Are You Bringing Your Whole Self To Work?

Mike Robbins Book Bring Your Whole Self to Work

Beauty Brite Disclosure

Spring is around the corner and before you know it, summer. Summer is the time when many people will grab a book and spend time reading at the beach, by the pool, or while sitting in the sun in their backyard. The first business culture book I’m reading is “Bring Your Whole Self to Work,” by Mike Robbins. I thought this would be a great time to do a book review!

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Lose Yourself In A Good Book

Lose Yourself In A Good Book - My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari-What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix

What Doesn’t Kill You by Aimee Hix
Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink (January 8, 2018)
Language: English
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My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari
Print Length: 304 pages Publisher: Graydon House (February 1, 2018) Language: English

 

Beauty Brite Disclosure

One of my all-time favorite hobbies is reading. I have a few favorite authors, but am always looking for new ones to expand my horizons, so to speak. I love to read everywhere — in bed, while waiting for the kids to be done with sports, on the beach or while out on the boat … there is no such thing to me as a place it’s not good to read.

I wanted to share two new books I’ve read recently by authors that are new to me. My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari is a love story, but not just any old love story. The plot has a pretty great twist to it and it also incorporates something else I love, a foreign culture. What Doesn’t Kill You by Aimee Hix also involves a love story of sorts but it’s wrapped up in a thrilling murder mystery.

I read the murder mystery first and was completely hooked and thrilled throughout that story. It was nice to have a book to follow it up with that was of a different sort of engagement style. Both of these books are really good and were well worth the time I spent living within them!… [read more]

Books That You Will Love

Books That You Will Love-House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick-Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz

Beauty Brite Disclosure

I love to read. I have since I was a kid. I remember the highlight of one evening was waiting in line for the last Harry Potter book to come out. We waited for three hours and were first in line. I had that sucker read in about two days. (Yes I’m well aware how much that dates me) As a parent reading is my time that I set aside for myself and gives me a chance to breathe and recover from the day.

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Who Do You Trust?

Who Do You Trust? - The Trust by Ronald H. Balson

Series: Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart (Book 4)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (September 19, 2017)
Language: English

Beauty Brite Disclosure

If you already follow the Beauty Brite Blog you may have read quite a few book reviews I’ve written in the past. I would never call myself a professional reviewer of the written word or say that my opinions and impressions are any better or worse than anyone else’s. But, I’ve been an avid book worm all my life, from the time I could pay attention long enough for my mother to read to me I’ve been entranced by words, characters, and their stories (both fiction and non-fiction).

When I read a new book, particularly one by an author with which I’m not already familiar, I always pay attention to the pace of story development and how the story progresses to its conclusion and make a mental (or sometimes literal) list of questions that occur to me while reading to see if they get answered by the time I finish the book. Most books leave me with one or two questions that I’d ask the author if I were to ever meet them, some leave me with many questions. Whether I’m left with questions or not doesn’t directly impact my overall impression of the work, per se. But, a book that leaves me with few questions is one I generally consider a good book.

As I read The Trust [Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart #4] by Ronald H. Balson (an author I’ve not read before) I mentally compiled my usual list of questions while progressing through the narrative. When I finally closed the back cover and set the book aside, I was genuinely surprised to find that I could not think of a single question that I had while reading that was left unanswered. That almost never happens!… [read more]

Between Lost and Found: A Novel of Love in South Dakota

Beauty Brite Disclosure

The story of a far-gone city girl traveling to a new place–and discovering redemption, and herself, along the way–is by no means an original one. However, such a plot-line deserves some repetition. It’s satisfying, sweet, and serves as a more tangible example of the search for self that we all strive towards. So, knowing that the book Between Lost and Found (whose heroine, Janelle Marshall, finds love and closure while searching for her missing grandfather in a little South Dakota town called Mammoth Falls) would involve said plot-line, I was excited and pleased to read the story. Shelly Stratton’s book, Between Lost and Found, has all the pleasurable cliches of a typical find-yourself-novel–but none of the typical brattiness that also comes along with it.

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Read Your Way Through The Blah Days Of Winter

Read Your Way Through The Blah Days Of Winter - A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay and Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

Rejected Princesses:
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Dey Street Books (October 25, 2016)
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Language: English

A Portrait of Emily Price:
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 1, 2016)
Language: English

Beauty Brite DisclosureThe older I get the more I hate the gloomy days in the wintertime. But, on the upside, the kids’ extracurricular activities slow down and the cold weather gives me the perfect excuse to stay indoors and burrow into the couch with my favorite blanket and a hot cup of mocha cappuccino.

This winter, when I’m not crocheting or knitting, I’m hitting the books. You might have guessed from the picture that I read… a lot. I do. I read all the time, and I try to choose books from many genres spanning many topics. More often than not, you will find two or three books sitting around because I like to read more than one book at a time. Most recently, I’ve been reading A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay and Rejected Princesses: Tales of Histories Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath. With these two books, I have been traveling the globe and it’s been a fun ride!… [read more]

Letters From Paris: Introspection and Mystery in the City of Love

Letters From Paris: Introspection and Mystery in the City of Love

Letters From Paris by Juliet Blackwell

Beauty Brite Disclosure

When I first saw the book Letters from Paris, I was not incredibly excited. The book’s cover is beautiful, and it is written by bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, but the word ‘Paris’ instantly made me apprehensive. After all, there are many books about Paris that involve a woman’s self-discovery (and romance) whilst visiting the French city; what would make this one different?

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Only You: A Summery Romance

 

Only You: A Summery Romance

Only You by Denise Grover Swank

 

Beauty Brite Disclosure

I admit it; I love romance novels. Sound the alarms! After all, romance novels are not usually listed among the world’s most esteemed pieces of literature (even though they can tell us a lot about different cultures’ romantic ideals), and several of them certainly do lack quality writing or unique plot elements. But I love them anyway, whether they’re historical Westerns or simplistic contemporary novels–and I’m certainly not the only one who does–so I was thrilled to receive an Advance Reading Copy of Denise Grover Swank’s new book Only You as a reviewer!… [read more]

The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa

The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Grand Ventures LLC (April 4, 2016)
Language: English

Beauty Brite Disclosure

My six year old loves to read right before we lay him down to sleep. It is part of our nightly routine that has helped scare away the night time terrors and fears of the dark. Since it is almost time to be outside camping I decided to add this book to our repertoire.  The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa by author Donnie Cranfill, with illustrations from Jeffrey Ebbler, is book one in a new series centering around two young children who are excited to visit and spend time with their grandparents at Camp Nana Papa. I don’t know about you, but my son also enjoys time with his grandparents. We all love being outdoors enjoying the world around us. This book encourages and fits with our country lifestyle and love of camping…. [read more]

A New Way To Understand Addiction

A New Way To Understand Addiction - Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Wya of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (April 5, 2016)
Language: English

Shefluential Disclosure

“Szalavitz is one of the bravest, smartest writers about addiction anywhere. Everything she writes should be read carefully — I guarantee you’ll have a lot to think about.” — Johann Hari, New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream

Addiction (no matter which form it takes) is something that is everywhere around us. No matter who you are or where you live, chances are that you know someone who struggles with some sort of addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling or other substances or behaviors, even if it’s a silent struggle that no one else other than the person suffering through it knows about.

I found it to be an interesting perspective, as proposed by author, Maia Szalavitz in her new book Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, that addiction is not something that is medically or psychologically based but a learning disorder (one more like autism, ADHD or dyslexia than cancer or Alzheimer’s). The more I think about it, I feel that this may be the best way to look at the issue.

Consider this, humans are a species that is in constant evolution. We are constantly learning, processing, making inferences and drawing conclusions from new information with which we are presented on a daily basis. From the moment we draw our first breath until we gasp our last we are learning, adapting and changing. … [read more]