Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey


Synopsis as taken from

When Elle’s father, a single parent and a big shot in corporate insurance, moves her to yet another boarding school for senior year, Elle is disgusted when nothing changes. Her night terrors don’t go away, and, soon, despite her father’s caring calls and visits, Elle starts to believe she’s losing her mind. She knows she’s being followed; a ribbon is tied around her doorknob, and there are those cigarette butts that keep turning up on the doormat, in violation of a strict smoking ban on campus. Then there’s Bryan, an intriguing boy Elle meets at a flea market and later finds out is a student at her school. Yet on campus, he pretends he doesn’t recognize her – until the day he divulges just how much danger she’s in. In her search for an answer to all the madness, Elle unravels the truth about her dad’s real identity, why someone has lied to her all her life, and the terrifying truth that she may be the only one who can save her from the one who’s following her now.

If you’re a fan of movies like THE BODYGUARD, you’d probably enjoy this book. I certainly read faster during the second half of the book, because I needed to know exactly what was going to happen. A fun read for sure; if you can get past the first part of the book – which seems a tad mismatched at first, but give it a chance because it all comes together in the end…. or was I just ‘deceived’?




The Yellow Envelope – by Kim Dinan

One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World


After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away.

The story takes us through South America, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam – The concept of the yellow envelope is very simple: It shows on more than one occasion that sometimes the people who have the least are the most likely to give the most and ways of lives we may look down our nose at, other people are content and happy with.

A must-read for anyone who loves to live vicariously through other travelers’ stories.

One of my favorite quotes from this book “At the end of the day, the money itself is just paper. What gives the whole experience meaning are the thoughts, emotions, and feelings that come with giving the money away in ways that make you smile and make your heart sing.”


Mental by Jaime Lowe


“A riveting memoir and a fascinating investigation of the history, uses, and controversies behind lithium, an essential medication for millions of people struggling with bipolar disorder.”

My thoughts: 9780399574498

There are few autobiographies about mental illness that are as frank and raw as Mental, by Jaime Lowe….  I found the author’s honesty about the disease refreshing and the way the book is written, makes for fantastic awareness in hopes of an end to the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

A story of incidental derangement, as well as the stabil­ity found while on lithium. The author wrestles with questions of identity: Who is she, without the mania? Where does her personality end, and the condition begin? It’s powerful material, but told with a sarcastic humor that keeps things grounded…. Informative, heartbreaking, powerful, humorous read – I have nothing but praise for this book! 


Taste of Persia – by Naomi Duguid

A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan



The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston

cover41078-mediumAccording to a quiz in Cosmo, Holly is shallow. This sends her off to the self-help section after which, Holly sets off on a year of self-discovery,  journaling through each exercise as she goes.

She faces inner demons, yoga, an explosive colon cleanse and REALLY spicy curry, the lessons are hard on her emotions, not to mention her digestive system. But does she succeed in the end? Beyond the superficial, what important lesson does Holly’s inner goddess have the power to teach her…and what can Holly teach you?

All in all a spunky and fun read. Great with a glass of red or white.