I’ve been on NetGalley requesting some books and they’ve started to pile up a bit. Not too much though! I figured it would be nice to do a little NetGalley haul! 🙂
1. Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky
This one had a good synopsis and I figured why not? 😀
Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends—and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made—though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.
Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself—or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.
From a multimillion-selling master of women’s fiction, Before and Again is a story of the relationships we find ourselves in—mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair-weather friends—and what kind of sacrifices we are or aren’t willing to make to sustain them through good times and bad.
2. Sweet Blooms by Dean Hodel
I really loved the synopsis of this book and the cover is just gorgeous! 🙂 I’m not usually one to read romance too much but I thought this one sounded good.
Virginia Tucker told herself she was only going home for grandpa’s funeral.
She isn’t going home to nurse a broken heart. She isn’t going back to find a new job. She isn’t going home to find true love. She isn’t doing any of that until she does.
Mark Seiman is the man she shouldn’t want. A grumpy widower with more scowls than sand on the beach, Will working together at Sweet Blooms Café give them a chance to find happiness, or are they doomed to stay in the weeds forever?
3. Meditation and Yoga: Discovering the Higher Spheres of Existence by Yogini Shubh Veer
This is something pretty different for me to get, but I decided to give it a try. I like to workout and I stretch before and figured maybe I could incorporate some yoga into my daily routine. 🙂
Synopsis: Discover the meaning of existence – the key to success in this life and beyond. Reach a higher level of consciousness and unlock your mind’s full potential. Meditation & Yoga is the ideal book for someone looking to improve their lifestyle. In clear simple language, the intricacies of the different Yogas and meditation are explained. Relax as the book gently guides into reaching a higher level of consciousness and spiritual awareness. Meditation is the science that teaches us how to go beyond our limited awareness to reach higher levels of consciousness. The greatest aid to spiritual unfoldment, meditation is the scientific approach to God. It is the finest, most exalted activity of human life, the highest form of prayer, the birthright of every individual. Featuring yoga postures which complement the basic postures from her first book: Yoga & Meditation, a holistic approach to perfect homeostasis and health.
4. The Magic of Sleep Thinking by Eric Maisel and Natalya Maisel
I just thought this book sounded interesting and I’m always looking for some more non-fiction for my reading challenge haha.
Synopsis: Imagine solving problems and increasing creativity while you sleep. Grounded in current brain research, this volume introduces a simple but revolutionary program that shows how to do just that by learning to tune into your unconscious brain’s deepest intuitions. Case studies of ordinary people demonstrate how to use the sleep thinking program to solve their pressing problems, including:
• Nancy, a student working through her lack of interest in college;
• Jack, an electrical engineer struggling with anger management issues; and
• Joanne, who needs to help her eighth-grader from failing out of school.
Dr. Eric Maisel presents clear, useful information relevant to anyone working through any sort of problem: personal, creative, or career-related. Readers learn how to use their own brain power to extract important information from sleep thinking, yielding answers that lead to actions and actions that lead to change.
5. When God Says Go by Elizabeth Laing Thompson
One small word. . .so much power.
When God says, “Go,” we face one of life’s greatest decisions.
When God says, “Go,” we must face our fears. . .our excuses. . .and our selves.
When God says, “Go,” it’s time to answer His call wherever it leads.
When God says, “Go,” what will you do?
Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who were called by God to fulfill His purposes. . .people like Moses, Rebekah, Abigail, Jeremiah, Mary, and others. These Bible heroes responded much like we do–with a jumbled-up inner storm of excitement and fear, insecurity and hope. Their stories and struggles will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you face your very own doubts, regrets, and worries.
When God calls, it’s time to go. Maybe somewhere new, someplace you’ve never been. Maybe it’s time to go forward after being stuck with one foot in the past. Maybe it’s time to go deeper—in Bible study or relationships. Time to go higher—in prayer or dreams. Time to go and give—to use talents and opportunities God has given you. Or maybe it’s time to go and grow, right where you are. . .to dig into the Word, dive into your heart, and become the woman God is calling you to be.
Ready or not, God is calling us all to go somewhere new in our walk with Him. So what are we waiting for? Let’s answer His call. Let’s get started!
6. Corporatizing Canada by Jamie Browniee, Chris Hurl, and Kevin Walby
Those last names, man. I chose this booke because why the heck not? Just wanna expand my knowledge.
Synopsis: From schools to hospitals, from utilities to food banks, over the past thirty years corporatization has transformed the public sector in Canada. Economic elites take control of public institutions and use business metrics to evaluate their performance, transforming public programs into corporate revenue streams.
Senior managers use corporate methodology to set priorities in social services and create “market-friendly” public sector cultures. Even social activist organizations increasingly look and act like multinational corporations while non-governmental organizations pursue partnerships with the same corporations they ostensibly oppose.
However, little attention has been devoted to exploring what corporatization means, to investigating how it is employed in different institutions, or to assessing its impact. Corporatizing Canada critically examines how corporatization has been implemented in different ways across the Canadian public sector and warns us of the threat that neoliberal corporatization poses to democratic decision-making and the public at large.
7. Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku From a Very Serious Dog by Samm Hodges and Phinehas Hodges
I didn’t know this was also a TV show, but I just thought it would be a fun, quick, and simple read. 🙂
Synopsis: A book of haiku and illustrations from the mind of Martin, the talking, angst-ridden, introspective dog from the ABC TV series, Downward Dog.
Sam Hodges is part of the writing and creative team of the ABC TV sitcom Downward Dog and he provides the distinct voice for Martin on the show. Hodges is also an accomplished director, having won numerous awards for his commercial work for Animal Inc.
Phinheas Hodges is part of the writing staff on the ABC TV sitcom Downward Dog. He is also a freelance writer, director, and editor.
Idil Gozde is an award-winning animator and graphic designer at Animal Inc. Her book trailer for the company’s Nobody’s Girl book won two awards at the 2015 Addy Awards in Pittsburgh.
Well that’s all I have for y’all for now! By the way all the synopsis’ (synopsi 😉 ) come from NetGalley. 🙂 Have a wonderful day y’all!