Yodamom Finds her Force

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.


Eclectic reader, nerdy, mother, animal rescuer, beach addict, kayaker, foodie and fan of books that slip me into another world. A life long reader, explorer, traveler and day dreamer who enjoys getting lost in worlds filled with mythical beasts, demons, shifters, vampires and other beasties.






“Tu n'es rien d'autre que ta vie.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre


"You're nothing but your life."
- Jean Paul Sartre


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A Find Yourself on Your Dreams Romance

The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World: A Novel - Kristin Rockaway

Travel, love, happiness, dreams and real life.
Sophie did everything right, college, career, savings, her plan set and followed. She works at one of the top businesses in NY and gets to travel, her dream. She take a semi vacation with a childhood friend where everything starts crumbling in her oh so ordered and controlled life. She is dumped, found and released for some deep soul searching and adventures that will lead her to a HEA ? yes there is one, this is not a downer read.
I enjoy my wanderlust and I love reading about other's travels nearly as much as my own. This novel was so well written it read almost like a travel memoir in parts it was so vivid and alive in the descriptions. I was surprised to find it held a message, a lesson for living a wonderful life. The romance was toe curling, the jerks were class A jerks, the side characters all well developed. I admit to be a bit disappointed int he beginning by some choices being made, but, well read it for the but, you'll see. Overall a really enjoyable read, a great summer vacation book

Reading progress update: I've read 52%.

The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World: A Novel - Kristin Rockaway

Oh gods how many of us are stuck in this trap ? The job the career the relationship-Told how we should be so we strive for that, somebody else's expectations ? I see myself here, and wish I'd been more free

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World: A Novel - Kristin Rockaway

I'm not liking the amount of her life she is throwing out just because he's hot and sexy. I' really sick of this story line where the woman goes nuts giving up all she worked for just for "love" I hope this story changes tune

Covers Most of the Basic Discount Sites

Free Stuff Guide for Everyone Book: Free and Good Deals That Save You Lots of Money - Peter Sander

Good basic book for the new to discount shopping consumer. The major discount site and club offerings are discussed and detailed as well. I found a good amount of information for the senior spender who may not be using all the available discounts offered.
I am thrifty and have used many of the sites mentioned in this book. I didn't find anything new for myself but I would recommend it to people who are not discount hunting wise. This would be a great starting place.

I Read

Not The Book I Expected

The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World - Kim Dinan

2.5 stars
Dinan is unhappy with her successful life. She plays by the rules, went to school, got the job the marriage the way society expects success to look. She decides to leave it all, with her husband and go on an adventure with no end goal. She wants to travel, see different places and experience the world. her friends give her an envelope with some money in it to spend making the world better as she saw fit.
So they go, and travel, but the book has little of the travel experience and focuses on the emotional turmoil Dinan is dealing with. The book became an emotional inner dialog of Dinan, and her complaints. it felt like she was so focused on herself she missed everything going on around here. It was not what I was expecting from the blurb, I was looking for the travel experience. This is more of a emotional development read than a travel adventure.

The Gods are Such Wonderful Jerks

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Wonderful retelling of Norse Gods. Each short story builds to the next one making it easy to follow and absorb the details. My only complaint is that is is so short I wanted 3-4 x's more. I'm greedy like that.

Reading progress update: I've read 151 out of 256 pages.

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

The Gods are arseholes, with sneaky self serving agendas, Know it well

Reading progress update: I've read 77 out of 256 pages.

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Fascinating. the story about how the hammer came to be is my fav so far 

Short and SImple

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well - Meik Wiking


Great narration 

Hygge the way of zen like living for the Danish.  This little book is filled with sensible easy t follow techniques to give your moments more meaning. Light a candle, cuddle under a blanket, play board game with friends, and much more. It's about living life in the moment, simply. There isn't any hard written rule, or steps to follow it's just a path of gratitude and being present. There are a few recipes, and ideas, but mostly it's about the way the Danish have found their happy place in their world. Did I learn a lot from the book, no. Did I enjoy listening to the wonderful voice of the narrator, yes. I did learn a few things and maybe I'll take time to light a few more candles and have more game nights. I was pleased to find that I do practice many of the ways to Hygge that the book talked about. Who would have though I'm touch Hygge girl. 

This would make a great gift book for friends loved ones or co workers

Grit and Bits for GaryVee

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness - Gary Vaynerchuk

Good short bits on Gary's take on business life and more. There is something for everyone in these pages. I admire his direct approach to life/business, his honesty and his drive, and enjoyed almost every part of the book. Yes, there were chapters that dealt with things in life I have zero interest in, so I shimmied through them. Even with dancing through, not paying much attention I think something stuck, I've been thinking about investing, weird.
I was not a GaryVee-fangirl before reading this I had only seen two of his videos, but his presence left a memory that had me picking this book up and paying for more. I did the right thing, I learned somethings about myself and how I do things from his stories. That is a win. Yeh, I may be a fangirl for him now. His take on complaining ! HIGH 5^ GV !!!! If you like him buy the book, if you don't like him buy the book, if you've never heard of him buy the book, if you don't I don't care. See it's easy, just don't complain about your choice.

13 Underrated Books




Brief list

1. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
2. Butter by Erin Lange
3. Torn by Cat Clarke
4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
5. The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan
6. Elsewhereby Gabrielle Zevin
7. These Vicious Masksby Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
8. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
9. Simon Vs The Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
10. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
11. Alice and the Fly by James Rice
12. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
13. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Reading progress update: I've read 244 out of 384 pages.

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness - Gary Vaynerchuk

Your word is bond. Such a simple thing. My Grandparents knew it, believed it something happened to that value in my Mother's generation and has gone down since.

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World - Kim Dinan

Lets just walk down these deserted streets lost in crime filled city while we are carrying loads of cash- sounds reasonable

Man Doesn't Live By...

A Feel Good Mini Vacation Read

The Simplicity of Cider - Amy E. Reichert

Reading this book will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.The beautiful smells if the orchard, the colors, the tastes, even the roughness of the bark. It is like going on vacation without leaving the pages. You get that happy after glow just from the words. Pick up a nice glass of cider curl up under a beautiful tree and enjoy this beautiful book. This author has such a talent for spreading simple joy with her words.

The story is about family, one family with a strong history to the land and trees. One family set a drift by a terrible death. Both families have skeletons that are pulled out and dusted off leaving that closest a cleaner happier place. The romance is slow and gentle, patient and just right for the characters. The drama is light, never so tense that you feel uncomfortable or stressed. Strong good people, doing their best, living the best way they know. 

Great relaxing read



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