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Dutch Girl

Do you love reading about WWII and Hollywood? If so, then Dutch Girl is the book for you. I didn’t know anything about Audrey Hepburn prior to this, but this book gives a great overview of her life during WWII. I have loved reading memoirs and biographies about World War II since grade school so, I was interested to hear about her part during the war.

Audrey grew up in the Netherlands where she lived with her mother and father. After her father left, she was sent to a boarding school in England. Her mother was very strict and not one who showed affection. Audrey started taking ballet which she loved. Even though she was considered tall for a ballerina, she was graceful.

Audrey moved back to live with her mom and a few other relatives. During the war she kept dancing as long as she could. She assisted the war effort by helping with the resistance.

This biography goes back and forth between Audrey as an adult and Audrey during the war. The descriptions in this book are superb. I’ve read a lot of books on this subject and this one has to be one of the most vividly expressed biographies. Reading this book you feel as thought you are there with Audrey experiencing every moment of the war.

I received my digital complimentary copy of Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen courtesy of Smith Publicity and NetGalley. The views expressed are mine and of my own free will. I highly recommend this book. I will definitely be looking out for other biographies by Mr. Matzen.

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Waves

I am not into graphic novels. I shy away from comics. This graphic novel though stole my heart and converted me by the end. I want to read more memoirs that are in graphic novel form. Please recommend away because if you don’t like that genre either then I know this short little book will convince you otherwise.

In this book the author is going to have a child. Her and her wife are beyond ecstatic, except tragedy strikes. This book is how the author dealt with her loss and survived the deep grief she went through.

I love how the author loves to write and that her writing comforted her while she was recouping in the hospital. I swooned when her wife gave her a new journal because she had used up her current one. I’m a sucker for a brand new journal.

Whether you have dealt with the loss of a child, or not this book shows the range of mourning and how the importance of family and your partner help in getting you through the days that are the toughest.

I received my complimentary digital copy of Waves by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel from NetGalley. My views are of my own accord and strictly mine. This book was gut wrenching to read at 4:30AM. The artwork is vivid and so much meaning stuffed into the imagery chosen. I high recommend this graphic novel. Some stories are more powerful through artwork vs written word. This is one of those stories.

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Quaker Quicks: What Do Quakers Believe

Have you ever been to a Quaker meeting? I have a few years ago. It was the most uncomfortable hour of my life. Everyone sits in silence unless someone feels lead to share something. When I saw this Quaker Quicks book available to review I couldn’t help, but request it to find out more.

This short book provides a few basics about what Quakers are all about. Interesting things I learned about them is that they don’t have creeds, or a governing church body. I discovered they handle their meetings to make decisions just like they do their church meetings. In silence. I found out they utilize different spiritual books to educate and don’t favor one holy book over another, though most do have the Bible on their table that’s in the center of the group whose meeting together. This book also, quotes a number of different Quakers regarding how being a Quaker has changed their life.

After reading this short book I want to read more. Each Quaker group are independent of others and they each have their own magazines and books they publish. There are some aspects of Quakers that bring to mind Unitarians.

I received my digital copy of Quaker Quicks: What Do Quakers Believe by Geoffrey Durham care of NetGalley from John Hunt Publishing and Alternative Christian. The views expressed are mine. If you want to read more about what Quakers believe I highly recommend this book. This author has other books in this series about other aspects of the Quaker faith. It’s readable, fascinating and most of all enjoyable.

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Simplify Your Life

If you need a book to kick your life into gear, then I highly endorse Simplify Your Life. This book is very short, but worth every page. Sarah talks about a wide range of topics from having us pinpoint what our values are, to who we keep in our inner circle, to seeing ways you can enrich your life.

I thought I’d give you a sample of some of my own personal answers while reading this gem are:

Keep an envy journal – write down things you are envious of to figure out what you truly want in your life and what kind of person you wish to be.

Top 10 values: honesty, patience, authenticity, compassion, humor, justice, love, loyalty, spirituality, trustworthiness

Top 5 values: authenticity, trustworthiness, love, humor, stability

Top 5 strengths: love, humor, kindness, appreciation of beauty and excellence

My top 5 passions: writing, reading, Poland, photography, documentaries

Top 5 missing things: spiritual community, affection from family, exercise, balance, consistency

My 10 positive qualities:

patient, affectionate, considerate, loving, loyal, thoughtful, cheerful, trusting, helpful, polite

My tribe:

Family: mom, dad, brother, sister, bro-in-law, sis-in-law, nephews

Relationships: LP

Career: E, J, H, D, T, M, I, K, S, C, D, N, B, G

Well-being: πŸŒ²β˜•οΈ πŸ›πŸ₯ž πŸ“šπŸ’‘ πŸ‘­πŸŒ§ πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ”πŸ’»πŸ“±πŸ›πŸ“¬πŸ§»πŸ–ŠπŸ““β€οΈπŸš­βœοΈ

Personal development: too, many to list

Fun time: HG, JD, Mom, Dad

Spirituality: SP, BL

Top 5 Friends: JD, HK, BL, Owl, KM

Next 10 friends: HP, AR, AL, WildS, SP, CS, OW, SH, HG, E

Environment:

Safety & security – I feel most safe at home.

Physical comfort – I am most comfortable in jeans or sweats and a comfortable t-shirt. I don’t like the weather too, hot, but I’m not a fan of snow. I crave being around trees.

Psychological impact – I do best in a nurturing, caring environment. I detest conflict. I don’t do well being micromanaged.

I received my complimentary digital copy of Simplify Your Life by Sarah O’Flaherty from NetGalley. The views expressed are my own. I definitely want to purchase a physical copy of this book so I can notate a bunch and reference it often. I will be checking out Sarah’s other helpful titles.

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The Happiness Diary

If you love purchasing diaries then I recommend The Happiness Diary. The artwork in this diary will have you turning each page with delight. There are a variety of ways you can journal: making a list of what makes you happy, drawing, free flow writing, focusing on helping others, mindfulness and learning how to be fully present.

I received my complimentary digital copy of The Happiness Diary by Barbara Ann Kipfer from NetGalley. The views expressed are mine. This diary is gorgeous and inspires you to want to do the prompts throughout the diary. I would definitely gift this to a friend.

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The Book Of No Worries

When I was in junior high we had the classic book by Dr. James Dobson, Preparing For Adolescence. I recall it being an awkward book to read. When you are in junior high reading about bodily changes is cringe worthy. When I saw the book, The Book Of No Worries, I wondered how a similar book would be now that it’s 2019 and not 1990? This book covers a similar range of topics, including modern ones like social media, sexting, the morning after pill, LGBTQA and more.

It boggles my mind that a junior higher nowadays would have to be told about the morning after pill and sexting. When I was in junior high a cell phone was a foreign concept, contraception at that age unthinkable and sexting was not even a blip on our radar. I don’t know that these topics are appropriate for the age group intended. Yes, kids get provided more adult information earlier on, but that doesn’t mean they are mature enough to handle it. As for the topic of sexuality I do wish more had been explained around that age. When you are in the bubble of social heterosexuality, the idea of their being alternatives is a foreign concept. This book was informative and very thorough. I don’t think if I had a preteen that I’d give them this book necessarily.

I received my complimentary digital copy of The Book Of No Worries by Lizzie Cox via NetGalley. The views expressed are my own. I think it’s interesting to see the modern topics discussed in this book. If you want to see how much the world has changed this book will will open your eyes.

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Small Town Hearts

Babe thought she had her whole summer ahead of her after high school with her two best friends Chad and Penny. When Penny dumps Chad, making Babe do the break up dirty work, she realizes she’s possibly loosing both of her best friends. Babe is still recouping from the fall out of her past relationship with Elodie. It was her first relationship with a woman and she is over keeping being Bi a secret. When Levi walks into Busy’s she can’t deny the attraction she feels towards him. As Levi and Babe become friends her world is thrown for a loop when Elodie reappears for the summer and seems to be cozying up to Levi. Will Babe be able to reconcile her feelings?

This novel covers the topics of friendship, sexuality, contentment and love. The characterization is well done, the description of Maine is breathtaking and the story keeps you wanting more.

I received a complimentary digital copy of Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The views expressed are mine. If you love YA and romance then this novel will be the perfect spring read. This story was sweet and the descriptions of Maine made me want to book a flight.