Books, Health

Weekend Reading

You have to love a book with the title, How To Stop Feeling Like Shit! Andrea Owen has written a book giving advice on stopping the most destructive behaviors women tend to participate in.

Do you have an inner critic who won’t shut up? Are you always trying to please others? Always thinking about worst case scenarios? Andrea has some words for you!  And there’s much more in this book, straight-shooting advice written in short chapters.

This is a quick read and I think there are some good nuggets of info/advice within the pages the book.

Here’s the official synopsis:

How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t is a straight-shooting approach to self-improvement for women, one that offers no-crap truth-telling about the most common self-destructive behaviors women tend to engage in. From listening to the imposter complex and bitchy inner critic to catastrophizing and people-pleasing, Andrea Owen–a nationally sought-after life coach–crystallizes what’s behind these invisible, undermining habits. With each chapter, she kicks women’s gears out of autopilot and empowers them to create happier, more fulfilling lives. Powerfully on-the-mark, the chapters are short and digestible, nicely bypassing weighty examinations in favor of punch-points of awareness.

If you are into mysteries and suspense novels like I am, you will have to read The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen. Police officer Ellery Hathaway receives creepy birthday cards every year, the date of which three people have vanished.  She tries to warn the police chief that something bad is going to happen again but he brushes off her concern.

What he doesn’t know is that seventeen years ago, Ellery was the victim of a horrible crime. She was abducted and kept in a closet, probably headed for murder. The FBI agent who rescued her, a man named Reed Markham, gave her his card in case she ever needed anything and now she does. She needs help that she isn’t getting from her police department.

Reed is called by Ellery to help in the investigation of the three unsolved murders. If Ellery can figure out the link between the murders, maybe she can prevent the next one during the “vanishing season.”

Reed has problems of his own, his marriage is falling apart and work isn’t going well. He heads to the small MA town where Ellery resides to help her. But who can Ellery trust?

This suspenseful and creepy book is perfect for reading in one day!

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Switching genres, let’s look at The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. This novel is on my To-Read pile right now and I was immediately interested upon reading the description. I love smart, women’s fiction!

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck an elevator with is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other… 

They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want.

This book is due out on January 30, 2018 which is right around the corner! Pre-order on Amazon and mark it on your Goodreads list!

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If you are like me and cannot get enough of creepy page-turners, you will want to read If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar. I love a story that I haven’t read a million times over. Sometimes it seems like certain books have the same plot so when something different crops up, I love it.

Check out the synopsis:

When Cassie Jensen arrives on the intensive care ward in St Catherine’s hospital, Alice Marlowe the chief nurse is fascinated by this young, beautiful woman who strikes her as familiar and yet she doesn’t know why. But then Alice is astonished to discover something about Cassie that she has been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family; a secret that changes everything.

Frank is a patient on the same ward who has locked-in-syndrome, so can hear and see everything around him but cannot communicate. Soon he comes to understand that Cassie’s life is still in danger and as the police continue to investigate what really happened to Cassie, only Frank holds the truth, which no one can know and he cannot tell.

This medical thriller is getting rave reviews. People have said it is, “gripping” and “stunning” and “addictive” which is all I need to know. Now, I just a full day for nothing but reading! I have so many books that I want to read before the end of 2017!