I hope you are all doing well. I have had a terrific month, as I have spent a lot of time with my family. While I love speaking around the country, I have discovered that I prefer speaking closer to home. My young son and daughter have reached an adorable stage, and it is difficult for me to ever be away from them (although I am going to be gone speaking for most of the summer, something I have vowed not to schedule again).
As usual, I am reading an eclectic mixture of titles, genres and age levels. I am currently enjoying The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. Just because I speak as a motivational speaker to teachers, parents and students around the country, I still drown myself in lots of wonderful inspirational books like this one all the time to maintain my positive energy. I also re-read a number of books by two gentlemen whom I will greatly miss, Kurt Vonnegut and David Halberstam. After their recent passings I felt a lot like Obi Wan Kenobi when he senses in the Force that the planet Alderaan has been destroyed: there is an enormous emptiness in the galaxy now (yes, I am a Star Wars geek). Anyone who knows me knows I love anything written by Mary Higgins Clark, and her latest book I Heard That Song Before does not disappoint (her books do not qualify to make the Lazy Readers’ lists because they are usually around 330 pages, but they are in big print and flow as easily as a chocolate milkshake). Speaking of milkshakes, I enjoyed every page of Paula Deen’s It Ain’t All About the Cookin’. She has always been one of my favorite fixtures on the Food Network, but this book truly inspired me (and made me hungry for some unhealthy, delicious Southern cooking).
Anyhow, enjoy this month’s book selections below. I hope you are all reading some wonderful books. Make sure to tell me all about them. If you're an author or a publisher and would like to send me review copies of your book(s), please send them to the address listed for authors and publishers.
Have a wonderful May, and enjoy your books!