My Journey

As I am approaching 48 years old, I realize that in all likelihood I have already lived half my life.  This past year has shown me how fleeting life is for many.  I watched my father battle cancer courageously and eventually God called him home. I have decided that before I turn 50 I want to accomplish a few things.

First, I am going to try and not let the stress of daily life and work get to me.  As a middle school teacher it is very hard not to take home the worries and work that just doesn’t get done during the school day. But, this is one of the changes I am going to try to make.

Secondly, I am going to attempt to be more positive in my daily life.  This is not saying that I am a negative Nelly (sorry all the Nelly’s out there I didn’t make up the phrase I am just using it :-)).  I usually try to be optimistic and positive but I KNOW I can do better.

Third, I am going to try to better myself and improve my health.  This past year the focus was really on my Dad and his needs more than my own health.  I wouldn’t change it for the world either, but now is the time to focus on a healthier me so my children will have me in their lives and hopefully grandchildren one day.  This includes getting more active and losing some weight (hopefully).  However, if the weight stays but I feel healthier then I am still happy.

This journey is going to be interesting, challenging and a lot of fresh material for my blogging so be prepared.

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A Bridge Apart by: Joey Jones

This is the first time I have read this author so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised at the development of the story. The book cover blurb gives a general overview of what to expect from the novel but in reality the subtle growth of the plot truly draws you in. Andrew Callaway, the lead character, has it all. His life is almost perfect, or is it? Within 48 hours his solid life that he has built is in shambles. Untangling the mess of his life is where the true story lies. This is a great read for those that enjoy contemporary romance, southern small town charm and want love to win.

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I Feel Pretty – Amy Schumer

There is a first time for everything and I guess this is officially my first movie review.  I wasn’t sure about going to see one of Schumer’s movies.  The last few movies, in which she was cast as a lead, relied on crude humor more than acting ability.  My friends and I decided to go see it and I laughed and connected with the story line in a way I haven’t been able to with Schumer’s work in the past.  The characters were super easy to relate to and I felt myself pulling not only for Renee, the lead, but for her friends as well. It was refreshing and entertaining.  I would recommend this to all the girls who struggle with feeling pretty.  The main idea is that everyone is pretty you just have to find it within yourself.

Those Other Women by: Nicola Moriarty

I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. This novel had me curious just by the title alone. What other women? Were they aliens, a different culture, a new breed…what other women? This novel had me intrigued with the title but honestly as soon as I read the prologue the mystery had me hooked. Nicola Moriarty wrote a novel that was intriguing and captivating throughout. This novel made me want to continue to read even when household chores were waiting. I loved who “those other women” are and who “those women” are in real life. This is really a story about the need to lift one another up, being kind to all and not assuming things about people you barely know. It is a book of humor, mystery and real emotions. If you like chick-lit and contemporary fiction this is a book for you.

All We Ever Wanted by: Emily Giffin

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All We Ever Wanted was not at all what I was expecting. If you have ever wondered how your life turned out the way it did, this book is for you. You think when you are young that adult life is going to be so much fun; you can do what you want, be who you want. Twenty years down the road you wonder, how did I get here. Giffin does an amazing job of taking a look at the choices Nina Browning makes in life and how those choices affect those around her. Her son, Finch, makes choices of his own and Nina begins to question her parenting ability, her marriage and her own beliefs. Giffin created a compelling story with characters that are strong and flawed at the same time. This book is for anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction, and chick-lit.

The Room on RUE AMELIE by: Kristin Harmel

The Room on Rue Amélie

This is the first book I have read by author Kristin Harmel, but it will not be my last. Harmel wrote a novel that gives voice to the many, many people who lived through World War II in Europe. She takes three characters who give different perspectives on the war and blends their lives and their circumstances into one amazing story. The historical aspects of the novel draw the reader in and makes it seem that you too are in the room on Rue Amelie. As a reader I loved the small details that she includes to make you better understand the setting and the events that transpire in the novel. To say that I enjoyed the book would be to trivialize it. The story drew me in and made it difficult for me to put down. If you love historical fiction, or an amazing story with characters you won’t soon forget then this is one to put on your to-read shelf.

Love and Other Words by: Christina Lauren

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4 Stars

I have always been a fan of Christina Lauren’s writing style so I looked forward to this book. I was not disappointed although it is a departure from the type of books I have read by this author before. I found the characters to be well developed and the story very engaging. Macy and Elliot meet when they are young teens and have an immediate connection. They become the best of friends sharing a love of literature. As they mature their friendship continues to grow, but distance between them begins to pull them apart. Events unfold that cause them to go their separate ways and more than a decade later they meet again. The question the reader must answer is if there is anything left of Macy and Elliot’s love or if events of their past are too large to overcome. Lauren builds the story by alternating the present with what happened in the past, which makes the reader want the gaps to fill in as fast as possible. As I read this novel I kept asking myself what was so bad that caused two people who seem in love to not see each other for a decade. I would recommend this novel to anyone that loves chick-lit, contemporary romance, new adult or just a really good read.