Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

It’s Wednesday again and time to share what I’ve read lately. I am still waiting for you to comment in the section below to give me ideas for new books to read, ya know!

This week’s book is one from a couple months ago. I was chosen to be on this launch team as well and it was another timely book for me. The book is: Worth Living by Mary DeMuth. I have read other books by Mary and have enjoyed them, so I thought this would probably be good as well. It was better than good! Because of my life of bullying by those close to me, my worthiness in my own eyes has been low or better described as non-existent. And Mary can relate to those feelings because of the things she endured during her childhood.

I started the book wanting to read quick to do the review. I had to stop myself at one point and start over. This time with pen in hand and read it more like a text book. I could never lend this particular book to anyone as I have underlined, made notes in the margin and even put my initials next to issues I think were mine as well as the author’s. The byline of this book – “how God’s wild love for you makes you worthy” is a phrase I wish I would have grasped a long time ago. Had I been able to see my worth in His eyes rather than those whose acceptance I so greatly desired, I know things would have been a whole lot different for me. And a whole lot better.

From Mary: “We battle unworthiness nearly every day, and in that struggle, we build walls of protection, ways of coping, patterns of thinking. These old walls must fall away for us to understand our worth in an entirely new light.”

What about you, do you see your worth in the words, acceptance or adoration of others around you? As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for ya?” I recommend this book for anyone struggling to feel worthy. Maybe for yourself or someone you love.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

 

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

As promised last week, I have another honest opinion about a recently read book that isn’t just nice things. The ebook is: Summer of Deception by Elva Cobb Martin. I do think the story idea is good. The biggest problem I had with the book was the amount of errors in the book. I double checked to see if I had received a pre-edit book for review, but I did not. I had hoped that was the case. One thing in the book that I know all you Ohio Buckeyes would die about, the author has one of the characters as a graduate of Ohio State University. I know you true Buckeyes will be yelling as you read that! I know, I know – it’s THE Ohio State University! If you’re from Ohio – that’s a no-no leaving off part of the title of the university!

I almost put the book down at the beginning, but I was curious to see if I could get past the errors and, like I said, the story line seemed somewhat interesting. I think with my background and degree being one of strict proofreading as my job, the errors just might have been an issue for me. I would have thought an editor would have caught them. Maybe others might not see the errors. It was just hard for me to ignore when there were so many.

I so want to say this was a wonderful book, but I said I would give honest reviews, so I cannot give it a two thumbs up. But I will give it a one thumb up for it’s cute story.

Share below some of the books you’ve read lately. Maybe there are some books I need to add to my ever growing Reading Corner pile!

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

I received an ebook copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

It’s Wednesday, and I’m up to my elbows in moving boxes and loading vans and trucks! But I wanted to share another book with you. Someone recently asked me if I only say nice things about all the books I read. I thought about it for a bit and said, well I try to find something of value of each that I read. Then within the last couple of weeks, the subject of book reviews has come up several times. And a common theme kept popping up. What do you do when you’ve been asked to read a book for a review or even purchased the book yourself, and the book just wasn’t good for you? I had to go back and ponder the first question of do you “only say nice things” about a book in a review. Saturday, 3/11, a speaker in one of the breakout sessions brought the subject up again! The point she was making was this:  if people are counting on reviews to decide to spend their hard earned money on a book, don’t you owe it to them to give your REAL opinion of the book? It is, in fact, your opinion, but if you are honest and say that it just didn’t do it for you, someone will appreciate your thoughts and may move on to another book that better suits them.

Well, I have recently read two books that “just didn’t work for me.” I will do one this week and the other one next week. Remember, this is only my opinion. Others may have read it and it was the best book they have ever read! (Maybe not–hehehe!)

This week’s book is What if God Wrote Your Bucket List?  52 Things You Don’t Want to Miss by Jay Payleitner. I co-lead a book study online with a friend and a group of ladies with this book. I can’t speak for all of the ladies, but I know a couple admitted they were looking forward to the topic. I, also, was excited. But it was short lived excitement.

As we progressed through the book, I didn’t feel like we were actually discussing “Bucket List” types of things. He did, however, give a lot a great ideas that we should be doing for other people on a regular basis. I wouldn’t think of any of these things as “Bucket List.”

For instance: See God as a loving Father. Put others ahead of yourself. Recognize the Ten Commandments. Love and be loved. These are all great things, but shouldn’t we do them on a regular basis?

The book itself isn’t bad, but I really feel that the title is very misleading. Out of the 52 things he mentions, I don’t think more than 5 were what I would consider “Bucket List” worthy. Maybe his title should have been more like: Living Life to the Fullest, 52 Things You Don’t Want to Miss. That would fit.

There you have it! Not all of my posts regarding books are only positive! I would recommend this book as a library rental. Not worth the retail price of $12.99.

Happy Reading!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Happy Wednesday! This week I have something different that recently came off of my “to be read” pile! The book is “The Engine 2 Seven-Day Resuce Diet by Rip Esselstyn. I have read Rip’s other two books, plus his father’s, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and the cookbook done by his sister and mother, Jane Esselstyn and Ann Crile. I’ve also had the privilege to meet this family while I lived in Ohio. Rip now lives in Austin, Texas but comes “home” to Cleveland, Ohio often. I read Rip’s first book, The Engine 2 Diet several years ago when I first was thinking about a Whole Food, Plant Based Lifestyle. Then I read his father’s book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. His book most certainly got my attention since my dad died at the age of 58 when his heart blew up. Coincidently, he was eating breakfast in a greasy spoon little diner in Akron, Ohio when he died.

Why would I share this book with you? Great question. Whether you are into a Whole Food, Plant Based Lifestyle or not, this particular book of Rip’s could help a lot of people whether or not you want to stay on that lifestyle. The book is set up for just a seven-day “diet.” Rip asks you to do this just for seven days. SEVEN days! Most of us can do something for seven days. He used to suggest you follow this plan for 28 days, but then he did some research and found that most people saw tremendous results within the first seven days. Weight loss, drop in blood pressure, drop in cholesterol and even drop in sugar numbers. In seven days, people!

I did this in January and dropped 9 pounds in that week. It is definitely your normal count your points, starve yourself to death, weigh and measure your food kind of plan. This lets you eat large quantities of vegetables, beans, fruit, whole grains and you do not have that starving feeling at 7:05 pm each night wondering if you’ll make it until breakfast!

Wanna feel better? Need to drop a few pounds fast? Need to get those blood markers heading down in the right direction at your blood draws? Why not give this a chance. There is even a closed FB group where you can go for questions, successes, support – all things E2 Rescue Diet.

I recommend this book if you are looking for a jumpstart to your health! You’re worth caring for!

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Happy Wednesday, everybody! I don’t know about you, but I am sure enjoying the increase in temperatures these days! I have another book for you today from Lynette Eason, called Always Watching. I am so enjoying her stories and writing style. As I have now read the first two of four books in the series, I am reminded of how much I enjoy reading suspense and mystery books. I was thinking the other day that back when I began reading the young adult books in grade school, I always picked out mysteries. I hadn’t thought about that in so long. Over the past few years, I have been reading more chick lit, love stories, self-help and cookbooks! But now that I’ve been reading author Eason’s books, I forgot how much I enjoy a good mystery/suspense!

On with the book…

This book is number one in the Elite Guardians series. Not sure if you’ll catch it, but I had just finished number two and posted about that over here before I gave you the review for book number one! Ooops!  I’m also excited that number three is sitting on the pile to read that I just got a couple of weeks ago. Oh, oh – number four was just released last week for pre-order. Oh yeah – it’s sitting in my Amazon cart waiting to receive the email that it has shipped sometime in July!!!

In Always Watching, we begin at a charity function with a person watching who was also watch her as well. Who was she, why was she glaring at her? Then she noticed. It was because of who she was with. She was more intrigued with the “man of the hour” getting the award and she realized the other woman was not happy that she was the person on his arm for the evening, not her. The end of the first chapter states that the woman who is the date for the man, had killed for him before.

WHAT?

So, of course…you must read on. Isn’t that what makes a good suspense novel? You have to find out why she killed for him and will she be killing for him tonight? Would she kill the elegantly dressed lady standing across the room glaring at her this evening?

As we continue through the book, we begin to meet the ladies of this bodyguard agency. Where most people would raise their eyebrows at an all women bodyguard agency, there were many in there area that would use nobody else.

With the strange stalker consuming the life of the popular radio psychiatrist, Wade Savage, the poison darts, bomb threats and other suspicious activity, you cannot put the book down until you see what happens to poor Mr. Savage. There is a lot of time spent with him by several of the bodyguards and he just might become smitten with one of them!

I loved this book (and number 2!) and I recommend it if you love a good suspense read! If you have read it or will be reading it, let me know if you figured out the ending before you got there! You may be surprised!

What on your reading table right now? I’d love to know what your reading. I’m always looking for good books to read and add to my list. Let me know in the comment section!

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

I have a really good recommendation this week for you! If you enjoy watching “Fixer Upper” on HGTV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, then you will love, love, love their new book just out recently. I was on the waiting list at my local library for it and it finally came in. I enjoyed it so much, that I began to read parts to my hubby. When I stopped reading and went on with my reading, he said, “hey, why did you stop, what’s next?” Yes, poor guy knows who they are as he has been stuck watching the show and waiting for the it to be over to gain back his remote. Although, if you ask me, I think he likes it but won’t admit it! He’s never gotten up and walked away!

The name of the book is “The Magnolia Story.” It gives us a glimpse into where it all began for Chip and JoJo (as Chip calls her!). It’s a story that makes you laugh (especially if you have seen the show), it makes you shake your head at the adversity they came through and it even makes you cry. The sweet lessons that Joanna teaches through her words were more than I expected to read in the book. And I was very pleasantly surprised. Her positive spirit. Their faith in God through ALL things is very admirable.

If you even slightly like watching “Fixer Upper”, then I highly recommend you read this one! You won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

This week’s book was a fun little book to read. Again, I was honored to be on the Launch Team for this book as well. The book is: When You Find Another – a conversation about friendship…among friends” by Kay Harms. This book is a sweet book and would make a nice gift for a friend. It also offers questions in the back that you could make it a nice study book with a few ladies, friends or not. Maybe invite your neighbors over and it may open up a path to a new friendship!

She quotes C. S. Lewis with this:

“Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, ‘What? You, too? I thought I was the only one!'”

The author, Kay, illustrates the types of friendships we have by using the analogy of apples. First she describes friendship in the first chapter. Then she takes the next few chapters to describe Red Delicious, Green Delicious, Golden Delicious and Bad Apple Friends. Her description of each friendship vs. apple is quite clever! I am not going to spoil the book by giving you the actual definition she chose for each apple, but I will tell you this: I have many Red Delicious Apples, a few Green Delicious Apples, a small handful of Golden Delicious Apples and I no longer have Bad Apples in my Basket of Friends! You’ll just have to get the book and find out what that all means!

Reading the book made me stop and ponder more than what kinds of “Apple” Friends I have. It made me think through what kind of “Apple” Friend I am to others around me in my friendship circle. I truly hope I am not a Bad Apple Friend.

Happy reading!

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

It’s Wednesday again, and time to share the next book from my reading corner! This week I read another book for a Launch Team. This particular book comes from an author whom I’ve never heard of before, but was asked to apply for the team. I was intrigued by the description of the book, so raised my hand to read the book!  The book is:  Life After by Katie Ganshert. Although this was the first time reading from this author, I can assure you, I’ll be reading more of her work! I really enjoyed the book.

As I read through this book, I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction. Katie’s ability to write kept having me think she was sharing about an actual current event. The descriptions were so vivid and real, it caught me off guard!

The book is about Autumn Manning and her life from this past year. From “the event” that changed everything last year for her and so many people, to the current day event for all to remember the tragedy, this book pulls you into the story with such real and personal emotions. Though it was 337 pages, I finished it in one evening. I just couldn’t put it down!

The way the author shows how each of the families of the victims show their grief, their willingness to have their family member remember or not, really shows the human side of grief. And the truth that grief is not a one size fits all emotion. I have to say, I really felt I knew how the story was going to progress for Autumn, Reese and Paul but boy was I wrong. Dead wrong. This story goes to show you that not everything that goes on publicly is what it actually is privately! What we choose to assume is the truth about a person or family, may be the total opposite of what we believe.

I enjoyed this book very much and I will be checking into Katie Ganshert’s other books for sure!

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

This week’s book is the first book of a series by Lynette Eason. I have not read any suspense books for a while, but I used to read a lot of them when I was younger. Having the joy of meeting Lynette in my new Writer’s Group here in South Carolina this summer, I wanted to check out one of her books. I was not disappointed. The name of this book is: Without Warning which is book number 1 in the Elite Guardians Series. I’m thrilled, too, because I just received book number 3 this past weekend! I pre-ordered it in November and it wasn’t released until January 31st. Did I ever mention, patience is not my strength?!

The story begins with Daniel Matthews, a restaurant owner, hard at work in his office. He has no idea what lies ahead for the day, but he’s about to find out. A strange noise continues to break his concentration until he couldn’t handle it any longer, he needs to find out what it is and where it’s coming from. He had no idea it would eventually lead him to a dead body.

From the very first chapter, I was pulled through an exciting, breath-holding story that I could not put down. With the amount of danger that continues to unfold, the need for bodyguards and investigators becomes completely necessary. But a team of female bodyguards? And in this type of constant danger?

The Elite Guardians prove time and time again, they are very well trained and can get the job done with ease. But what about when someone starts to have feelings for their bodyguard? Could it be? Would it work? Would it compromise the job at hand – the safety of the client? Or the bodyguard’s life as well?

I found myself so intrigued with what was coming next and I began to think the story would go a specific way and then it didn’t! It pulled me through to the end leaving me wanting more. And I literally went to the bookstore the next morning to pick up #2! I was hoping to get #3 at the same time, but realized it wasn’t due out until this winter. Oh well, good things come to those who wait, right?!

If you are looking for a twisting and turning story full of danger, wonder and maybe even a tad of romance for your next read, definitely check out Without Warning by Lynette Eason. You will not be disappointed!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

 

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

This week I’m sharing about a great book which is the beginning of a series. The book is:  Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren, part of the Montana Rescue Series. I’m really excited, too, because I pre-ordered book #2 in the series way back in November and just received an email yesterday that it is on the way! Woohoo! I enjoyed book #1 so much, I had to order #2 to follow along with the characters, right?

And making it even more fun was meeting Susan May Warren when I was back in Ohio in October! Even more exciting for me is that she is my writing coach through her online course I’m taking through Novel Academy! I’ve read many of her books in 2016 and I will be sharing them throughout this year.

But back to Wild Montana Skies!

First I’d like to say that what I love most about Susie’s writings is that she makes you feel like you are watching a movie! Her descriptives are in full color. You can see the scenes happening as you read along. That’s the biggest reason I am drawn to her books. That and the fact that she gets you so involved with the characters, you can’t put the book down! You just have to see what is going to happen next! That’s a good book!

The book starts with Kacey returning to her hometown. She wanted badly to quietly cruise in without any fanfare. Wanted to stop for a bite to eat after the long drive in. Hoping to stop at the Gray Pony, a hometown favorite for the best ribs and homemade root beer. Also hoping, nobody would recognize her since she’d been gone a while.

Of course, that’s not going to happen, right? Just when you wish you could slide in and be unseen, something happens and you’ve been found out!

As the story unfolds, old loves meet up, old memories are stirred, danger for many of the towns’ people grows and some split decisions need to be made. On many fronts.

I couldn’t put the book down (as usual with Susie’s books!) and read it over a 24 hour period. It kept my attention and of course I had to see what happened with Kacey and Audrey and Ben and Chet and Kacey’s parents…

If you’re looking for a new fiction series to start, I would recommend this one for sure!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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