Bone

Author: Yrsa Daley-Ward

Release Date: June 14, 2014

I was so pleasantly surprised by the deep emotion that this book evoked. Yrsa inspired me to keep fighting, keep loving, keep living. No matter the struggle -life will go on and it can be beautiful.

One of my favorite selections is 'waiting for the cheque to clear.' The early days of love and building a life together. Living on cheap food and hope.
"You only need flour to make some kind of bread and maybe somebody to lie the dark with."

I've always said that life feels like constantly climbing a mountain. Many of the selections in this book (especially 'mental health') encourage the reader to keep fighting and keep living.

 There is such great advice in this book. 'what love isn't' is so important. Most of us have been brought up with the "fairy tale" idea of love. We feel like failures when it doesn't turn out that way. We shouldn't expect too much from love.

 Each selection in bone while different in storyline, carry a similar theme- love is confusing- breathtakingly painful yet unbelievably euphoric at times. It can make you happy to be alive, but in the blink of an eye make you wish you were dead. No matter the relationship. Your mother, your lover, your brother, yourself.

I felt like Yrsa was speaking to me alone. I've discovered that I'm not the only woman battling these particular demons. Poetry makes even the darkest of experiences beautiful somehow. As I read and connect to the poems I feel a sense of calm and acceptance. My hope is that I was always meant to be a calm, centered person.

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How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets

Author: Dana K. White

Release Date: November 8, 2016

"These ways work, even when life happens. There’s no perfection here, no fairy tales. Just clear explanation of what you need to do to get your real-­life home under control." 

I felt like I was chatting with a good friend while reading this book. Dana gets it. All busy, sleep deprived adults will relate to just about every word. Even if you have a beautifully organized life and home, you will find humor in this book. Dana is a great teacher, but if you don't need teaching, you will be entertained.
If you are surrounded by clutter and piles of "stuff" Dana will help you dig your way out. Housekeeping is an acquired skill. This book will show you that house cleaning practice might not "make perfect," but it will "make better."
If your entire house is a complete disaster area or you just need to organize one closet and you don't know where to start- Dana will help you create a plan.
This book will inspire you to get started and keep going. Dana will be the voice in your head that says, "Load the dishwasher now. If you don't run it tonight, you won't be able to see the counter top tomorrow night!"
This book is funny, informative and inspiring. If you have things, you will benefit from reading this book (especially if you have many, many things.)

*I thank Dana for my Advance Reader Copy of this book. I'm happy to give my honest review.

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