*EXPIRED*: Free eBook and Audiobook: “The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose” by Oprah Winfrey

The Path Made Clear:Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey

Just in time for graduation season: The ebook and audiobook of Oprah Winfrey’s new release, “The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose” is available for free in audiobook and ebook format.

“The Path Made Clear” is a collection of insights on how to find meaning and purpose in your life and career. To make this book, Oprah shared her own wisdom and included observations collected from interviews with businesspeople, entertainers, creators, religious leaders, and political leaders like Alanis Morrissette, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mitch Albom, Joel Osteen, President Jimmy Carter, Jay-Z, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Jordan Peele, Trevor Noah, Vice President Joe Biden, Ellen Degeneres, Cindy Crawford, and more.

If you are on the fence about audiobooks, this is a great opportunity to try one for free!

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This special offer ends on Monday, May 20th.

 

“The Night Tiger”: April’s Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

“The Night Tiger” by Yangsze Choo is the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club selection for April:

A sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for.

Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: that Ren find the man’s finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever.

As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths racks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren’s increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes.

Yangsze Choo’s The Night Tiger pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old superstition and modern idealism, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. But anchoring this dazzling, propulsive novel is the intimate coming-of-age of a child and a young woman, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible.”

 

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“Daisy Jones & The Six”: March’s Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick for the month of March is “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Reid’s novel is also the number one book on the March 2019 Indie Next List.

“Daisy Jones & The Six” is a mock-oral history that recounts the tale of a 1970s rock band. This book is perfect for anyone who grew up on a steady diet of VH1’s “Behind the Music.”  Although the book is a novel, what happens in it feels not just plausible but downright realistic.

“Daisy Jones & The Six” comes out March 5th.

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“The Proposal”: February’s Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club selection for February is “The Proposal” by Jasmine Guillory, which was also a November 2018 Indie Next List selection.

”The Proposal” is a book about a woman who was ambushed by a Jumbotron proposal at a Dodgers game by her boyfriend of five months who can’t spell her name right and the guy who swooped in to help her out of the situation.

Author Jasmine Guillory also wrote the 2018 novel “The Wedding Date” (no connection to the movie with Debra Messing/Dermot Mulroney….or was it Dylan McDermott?  🤔).

If you use the coupon code SWITCH, you can get “The Proposal” audiobook and two other audiobooks for free with a paid membership to Libro.fm.

Tiny Book Summary: “Dreyer’s English” by Benjamin Dreyer

Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer Title: Dreyer’s English Author: Benjamin Dreyer, Random House Copy Chief Genre: Reference, Writing, Style Manual

Publication Date: 1/29/2019 Formats: Print, eBook, and Audiobook Summary: This is an entertaining guide to writing better.  Dreyer has found a way to make reading about grammar and style interesting.  Rather than just state the rules or standards, Dreyer explains why the goal is clear writing and how following (or ignoring) a rule can get you to that goal. Key Takeaways:

  • It’s worthwhile to get the printed book and the audiobook. The print version is a wonderful style manual while the audiobook is far more entertaining.
  • Style manuals are usually as dry as they are boring. “Dreyer’s English” is a welcome exception to that rule.
  • “Dreyer’s English” is a perfect graduation gift.  I also think that it should be required reading at all law schools, but I might be biased.
  • Dreyer supports the series/serial/Oxford comma but isn’t Team Two-Spaces After a Period. Which will make for some pretty interesting Twitter battles among writing enthusiasts.

Review Material Sources: Advance Review Copies provided by NetGalley and Libro.fm

Picking Books for Kids

  1. Get your child a book that they want to read, not the book that you want them to read. 
    • Reading is supposed to be fun.  It isn’t supposed to be a chore.  Forcing a child to read something that they don’t care about will take something that could be fun and turns it into something they dread. 
  2. Comic books are great reading material. 
    • Comic books help develop a love of reading and are great tools for children with learning disabilities.
    • Comic books are also great sources of stories with plot lines that aren’t resolved quickly.
    • So, if your child wants a Batman comic book instead of “A Brief History of Time,” be glad that they want to read and give them the comic book. As long as it’s age-appropriate.
  3. Give audiobooks and literary podcasts a chance.  
    • Reading isn’t a competition and listening to audiobooks isn’t “cheating.” 
    • Studies have shown that listening to audiobooks can be as effective as reading a physical book.
    • You don’t have to limit your exposure to writing and literature to one particular format.  Listening to an audiobook is just another way to be exposed to reading.
    • Narrators bring something different to the table.  Whether it’s the proper pronunciation of a word to a unique way of delivering the words on the page, having a book read to you is a different experience.  We all know that there’s a difference between a high school production of “Death of a Salesman” and the version that is done by professionals.  The same principle applies to performances of other written works.  But you don’t have to take my word for it. (We love you, LeVar Burton!)
  4. Let your child pick their own books (within reason, of course).
    • Whether it’s eating vegetables or reading a book, children are more likely to accept something that they had a role in picking or making. 
    • I know what you’re thinking: “What if my kid picks a book that’s too easy or too hard?”  The answer to that is pretty simple: Get them the book anyway.  As adults, we don’t always read books that challenge us.  Sometimes, we read something that is fun or easy just because we like the story or because it looks interesting.  Kids are the same way.  And don’t overlook the fact that an older perspective can bring new and interesting insights to books that seem too easy.

“An American Marriage” Audiobook on sale for $6.99

Right now, Libro.fm has the audiobook edition of the New York Times bestselling novel, “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones on sale for 80% off. Although the retail price of the audiobook is $34.49, Libro.fm currently has it on sale for $6.99.

“An American Marriage” is an Oprah’s Book Club pick and was on former President Barack Obama’s list of top books for 2018.

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Lea’s Corner: Revisiting Older Books

My relationship with reading has always been an interesting one. Although I loved reading, I hated reading assignments with a deep and burning passion.  Don’t get me wrong: I liked some of the required reading. But, there was something about being forced to read a book that bothered me and I dreaded almost every reading assignment I was given.

Fast-forward to a few weeks ago when I stumbled across an pre-owned copy of “Catch-22” while doing an inventory of our pre-owned books. When I went through it, I found it to be a funny book and an easy read. It’s possible that my taste has improved over the last 26 years. It’s also possible that having to read case law and statutes for the last 17 years has shown me what truly boring writing is. Or maybe when my grade doesn’t depend on what I think about the book, the journey and experience of reading the book is better. All of this made me start to wonder: What other treasures did I miss while churning through required reading?  

To answer that question, I’m on a mission to revisit old books and classics. And I’m going to start with the ones that I remember hating the most.

Some of the classics I’ll be revisiting:

  • “The Plague” by Albert Camus 
  • “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad 
  • “The Sound and The Fury” by William Faulkner
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 
  • “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Wish me luck!