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Choose to Live Your Life in Abundance in the after--- after the spouse dies, after the marriage ends, after the kids leave. Join me on my journey of CHOOSING LIFE in my after. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live- Deut 30:19

December 11, 2019

What I Read- My recommendations for some fun Christmas Break Reads 2019!

I've been wanting to write some book reviews but time has gotten away from me. I decided to do a-several books in one post review so here it is...

I read so many books these days that I forget what I've read. I really need to start a journal of my books. For now, all I do is take a screenshot of the book cover on my Kindle. If there is anything in the book I want to remember, I also take a screenshot of that page. So far, it's worked really well.

I love to do some lazy reading over the holidays. That's exactly what all of these books are meant to be... lazy reading. I'm only reviewing and suggesting the books I've read this past year that are fun, easy reads!! I'll hopefully get to some others in other posts!!

These books are in no special order except by how I remembered what I've read!!

One Day In December- by Josie Silver
This book was on Reese Witherspoon's book list. If you want some great suggestions, go to her list. I've loved everything she has recommended.
One Day In December begins on a city bus in London. Do you believe in love at first sight? If so, this is a great book for you. It's full of twists and turns. The only downside is that I had a hard time with some of the dialogue. It just was not believable for me, but I put that aside and really enjoyed it!!

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
This book is not a carefree read, but you will fall in love with the characters. We meet a family where the dad has passed away, and the mom is having a hard time dealing with the families' reality. The kids pretty much raise themselves. We soon find these kids have grown up and face another family tragedy.

You've Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman
I was late to the party with this book because this is actually a sequel to a book I've never read. It didn't' matter that I didn't read Class Mom because the characters explained themselves. Anyone who has ever been the class mom or helped the class mom will laugh out loud as you read!! It's fun. It's easy. It's a must-read!!
If you watch Live with Kelly and Ryan, you will recognize this author's last name. Her husband is the executive producer of the show!!

The Perfect Couple by Erin Hilderbrand
I checked this out from my local library on my Overdrive app during one of my 2a.m. nonsleeping sessions!! That seems to be when I do most of my reading!! I instantly fell in love with it. A summer wedding, a beautiful beach house, a loving family, and a murder get this book off to a great start!!

Mostly Sunny by Janice Dean
Why did I read this book? I do not care for Janice Dean, but I've heard from women who have worked at Fox News that she is a great person. If you've followed me very long, you know my favorite genre is biography. There are very few biographies that I won't read!! This was very interesting. I'm still amazed at how people get their start and become famous!! She has great stories about famous people that she's met over the years. Of course, you are prepared to not like Imus who she worked for during her first job in NYC. She has a great story about meeting Steven Tyler, which I loved. I was not prepared for her story about Dr. Phill. I'll never look at him the same way. Have I piqued your interest?

The Proposal- by Jasmine Guillory
Another cute, fun easy read. There was a twist for me, but I'm not sure if it's meant to be there or if I just wasn't paying attention!! I guess the big lesson from this is to not ever ask someone to marry you on the jumbotron at a professional sports event!!

The Marriage Lie- by  Kimberly Belle
I used to like to read murder mysteries, but I just can't do it anymore. This is the closest to a murder/ mystery book as I went this past year. It was well written and had me always wanting to keep reading to find out the truth in this woman's marriage!!!

Searching For Sylvie Lee- by Jean Kwok
Another mystery for this gal who doesn't read many mysteries. I enjoyed this. It took me on an adventure back to The Netherlands. It's sad, but it's a great story.

Good Riddance- by Elinor Lipman
I had to keep reading to see where this was going. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. After her mother's death, Daphne discovers that her mother's yearbook, which she placed in the recycle bin of her apartment complex, has been taken. The neighbor who has it becomes a thorn in her side. The hard part was watching her get involved in her father's love life- that's just not going to happen!!!

As always, if you like what I've done here, please share my post on social media!! The links are at the bottom of the post after the words- share it:.  Thanks so much!!

As I was putting this together, I got two emails with book lists for the holidays that I wanted to share.

86 Reader Recommendations...- If you don't follow The Modern Mrs. Darcy, you have to start today. She lists books her readers are recommending in this post!!

Bill Gates' book list- I look forward to seeing an email from Bill Gates!! It means I get to see what a highly intelligent and world-changing man is reading. It's always a great list!!
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