#20 of 52: The Diving-Bell & The Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

The Diving-Bell & The Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby is the true story of a man paralyzed into “locked-in-syndrome” after having suffered a massive stroke. I wanted to say that it is an autobiography but more accurately, it is a telling of what happened to him that unlucky December 8, 1995, in the outskirts of Paris…

#19 of 52: The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge

As I was pasting my image to this post I realized four out of my five biggest loves in the world are present in this picture…Charlotte, yoga (pants), a book, and my reading hammock. Only my baby girl is missing from this photo. Oh, my reading hammock! Best money I have spent on myself in…

#18 of 52: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep her family and closest friend happy at the cost of her personal happiness. A tad too dramatic as an introductory sentence? Perhaps. But true! Anne Elliot’s father’s and sister’s frivolous spending have put them in a precarious financial bind. They must put…

#17 of 52: The Noticer by Andy Andrews

The Noticer by Andy Andrews is a fictional story about a man named Jones that provides some perspective to the people that he comes into contact with throughout the book. The book is comprised of several stories of people whom Jones helps. I’ll tell it like it is right off the bat…this book, for the…

#14 of 52: A Year By The Sea by Joan Anderson

I’ve been thinking lately about my most recent book choices. I know I already mentioned in a previous post that I was on a “self-help kick.” But I never mentioned why. My birthday is fast approaching; the summertime to be fairly precise but vague enough not to get too personal. With the last year of…

#13 of 52: A Weekend to Change Your Life by Joan Anderson

A Weekend to Change Your Life by Joan Anderson is another one of those “self-help” books I told you I’d be reading throughout these fifty-two weeks. Be prepared, there are plenty more where this one came from. As mentioned on the book’s cover, she is also the author of A Year By The Sea ….

#12 of 52: The Shack by William Paul Young

Last week I finished reading, The Shack by William Paul Young. I’ve been a little busy so please excuse this late post on the book. The gist of it…the book is beautiful. The story is about Mack, a father of five, who loses his youngest daughter in a horrible violent crime. Understandably, Mack gets stuck…

#11 of 52: Kitchens Of The Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Ok….so….my return to fiction has been a triumph! Fine print: With the exception of “Silence”.   Kitchens of The Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is a treat! It’s Stradal’s first book and a real gem. It is an engaging story about one little girl’s journey through a world that has afforded her very few…

#10 of 52: A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis is without a shadow of a doubt one of the absolute most heart-wrenching yet lovingly and beautifully written pieces of nonfiction literature I have ever read in my brief thirty-eight years of life. This book moved me beyond words. I read it once on Sunday night and again last…

#9 of 52: Calling All Readers by Allyson R. Abbott

Calling All Readers – How To Write a Simple Book Review by Allyson R. Abbott is not only an instructional book on how to write a book review but it also explains the importance of writing book reviews for Indie Authors. Yes, I read a book on how to write book reviews. Ha! I know…