Category Archives: Reading

My Favorite Books of 2016

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As I confessed last month in one of my Books of My Life Posts, 2016 was not a great reading year for me. Over the three year period of 2013-2015, I read over three hundred books. This past year I only read fifty-eight (and I must confess to giving up on a few of those). GoodReads sent me an email to inform me that I did not meet my reading goals (100 books) for the year. Ouch. I think I was burnt out – and of course working impacted my leisure reading time. I must do better this year.

Now sit back and relax my friends. Enjoy a cup of coffee. Y’all know I love to talk about books! Continue reading My Favorite Books of 2016

The Books of My Life: Christine Carter

chriscarterheadshotThis week I’m featuring my friend Christine Carter for The Books of My Life. I met Christine over the ether. I think our first interaction was after I wrote a post for our mutual friend Kristi Campbell’s website, Finding Ninee, which was about my experience with Barrett and the little bus. Christine reached out to me and an internet friendship was made. Christine blogs at The Mom Café, and she recently published her first book, Help and Hope While You’re Healing: A Woman’s Guide Towards Wellness While Recovering From Injury, Surgery, or Illness. You can order the book on Amazon. Last year (or two years ago?), chris-book-coverChristine suffered a terrible injury that led to surgery on her foot. I was reading her blogs during this time and was blown away by her spirit. Christine is a warrior, and she’s unrelentingly positive. I get so excited when she comments on something I write, because I know no matter what, she’s going to make me smile. She’s truly is the best commenter in the blogging world!

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Books of My Life: Barbara Claypole White

barbara-claypole-white-credit-2016-km-photographyFor this week’s Books of My Life, I’m featuring author Barbara Claypole White. I confess I wasn’t very familiar with her books, but after doing research for this post, I’m very intrigue – and ordered a copy of her latest novel. Barbara’s personal backstory, about how she became a published author, is very interesting. Aspiring writer’s, you must read it! Also, Barbara has won a number of prestigious awards for her writing. I feel a kinship with this author, because she has a son with special (invisible) needs, who has served as a muse for many of her stories. Continue reading Books of My Life: Barbara Claypole White

The Books of My Life: Alyson Richman

AlysonRichman_authorphotoHappy Publication Day to Alyson Richman, author of the fantastic historical fiction novel, The Velvet Hours. I’m super excited to feature Alyson today for The Books of My Life series. When Alyson’s publicist sent me the press release for this novel, I confess I was a little nervous about the comparisons to Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale (because that book destroyed me). My worries were a waste of time, because I truly enjoyed this book and didn’t end up hyperventilating – although I did shed a few tears. This is the tale of two women, a 19th century courtesan, Marthe, and her granddaughter, Solange. The book primarily takes place in pre-WWII Europe, but Marthe’s backstory is also woven into the story. Continue reading The Books of My Life: Alyson Richman