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Giveaway head’s up and Book Review: “Don’t Overthink It” by Anne Bogel

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GIVEAWAY time! Thank you @readbakerbooks for my gifted copies of “Don’t Overthink It” by Modern Mrs Darcy herself, Anne Bogel!

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We’ve all been there: stuck in a cycle of what-ifs, plagued by indecision, paralyzed by the fear of getting it wrong. Nobody wants to live a life of constant overthinking, but it doesn’t feel like something we can choose to stop doing. It feels like something we’re wired to do, something we just can’t escape. But is it?

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Anne Bogel’s answer is no. Not only can you overcome negative thought patterns that are repetitive, unhealthy, & unhelpful, you can replace them with positive thought patterns that will bring more peace, joy, & love into your life. In “Don’t Overthink It, you’ll find actionable strategies that can make an immediate & lasting difference in how you deal with questions both small–Should I buy these flowers?–& large–What am I doing with my life?

More than a book about making good decisions, “Don’t Overthink It offers you a framework for making choices you’ll be comfortable with, using an appropriate amount of energy, freeing you to focus on all the other stuff that matters in life.

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Anne Bogel’s sweet, calming voice on her podcast, “What Should I Read Next” has cheered me up on more than one occasion, not to mention the loads of books I have added to my TBR list because of her & her guests. “Don’t Overthink It” is Anne’s 3rd book & it was released on 3/3. It is a quick-read that is full of wisdom & strategies for overcoming decision fatigue, ways to get over feeling so overwhelmed & always second-guessing ourselves, & just live our best lives with more mental peace & joy!

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I have (1) copy to giveaway!

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Giveaway is International & begins 4/8/20 & ends 4/12. Giveaway is not affiliated w/ Instagram. Unfollowing after giveaway will get you banned from all future MomLovesReading giveaways (& there are a LOT! So don’t chance it!)

Ok, be sure to enter on the Instagram giveaway post. And as always…stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

Book Reviews · Giveaway

GIVEAWAY time! Two winners! And that’s no April Fooling!

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GIVEAWAY TIME! Thank you @torbooks for my gifted copies of “You Let Me In” by Camilla Bruce! (Pub date 4/21!)

“You Let Me In” delivers a stunning tale from debut author Camilla Bruce, combining the sinister domestic atmosphere of Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” with the otherwordly thrills of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”.

Cassandra Tipp is dead…or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse & eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy–everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body–just her massive fortune, & one final manuscript.Then again, there are enough bodies in her past–her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, & a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father & brother..Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story–but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods–& who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare….

This book is atmospheric, imaginative, bewitching & brilliantly seductive…exactly the kind of book TOR publishing is known for! This debut novel is creepy, weird & unusual with an ending you won’t see coming!

***The following information is just to let you know the requirements of the giveaway on Instagram. You cannot enter via the blog. Click HERE to go to the Instagram post where you CAN enter!

To enter to win an advance copy:

1. Must be following @mom_loves_reading(no unfollowing after giveaway, it’s just so rude)

2. LIKE & SAVE this post

3. Tag 2 bookish buds (Unlimited entries, but only 2 tags per comment).

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4. Share to your stories for 24 hrs (tag me) *Can be done daily.

5. Follow me on Facebook (Mom_Loves_Reading) & LIKE this post there.

6. Share the post on FB, too, for another bonus.

Giveaway has (2) winners & is International, begins 4/1 & ends 4/5 at 11:59pm est. No giveaway accts. Giveaway not affiliated with Instagram. Unfollowing after giveaway gets you banned from future MomLovesReading giveaways, & there are a LOT!

Book Reviews

Book Review: “Bumpin’: The Modern Guide to Pregnancy: Navigating the Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Journey From Conception Through Birth and Beyond”

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Thank you @wunderbookspr for my gifted copy of “Bumpin’: Navigating the Wild, Weird, & Wonderful Journey from Conception Through Birth & Beyond”!

Tech investor & new mom Leslie Schrock offers a thoroughly modern guide to pregnancy—from the preparations of “trimester zero” to the challenges of the newborn months.

In the last thirty years, the process of starting a family has drastically changed. Not only are there many more options for getting pregnant, but there are a dizzying array of variables from start to finish. Genetic test or no genetic test? Midwife or OB-GYN? Stroller or Baby Bjorn?

Yet all this choice can also create anxiety, especially around the most difficult realities. Miscarriages & fertility issues are common, yet often concealed. One in nine mothers report dealing with postpartum depression, but it is rarely acknowledged & even more rarely treated. Celebrities post “snap-back” photos of their slim post-baby bodies, creating unrealistic expectations for women everywhere. We have more information than ever, yet nearly every aspect of motherhood is still shrouded in judgment and mystery.

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Enter Leslie Schrock, first-time mother whose own struggles opened her eyes to this widespread problem. With the frank, funny warmth of a trusted friend, she delves into everything from in vitro fertilization & prenatal testing to lactation consultants & postpartum birth control. She debunks the most pervasive pregnancy myths, explores the complementary practices, & cites the latest science (with a dash of been-there-done-that experience) to help you make the best decisions every step of the way—for both you & your baby.

So tune out all of the noise you don’t need, & take control of your pregnancy—present or future.

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I wish this book was available back when I had each of my 5 kids! This book is chock full of essential, useful, relevant information that will help take some of the stress off new moms or mothers-to-be, & it’s perfect for dads & partners as well. Some of the popular books out there like “What to Expect…”are outdated & obsolete in today’s modern world.

“Bumpin'” is literally the only pregnancy book you or your pregnant friend, family member or partner will ever need! It’s available now online & at bookstores.

Also, a very special Thank You to my daughters friend (and my friend as well), Sierra, for being my beautiful, baby bump model! 😘

Stay safe, stay home, and stay sane! (Now go wash your hands…)

Audiobooks · Book Reviews

Audiobook Review: “Open Book: A Memoir” by Jessica Simpson

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This book is exactly why sometimes audiobooks are just so much better than a physical book! Thank you @Librofm for another fantastic audiobook!

The #1 New York Times Bestseller includes six new songs by Jessica Simpson, available exclusively in the Open Book audiobook and performed by the author featuring her music throughout.

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, ‘Open Book’ is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

Jessica Simpson reveals for the first time her inner monologue & most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, & brimming with her unique humor & down-to-earth humanity, ‘Open Book’ is as inspiring as it is entertaining.This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, & nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie.

Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first. 

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Now America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, & the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. ‘Open Book’ is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, & humor to share things she’s never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talkedabout, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom & inspirations she’s learned & shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché’s — “chicken or fish,” “Daisy Duke,” “football jinx,” “mom jeans,” “sexual napalm…” & more. ‘Open Book’ is an opportunity to laugh & cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

I officially LIKE Jessica Simpson now after listening to this book! (and I loathe John Mayer, but honestly, I never liked him anyhow.) Jessica is an excellent story teller & she reads with such raw, vulnerable emotion, she literally chokes up at times. This is a fantastic, inspiring, compelling, heartfelt memoir that I recommend to anyone, even if you have preconceived notions about Simpson like I did. And audiobook is definitely the way to go with this one. It also includes some of her beautiful, new music at the end, including a duet with Willie Nelson, one of her BFF’s.

If you have never tried audiobooks, or you have used other subscription apps, I encourage you to make the switch to Libro.fm now. Their audiobook sales support independent bookstores & right now they need our help more than ever! Just like many other businesses, they are struggling. Use my special code MOMLOVESREADING & get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal & start listening to Jessica or ANY audiobooks of your choice today!

Book Reviews

Book Review: “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000’s: An Oral History” by Andy Greene

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The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors.

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When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . . or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in a row. But either way, fifteen years after the show first aired, it’s more popular than ever, and fans have only one problem–what to watch, or read, next.

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Fortunately, Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene has that answer. In his brand-new oral history, “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s“, Greene will take readers behind the scenes of their favorite moments and characters. Greene gives us the true inside story behind the entire show, from its origins on the BBC through its impressive nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews. Fans will get the inside scoop on key episodes from “The Dundies” to “Threat Level Midnight” and “Goodbye, Michael,” including behind-the-scenes details like the battle to keep it on the air when NBC wanted to pull the plug after just six episodes and the failed attempt to bring in James Gandolfini as the new boss after Steve Carell left, spotlighting the incredible, genre-redefining show created by the family-like team, who together took a quirky British import with dicey prospects and turned it into a primetime giant with true historical and cultural significance.

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Hilarious, heartwarming, and revelatory, The Office gives fans and pop culture buffs a front-row seat to the phenomenal sequence of events that launched The Office into wild popularity, changing the face of television and how we all see our office lives for decades to come.

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We LOVE “The Office” at my house, & are constantly quoting the show! It’s so freaking awesome! (That’s what she said!) I loved going behind the scenes with the actors & writers & reading about some of my fave episodes (Hello, “Dinner Party”!) The book is written in interview form, it’s insightful, fun, & fans will LOVE it!

Even though I was gifted an ARC of the book, I plan to buy the hardback when it comes out (which is TODAY!) This will make an AWESOME gift for fans as well! And if you are a fan of podcasts, be sure to check out Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey’s podcast “Office Ladies” where they discuss each episode starting with the pilot. It’s as amazing as the show itself!

Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey (BFF’s!) & new
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Be sure to check with your local indie bookstores first & see if they have the book or can get it for you. We need to support the indie stores now more than ever! Use BookstoreLink.com to find this and other books at indie bookstores near you (click HERE.) And as always…Stay safe, stay home, stay sane!

Book Reviews

Book Review: “The Return” by Rachel Harrison

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[Due to accidentally NOT hitting the publish button yesterday on the previous review post (“The New Girl Code”), subscribers will get TWO emails today. Hope you don’t mind! Live & learn!😉]

Thank you so much @Berkleypub (partner) for my gifted copy of “The Return” by Rachel Harrison (pub date 3/24)!

A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy & haunting debut.

Julie is missing, & no one believes she will ever return—except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, & feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there & that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

Along with Molly & Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she’s emaciated, with sallow skin & odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?

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Well, where to begin, since I don’t want to inadvertently give away any spoilers. This book is best to go into without reading too many reviews since it’s one of those that some people love & some people…not so much.

The book starts out pretty slow, but does pick up eventually, but the chapters were a bit too long for me. The characters often felt contrived & I didn’t really care about any of them, except I did like Mae for the most part. I loved that the majority of the setting was in a hotel, which gave that unsettling vibe like “The Shining”.

“The Return” is creepy, edgy, unexpected & disturbing, with a fair amount of violence & paranormal aspects. (Think “Mean Girls” meets “Jennifer’s Body”) It’s a thriller/horror novel, that’s scary & funny like any teen-scream movie these days, & it will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, & peaking over your shoulders while reading it. An overall fast read!

For a debut novel I thought it was well-written & it entertained the bajeebies out of me! I will definitely read more from Harrison in the future! Look for this book tomorrow, 3/24 & don’t forget to support your local, indie bookstores…they need our support now more than ever! Click HERE to go to BookStoreLink.com to find one near you! Many will ship or deliver to you!

Reminder: Today is the last day to enter my current Instagram 3-Winner GIVEAWAY sponsored by Flatiron Publishing! Click HERE to go to that post! Another fresh giveaway coming SOON!

And as always, Wash your hands, stay safe, stay home, and [try to] stay sane! 😊

Book Reviews

Book Review: “The New Girl Code: The Launch of a Fashion App” by Niki Smit

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Thank you @kaffienemedia & @thenewgirlcode for my gifted copy of the wonderful book, “The New Girl Code: The Launch of a Fashion App”!

Know of a young girl who loves technology and wants to become a programmer who wants to break the barriers to get into technology? Then this book will inspire her to take the necessary risks to follow her dreams.

“The New Girl Code” tells the story of 15 year old Charlie who discovers her love for coding and most importantly, herself, as she enters her Sophomore year. Charlie lives in Brooklyn. She is a little awkward and a lot uncertain — about her future, friendships, lack of relationships.

This all changes when she discovers, through her love of fashion and friendship, an idea for an app, The Fashionist. As Charlie and her friends grow the app to unimaginable heights of success, they learn to adapt to their new CEO roles. On the rise, Charlie encounters a catfish, betrayals, school gossip, bullying and more. Will she boss up and be the next level?

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What an absolutely inspiring book for STEM-minded or focused girls of any age! I took some website building classes in college & did a little coding, but this was before apps & smart phones became a thing, but it was really neat seeing my codes become something legible. My second oldest son is in IT & does coding & has worked on app creation. It’s so amazing how people takes their ideas & create something others want to download & use (ie: Instagram). 

“The New Girl Code” is female empowering, awe-inspiring, motivating, & insightful. It’s written in journal/diary entry style (which I always love!) & has some fun illustrations & inspirational quotes scattered throughout, which is fab! It’s only like $8 for the hardback on Amazon right now & for every book purchased the profits will go towards supporting underprivileged girls & provide them the book for free. Inspiring Fifty is a non-profit organization that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models in tech more visible..I highly recommend this book for the tweens, teens, & any reader in your life that is interested in coding & STEM!

Hope everyone is hanging in there during this self-isolation! Also, quick reminder to click HERE to go to my current Instagram giveaway (3 winners!). Here’s hoping this week is better than this past one for all of us!