Is My Willpower Challenge Over Now?

When we first starting talking about Kelly McGonigal's book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It, I was intrigued but I wasn't sure how I'd feel about actually doing my willpower challenge. What would I learn? Would be be scary? What if I failed? Well, I've learned and I've struggled. Does that mean I'm done now? ...more
I'm with fourgainsttwo - I need to take the 10 weeks and re-read the book as intended. My ... more

What I've Learned (So Far) From My Willpower Challenge

I was scared when I announced my willpower challenge last week. While I totally understood why Kelly McGonigal suggests that you do one while reading her book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It, I was wary. I was concerned not only about what I might learn about myself -- what if none of the strategies worked?...more
What a great point - take enough breaks! Sometimes when I get going on a work project, the ... more

Change Your Definition of Willpower!

Willpower is a weighty word. If we had more, if we could simply exercise it a bit better, our lives would be different. The lack of it is a character flaw. Or so we've been told to be believe. What if willpower wasn't exactly what we thought it was? What if willpower was so much more than just saying yes or no? That's what Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D reveals in her new book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It. ...more
I am with you and am thankful for the book. It freed me from some guilt that I carry over my ... more

What Is Your Willpower Challenge?

In her new book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., suggests the best way to learn about the self-control methods she discusses is to take a willpower challenge. I hesitated. I am not big on resolutions, perhaps because I never stick with them. I was also intrigued because her book offered me some new perspective on willpower and self-control. ...more
This is SO hard to decide! Even after reading this book, I feel overwhelmed by all the things ... more

"The Chaperone" Chapters 17-21: So Much Good to Come

I think that the final chapters of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone might be my favorite. It's the point where we see Cora decide to be the person we've caught glimpses of throughout the earlier chapters. We get to see Cora chuck propriety to the side and grab at happiness with both hands. Alas, if only the same could be said for Louise. ...more
I agree with the majority of the reactions. The timing totally threw me off. I think Kate at ... more

"The Chaperone" Chapters 9-16: The Window of the Future

Well, chapters 8-16 of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone were certainly full of surprises! We've reached a point where there's no doubt the book is about Cora, and yet I find the scenes of Cora and Louise together the most illuminating. When we get glimpses of Cora in the future, it becomes clear that Louise had a tremendous impact on Cora's life....more
My opinion of Louise hasn't changed. I still can't stand watching her train wreck life, no ... more

"The Chaperone" Chapters 1-8: Ignorance and Confusions

Laura Moriarty slowly eases us into Cora's life in The Chaperone. When we first meet her, it's a little bit easy to assume that Cora that is a typical 1920s housewife but there are little things at the edges giving hints that everything is not quite as it seems. I think the most telling bit of text in this section of the book is from when Cora's grandniece is having a conversation with her about the Ku Klux Klan....more
I adored this novel. The era, the surprises, the gradually thickened plotlines... beautifully ... more

How Do You Like The Chaperone So Far?

We're reading and discussing The Chaperone as we go along! Summer's a busy time, but we're always interested in a good read. Grab a copy of Laura Moriarty's latest novel about Louise Brooks and her 36-year-old chaperone, Cora Carlisle, and join the conversation. ...more
I loved Cora's thoughts and asides - she's got undercover spunk and that's my favorite kind! =) ... more

The Beach Trees: The Real Magic Was In Aimee's Storyline

What are you seeking? What is your life about? How do your secrets affect your story? Those are the main questions that the characters struggle with throughout The Beach Trees. An artist living in New York, Julie Holt has dedicated her life to searching for her sister Chelsea, who disappeared with Julie was just twelve. While working at an auction house, Julie becomes friends with Monica Guidry. Turns out that Monica has a past full of secrets -- none of which Julie is aware of until Monica passes away from a {secret} heart condition. Unbeknownst to her, Monica has willed Julie a valuable painting, and also her five year old son, Beau. ...more

Exactly. I was seriously so impatient through Julie's story... couldn't wait to get back to ... more

How do you turn a house into a home? Tell us for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card!

Home is a place where you feel comfortable, where your friends and family feel welcome. It feels lived-in and loved-in. Whether it’s the company you entertain, the recipes you make, or the ambiance you create…your home is you, through and through. ...more

My little family - my husband, our puppy and I - have just moved, and are preparing to move ... more