Sins of the Father

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SPOILER (sort of) ALERT!

It is rare that a surprise ending is not given away (or at least hinted at) long before you reach the end of the story.

I did NOT see this one coming!  FANTASTIC!

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The Ugly Duckling

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It’s been a long time since I have heard or read this classic tale.  It was delightful, and Abby Elvidge is a wonderful choice to narrate this story.

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Yum-Yum Bento

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Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round: Box Lunches for Every Season by Crystal Watanabe

I was first introduced to the idea of bento boxes years ago when reading Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.  The idea stuck with me, but I never tried it.

THIS guide takes things to a whole new level, with adorable, yet somewhat complicated designs for every season.  Fortunately, there is a resource list and a glossary included in the back of the book.  Many interesting recipes are included.

I LOVED the designs, but I don’t think I’ll be spending the amount of time necessary to prepare any of these.  It’s delightful and entertaining, so I’ll pass it along to someone I think will get better use out of it.

As for me, I think I’ll keep things simple, and just enjoy pictures of elaborate bento boxes.

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Mindfulness

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by Katie May , narrated by Trisha Wiggin-Fausnaugh

If you’ve heard about “mindfullness” and you’ve wondered how it works and what it can do for you, this is the place to start!

Living in the present moment has only positive effects on your life, so what have you got to lose?

I must add that Trisha is by far the most pleasant sounding and skilled narrator that I’ve had the pleasure to listen to in a very long time.

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

questionsQuestions for Life Two Year Guided Daily Journal for Intentional Living by Jessica A. Walsh

Things I liked about this journal:

  • the two-year format of this journal with identical questions a year
  • spaces to record what you were grateful for and what your happiest moment was for each day

Things I didn’t like about this journal:

  • too large, yet not a lot of space to record your thoughts (if you prefer wide-ruled notebooks to college-ruled ones, the space provided won’t be an issue for you)
  • a lot of the questions weren’t all that deep (or maybe I’m just being snobbish)

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review

28007981The Butterfly Hours by Patty Dann

This is my new favorite book on writing.

Each chapter begins with a quote, a bit of writing advice, and then examples from the one-word-prompt writing exercises from the author’s classes.

If you’ve ever wanted to get your memories down–or if you are a writer facing the dreaded BLOCK–pick one of the prompts in this book.  It may just change your life…

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.