My Non-fiction Book List For 2015

nonfiction booksOne of my goals for this year is to read more non-fiction – especially business related. I do love to read, but I love to read fiction. Let me give you an example.

For January I decided to read Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul by John Beckett. I started the very beginning of the month. Fourteen days later I’m still “reading” it. Why is that worthy of writing about? I finish 99% of fiction books in less than 24 hours. It’s rare that I’m reading the same book for 2 days – nonetheless 14 days!!! I’ve read about 5 fiction books in those same 1 days.

Wait, that’s not all. I started Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself by Florence Littauer the end of December. I’m 3/4 of the way through that book too! It sits in a nice pile on my night stand with Loving Monday - under whatever fiction book I’m reading. And therein is the problem.

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Masterpiece Marriage By Gina Welborn | Book Review

Set in the late 1800s Masterpiece Marriage: Quilts of Love Series is in an era of change for American businesses and American women.  It is not a typical story and I really enjoyed it. The old-fashioned craft of quilting is set right alongside the heroine trying to become a doctor of botany so she can teach.

The heroine, Mary, is a complex character. She grew up in England and Italy through some good and bad times. She doesn’t want to become a professor to prove any feminist theory, but does it because she truly loves it. However, the pull of old world thinking and being in someone’s debt weighs on her. As it challenges her to exceed it also threatens her if she is found wanting. It is interesting to read how she isn’t sure how to react to the Americans living in the small town with her. It’s a good reminder that to have friends we must be friendly. The friends that she ends up being close with are the ones that reached out to her first; one girl just wouldn’t take no for an answer.

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Swept Away By Hilton & Loven | Book Review

Some books make me feel like all of the story has been told; that whatever is not written is just not important. Swept Away: Quilts of Love Series is not like that. It makes me feel like there is much more to the story; like we only crossed paths with the characters for a short amount of time and they have a lot that they have already been through and even more that they are going to do in the future.

The hero of this story has already been through a rough time and become a better person. During the story he is polished just a bit more, and is once again ready to face anything. He is steady and kind as well as a good worker and artist. I enjoyed the way he adds the Wordless Book to his brooms.

The heroine is just starting her struggle. Her life was going along fine until she has to face her grandmothers illness, her need for the Lord, her lingering guilt from her parents death, and the handyman who far exceeds her expectations. I understand how she can get lost in a book, although I’m not quite that much of a history buff. The changes and people around her come into place at just the right times when she is ready to listen and learn.

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