Sarah Sundin released her latest series this summer, and instead of following the B-17 pilots and flight nurses of World War II, Sundin takes to the seas in Through Waters Deep.
Set in early 1941, readers can expect a little Nancy Drew and a lot of Boston scenery.
Naval officer Jim Avery is reunited with former classmate Mary Stirling on shore. When evidence of sabotage on the USS Atwood is found, Jim and Mary form a special bond as they work together to help crack the case.
As always, Sundin writes in rich historical detail, putting you on a destroyer facing German U-boats and torpedoes, or on shore along cobblestone streets in Boston.
The scenery took me back to my first Boston trip in 2009, when I took an impromptu trip to the East Coast with my friend Gwen. We ate lobster chowder (chow-dah), took in a Celtics game, toured Fenway and soaked up all the history surrounding us.
If I could snap my fingers and have any profession I choose, I would own an independent bookstore. My store would be nestled in a coastal town (like a North Carolina scene imagined by Nicholas Sparks), or would be in a bustling downtown like The Shop Around the Corner made famous by Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail.
Because of my bookstore fantasy, The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson instantly caught my eye. Set in Denver in 1962 and 1963, Kitty Miller is content with her spinster lifestyle. She owns a quaint bookstore with her lifelong best friend, and has a special bond with her parents.
But in Kitty’s dreams, she’s lives a life happily married and a mother to three kids.
In movie terms, think Inception meets The Family Man. This psychological thinker is a glimpse into what might have been, if life’s events had taken a different course.
My book adventure led me to King’s Books, the largest new and used independent bookstore in downtown Tacoma. With about 150,000 books housed in 5,500-square feet, I spent a recent afternoon aimlessly looking at a rows and rows and rows of books.
I have to use this moment to give a shout to fellow Coug, Sarah Reijonen, author of Country Girl: Letting Love and Wanderlust Take the Reins. I was happy to spot the bright yellow cover in the Memoir section.
My reading list has branched out to different genres this year, and includes quite a bit of non-fiction. Through a women’s leadership group at my church, I have read books monthly pertaining to leadership and goal setting.
A self-discovery I made with my leadership group is my desire to advance to the next level in my career. This has led to a study of graduate school and accreditation options. It also pointed me in the direction to I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam.
This new release is a study of how successful, working women/moms manage their time in 30-minute increments. While the definition of success in this book is women who make more than $100,000 (not me, yet) and have at least one child under the age of 18 at home (still not me, yet), I was still able to take away many time management and schedule planning pointers.
Vanderkam studied the time logs of hundreds of successful professionals. Viewing a week as a 168-hour canvas as a full-time professional, leaves quite a bit of time that can lost to less meaningful things. Vanderkam’s findings encouraged me to evaluate my own time log, which Vanderkam provides on her website.
This is a great tool to use to evaluate how I spend my time at work (am I spending the majority of my time on the tasks that excite me the most about my job?), how I spend my leisure time (if I put my phone away during free time, what fun memories can be created?) and how my weekends are spent (are errands and chores pushing out valuable family time?).
Just today I heard someone talking about the challenge of raising a newborn while taking a class online. My mind immediately went to the lessons shared in this book. It’s all about time management, rearranging the tiles in your time log and using available resources to obtain what you desire.
Oh, and this pairs nicely with Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.