My Latest Library Haul

Over the weekend I finished a couple of books and picked up my stack from the library. The librarian was extremely happy to see me since my books were taking up space on her small shelves. My local library is tiny and I love it! The friendly librarian knows me by name and I don’t even need my library card. Every time I go through the doors my spirits are instantly uplifted and I always walk out with an armload of books. This takes me back to my childhood when my mom would take me and my siblings to our little local library in Brooklyn every week.

So here is my latest library haul:

Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller. I heard the author interviewed on Amy Porterfield’s podcast and immediately knew I needed this book to clarify my message and build my brand.

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Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo was a book I saw at Barnes and Noble a month ago and was thrilled when I placed it on hold and it arrived at the library so soon! I know absolutely nothing about this book but did notice there was a giveaway of this book on Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club Instagram.

I read about Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon in Kirkus Reviews. A good part of my reading is for entertainment, but I also read to educate myself and to see the world through the eyes of others; particularly others who are different from me and who have lived a very different life from my own. 

Listen to the Marriage: A Novel by John Osborne was a book I heard about on Roxanne Coady’s Just the Right Book Podcast. This book is a story of a married couple, newly separated, who are going to marriage counseling. The interesting thing about this book is that it’s told through the marriage therapist’s eyes.

I can’t actually remember where I first heard about The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, but it was on a recommended list. (That’s the trouble with listening to so many bookish podcasts and reading book reviews.) It is set in Britain after the Romans left and that is all I know. Since I haven’t read a historical novel in quite a while I’m hoping I’m in for a treat.

I’m really looking forward to Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie. This is the latest in this mystery series set in London. It follows the investigations of two detectives: Gemma Jones and Duncan Kincaid. These two are lovable, well-developed characters and it is worth following their stories. Also, the mysteries are solid and don’t end abruptly or in a disappointing muddle. 

Now it is your turn: please share what treasures you found at the library lately!

Links I Love

Here is where I will share my sources of inspiration and food for thought from the past week.


Roxanne Coady’s Just the Right Book had two fabulous episodes I listened to this week: Searching for America’s Moral Imagination & ” The Common Good” in which Roxanne interviews former Secretary of Commerce Robert Reich in a very interesting conversation that includes Capitalism, Progressivism, Trump, and more.

The second episode was her interview with author Dani Shapiro about the uncovering of a family secret that led to the writing her latest memoir The Inheritance.

And Dani Shapiro now has her own podcast, in its very first season! It is called, very appropriately, Family Secrets. Give it a listen!

I discovered another new podcast this week: Flowerlounge with Katie Hess. I listened to the latest episode about the dangers of the birth control pill. And as someone for whom the Pill was not an option, due to miserable side effects, I am glad there is information and discussion about alternatives, if you know where to look.

Blog posts:

Seth Godin’s post How big is your unfillable hole will take some time to think about. What are my weaknesses and how can I learn to dance with them?


How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein. I haven’t read this yet, but I have many questions. I have a small business and a big dream for serving people in our community and much to learn!

Building a Storybrand by Don Miller. I listened to him interviewed on Amy Porterfield’s podcast this week and immediately set to work clarifying my message. I need to get a copy of this book to work through the steps and make sure I’m doing the work to tell my brand’s story in a clear way that is easy for potential customers to engage with.

So what is inspiring you this week? I’d love to know!