Saturday, March 10, 2012

This Book Room

Love your work, work for what you love, and change the world—all at the same time.
What most matters to you? Should you focus on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you don’t have to choose—and that you’ll find more success if you don’t. That’s the breakthrough message of TOMS’ One for One movement. You don’t have to be rich to give back. You don’t have to retire to spend every day doing what you love. You can find profit, passion, and meaning all at once—right now.

In Start Something That Matters, Blake Mycoskie tells the story of founding TOMS, one of the fastest-growing young companies in the world, and combines it with lessons learned from such innovative organizations as Zappos, charity: water, FEED Projects, method, and TerraCycle, among others. Blake presents the six simple keys for creating or transforming your own life and business, from discovering your core story to being resourceful without resources; from overcoming fear and doubt to incorporating giving into every aspect of your life. And in the spirit of One for One, with every book you purchase, a new book will be provided to a child in need.

Start Something That Matters is the inspiring story of a movement, a manifesto for the next stage of American business, and a blueprint for the new generation of entrepreneurs who want to live a meaningful and successful life.

My thoughts: I had only known of TOMS minimally before reading this book, but I'm a believer in Blake's philosophies and his company. This book was encouraging and inspiring. And I'm a supporter of TOMS for life. I ordered my first pair in February, and I cannot even tell you how comfortable they are. We're planning to order a pair for Jason soon - we are a TOMS family now.

Leaving behind her cloistered Amish life, Katie Lapp seeks the mother she has never known. A heart-rending tale of compassion and betrayal. Heritage of Lancaster County book 2.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Heritage of Lancaster County series. You can read my review of the first book here. There are three books in this series, and all have been released.

My thoughts: I thought this book was funny in ways I had never before experienced while reading Amish fiction, and I really liked that aspect of this book. This series is very dated (it was first written in the late 90s), and I think that adds to my sort of ho-humness about the second book. I was so glad that Katherine finally meets her biological mother, and the supporting characters in this book are priceless.

It's been a busy few years since Jo Mackenzie lost her husband. Life has brought adventure, surprises, unexpected pleasures and, of course, lots of knitting.

Jo's seaside yarn shop, with a brand-new cafe, has taken off, keeping her busier than ever. And being a single mum to two boys and a headstrong toddler, Pearl, is just as exhausting and enchanting as she thought it would be. On top of all that, celebrity diva Grace has a secret, Jo's firecracker best friend, Ellen, is launching a new television series, and lovable but hapless Martin continues his oft-misguided attempts to woo Jo. Just when Jo thinks she has about all she can handle, Daniel, Pearl's globe-trotting dad, turns up out of the blue...

With a little help from her friends and her beloved Gran, Jo is building a new life for herself by the sea, stitch by stitch.

Warm and witty, Knit One Pearl One will delight new readers to the Beach Street series and give the legions of existing fans a chance to visit the British seaside again, without having to worry about the weather.

Additional notes: This is the third book in the Beach Street series. So far as I know, this series is ongoing.

My thoughts: Each chapter was a month or two months, and I really liked the structure of that. The characters are so whimsical and sweet. It was difficult not to devour this book. I highly recommend this series.

The beautiful heiress daughters of newspaper magnate August Price have been given everything their hearts desire. But what if they want only to be loved--without an enormous price tag attached? When one daughter pursues a desirable marriage, she secures for herself a comfortable and glamorous life. But among the duties of privilege, will she also find the happily-ever-after she seeks? Her sister rejects the trappings of wealth, choosing instead to build a new life on the still-untamed frontier. Will she find happiness in independence or discover that she's left her heart behind in New York's glittering society? Set in the opulent world of the Gilded Age, each woman discovers that being an heiress just might cost her everything--including the chance for true love.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Daughters of Fortune series. There are currently two books in this series.

My thoughts: First, let me say that I truly enjoy Susan May Warren's books. But this book. This book is the best. This reads like a saga, and I loved every second of it. I cannot wait to read the second book. Susan has truly found her calling in this series. My hat's off to her for creating such a wonderful story.

Grab a fork and nab some pork! Garfield loves “the other white meat” in all its palate-pleasing permutations: breaded, barbecued, shredded, fried—even frozen (porksicles, anyone?). If you’re hungry for humor, satisfy your craving with this latest—and greatest—collection of comics.

Additional notes: This is the fifty-third Garfield book. You can read my review of the first fifty here, the fifty-first here and the fifty-second here.

My thoughts: What's not to love? I love how Garfield is keeping up with the times and the silliness. Jason and I both devour each new book as it comes out. We love them all.

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