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Sunday Salon: Book Giveaway & Re-living Childhood

by Ann-Katrina

Welcome to another edition of the Sunday Salon…

The month of January has been filled with reading challenges and, woohoo, giveaways. Just yesterday, I posted about a book giveaway for My Little Red Book and now today I’ll be announcing a giveaway for one lucky Today I Read commenter. Since I’m a little late with the announcement, it’s how I’ll start this Sunday Salon.

The Change Your Life Challenge Book Giveaway

Change Your Life ChallengeKnown for the interactive experiences she creates for program members, Brook will kick off a virtual tour starting Monday, January 26th, with a free, week-long workshop that will help women manage their time, get organized, decrease stress, live by their priorities, and get 2009 off to a balanced and exciting start. For more info and to register for the free program, go to Make Today Matter.

To sign up for the free seminar, you can visit Brook’s Facebook page. Additionally, if you bought her book at any Target or Costco stores nationwide you can submit your receipt and in exchange you’ll receive a free month-long membership to Brook’s Make Today Matter Life Coaching System.

If you don’t already own a copy of Brook’s book, The Change Your Life Challenge, then by leaving a comment, you have the chance to win one. What do you think of your own resolutions, or what has helped you change your own life over the years? One lucky commenter will win a copy of Brook’s Book, and can jumpstart the challenge to make today matter!

I haven’t yet read this book, but from the description it looks like a great one for any woman who’s trying to get a handle on her life.

The Reading Challenges Are Looming

So, I temporarily forsook the two books I was reading last week for a completely different one.

It was Friday evening and I found myself glossing over pages in the Book o’ the MomentTM and I knew it wasn’t a good sign. Then I began thinking about the various reading challenges I’ve joined this year and wondered how I allowed myself to fall so far behind on them. (My logic was slightly skewed by lack of sleep considering that the book I was reading was an eligible book since it was on my TBR list.)

Island of the Blue Dolphins CoverIn that vein, I decided to set aside Defending Angels and pick up Island of the Blue Dolphins. Reading it again was fun and I even found myself tearing up a little (no, I did not actually cry). Very quick and easy read. The writing style is certainly different from what I’ve been digesting lately. (I came across a sentence that used the word gay in its original meaning and I winced, thinking about how today’s youth might treat the word in or out of context.)

Now all that’s left is for me is to write up the review and publish it. And to finish Defending Angels of which I’m halfway through. That book is a whole other kettle of fish. I find myself piecing clues together and I haven’t finished forming my thoughts on whether I like it or not. In general, it’s a good read and sometimes very difficult to put down, but there’s something about the style that’s gnawing at me. More on that in the actual review post.

Since I don’t want to keep you too long, I’m going to finish up by wishing you a happy Sunday. Oh, and don’t forget to comment. ;)

Comments on Sunday Salon: Book Giveaway & Re-living Childhood

  1. # Vivienne wrote on January 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm:

    Ooooh I’m reading Island of Blue Dolphins too. I think I ordered it because so many people had recommended it.

  2. # Ann-Kat wrote on January 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm:

    Hi Vivienne,
    Yes it’s a wonderful book and, thank goodness, it didn’t lose any of its magic from the first time I read it back in grade school.

    It’s a breathtaking story and the fact that it’s based on actual events (a woman stranded on an island by herself for over 18 years) makes it even more powerful. Plus, though it’s tersely written, it has a certain eloquence.

    Definitely a recommended read.

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