How I read 155 books this year

I have a lot of people ask me how I make time to read, as I do work full time.  I was also an adult party guest in the Nutcracker and have other activities I am involved in.  I don’t have kids, but I have 2 cats who are great reading companions.

Here are a few tips:
1. Don’t watch much TV. I only have a handful of shows I watch.


2. Listen to audiobooks.


3. I sometimes read while blow drying my hair.


4. I like to start the day with a book and will get up early and read a chapter of a non-fiction book.


5. I read while I eat my lunch at work.


6. When I get home from work I have a little downtime before making dinner and will often read a little then close my eyes for a bit.


7. Don’t go anywhere without a book, be it a physical book or on your phone!


8. Don’t be afraid of YA-it can be nice to lighten it up after an intense book.

All in all, reading is my self care and keeps me sane!

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Book Review: The Sound of Rain

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Disclaimer: Baker Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

 

I truly enjoy  historical fiction, and after the last book I read (which was massive and dense), this was a refreshing, quick read. However, I was hoping in historical fiction for there to be some historical references, since the book is categorized as historical fiction, it felt more like romantic historical fiction, which is not typically a genre I read. Not being from the south, there was a time or two I had to google something as I was not sure what it was (hoop cheese).

I enjoyed the characters, especially Kyle and Granny.  I always enjoy a good supporting character, and would like to see another book from Kyle’s point of view in the future.

Book Review: The Lifegiving Table

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Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

“Beauty and creativity are the melodies that wrap around our souls and sing to us of His amazing, infinite life.” Sally Clarkson

I received this Christian Living book to review, and the book is full of vivid stories, reflections on verses and action steps. At the end of each chapter are also recipes to recipes that Mrs. Clarkson has included in her stories.  Mrs. Clarkson is a natural storyteller, and it was easy for myself to imagine the scenes she was depicting.

As vivid as the writing was, I had a few issues with applying this book to my life. As a single person, without children, I struggled to find relevant ways to weave some of the practices into my life. Mrs. Clarkson mentioned her single days a time or two, but I feel in order to reach a broader readership, this could have been expanded upon.

Additionally, I had a few issues with the recipes themselves. First, the format of them is clunky and would be difficult to follow while cooking, and could benefit from a formatting perhaps in a bulleted numbered list. As someone with food allergies (and I know many readers either have allergies or have a family member that does) there was not a single suggestion on any recipe for modifications. Mrs. Clarkson mentions nuts numerous times in her book, and as a nut free home, I would have appreciated some variety of recommendations, such as pumpkin seeds etc.

Book Review: The Proving

Note: I received a review copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.

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I have not read a Beverly Lewis novel in several years, as one had not crossed my path. Mrs. Lewis came to my town several years ago and signed books, so this is an author I have actually met!

This book is written in the same tone as most of her novels, set in an Amish community and with a character that is struggling to find her identity. I had just read this book after finishing an intense book, so it was a relaxing read. However, I felt the storyline did ring familiar to her other works.

I do feel Mrs. Lewis’s books provide intriguing insight onto the Amish culture, which has often piqued my curiosity. I feel she portrays the culture in a respectful way.  I would recommend this book to someone who is needing a light read.

 

Review: Reading People by Anne Bogel

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Hello everyone! I have been thrilled to be on the launch team for Anne Bogel’s new book, Reading People: how seeing the world through the lens of personality changes everything.

I did receive an advance copy of the book, all opinions in my review are my own.

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Anne Bogel

 

This book is a solid overview of the basic premises of personality theories such as Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram, Love Languages, StrengthsFinder and more. Bogel notes that “a big part of learning about personality is learning to make peace with who we are.”  I really loved that setting of the scene in her introduction, and I attempted to journey through this book with an open mind.

As a clinical social worker, I was familiar with several of the personality theories that Anne introduced, yet there was one chapter that was newer information to me, which I want to focus on in this post.  Chapter 3 is entitled “Too Hot to Handle: Highly Sensitive People.”  If you know me in person, I can be pretty anxious or “intense” and I am a perfectionist.  As Anne discussed the characteristics of a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I knew I had to continue to learn more, and I went to an online self-assessment she mentioned.  There are 27 indicators of an HSP, and I had…all 27 of them!

This chapter was filled with nuggets that guided me into looking at myself in a new lens. A HSP is someone who is “more easily overwhelmed by highly stimulating environments” and “as adults they are strikingly intuitive, inclined towards perfectionism, sensitive to pain, and apt to notice subtleties in their environments,” writes Bogel.

Bogel then shared some information that made several things click into place for me. She writes, “They (HSP) have more allergies than non-sensitive types and more active immune systems.” Shut the front door! I have adult onset celiac (which affects my immune system) and adult onset allergies to peanuts, tomatoes, pineapple and black pepper. I had never thought about the fact that my personality could play into my allergies!!

I felt like reading Chapter 3 and doing some subsequent research really opened my eyes to some things in my life. I need to strive towards making sure I have whitespace that Bogel mentions to allow myself to function well.

Readers, there is a GREAT pre-order deal going on until September 19th. If you order your book by 9/19 you get some pre-order bonuses which are: a free download of the audio version of the book and access to an online class “What’s your reading personality?” hosted by Anne.  While you are at the website, check out a free quiz to find your reading personality!

Find more information at https://www.readingpeoplebook.com/#preorder-section

Thank for stopping by!

A Name Unknown (Book Review)

I received a review copy from Bethany Publishing House. All opinions are my own.

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/a-name-unknown/383301

I found this book to be a fairly enjoyable, yet lengthy read. The book was 426 pages, and I felt that it could have been 100-150 less pages.  There were a few times I had to re-read on a previous page or paragraph to ensure that I had caught important details.

The main characters in this book were likeable, but I found at times that it took me a moment to adjust to the voice of each chapter, and felt that the character’s name in a heading on each chapter would have helped the experience.

This was a great vacation read, and I shared it with my Mother afterwards, and she enjoyed it!