The Simple Life Comes At A Cost

The Simple Life Comes At A Cost

My Million Dollar Donkey: The Price I Paid to Live Simply, by Ginny East

Feeling stuck is a sign that it’s time to make a change. And that’s exactly what Ginny and her husband Mark did. One day they both decided to cash in their life and reinvent their world; packing up their three kids and a dog, they said goodbye to a successful dance studio business, and moved to 50 acres of land in northwest Georgia.

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In My Million-Dollar Donkey: The Price I Paid for Wanting to Live Simply, Ginny honestly—with both the optimism of the inexperienced and the wisdom of the exhausted—recounts the four years she and her family gave to their incredibly complex attempt to forge a life that would lead to more poignant and heartfelt relationships with the environment, community and, most importantly, one another. 
Eventually, Ginny and Mark are forced to deal with an even more difficult challenge: will the dream of simple living drive them apart?

Today Ginny is the director of Heartwood Retreat Center and the founder of the Heartwood Writers and Artists collective, a community and school that offers retreats, trainings and writing opportunities for ongoing growth and development of writers. After the divorce she set to the work of reinventing herself, and armed with the lessons of the birds, the bees and her million dollar donkey to guide the way, she dedicated to her own artistic passions, and her strong desire to be of service to others.

There is a lot about My Million Dollar Donkey that I particularly enjoyed:  the   writing style -fluid and engaging- but mostly Ginny’s candor and honesty about her experience. This book is splendid and carries a message so powerful that’s impossible to ignore: Ginny’s story is about love, family, faith and resilience. Because even if sometimes new beginnings can feel like endings and life seldom offers smooth and simple paths -in the end- you don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward and become the best version of yourself.

My Million Dollar Donkey: The Price I Paid For Wanting To Live Simply is the ultimate journey of a woman who wasn’t afraid to try, fail and try again: a wonderful read that I wholeheartedly recommend to anybody.

Follow Ginny’s lovely blog @heartofginny.net


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Dogs Know Stuff

Dogs Know Stuff

Jonathan Unleashed, by Meg Rosoff

My dog knows stuff! I am pretty sure now that behind those puppy eyes she is hiding a whole lot more about life that I will ever understand. Maybe Confucius was right by saying that life is really simple, but somehow we insist on making it complicated. And every time I look at my dog I know that she knows that I know I don’t really know what to be when I grow up, or even how on earth to get there.

Meg Rosoff delivers a splendid story set in Manhattan about a young New Yorker searching for happiness, and the two dogs who help him find it.

cover84285-mediumJonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him—only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up.

When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan’s world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all.

This book is just perfect. I loved how Jonathan’s life changed because of the dogs. I loved how New York looked like a whole different city just because it wasn’t zooming past Jonathan’s peripheral vision. I loved how he learned to slow down and simple things.

Splendid! Jonathan Unleashed is a funny, romantic story of tangled relationships, friendships and dogs so well written that just made sense of my entire life.

Maybe -just maybe- this is what is all about; slowing down and stop worrying about that picture in our heads of how life is supposed to be.


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TGIF and Ready to Party..Nerdy Style!

 

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Walking out of subway meeting my friends. Today it’s not a “Good morning” kinda day. No.. today we go for a more cheering..

Thanks God it’s Friday!!

Yes! We made it through another week. We survived. Fist pump. Pat on the back and we are ready to party….Nerdy Style!

When you are a NERD, things you do for fun are slightly different than the normal. Usually we do no clubbing, parties, brunches….That’s muggle living!

We like to play it hard though: we love reading marathons, visiting museums, becoming amateur astronomers, browsing old and indie book stores and of course, buying books.

This week end I’m going to host my first “Best-Selling Books Marathon“, a very informal and relaxed gathering with a bunch of best-selling books that we have ditched mercilessly during the past weeks.

We have:

  • A Court of Mist and Furyby Sarah J. Maas
  • The Outliersby Kimberly McCreight
  • 5th Affairby James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • The Apartmentby Danielle Steel
  • The Lake House, by Kate Morton
  • The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

And you? What are your books for the Week End? Happy Friday and Happy Week End you all!

 

Secrets

Secrets

Sister Dear, by Laura McNeill

Convicted for a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched her life vanish behind bars

cover80627-medium.pngTen years passed and out on parole Allie is determined to clear her name and find the truth. But what she uncovers is far worse than she imagines. Allie is strong, smart and refuses defeat. Undertaking a battle for the truth, she put her parole status and her personal safety at risk.

A dark secret is now standing between two sisters. The very one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

Sister Dear is a beautiful novel, masterfully written, that perfectly describes how painful is for  ex-cons to clear their names, rebuild their lives, and reconnect with the families.

#toogoodtobejustabook just saying!


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TGIF and What’s New at the Book Club (Goodreads)

TGIF and What’s New at the Book Club (Goodreads)

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Today is the first day of April and it’s time for some changes for the Book Club on Goodreads. We gained around 31 new members over the last month and we have a lot of ideas! Let’s see what’s new:

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A well-worded  question is the quickest way to connect with other readers and also a good conversation starter. Poll Wednesday will be online every week 🙂

Follow the link on the main page and you’ll be redirected to the group page on Goodreads.

Vote and share your thoughts with other readers!

READEROF THE MONTH

Make a comment, vote on a poll, share what you’re reading at the moment and join us on Twitter and on our Facebook Page,
you have an entire month to show me how a good reader
and active member you are. There will be a new Reader of the Month Challenge every other month, next one will start May 1st.

Sign up and try your luck..win the title and the prize!

P.S. We have our first winner for the month of March! Congratulations Cheryl!!

Book Talk aka The ArenaBOOK

Is there a book you’d like to read and discuss with other readers? Book Talk is a “group reading” made by genre, you can join the one you like the most -history, YA, business, fiction, true crime,…- write the title and ask other members to join you into the arena 🙂

Join us Facebook , Tweet with us and be part of the Book Club

International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness

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The International Day of Happiness is a global celebration promoted by the United Nations.

A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.

March 20 has been established as the annual International Day of Happiness and all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority.

Take part in the International Day of Happiness 2016. Download your free Happiness Guidebook packed full of ideas and actions to create a happier life for you and those around you!

Share with us what makes you happy on Twitter, Facebook or even at The Serial Readers Book Club.

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Women’s Day

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Happy Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

These women are passionate, strong, independent and brave. They fight everyday for a better world, for equality, for freedom.

May their lives inspire us!

Eleanor Roosevelt

Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space.

Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman on the Supreme Court (USA)

Mother Teresa

Oprah Winfrey

Michelle Obama

Malala Yousafzai, activist

Rosa Parks

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Anne Frank

Diana, Princess of Wales

Condoleezza Rice, political scientist and diplomat

…….. (your name here)……..

If you are a woman too, today celebrate your passion, your courage and strength.

And laugh, without fear of the future!

Vampires

Vampires

Amaranthine, by Lanie Jacobs

Will we ever get bored of vampires? After the huge success of  The Twilight Saga, which book sales are estimated at 100 million copies, a big horde of blood-suckers hit stores and libraries all over the world.

Personallcover83356-medium.pngy, I don’t mind reading about vampires and other night-crawling creature, but lately this unusual genre of literature not only suffers from a lack of originality but also from a lack of artistic quality.

Lanie Jacobs though doesn’t pass unnoticed, her fresh voice and creative style make Amaranthine an interesting debut novel.

 Khalida’s  life is turned upside down when she finds out she belongs to a rare breed of half-vampires with great powers.  Her rareness puts her and everyone around in great danger, as long as the Ubils, evil vampires, will try to steal her powers and kill her in the end. At her side there will be Luke, a charming vampire who would take on the world to save her. Will Khalida be able to save herself?

Good dialogs, intriguing characters and a fast paced story make this book absolutely enjoyable, you’ll get in love with Miss Jacob’s writing style.

 


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The Double Edge Sword of Giving Advice

The Double Edge Sword of Giving Advice

Dear Emma, by Katie Heaney

Harriet is great at telling others what to do, dispensing wisdom for the lovelorn and lonely on her Midwestern campus. Somehow, though, she can’t take her own advice, especially after Keith, the guy she’s dating, blows her off completely.cover81744-medium

When Harriet discovers that Keith has started seeing the beautiful and intimidating Remy, she wants to hate her. When Remy writes to “Dear Emma”, Harriet has the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the person who broke her heart.

But as she begins to doubt her own motivations and presumably faultless guidance, she’s forced to question how much she really knows about love, friendship and well-meaning advice.

A nice and easy-reading book that will probably make you miss your college years. Light and funny, this is the perfect book if you want to relax and take it easy.


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If You Like Jane Austen’s Vibe

If You Like Jane Austen’s Vibe

The Trouble With Emma, by Katie Oliver

 cover83510-mediumI’m one of those people who believes that characters belong to their creators, I don’t wanna see Anna Karenina strolling around Piccadilly Circus or Elizabeth Bennet clubbing in the Big Apple.

That’s why I was skeptic about this book and the Bennet family in the modern era.

To my surprise Katie Oliver did a splendid job. Yes, Mr. Darcy is honeymooning on a fancy yatch and Emma is working in a bakery but still they have that special aura Austen gave them.

The story is enjoyable and funny; Emma lives at home with her parents, with a boring job and no romance on the horizon, and when a top reality show starts being filmed at the Bennet household, she feels even more uncomfortable.

She finds a bit of distraction matchmaking her assistant, Martine to the best bachelor in town. But when she meets Mark Knightley, the guy behind the reality show, Emma finds her own heart on the line.

If you are looking for a light romance book, this is the one.

 


 

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