Spring Reads 2018

The Living Clearly Method by Hilaria Baldwin

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  Hilaria tackles tough issues of active moms:  there just is not enough time in the day to do what we need to do!  Squeeze in some mini-yoga workouts when you can (she even does them while walking her kids…..with the stroller for balance!), make subtle changes to your diet, and make time for your family (she is married to super-busy actor Alec Baldwin, so their schedule is constantly changing).  Hilaria has great food tips in her book.  While she is vegan, and we are Paleo, I found I could easily adapt many of her recipes for our needs.  I have also noticed that since I started to pull out my yoga mat at home for a few stretches, or to listen to a few minutes of guided meditation, my kids are doing the same.  They pull out my yoga mat, and they listen to the apps on my phone, especially when they think I am not watching!

Little House Living:  The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life by Merissa Alink

I first picked up this book because Merissa had some allergy-friendly recipes that we could use in our house.  I was pleasantly surprised to find some great recipes to make our own body butter and body scrubs, avoiding some of the harsh ingredients in commercial brands that irritate our skin.  While we won’t be as frugal and self-sufficient as Merissa, we will definitely use several of her suggestions in our own home.

Camino Island by John Grisham

A great beachy read as you get ready for summer!  A group of thieves pull off one of the greatest heists in history as they steal priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from Princeton University.  A former college professor turned author is presented with an opportunity to infiltrate a curious local bookstore scene on Camino Island in Florida, where her grandmother once lived.  Her adventures take us into an underground world of book trading, and smuggling of the manuscripts into Europe.  My favorite scene was the unveiling of how the manuscript got smuggled out of the country.  This is a suspenseful book, taking many twists and turns you don’t see coming.

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Winter Reads

It’s been so cold this winter…who wants to go outside much?  Here are some of the books I have been reading lately:

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

I love to read books from authors who attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.   This book by Angela Flournoy does not disappoint.  It is her first novel, and she does a great job while she chronicles a family crisis in the city of Detroit.  The crisis unfolds in modern times; however it has its roots in the previous generation  that came to Detroit from Arkansas.  The 13 Turner children grew up on Yarrow Street in Detroit, and watched their neighborhood decline as the auto industry fell apart.  The family has to decide if they should keep their mother’s house, or let it go back to the bank since it is not worth anywhere close to what is still owed on it.  In the process, several of the children face their addictions, and even what appears to be a “haint”, or ghost, they feared followed their father from Arkansas.

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Russell Green thought he had it all.  A great career, a beautiful wife, a big house in a great neighborhood.  For years, it seems nothing can go wrong.  His daughter is born and she becomes the center of his world.  When she is six years old, his wife Vivian announces she is going back to work.  Soon, Russell’s world comes crashing down.  Russell is left as the primary caregiver of his daughter as Vivian starts to work more and travel with her job. Vivian decides she wants a divorce, and Russell loses his job and tries to start up his own advertising firm.  In the process, the custody battle becomes quite vicious and the family is in danger of losing their home.  The surprise way the story works out shows the unconditional love parents have for their children when they finally decide to put aside their differences and put their families first.

Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe

The title of this book makes it sound really gross, doesn’t it?  It’s not gross at all!  Basically Dr. Josh Axe is telling us that in order to get well again, get ourselves to the point where we are not so sick anymore, is to eat fresh, organic food.  If you have allergies, autoimmune disease, or any kind of illness, this book is a great way to figure out how to get back on track for your situation and heal yourself.

What are you reading this winter?

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