Penny's Passion: Thinking Out Loud Thursday - August 8, 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - August 8, 2019

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Thanks for popping in!  Hope you link up below and share what you're thinking out loud about today.

Today I'm reflecting on the books I have locked and loaded on my Kindle ready to read on vacation.  We leave later this week for our trip to Ireland, so we have some serious plane time for reading and relaxing.  Would love to hear your thoughts on them.

Currently I'm 75%  through The Lost Girls of Paris.  With only 25% left in the book, I'm feeling putting good that I'll be able to cross this one off as read before our vacation is over.  The book has definitely pulled me in and I'm anxious to finish reading it.

The Lost Girls of Paris: A Novel by [Jenoff, Pam]

1946, Manhattan
One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.
Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.
Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.

Next up is The Latte Factor.   I first heard about this book on a Rachel Hollis Rise podcast and immediately purchased it.  Who can't use a little help with their finances?!?

The Latte Factor: Why You Don't Have to Be Rich to Live Rich by [Bach, David, Mann, John David]

In this compelling, heartwarming parable, Bach and his bestselling coauthor John David Mann (The Go-Giver) tell the story of Zoey, a twenty-something woman living and working in New York City. Like many young professionals, Zoey is struggling to make ends meet under a growing burden of credit card and student loan debt, working crazy hours at her dream job but still not earning enough to provide a comfortable financial cushion. At her boss’s suggestion, she makes friends with Henry, the elderly barista at her favorite Brooklyn coffee shop.
Henry soon reveals his “Three Secrets to Financial Freedom,” ideas Zoey dismisses at first but whose true power she ultimately comes to appreciate. Over the course of a single week, Zoey discovers that she already earns enough to secure her financial future and realize her truest dreams—all she has to do is make a few easy shifts in her everyday routine.
The Latte Factor demystifies the secrets to achieving financial freedom, inspiring readers to realize that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams. By following the simple, proven path that Henry shows Zoey, anyone can make small changes today that will have big impact for a lifetime, proving once again that “David Bach is the financial expert to listen to when you’re intimidated by your finances” (Tony Robbins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Money: Master the Game).

A book I've been hearing a lot of good things about is Save Me the Plums.  I'm excited to read what Ruth is dishing out in this one.

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by [Reichl, Ruth]
When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone’s boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?
This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media—the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.
Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Have you read any of Cindy Kirk's Good Hope books?  There are a bunch of them and I've only read the first.  These are just fun reads and can be knocked out pretty quickly.

Summer in Good Hope (A Good Hope Novel Book 2) by [Kirk, Cindy]
A widow at twenty-six, Primrose Bloom returns to idyllic Good Hope, Wisconsin, with her two rambunctious young boys, seeking the beauty of the lakeside landscape and the comfort of home. After the loss of her husband and her job, all she’s looking for is peace.
Prim is resolved not to date again until her boys are in college, but her will starts crumbling whenever she’s around her former high school debate partner, Max Brody—who just happens to live in the charming cottage next door. Max has reservations of his own about giving love a second chance and is determined to keep his distance. But when the two pair up to work on the town’s Fourth of July celebration, the fireworks over Green Bay aren’t the only sparks flying. Are Prim and the small-town boy she left behind perfectly wrong for each other…or perfectly right?

What books would you recommend for vacation reading?  There's still time for me to add more to my list!

Now it's your turn - what are you thinking out loud about today?  Looking forward to hearing from you!

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  1. I'm reading the Lost Girls of Paris right now! I just started it though so I'm only a couple of chapters in.

  2. Im so interested in reading the Lost Girls of Paris Thanks.

  3. Sounds like some interesting reads. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful Thursday.

  4. Sounds like a nice mix of books. I like reading funny books on vacation. Have fun in Ireland - I'm so jealous!! LOL


  5. Some interesting books you've got - always fun deciding what to take on vacation. Enjoy Ireland and have a wonderful holiday.

  6. Yay for thinking out loud about BOOKS! Dare I add a single title more to my Goodreads' to-read shelf? I think the money book and the Lost Girl in Paris have to be saved! Putting my Thursday post together - I hope tonight!

  7. Oooh! So many good books on your list! I haven’t heard of/read any of these but a lot on here I’d like to add to my must read shelf. Thank you for sharing and hope you are having a great weekend!