Books I Read In December 2018

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As a new year begins, I realize my last month of 2018 was very productive in the reading department.

I am often overwhelmed by the vast amount of books still remaining to be read. My reading lists are long and never seem to shorten. I assume this is the lot of all bibliophiles.

Books I Read In December 2018

Audible Version

Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet 

by Joan Halifax 

Joan Halifax is a Buddhist nun who not only talks the talk but has walks the walk as well. Her book is well written and heartfelt. There was, however, for me, a disconnect at times because I am not a Buddhist and I do not adhere to some of their beliefs.

For instance, I do not believe that squashing a spider necessarily makes me an uncompassionate goon.  Moreover, it is my understanding that the Dalai Lama himself is not a vegetarian. 

This point was not the only disconnect for me. However, I am very aware that my issues with the book are, well, MY issues with the book.  It did make me ponder and think more deeply about many of the subjects which Joan so masterfully approached.

It is worth the read.

Buy Standing at the Edge

92 reviews on Amazon, 97% a 5 or 4-star review

Dare To Lead

By Brene Brown

Defintely another thought provoking book by Dr. Brown.

While I am not the leader of a company, I am a parent and a human being with many relationships and this book and its content are applicable to anyone.

As always, Brene is candid and her stories are valuable.

I loved it. Five stars from me.

As a result of reading this book, I discovered my life values and this was a big a-ha moment for me. I highly recommend this book.

Buy Dare To Lead

The Physics Of Love

Book Versions: Non-Fiction

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food 

Susan Albers

I was curious about this book since I am rereading Health at Every Size for our book club and I thought that maybe this book would be very fitting—and in many ways it is.

However, for me, it was meh read mainly because a lot of the ideas presented were not new to me. Nevertheless, there were some very good points and ideas. If you have a tendency to comfort yourself with food and you want some suggestions, in my opinion, this book is worth your time.

Buy 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food

It has 138 reviews on Amazon 80% of them 5 and 4-star reviews

Pressing Reset: Original Strength Reloaded 

by Tim Anderson and  Geoff Neupert

This book was so fascinating. I have been implementing a lot of the moves with great results. I am very pleased. A must read.

From Amazon summary: 

Your body has a reset button. The fact is, you were created to move! You were also created to be strong enough to do what you need and want to do. After your years of playing then sitting and whatever you do, your body changed. Original Strength teaches you how to PRESS RESET and help your body once again remember how to move, find hope, and share joy with those you love and truly care about. Pressing Reset, Original Strength Reloaded is about restoring your body’s abilities the same way you did the first time you learned to walk. Now is the time to restore your Original Strength to do everything you do in life BETTER!

Buy Pressing Reset

This book is free if you have—like me—a Kindle Unlimited membership.

This book has 26 reviews on Amazon 92% 5 and 4-star reviews – FYI the last remaining 8% are 3-stars

Red Light Therapy : Everything You Need to You

By Dr. Nathan Joel

This book was short and very interesting. However, for whatever reason, it is now no longer available on Amazon. If you are interested in red light therapy, I would recommend the book by Ari Whitten.

Fiction Books

Shoot To Kill (A Hollywood Murder Book 3)

by Cynthia Hickey

A fun cozy mystery. It is not super deep but it is nonetheless rather entertaining. Light, clean reading. I have enjoyed Cynthia Hickey’s books before.

Buy Shoot To Kill

It is free with Kindle Unlimited

It has 4.5 stars on Amazon with two reviews

When A Heart Stops (Deadly Reunions Book 2)

By Lynette Eason

This book is the second sequel of a book I read last month. This one involves a serial killer.

Personally, I liked book 1 better.

Buy When A Heart Stops

A Caffeine Conundrum [The CafFUNated Mysteries Book 1]

by Angela Ruth Strong

This book was a fun read with two main characters which is something I had never encountered before but nevetheless enjoyed tremendously.

I look forward to the second book in the series.

From Amazon:

Solving a murder mystery is harder when you don’t trust your partner…or their taste in beverages.

Sassy city girl Tandy Brandt moves to the small town of Grace Springs to start a coffee shop, never imagining she’ll be competing with local beauty queen Marissa Alexander and her dream of running a tea house. Unfortunately, the current store owner dies before selling the location to either of them, and they both become murder suspects.

The unlikely pair team up in an attempt to discover the real killer, though with the secrets in Tandy’s past and Marissa’s infamous clumsiness, they could be their own worst enemies. Despite their differences, they follow clues to question a sweet, apple pie baking antique store owner, a GQ Santa in the retirement center, and a hipster millionaire with no social skills. Will they be able to figure out whodunit and prove their innocence before one of them goes to jail…or worse? 

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This book is FREE with a Kindle Unlimited Membership.

This book has a rating of 4.6 stars out of 29 reviews (96% a 5 or 4 star rating)

The Princess and the P.I.

by Angela Ruth Strong

A fun read to which I give a 4 star. Not my favorite but nonetheless enjoyable.

From Amazon:

Raised in the West Indies, Jacqueline James is on the verge of becoming a modern day princess until the prince hires a P.I. to do a background check and discovers her father is a fugitive from the States. Determined not to let her fairy tale fall apart, Jacqueline hires the P.I. to help her prove her father’s innocence. 

When former police officer Beau Ryan’s wife’s murderer was acquitted, he left Miami on what would have been their anniversary cruise, planning never to return. It’s his unexpected soft spot for Jacqueline that has him swallowing down the pain to face his past.

Together they elude press, bounty hunters, and the Miami P.D., searching for the truth needed to free Jacqueline to marry a monarch. Will Beau be able to save the woman he loves this time around? And if so, how will being her knight in shining armor compare with a proposal from Prince Charming?

Buy The Princess and The P.I.

This book has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon out of 24 reviews (96% 5 and 4 stars)

This book is FREE with a Kindle Unlimited Membership.

Gaffe Out Loud [Worst Detective Ever Book 7]

by Christy Barritt

I love Christy Barritt and I was very excited to read a new book in this series. Joey Darling is a fun and quirky character.

From Amazon:

Actress Joey Darling is beginning a new season . . . of her TV show and her life.

Joey Darling’s life is finally on track. Her hit series has been picked up by a new network, her relationship with Detective Jackson Sullivan couldn’t be better, and she’s even bought a house. But right after taking possession, Joey discovers a dead body upstairs. 

Joey knows she won’t have any peace until she figures out why a dead woman was left at her house and who killed her. And she desperately needs peace as the “normal” life she’s trying to establish quickly progresses from great to the brink of collapse. 

The countdown is ticking as Joey must soon leave to begin filming. But one gaffe after another slows her investigation and makes her question her choices. The closer Joey gets to answers, the more someone is determined to make sure this season of her life is canceled—permanently.

Buy Gaffe Out Loud

This book is FREE with a Kindle Unlimited Membership.

This book has a 4.8 star rating out of 22 reviews on Amazon (100% 4 and 5 stars).

The Black Sheep’s Redemption

By Lynette Eason

Not a favorite but nevertheless entertaining.

From Amazon:

Everyone in Fitzgerald Bay—except his law-enforcement family—is convinced Charles Fitzgerald murdered his children’s nanny. Condemned by public opinion, his only hope for a replacement nanny to take care of his two-year-old twins is newcomer Demi Taylor. But Demi has problems of her own…starting with amnesia. She doesn’t remember who she is, doesn’t know where she’s from—and has no idea why she always feels like someone is watching her. Is she in danger because of Charles? Or has someone sinister from her old life found her yet again?

Buy The Black Sheep’s Redemption

This book has 4.6 stars out of 58 reviews on Amazon (95% are a 5 or 4 star rating)

Fledgling Jason Steed

by Mark A. Cooper

I started reading this book to see if I wanted to read it to my kids. Yes, I am one of “those” parents.

And, the verdict is I will not read it to my boys.

For the sake of honesty, I did not complete the book. I had two issues with it 1) the boy’s relationship with his father was beyond sad and 2) this is a completely unrealistic book. While the latter is not a biggy, the former was.

Buy Fledgling

This book has 4.7 stars on Amazon out of 37 reviews (97% a 5 or 4 star)

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