really captured your interest lately?

Happy reading, friends!

Books That Got Me Through June…

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Thank you to Blake Couch for The Wayward Pines trilogy. Those three books got me through my dog’s stressful CCL surgery and the initial recovery. And now I get to experience the creepy town all over again as I catch up on the TV series. Nothing can top the written words, though. Mr. Crouch has a way of providing just enough detail to keep the story vivid and moving along. Just what I like! RUN was a Kindle Daily Deal the other day so I snagged it. I can’t wait to read more by this fabulous author!

Jojo Moyes has become one of my newest favorite authors. It started with The Girl You Left Behind, which is something I never would’ve picked up on my own, but was highly recommended by several friends. I’m so glad I tried something different because I discovered another great writer. Next, I read Me Before You, which definitely gave me something to think about. One Plus One was a slower read for me, but really picked up about halfway through. I’m glad I stuck it out because it’s a feel good story. Life is tough and full of bumps and challenges no matter our circumstance, but I really liked how she wrapped everything up at the end. It gives one hope that things will work out. If we don’t have hope, then what’s the point?

The parenting books are pretty self explanatory. We’ve struck the “Terrible Twos” in my house and I’m humble enough to accept all the advice I can get to support my little independent, curious, strong willed guy. It’s Ok NOT To Share really made me think about how we push our kids to do some uncomfortable things that we ourselves would never think to do. I would never force someone to let me have their iPhone just because I wanted it and felt it was my turn all under the guise of “sharing” <insert sappy music>. Good grief! I highly recommend this title for some down-to-earth parenting reminders to keep things in perspective. Dobson was a tough read and I honestly skimmed most of it. It was hard for me to take someone seriously, when giving parenting advice, after he admitted to using a belt to discipline his dog. That was hard to swallow. I did find a couple of nuggets, but overall this book wasn’t for me because I personally don’t use corporal punishment. Setting Limits for the Strong Willed Child was my favorite of the three. I loved the real world examples (although he reused some scenarios and just changed the child’s age) and the reminder to be consistent and firm. There wasn’t anything new for me in this book as I use much of this approach in my own classroom, but somehow I forget to use it at home, so the reminders were appreciated.

I made it to page 67 of The Gargoyle and had to abandon the story. I hate it when that happens! When I commit to a book and invest a chunk of time, I want to go all the way. Alas, I could not with this book. It just didn’t strike a chord with me.

The War of Art was for the artist in me because somewhere, deep down long forgotten, she still exists. Beneath the role of Mommy, teacher, dog mom/nurse, bill payer, and all the other stuff that comes first, there’s a piece of me still there longing to shine and not be forgotten. Reviving this blog is a small step in digging her out again. #smallsteps

I’ve kicked off July with some great titles! One book I’ll probably never make it through but we’ll see. I’ve got a couple of horror books to chill the spine and of course Blake Crouch’s RUN.

Happy reading, Friends!