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Recommended Reading

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson provides a sobering look at how Hitler rose to power.

 In the delightful novel What Alice Forgot  by Liane Moriarty, a bump on the head wipes out a woman's memories of the last ten years and prompts a desperate attempt at a do-over.

 Hug Machine by Scott Campbell makes for a cozy read-aloud experience with plenty of giggles.

 The Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution Get your own copy of these important documents for only $0.99.

 Murder on a Girls' Night Out: A Southern Sisters Mystery by Anne George is Southern, hilarious, and oh, so fun!

 Whether you read to find out what happened and why or to relish the author's voice, A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler is an insightful family drama which doesn't disappoint.

 Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty provides an irresistible peek into the lives of three young mothers struggling with difficult and sometimes disturbing home lives.

 The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey by Joanna Penn is full of practical suggestions and encouragement for creative types or anyone else striving to balance an inner life with a public persona.

 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri deftly explores the inherent conflicts of life in two cultures through the story of Gogol, the American son of Indian parents.

 Rick Steve's Best of England combines detailed travel advice with easy-to-follow maps and color photos.

The Road to Success Day Planner by Debra Hewitt is a 90-day planner with classic styling that will keep you focused on reaching your goals.

 Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, M.D. provides expert and sympathetic guidance for parents in teaching their children to sleep peacefully.

 The Celebration Journal by Debra Hewitt is a 90-day planner designed to help you notice and remember the small victories worth celebrating along the way to reaching your goals.

 What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom is an award-winning picture book with a powerful message about nurturing our ideas.

 Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers is the second (and most complex) of four delectable mysteries featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, an aristocrat who has taken up detectin' as a hobby, and Harriet Vane, the mystery novelist he falls in love with while trying to clear her of murder.

 The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek offers an accessible introduction to the relevant brain science alongside compelling personal stories.

 The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: In this captivating novel full of twists and turns, a woman tries to unravel the family secrets behind a violent incident she witnessed as a teenager.

 Still Life with Bread Crumbs, a novel by Anna Quindlen, is a stunning portrait of a woman and artist in the process of reinventing herself.

 Leavings: Poems by Wendell Berry is an appealing collection with Berry's distinctive voice.

 An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro grapples with the weighty concepts of honor, loyalty and guilt within a simply told story of one family's life in post WWII Japan.

 Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year A by N. T. Wright offers thoughtful devotional readings based on the gospel of Matthew which are suitable for personal reflection during the season from Ash Wednesday to Easter.

 Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon is a first-rate espionage novel replete with plot twists, moral dilemmas, an exotic setting and pitch-perfect dialogue ready to be lifted from the novel and played out on the screen.

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise provides a can't-fail strategy for reaching your goals using "stupid small" steps which break through your resistance to change.

 Steering by Starlight by Martha Beck offers strategies and inspiration for readers longing for more satisfying lives.

In the insightful coming-of-age story, Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen, a young girl and her family cope with momentous personal drama against the backdrop of a government plan to flood their town.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham is an inside look at the world of acting that is sweet, funny and inspiring.

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton chronicles the friendship of five young mothers in late 1960s California.

The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg helps readers cherish simple pleasures and connections to family and friends through the Danish concept of hygge.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman is a charming novel about a lonely man's life being changed by the numerous demands of his inept neighbors.

Have You Seen This?

We think this video is the perfect inspiration to accompany our debut thirty-day journal. If you're working your way through Chasing Your Dream by Debra Hewitt, be sure to check it out.

Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives by Prince Ea

A Few Other Items We Think You'll Enjoy

The Celebration Mug is the perfect accompaniment to your journaling. Sip something wonderful while you plot your path to success or chase your dream!





Journaling doesn't have to be so serious all the time. Sometimes we just want to doodle or color and let our minds wander. Try out the colored pencils below and see if they help you switch off the distractions around you. It's bound to be more fun than tackling your to-do list.

You can fill your journals anywhere you like: in the car, in the bath, in bed. But when you really want to pamper yourself, how about this elegant lap-desk? You'll never want to stop writing!

More Book of the Week Recommendations

2016 Selections

Dec. 18, 2016 Selection Christmas is not Your Birthday by Mike Slaughter celebrates a God who shows up and suffers with us.

Dec. 11, 2016 Selection Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is a classic YA novel of adventure, romance and leading a double life in ancient Egypt. It has enthralled thousands of teen-age girls.

Dec. 4, 2016 Selection Us: a novel by David Nicholls is a funny, bittersweet account of a man's attempts to preserve his marriage and repair his relationship with his son by means of a Grand Tour through Europe.

Nov. 27, 2016 Selection Chasing Your Dream: a guided journal by Debra Hewitt makes the perfect holiday gift to help friends and family reach their goals in the new year.

Nov. 20, 2016 Selection Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey tackles our tough questions about prayer with honesty and thoroughness.

Nov. 13, 2016 Selection Midwives: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian follows the prosecution of a midwife when one of her mothers dies during a home birth.

Nov. 6, 2016 Selection Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work by Deborah Tannen explores how different communication styles can help or hinder careers.

Oct. 30, 2016 Selection: The Second Child: Poems by Deborah Garrison offers exquisite perspectives on ordinary moments.

Oct. 23, 2016 SelectionMajor Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a charming novel about generational gaps and cultural divides featuring an unlikely friendship between a British curmudgeon and a Pakistani widow.

Oct. 16, 2016 SelectionIn the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson provides a sobering look at how Hitler rose to power.

Oct. 9, 2016 SelectionComing Unclued by Judith Jackson is a humorous mystery which opens with a woman waking up to a hangover and her boss's dead body.

Oct. 2, 2016 SelectionAn Unknown Woman by Jane Davis is contemporary fiction which asks what remains when we lose our possessions and illusions.

Sept. 25, 2016 SelectionThe Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman is a thoughtful novel which explores the aftermath of bad choices.

Sept. 18, 201 SelectionCarry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton is a touching and entertaining memoir by a self-described  "recovering everything."

Sept. 11, 2016 SelectionThe Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway is a lyrical and inspiring novel about survival in a city under siege.

Sept. 4, 2016 SelectionThe Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the heart-wrenching story of a woman who has aged out of foster care without learning the language of love.