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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!

To enter:

*Must be following @mom_loves_reading

*LIKE & SAVE this post.

*Tag a bookish friend or two. (Unlimited entries, only 2 tags per comment).

Bonus (5) entries each:

*SHARE to your IG page or stories & tag me.

*Follow me on Facebook (Mom_Loves_Reading) & comment on the giveaway post there.

*Follow my blog (link in bio) & comment on the giveaway post there.

*Follow me on Twitter (momlovesreading) & retweet the giveaway post.

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).

Bonus Entries:(5 ea)

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!

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(3) Winner Giveaway on Instagram Starts TODAY!

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Time for a GIVEAWAY! (3 winners!) Thank you @Flatiron_books for my free copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” & for sponsoring this amazing giveaway!
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From debut author Nina Kenwood comes a tender, funny, & compulsively readable novel about first love & its confusions, & all of the awkwardness of teen romance.
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When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach & Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed & decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, & meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, & nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along & shakes things up even further.
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“It Sounded Better in My Head” is a compulsively readable love letter to teenage romance in all of its awkward glory, perfect for fans “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” & “Emergency Contact”. (Book pub date 4/7)
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“My So-Called Life” meets “Awkward”, this book will instantly transport you back to all that teenage insecurity & vulnerability as you get to know Natalie. This book is charming, relatable, tender & deals with all those woe’s that are often quite traumatic for teens: bad acne, puberty, self-worth, hormonal changes, teen-love, etc. I enjoyed the book & here’s your chance to as well!
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Three winners will receive an advance copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” from my pals at Flatiron!
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To enter (must do the following): (**Click HERE to head to the giveaway post on Instagram.)
1. Like this post.
2. Must be following @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
3. Tag 2 friends in comments. (Up to 10x, only 2 per comment)
4. Must live in U.S.
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Bonus entry:
*Share to your stories & tag @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
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Giveaway begins 3/20/20 & ends 3/23 at 11:59pm EST. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. No giveaway accounts. No unfollowing after giveaway or you will be banned from all future @mom_loves_reading giveaways (& there are a LOT!)

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Remember, you can only enter the giveaway on my Instagram page so be sure to head there. You can get there by clicking HERE.

How is everyone doing with self-isolation and social distancing? I have been doing the home school thing with my kids all week. They are autistic, identical twins and on an IEP at school, so they are missing out on their therapies and school routines, but I have been making a hour by hour schedule for them daily, including Ipad breaks, snack time, meal time, etc. and it has been working! Today they stopped what they were doing, turned TV & Ipads off & sat down at the kitchen table all ready for their “teacher” to get “class” started. I was so impressed!

I bought a bunch of Brain Quest work books from the local book store yesterday as supplemental learning material for our home school learning. The pages in those books are so much more colorful & the instructions are very clear. I highly recommend them!

Home Schooling: Week 1 in the books!

And I am still hunting for toilet paper daily, so if anyone comes across any websites where I can order some, please let me know. I have tried Walmart, Target, Sams, & a few other sites & NADA! I just know someone has a garage full of toilet paper & it’s sad & ridiculous. God bless all those health care, grocery store, & toilet paper factory workers out there! May we all remember them & the sacrifices they are making to keep all of us safe & fed! Stay safe out there people, wash your hands & have a great Friday!

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Heads up! Giveaway starting today on IG…

Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden

GIVEAWAY!! Thank you @atriabooks (#partner) for my gifted copy of “Adequate Yearly Progress” by Roxanna Elden & for sponsoring this giveaway!

Roxanna Elden’s satire is a brilliantly entertaining & moving look at our education system..Each new school year brings familiar challenges to Brae Hill Valley, a struggling high school in one the biggest cities in Texas. But the teachers also face plenty of personal challenges and this year, they may finally spill over into the classroom.

English teacher Lena Wright, a spoken-word poet, can never seem to truly connect with her students. Hernan D. Hernandez is confident in front of his biology classes, but tongue-tied around the woman he most wants to impress. Down the hall, math teacher Maybelline Galang focuses on the numbers as she struggles to parent her daughter, while Coach Ray hustles his troubled football team toward another winning season.

Recording it all is idealistic second-year history teacher Kaytee Mahoney, whose anonymous blog gains new readers by the day as it drifts ever further from her in-class reality. And this year, a new superintendent is determined to leave his own mark on the school—even if that means shutting the whole place down.

“Gossip Girl” meets “The Office” but in an urban high school…sounds intriguing, eh?I LOVED this book so much! I already have a few teacher friends asking to borrow my copy after they heard about this book! “Adequate Yearly Progress” is funny, clever, engaging, & heart-warming & will have you thanking all the teachers in your life for all of their sacrifices & their service! Fans of @LaurieGelman ‘s “Class Mom” series will love this book! 

Giveaway will begin at 10:00am EST on Instagram.