January 2015 Book Selection

Happy New Year!

Hope you are ready to start the new year off on a good positive note.  I love the new year; it’s an exciting time for starting new things or creating new habits. You could learn to meditate, start writing a book, start working on a new career.  You can do this anytime, but the first day of a new year always seems to be an exciting starting point. How many of you weighed yourselves this morning?  If you’re interested in a new year healthy you I’ve discovered a simple five step method for doing that:

1. Drink more water;

2. Don’t eat refined sugar or artificial sweeteners

3. Eat smaller portions (3 meals and 2 snacks each day)

4. Exercise.

5. Smile; you are a beautiful person!

That’s it.

Another  new year plan I’m going to try is a month of decluttering.  Click here:  January Decluttering Calendar.  You spend 15 minutes a day on a decluttering project.  This sounds like a minor event in life but don’t take it lightly.  Removing the clutter is very liberating.  You’ll have more energy and your brain will be more clear. The tasks are simple, for example; clean out the utensil drawer. The rewards are huge.  Try it.

If you’re looking for more book resources try NPR’s book club. “The first book has been selected by Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and co-owner of Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore in Nashville. Patchett says the best book she read this year was Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.”

Maybe you are interested in following another blog. I really enjoy one called “The Minimalist” written by a pair of very successful bloggers who focus on the advantages of living a minimalist lifestyle. How could you be a successful blogger writing about minimalism?  These guys have done it.  They have 4 million followers, have written a book, toured the country with their book, been featured on NPR, The Today Show, all the major networks and they live in Missoula, Montana.

And lastly; treat everyone like it’s their birthday.

New year and a new Wild About Books book selection! We’re going for 12 books this year; one each month.  My selection committee and I have been hard at work looking for just the right book.  I want you to be aware of the runners up as well.  A very close first until 3:00 on Tuesday afternoon was “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” The true story of a black woman in 1951 whose cancerous cells were taken (unknown to her) and were the first cells to be kept alive and grown into more cells; billions of new cells that were shipped all over the world for tests and experiments.  These HeLa cells were used to create a polio vaccine and used to find many other cures.  The ironic part being that Henrietta died because of these cancerous cells and her family never had health insurance and never had any compensation for these cells that became so famous.  Very interesting story.  I am still reading it and I recommend it.  Another close runner up was “Fourth of July Creek”  written by a Missoulian and takes place in Montana.  This work of fiction shows the poverty that prevails in Montana through the eyes of a social worker.  I believe it’s very real and I’ve always said that we don’t know what a lot of our students at school go home to and it seems to be a vicious cycle that is hard to get out of. This book is well written and uncensored.  I will finish this and I recommend it too.

The book I’m recommending for Wild About Books January 2015 was reviewed by one of my staff and is a novel.  I just started it and I’m hooked.  My staff member says she’ll have it done in three days.

“The Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. Or

“…a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.”

Hope you enjoy the book, enjoy the new year, and enjoy whatever new habits and goals you set for yourself.  Happy Birthday.

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November Book Selection

First, I must warn you that when you do finish “All the Light We Cannot See”; you will continue to think about it after the book is over.  You will have a hard time starting a new book,you will think you are “cheating”, because you’re still in a relationship with  “All the Light We Cannot See”.  The characters will stick with you and you will be wondering about them as you drive to work as if they were part of your family. You’ll give this book as a Christmas present to your reading friends.  It’s that good.

You’ll start to find a trend with my book selection.  I like books about survivors (“Unbroken”, The Warmth of Other Suns”, “The Glass Castle”), about people overcoming the odds, the underdog winning (“Boy’s in the Boat”)  Some people may find these book choices depressing, I find them inspiring and heart warming.  Don’t confuse survivor books with whiner  books (“Eat Pray Love”).  I will not read a whiner book.

There will not be a book selection for December.  I’m giving you the month off to catch up on your reading or to read something light and easy.  I’ll be going for the light and easy as I read book two of Ken Follett’s trilogy. I recommend book one “Fall of Giants” It’s like James Michener meets Danielle Steele with a splash of Downtown Abbey.  Juicy historical novel covering many families from many countries and how their lives connect.    You’ll stay up too late reading and have to drink an extra cup of coffee in the morning.  You’ll find yourself thinking; I should get out of these pajamas and make dinner.  It’s worth it.

You may think that I have a mini epiphany when choosing our monthly book selection.  You would be wrong.  This month I had selected a book, started it and decided it was not worthy of the Wild Women Book Club.  I bought and returned two kindle books before deciding that I should get the free preview first (love the Kindle).  I previewed 10 books.  The problem is I’ve set the bar too high with our first two books and this is the service you are expecting from this blog and rightly so might I add.  As we enter the holiday season, I have chosen a motivating, energizing, spiritual book guaranteed to awaken your consciousness.  It’s an easy to follow, well written book in which the main character is the reader.  The November Wild Women Book Club selection is:  “The Untethered Soul:  The Journey Beyond Yourself”

“When you are no longer absorbed
in your melodrama but, instead, sit comfortably deep
inside the seat of awareness, you will start to feel this flow
of energy coming up from deep within. This flow has
been called Shakti. This flow has been called Spirit”

Good Times

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October Book Selection

The Wild Women Book Club book selection for October is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.

“From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”  (I didn’t write that last paragraph, way too many adjectives for me, but it gives me some ideas for my next game of Balderdash).

I did start this last night and am already enjoying it.  I’m liking the writing style and of course the character development.  Enough said.  Get busy reading.  Feel free to comment on the book anytime on this post without giving anything away.

If you have anyone else interested in our book club just have them google Wild Women Book Club and click to follow it.

Happy Fall.  My favorite time of the year.


First Book Selection

0114-hot-list-sue-monk-kidd-lgn“The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (author of “Secret Life of Bees”) Get the Kindle Edition

Our first book of the Wild Women Book Club (please feel free to invite men to this club too). I have been worried that my first selection would not be up to par (even after careful research and using my full proof “gut feeling”). Therefore I have started the book and sure enough there was no need to doubt my selection. I’m struggling to get up and go to my day job when this book is sitting there waiting for me to read it. At the same time it’s like a good piece of chocolate that you want to savor and not rush through. To me the best books are the one’s with character development that leaves you feeling like the people in the book are part of your family (Barbara Kingsolver is the master author of that and “The Book Thief” the quintessential novel of not only character development but the intertwined relationships of the characters). This is what you will find in “The Invention of Wings”

Nows the time to finish up what you’re reading, obtain this novel at the library, book store or kindle. Important note: There are two kindle versions of this novel. One is the original “The Invention of Wings a Novel” and the other includes notes from Oprah. I encourage you to get the original without the notes.

“In simple terms, the book is the fictionalized history of the Grimké sisters, Sarah and Angelina (Nina), who were at the forefront of the abolitionist and women’s rights movements, wound around the intriguing narrative of a young slave, Hetty, who was given to Sarah as an 11th birthday present. Sarah despises slavery, even at that early age, and out of principle attempts to reject the gift.” -NPR Review