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    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    What do you do when Death tells a story? You listen, of course. This book is set in Nazi Germany from 1939-1943. It’s the story of Liesel, “the book thief,” as Death names her. The book starts with Liesel, her mother and brother on a train; her brother dies on the way. And this is where Death first sees Liesel. We find out that her mother was taking her to live with foster parents. This is Liesel’s story during those years. Considering the time period it’s set in, Death is very busy during those years collecting souls. This story offers you a glimpse of what it was like for regular…

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    The Genius of Women

    When you think of someone who is a genius who comes to mind? Did you include any women in that list? Maybe Marie Curie was in your list? What about other women genius like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Fei-Fei Li, and Oprah? Throughout history there have been brilliant women who provided the world extraordinary accomplishments even in the face of adversity. It boggles my mind that women today are still having to fight to be recognized for their accomplishments. I enjoyed reading about how the women in the book overcame the obstacles that they faced. It was an interesting and insightful read and I highly recommend it.

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    Bloodline by Jess Lourey

    Wow! This one had me fascinated from the beginning. It’s set in the 1960’s and Joan moves to the perfect town with her boyfriend. It soon becomes obvious that the town isn’t so perfect and it’s hiding terrible secrets. There were some twists that I didn’t expect. This book kept me interested until the end.

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    Stories from Suffragette City

    The 19th Amendment to the Constitution granted American women the right to vote, this Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. In 1848, the movement for women’s rights launched on a national level with the Seneca Falls Convention; it took almost a century of protest for women to be given the right to vote. Stories from Suffragette City is a collection of short stories that all take place on October 23, 1915 in New York City as thousands of women marched demanding the right to vote. The stories cover both rich and poor women, young and old. As I read each of their stories I found myself pulled into what…

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    A Man Called Ove

    One of the best books that I read this year is “A Man Called Ove.”  It was the first book I’ve read by Fredrik Backman. In the beginning I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the book. I was quickly sucked into the story and could hardly stop listening. Ove reminded me of my father in so many ways; a crotchety old man who secretly loves people and enjoys helping them. The story made me laugh out loud numerous times. I found the story to be a heart warming story of neighbors and how they can become our family. I’m looking forward to reading other books by this author.

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    Beautiful Life

    What does a beautiful life look like?  For me, it’s living an authentic life that is filled with all the things that I love.  A beautiful life isn’t perfect; there are always imperfect moments.  But those are the moments that allow us to grow and learn.  My beautiful life includes spending time with my two teenage sons, our crazy rescue and foster dogs, honoring my body by eating healthy foods and exercising on a daily basis.  I’m a certified yoga teacher; another part of my beautiful life includes daily yoga practice whether I’m practicing for myself or teaching a class.  It also includes being creative by creating a variety of…