Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year and a giveaway for book lovers!

Happy New Year, everyone! I've been silent here on the blog longer than I intended, but I'm back today with a giveaway that I hope the bookworms among you will enjoy. I know the giveaway isn't about babies, nutrition or fitness -- but it is about health. As a mom, it is very healthy to take a few moments every day for yourself. For me, this often means reading. I'm actually surprised by the number of books I've managed to finish this past year.

When my daughter was teeny-tiny, I read while nursing or while trying to sooth her with her baby swing in the wee hours of the night. Now I read in bed after she falls asleep. I'm usually too tired to do anything else, but not totally ready to drift off myself (actually, I could fall asleep -- I just choose not to because I know H is going to wake me up around 11:30pm, so I would rather just wait). So, I read. Novels are my favorite. I love non-fiction too (and super geeky word-nerd books -- I am just dying for my own copy of the Dictionary of American Regional English), but I've found that at night I prefer the escape that a really good novel offers. Right now, I'm reading Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts. I just finished The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenabaugh and before that it was The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiana (loved this book soooo much). Next on my list: The Paris Wife by Paula McClain and The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey.

I've enjoyed almost every book I've read this year (there were one or two that I couldn't finish), but my absolute favorite: The Bungalow by Sarah Jio. 


Sarah is very gifted novelist and one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet, so I am always excited when she releases a new book. She's also the mother of three young boys and is very dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle, so she's someone who totally gets what we are all going through (in terms of all the juggling).

I enjoyed The Bungalow so much that I decided a copy of the book would make a great giveaway to kick off 2013. The giveaway will also include a personalized book plate signed by Sarah! If you would like to add this book to your library, just leave a comment below with the name of one of your recent favorite books. I'll randomly choose the winner on Monday (January 7th). Meanwhile, definitely check out Sarah's web site, her Facebook page and her other two novels (she has a total of three published so far, with two more set to release in the coming months). I hope you all enjoy her writing as much as I do!


18 comments:

  1. Oooh, yay! I love books! I too end up doing a lot of my reading at night, just before falling asleep. It seems to be the only time I'm guaranteed to get to read with no interruptions. It's always hard for me to pick a favorite though, as different ones appeal to my different moods. Two that stand out to me from this year though were 'Seeing Julia' by Katherine Owen and 'Inn at Rose Harbor' by one of my favorite authors, Debbie Macomber. Thanks for letting us know what's on your reading list - I'll be checking some of them out! :)

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  2. I have been wanting to read this book--I loved her first one. The last book I read was Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It was good--just a little slow sometimes. My favorite book this year was Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. It was a little creepy but I loved it!

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  3. I've been reading a lot of parenting/sleep books lately (work-related) and not too many novels. The book that stands out most for me in all of my recent reading is Simplicity Parenting.

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  4. I'd love to get it! Looks good! I just re-read The Historian and couldn't get enough.

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  5. I'd love to read this book. I am a huge fan of novels as well. I recently read 50 shades of grey. I wasn't too impressed with the trilogy though. I just had to find out for myself what all the fuss was about haha. I wish I had more time to read like I did in grade school and high school. I was always in the middle of at least 10 different books.

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    1. Christina! You are the winner! Send me your address so I can get the book to you. :-)

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  6. Would lve to read this.just. finished Me Before You Jojo's moyes beautiful.

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  7. The last book I finished that wasn't baby or health related was Killing Kennedy. I'm currently reading the last book in the Matched trilogy--I'm not far enough into to know if I like it yet!

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  8. Always looking for a new book to read! Recently read "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" - great read!

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  9. Ah yes, reading! One of my favorite past-times! Last book read... must be the 50 Shades trilogy. Not the greatest piece of literature, but a great and easy to read escape! Currently reading The Household Guide to Dying, by Debra Adelaide. Thankfully not a guide, per se, but rather the story of a woman who faces a terminal diagnosis and her decision to write about it. Thanks to you and the other commenters for the book ideas!

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  10. I just really enjoyed reading Michal - a novel about one of King David's wives. It was fascinating!

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  11. Do trashy magazines work? Or Working Mother Magazine?!?! I'm too scared to read 50 Shades of Grey!

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  12. I consider myself a newbie to the Paleo world. Going on 20 months of living the lifestyle and am excited to fully transition my kids, as well as the one I am carrying at the moment :) Currently I am knee deep into Along Came a Spider. The first book of the Alex Cross series :)

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  13. I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - a classic!

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  14. The last book I read was, "Poisonwood Bible". It was incredible. Would love to win a free read!

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  15. I just read Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. Loved it!

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  16. I really loved Blackberry Winter but haven't read this one yet. Fingers crossed!!

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  17. Thanks, everyone, for entering! We just selected the winner. Congrats to Christina Gonzalez.

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