Who reads crime thrillers anymore? Oh, that's right, everyone but me. I did give it an honest go earlier this summer, though, when I picked up Lola, a fast-paced crime thriller, by Melissa Scrivner Love. Did I fall in love with the book? Not exactly. But I did enjoy it, and I think people who … Continue reading Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, is a compilation of not-so-pushy-or-preachy essays focused on living a happier, more self-aware life. It doesn't suggest making drastic life changes or overhauling your approach to people or problems, it simply calls for being more 'awake' to your own wants and needs, to participating in a little self reflection in order to build a better life.
Some books grab your attention the minute you start reading them, and some don’t. It’s a simple fact of being a bibliophile that every now and then, no matter how much careful attention you put into researching and selecting a book, learning about an author’s background, or reading a few pages between the aisles at … Continue reading Nonsense by Jamie Holmes
As an aspiring writer with a lot of writer friends (some who’ve published their long awaited first books and even more, like me, who haven’t), the topic of crafting a riveting story comes up all the time. We’re constantly chatting about what makes a good story, what makes characters not only believable, but memorable and … Continue reading Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Some books, like people, will steal your heart away before you ever know what’s happening. They’ll sweep your little cappuccino-drinkin’-self right off your feet and leave you smiling for days, reason unknown. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George, did exactly that each time I sat down to read it. Originally a German novel, this … Continue reading Book Review: Little Paris Bookshop
The More of Less, by Joshua Becker, is not at all what I expected when I first picked it up. To give you an idea of what I mean, let me start with what I thought I was getting: a simple book about how to minimize your possessions and consequently, live a clutter-free life. Here’s … Continue reading Book Review: The More of Less
Let me start off by saying that not all inspirational, self-help books are created equal. And more often than not, many authors spend the first two or three chapters convincing readers that she’s qualified to give you this advice, she’s struggled to overcome her past, she’s been depressed but pulled herself through and yada yada … Continue reading Book Review: The Emotional Edge