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!