What I’m Reading March 2018

There’s nothing like the end of winter.

Even it’s been a good winter.  Warmer air and natural light make it easier to get out of bed.  It’s easier to be happy when you’re not fighting the cold.

I’m training for a 5K for the first time in my life.  It hasn’t been smooth sailing, but there’s nothing like the feeling AFTER a good workout.

Great books this month.  I’m loving my reading life right now.

Linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy’s Quick Lit.

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Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

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What an incredible book.

It tackles the default method of operating a small business:  pay all expenses first and take profit last.

Michalowicz argues that you when you operate that way, expenses will take all your income.  If you plan to take profit first, and also make a plan to compensate the owners, set aside money for taxes and operate on what’s left, your business becomes much healthier.

Expansions are realistic.  You don’t face cash flow problems.

I think it’s a great way to go.

I want to implement it.

Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

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“Millie is just a girl. But she’s the only one strong enough to break the family cycle.

In Depression-era Mississippi, Millie Reynolds longs to escape the madness that marks her world. With an abusive father and a “nothing mama,” she struggles to find a place where she really belongs. For answers,

Millie turns to the Gypsies who caravan through town each spring. The travelers lead Millie to a key that unlocks generations of shocking family secrets. When tragedy strikes, the mysterious contents of the box give Millie the tools she needs to break her family’s longstanding cycle of madness and abuse. Through it all, Millie experiences the thrill of first love while fighting to trust the God she believes has abandoned her. With the power of forgiveness, can Millie finally make her way into the free?” (Amazon summary)

A masterfully written book.

I wasn’t expecting thematic elements and just wasn’t prepared for it. Somehow, it took away the enjoyment of the book for me.

I can handle those type of things if I know that’s what I’m getting into.
But, it just isn’t what I wanted right now.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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An older couple move to Alaska to start a new life when their dreams of parenthood are not realized.

A little girl enters their lives under unusual circumstances.

It’s propelled by the mystery of whether the snow child is real or not.

But, it also touches at the deep longing to be parents, that maternal instinct that calls for fulfillment.

That is a story line that people can relate to. Bonus is how to cope when life doesn’t turn out the way you’d hoped.

I give it 4 and a half stars for traditional values.

Very well-written.

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.

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Fun, fast read.

The story centers around Mary and her friend, Isabel, and their two week trip to England to live out a real life fantasy as Jane Austen characters.

Complicating this vacation is the problems Mary is having at work with her boss, crisis with a big project and navigating a relationship with the good-looking consultant, Nathan.

I would have enjoyed it more if I knew the Austen stories better, but it was enjoyable even knowing some.

Even though you have to suspend belief at times, I still liked it.

It was predictable, but in all the acceptable ways.

Chalk it up as a feel good story.

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In other news, I surprised myself when I counted up 55 book reviews written in 2017.  Out of all those books what bubbled to the surface as my top pick?  Read about it here.

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