140: Perfectly Impossible

Perfectly Impossible by Elizabeth Topp

I’m not sure how this book came to be in my Kindle Library, maybe it’s one I chose from Prime First Reads because the cover is delightful.

Anna is an artist and a part-time assistant to Kissy (also known as Bambi), wife to a billionaire in New York. She’s struggling to work through her personal problems, lack of direction, and understanding of where life is taking her next.

A little The Nanny Diaries and some The Devil Wears Prada along with some fashion and amazing organizational planning. Easy read, delightful.

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139: What Happens in Paradise

What Happens in Paradise by Elian Hilderbrand

I started this series a while ago and then forgot about it. While this second book was good, it would have been better had I read it immediately after finishing the first. I’d forgotten so much about the characters.

Off to get the 3rd one from the library now, fingers crossed it’s available immediately and I don’t have to wait at all!

The story continues approximately 1 day after the first with Irene, Cash, Baker, Ayers, and Huck still reeling from the death of Russ and Rosie on New Year’s Day. I’m not sure how much time has passed in this book, but I’m thinking it’s only another two weeks.

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138: Voracious

Voracious by Cara Nicoletti

Part memoir, part blog posts, part cook book, wholly delightful. I’m not sure how this got on my hold list, and I almost DNF’d it at the 40% mark, but when I’ve made it that far in a book that’s only a 3 hour read, I feel committed.

I saved a few recipes, learned was ‘leaf lard’ is, and a new way to start pastry for biscuits and pie crusts. So all in all, a pretty successful read.

Cara gives a recipe for many of her favorite (or most influential) reads. They’re delightful, but not as intriguing as I thought it would be. All in all a fun read.

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137: Virtual Selling

Virtual Selling by Jeb Blount

I’ve been through a lot of sales training, read a bunch of books, and Jeb is the best. I’ve experienced his onsite training twice at my company, and both times it was transformational to my sales process. It’s taught me enough about sales for me to know I don’t want any part of it! That’s why I coach and someone else sells!

Because of that my manager asked me to lead a book club with our team on this book. So I’ve been reading and creating a reading guide these past two weeks for us to discuss over the course of six weeks. I think it’s going to be one of my finer moments. Personal book love combined with work coaching love.

Jeb walks through using virtual techniques to add to your sales process. This is not a “do everything virtual now because the world is different and will be forever” kind of book. It’s systematic and worth the read. His other books are great for sales and highly recommended … but it is possible to get what you need just from this book. Why? Because the process is the same no matter what channels you use. Virtual doesn’t make it easier or faster, just adds a few new opportunities to connect!

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136: Nothing Like I Imagined

Nothing Like I Imagined by Mindy Kaling

I was so excited to see these show up in my Goodreads feed the other day. It’s not really a book, but six individual essays. Goodreads counts it as six books toward my reading goal, I’m counting it as one.

They’re free on prime reading and even include narration by Mindy which is delightful.

The story follows her now as a producer and single mom. It makes me want to be her friend or find more friends like her. I appreciate her honesty about being single and being a mom. I think people love her because she isn’t ashamed about who she is and she doesn’t hide it. At least that’s why I love her.

Also she’s a super hard worker, very funny, and just a delight.

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135: How Lulu Lost Her Mind

How Lulu Lost Her Mind by Rachel Gibson

It’s not often you get a mother daughter story, and even less often I read two in a row. Lulu is Lu Anne and the book opens with her mother being kicked out of the care facility she’s been in for the past two years. Patricia suffers from dementia and a love for flirting with any man she sees.

Patricia asks her daughter to “take her home” to Louisiana and the shenanigans begin. It was such a delightful story, even though it’s about the final months of Patricia’s life that are consumed by Alzheimer’s.

I really appreciated the mother daughter story, which is rarer than it should be.

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134: I Was Told It Would Get Easier

I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman

Well this was just a delightful read. Jessica and Emily (mother and daughter) spend a week exploring east coast schools while figuring out life. It’s the longest they’ve spent together in quite some time.

They have a lot of learning about the other to do.

It’s a fast read and just delightful! I realized that I’ve loved other books by Abbi too. A new “let’s read everything she’s ever written” author to add to my pile.

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133: A Good Neighborhood

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler

I have so many feelings around this book, and I can’t wait to discuss them in book club two weeks from now. It’s a thought-provoking story where we clearly see a man who was foul who took advantage of another man just because he could.

This is a story centered on race. The author does a beautiful job illustrating just what happened in a way that you can see how the DA and the Media misinterpreted and also the truth of the matter. Most stories with this subject matter are exploring the opposite, if you read it, I think you’ll understand what I mean there.

She also does something interesting with the narration. It’s like the neighborhood is narrating the story throughout. In the beginning it was a little odd, but after awhile I appreciated knowing what the collective neighborhood was thinking about what was happening.

I hesitate with my star rating to say I loved this book because I couldn’t stand one of the main characters, Brad, or even his wife, or hardly the young girl, Juniper. I have a hard time liking books when I dislike so many of the main characters. But I’m trying to instead rate the merits of the writing and storytelling, which was excellent.

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132: Recommended For You

Recommended For you by Laura Silverman

Both Annie Jones and Anne Bogel recommended this sweet YA rom-com where You’ve Got Mail meets To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

It was super sweet and takes place over the course of a week. It’s a holiday novel (meaning it happens during the holidays) but not particularly Christmas themed since the main characters are Jewish.

So many great moms and baking and books and schemes.

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131: The Adult Chair

The Adult Chair by Michelle Chalfant

I was first introduced to this concept by my therapist a year and a half ago. I started by listening to the podcast, working not he concepts in our sessions, and trying to share it with others.

I saw that she had a book so I used some digital amazon credits that were expiring way back at the beginning of the pandemic and thought, “I’ll read this during quarantine.” Seven months later, here we are. It’s a short book – read in less than 40 minutes. Does that even count as a book? It does for me.

Michelle explains her model in simple details. It’s a book I’ll read again because it’s so easy to forget these concepts and just hang out in my Adolescent Chair. While I’m comfortable there it’s only because I know those masks so well: perfectionism, criticism, transforming myself so people will like or love me.

I’m comfortable there because that’s who people expect me to be, not who I really am. So here’s to striving to live a wholehearted life comfortably sitting in my Adult Chair.

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