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Weekly Book Club {7.4.18}


Today I’m sharing a couple more books that I downloaded from my library’s ebook collection. A psychological thriller and a great parenting/mom book!


1. Mommy Burnout by Sheryl G. Ziegler– The ultimate must-read handbook for the modern mother: a practical, and positive tool to help free women from the debilitating notion of being the “perfect mom,” filled with funny and all too relatable true-life stories and realistic suggestions to stop the burnout cycle, and protect our kids from the damage burnout can cause. Moms, do you feel tired? Overwhelmed? Have you continually put off the things you need to do for you? Do you feel like it’s all worth it because your kids are happy? Are you “over” being a mother? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re not alone. Parents today want to create the ideal childhood for their children. Women strive to be the picture-perfect Pinterest mother that looks amazing, hosts the best birthday parties in town, posts the most “liked” photos, and serves delicious, nutritious home-cooked meals in her neat, organized home after ferrying the kids to school and a host of extracurricular activities on time. This drive, while noble, can also be destructive, causing stress and anxiety that leads to “mommy burnout.” Psychologist and family counselor Dr. Sheryl Ziegler is well-versed in the stress that moms face, and the burden of guilt they carry because they often feel like they aren’t doing enough for their kids’ happiness. A mother of three herself, Dr. Z—as she’s affectionately known by her many patients—recognizes and understands that modern moms are all too often plagued by exhaustion, failure, isolation, self-doubt, and a general lack of self-love, and their families are also feeling the effects, too. Over the last nineteen years working with families and children, Dr. Z has devised a prescriptive program for addressing “mommy burnout”—teaching moms that they can learn to re-energize themselves and still feel good about their families and their lives. In this warm and empathetic guide, she examines this modern epidemic among mothers who put their children’s happiness above their own, and offers empowering, proven solutions for alleviating this condition, saving marriages and keeping kids happy in the process.

My Rating: 5 Stars

The full title of this book is Mommy Burnout: How to reclaim your life and raise healthier children in the process. Um- yes please. I devoured this book in less than a day. It was just what I needed to read at this stage of my life. I’m in a place that is very conducive to mommy burnout. I have kids going a million different directions all the time and I feel constantly behind and having to play catch up. If you’re a mom struggling to keep it all running smoothly I highly recommend this read!


2. Appetite for Innocence by Lucinda Berry– A serial rapist is kidnapping teenage girls. But he’s not interested in just any teenage girls—only virgins. He hunts them by following their status updates and check-ins on social media. Once he’s captured them, they’re locked away in his sound-proof basement until they’re groomed and ready. He throws them away like pieces of trash after he’s stolen their innocence. Nobody escapes alive. Until Ella. Ella risks it all to escape, setting herself and the other girls free. But only Sarah—the girl whose been captive the longest—gets out with her. The girls are hospitalized and surrounded by FBI agents who will stop at nothing to find the man responsible. Ella and Sarah are the key to their investigation, but Sarah’s hiding something and it isn’t long before Ella discovers her nightmare is far from over. 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I loved this book. I must warn though- it has some sexual violence trigger warnings. I could not put this book down! It was extremely fast paced and well paced. The narrative is told in dual perspective and dual time periods (then and now) so it took me a few chapters to really settle in but once I did- I could not stop reading. I highly recommend this book if you like psychological thrillers. 

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