Those of you who follow me know about my obsession with books, so I thought I would share with you some of my favorites that I have read this summer. Below is a list of just a few, everything from inspiration, self-help, romance, too spooky real life stories, history and drama. Happy reading!
The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon
The Seed, Jon Gordon
Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson M.D
Lies She Told, Cate Holahan
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Abrams
The Ghost of Cape May, Craig McManus
The Hurricane Sisters, Dorothea Benton Frank
I Have Lived a Thousand Years, Livia Bitton-Jackson
by: Sarah Pinborough
I got this book as my February “Book of the Month” from the book club I belong too and holy bananas this book was a page turner! I think I finished this book in two days. I literally was yelling in my head at one of the characters. This book was about a crazy love triangle involving a wife, doctor and mistress who was a secretary. Chance encounters, drama and messed up intentions bring all three together. When you think you know where the story is going or how its going to end, the plot twists! I was definitely kept at the edge of my seat with this one.
By: Michael Capes
Found this gem on sale at The Christmas Tree Shop, one of my favorite stores ever. This book is basically about the terrifying shark attacks of 1916 which was the influence for the movie Jaws. Not gonna lie I was quite terrified to read this book since I have a huge fear of being attacked by a shark. I was never a fan of swimming in rivers, and its doubtful you’ll ever see me in one again after reading this book!
Anyhow ,what I liked most about this book was that it was full of Jersey Shore history! (I do love my history) It mentions how the Jersey Shore became a place for rest for people, which hotels they stayed at, how bathing costumes came about etc. The most interesting fact to me was the evidence of the worlds first shark attack dating back to seven hundred years before Christ, found on pottery in the Italian island of Ischia, a place I have been too! If you are from Jersey, like history and the Jersey shore I highly recommend this book.
Dark Secrets by: Michael Hjorth & Hans Rosenfeldt
I purchased this book on sale at ShopRite over the past summer but never got around to reading it. I love to watch ID investigates and any show that has to do with solving crime. If I could handle blood and gore I think I would have made a great detective. This book is about solving a murder mystery which takes place in Sweden full of twist and turns. Right when you think you know who the killer is, new information is found, and your looking in a new direction. Towards the end of the book I literally was at the edge of my seat reading….I was totally shocked on who the killer was and never saw it coming. I do not want to give too much away, but lets just say when I read the last line of the book I literally said out loud “no way!”
I did like that the book took place in somewhere that I have never been which sparked my imagination. This book is a little long but its nicely written and easy to follow when you pick up where you left off. Dark Secrets was a page turner for sure!
Seriously beyond excited right now. So as most of you know I am a huge lover of books. On my 2017 bucket list was to join a book club, something I have wanted to do for some time now. I did a little research…I wanted something convenient and reasonably priced. I came across Book of the Month Club and immediately signed up. The company has been around since 1926 so that sparked my interest even more. You set up a profile advising what kind of books you like and basically they pour through new books for you to read. Each month you select one of the five they offer and they ship it to you. If your not interested in any of the books you have to choose from you can skip that month. I like the idea of someone else picking a book for me. The price was great….I believe I paid 143.00 for the year which gets you a book a month and it also came with a free tote!
I am all about packaging….when my book arrived yesterday it came in the cutest box with a hand written note that can be used as a book mark, and they also sent me an extra book they thought I would like as well! Let’s just say I’m in love! I’m already half way through my first book “Lucky You” by Erika Carter.
What are some of your goals this year? Have you accomplished what you wanted to accomplish in 2016? Remember be easy with yourself in setting your goals, sometimes the little steps wind up being the biggest of our lives. Hope you all have a lovely and safe night full of lots of laughter and love dancing into the New Year on a positive note. Show gratitude everyday, challenge yourself, be excited, be brave, learn as much as you can, travel as often and far as you can, create positive routines for yourself that only YOU do…ME time is so important, smile, let shit go, forgive and allow yourself to love fiercely because at the end of the day not everyone is here for forever. Below is my list for 2017…I think I can accomplish it all in 365 days 🙂
- Put my Italian Language skills to the test…continue studying
- Master the art of making homemade Ravioli
- Combine my yoga teaching with travel
- Learn something new
- Read as much as I can
- Travel obvi
- Love Love Love
- Go fishing
- Eat my Turmeric powder everyday
- Save my pennies for the beautiful new MacBook in Rose Gold… of course… for more blogging and my short story I’m working on
- Find new ways to give back, donating my time or teaching donation yoga
- Learn how to cook three ethnic dishes, and cook them well
- Travel to one place in the United States for once, something cool
- Swim with piggies
- Learn how to drive and park the Pineapple Express (our boat)
- Plant something that does not die in a week
- Join a book club…any suggestions?
- Get my boyfriend to like chick peas 😉
So anyone who knows me knows I LOVE to read. My nightstand is piled high with books I can’t wait to read. Books comfort me. I have quite the library. I love getting books as presents. Every Christmas I usually get around 10 so that lasts me until the spring if I am lucky. I read a little bit of everything but am a huge fan of history anything related to yoga and biographies. Below are just a few of my favorites from 2015.
Speak Milk Drink Wine by Denise Pirrotti Hummel
The Rocks by Peter Nichols
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley
Yoga Bitch by Suzanne Morrison
Children of the Flames by Lucette Matalon Lagnado and Sheila Cohn Dekel
Do Dead People Watch You Shower by Concetta Bertoldi
How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally
Can I Say by Travis Barker
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Biggest nerd ever