Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How To Be Kind To Yourself This Valentine's Day

It's hard to be your best with everyone else if you're unhappy with yourself. This Valentine's Day, why not start treating yourself the way you should be treated? According to Psychology Today "self-care is ESSENTIAL to mental heath."

 These books are available on the Freading site right now and they can show you how:

Body Kindness by Rebecca Stritchfield, RDN
Did you resolve to be healthier or to start a diet in 2017? The nurse author of "Body Kindness" says it's important not to berate yourself if you have not stuck to it. Some diets are unrealistic and add stress to your already busy day. There are better ways to add healthy habits. She gives many tips on how to treat yourself with compassion rather than shame. Also discussed at length is how to goal set based on your personal values rather than based on another frustrating diet whose rules were written by someone who you doesn't know you at all.

“simple and true" —New York Times Book Review

“[A] rousing guide to better health… Scritchfield’s work boils down complex behavioral science ideas into accessible self-improvement strategies.” —Publishers Weekly

If you are ready to stop torturing yourself with diets and self-criticism and start nourishing your body and mind with healthy choices that help you reach your true potential, consider this wonderful book your road map. Scritchfield provides inspiration and real-life strategies in a fun and friendly style, with lots of helpful graphic tools."
Ellie Krieger, MS, RD, host of Ellie’s Real Good Food on public television and award-winning cookbook author

Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
According to the Washington Post, a neuroscientist from Harvard Medical School completed a study on meditation and found that "Meditation not only reduces stress, but it changes the brain." (for the better). The scientist explained that long term practice increases gray matter which "is associated with working memory and executive decision making.". If you are open to trying meditation for your well being, read 'Real Happiness'. Ms. Salzberg's book is a 28 day introductory guide. It is easy, practical, and is sure to get you  hooked on practicing meditation. Download it on Freading to get started.

“Salzberg speaks from experience…an extraordinary teacher.”  
- O, The Oprah Magazine

The Resiliency Advantage by Al Siebert, PhD
The ability to adapt to change and bounce back from difficulty is essential in life. One of the keys to this is refraining from negativity. This includes shunning critical self talk.  If you berate yourself often enough, you will start to believe it. Conversely, if you think positive, that becomes its own truth as well. Clearly written and insightful, 'The Resiliency Advantage' gives outstanding advice on how to let go of what you can't control.

"I loaned this book to a friend that works at a legal aid office. It gave her the ability to rise above the office conflicts. She now receives more respect from coworkers."- An reader review

The Confidence Plan by Tim Ursine
Much more than just obvious or common sense guidance, 'The Confidence Plan' offers in depth instruction on how anyone can increase their confidence. The author gives strategies on how to deal with getting knocked down, how to deal with conflict, tips on decluttering your head, and adding affirmations to your life.

"Honestly, this is the best book I've ever read on
self-confidence."- An reader review

Take A Nap!, Change Your Life by Mark Ehrman
Have you ever gone to the zoo and been disappointed with your visit because the animals were asleep? Have you ever noticed that your pet doesn't stay awake for long periods of time? Napping is definitely natural.  Author Mark Erhman argues that it is also completely necessary.  A daytime snooze can be hard to come by for anyone with a full time job, children, or any type of responsibility. Mr. Ehrman gives tips on how to get a little shut eye on your schedule. Why not make a date with yourself to get some rest? 

Monday, December 19, 2016

New Releases in Romance

For all readers who love a good romance, Freading has an abundance of new adventures. All of the titles below have been newly published:

This is Our Song by Samantha Chase
The latest installment from New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author Samantha Chase takes an inside look at the life of a rising rock star. The story discusses how we may have preconceived notions about the life of others, but we really don't know what other people are going through until we get take the time to get to know them.

"A delight for readers...a classic love story" 
RT Book Reviews

"With seasoned characters, plenty of humor, and tastefully implied sex scenes (which will appeal to those who prefer less heat), Chase has crafted another successful love match that readers will embrace." - Publishers Weekly

Hunt The Dawn by Abbie Roads
An explosive paranormal romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page. FBI informant Lathan Montgomery has psychic gifts that help other people, but overwhelm him. He has never managed to get close to anyone until he meets Evanee.

Roads' second book in her Fatal Dreams series is a dark and intense romance that pulls no punches and offers plenty of mind-bending twists. Fans of Feehan's Ghostwalker series will want to give this series a try as there is a similar feel between the two series.There are some interesting and original paranormal/supernatural elements here.The characters are well developed and the villain earns a top-notch creepy award. Roads brings the suspense, the action, the heat and also scary psychological twists. This is a read that you might want to leave the light on for!-RT Book Reviews

Sweet Southern Bad Boy by Michele Summers 
*An "Best Book of the Month"
Vance is a successful and best selling author but he hasn't been able to write lately. Not only is he having writer's block, but he is temporarily taking care of his brother's three children and they are driving him up a wall. When a young woman comes knocking on his door scouting locations for a new television series, he doesn't know that his life is about to change forever.

"Summers excels at detailing Katie and Vance's immediate attraction and steamy flirtation...Detailed interactions with their friends and family help to build them as fully realized characters." - Publishers Weekly

"Summers keeps the dialogue flowing like sweet tea" - Booklist

Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell
Haillie is living with cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant. With the support of her family and amazing friends, she manages to keep her attitude positive and she tries to help other people. She also decides that she will never tell her doctor that she has a crush on him. She will just enjoy being with him.

"Simultaneously heart-warming and heart-wrenching, Jill Mansell's most recent novel is full of characters anyone would want to befriend. Three witty and warm plot threads intersect with poignant yet painful beauty. Readers will hang on every word, falling in love with the story, its characters and its emotions. 4 Stars." - RT Book Reviews

"Full of heart and surprises, this novel will captivate readers." - Booklist

The Soul Of A SEAL by Anne Elizabeth 
When Dr. Kimberly Warren's space program is being sabotaged, a Navy SEAL is assigned to the job. The attraction between the Doctor and the SEAL is instant, but they both try to ignore it in order to concentrate on the work that lay ahead.

"The nail-biting scenes with lives hanging in the balance are sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats." - BookPage

Wolf Unleashed by Paige Tyler
Veterinarian Lacey Barton is trying to find out who is behind the barbaric dog fights that is causing all the injured animals to be sent to her office. Her investigation puts her right in the middle of a drug investigation run by a handsome SWAT officer. Lacey doesn't think she has time for him until it turns out that her life is in danger. 

"A grand mix of romance and suspense with extra appeal for dog lovers and fans of paranormal themes." - Booklist

The Scottish Highlands are Mary's first love. It is the land she grew up and and she never wants to leave. She certainly has no interest in departing her homeland for a man. Harry is an  English Duke that meets Mary and is intrigued by her lack of interest in him. He is tired of being chased because he is royalty. Harry decides that he must get to know Mary better.

"This series has been one of the highlights of my life " - Sammi's Bookish Reality