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12.2021 TBR (To Be Read)

Hello, December! The weather here in Oklahoma continues to feel like mid-autumn with a nice 70 degrees and cooler weather. Today though, I want to write about literature!
This post is about the books I plan on reading and listening to this month. I enjoy topics in literature and boy, do I have books to discuss! Before you move on, can you support this blog by following, sharing, & interacting with this post? I appreciate your efforts and without any further introductions, let’s begin!

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12.2021 TBR

12.2021 TBR

Audiobooks

I have been on a self-improvement mode lately. This may be because we are wrapping up the end of the year or just to fill my commutes to and from serving children. Last month. I completed Beyond Boundaries by Dr. John Townsend via Libby thru my local public library. The books audio length was at least eight hours and it only took a week or two to complete. I found this book informational and a launching point for making communication and boundaries a top priority in the new year.

Cover of Beyond Boundaries by Dr. John Townsend

In this breakthrough book, bestselling author Dr. John Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a life of intimate relationships. Whether you’re trying to restore a current relationship or begin a new one, Townsend gives practical tools for establishing trust and finding the intimacy you long for. Beyond Boundaries will help you reinstate closeness with someone who broke your trust; discern when true change has occurred; reestablish appropriate connections in strained relationships; create a safe environment that helps you trust; and restore former relationships to a healthy dynamic. You can move past relational pain to trust again. Beyond Boundaries will show you how.”

– Good Reads website
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This month, I checked out Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab. 2021 has taught me that I have had issues with giving myself permission to setd boundaries and to adhere to them. This is about boundaries with my inner circle of friends, family, and co-workers. This includes children as well. After a long day with children, these audiobooks serve as a way for me to brainstorm new phrases and mantras to use for bringing peace and health for everyone’s sake. THere’s workbooks an journaling prompts with both of these books for self-reflection and self-development.

Licensed counselor, sought-after relationship expert, and one of the most influential therapists on Instagram Nedra Glover Tawwab demystifies this complex topic for today’s world. In a relatable and inclusive tone, Set Boundaries, Find Peace presents simple-yet-powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life. Rooted in the latest research and best practices used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), these techniques help us identify and express our needs clearly and without apology–and unravel a root problem behind codependency, power struggles, anxiety, depression, burnout, and more.

– Good Reads website

Reading

Photo credit to Andrea Owen’s website

This fall, I have read more than the amount of books I”ve read earlier this year. The past two months, I completed reading Toni Morrison’s Home and If God Were Your Therapist by David J. Lieberman.
My goal is to complete 13 books this month to reach my 2021 21 books completed this year intention. Right now, I have twenty chapters left of 52 Ways To Live A Kick-Ass Life by Andrea Owen. I bought this book at least six years ago and completed it once before. The last time I read through this book, I highlighted important statements and questions in purple. This time, I have been using green and blue highlighters. The best part about this book are the short chapters and how conversational the author is with her audience! This book also stands out on the bookshelf for sure!

In this powerful book, Owen guides you through her acclaimed strategies for creating a more fulfilling life. Each goal-orientated lesson empowers you to take control of the barriers that keep you from achieving the love and success you desire. From breaking the unrewarding cycle of people pleasing to dealing with unsupportive friends, this book approaches the problems you face with a candid look at why you aren’t satisfied–and how to fix it.

– Good Reads website
Cover of Ghost Squad via Good Reads website

A book that I’m four chapters into and want to resume after I complete the self-help book is Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega. I discovered this author and her book via Write or Die Podcast. The podcast is where Kat and Claribel discuss their thoughts on the publishing industry, authorship, and interviews with fellow authors. Ghost Squad is being made into a Netflix show which will be exciting to show to middle schoolers for those who teach English and literacy in public schools. Books that are relevant and modern with a show to boot are perfect for engaging the student body in conversations about plot, diversity, and character emotions!

Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business. Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late. With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

– Good Reads website

Oh! I also have a TikTok where I post life and other fun media things. Checkout the TikTok I did where I featured this book with a trending sound from October. Follow me on TikTok @DanielleSully19

@daniellesully19

Why am I not surprised? 😅 go buy 20 copies of GHOST SQUAD by Claribel A. Ortega! Perfect for those who are #middleschoolteachers #middleschoolliterature #pocbookrecs #amreading #readersoftiktok #booktok #ForzaHorizon5GO

♬ original sound – SarahSweetHeart
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For the other 11 books I can read to complete my year’s intention, I am going to pick books that my intuition picks this time. Every once in a while, I attempt to pick books I want to read for year ahead and more times a than not, decisions are rearranged or new books come into my possession. I will probably pick a YA novel or a romance story. I think I have a winter book to read but as I am writing this at a friend’s house, I am not near my shelf to check and see if that’s an accurate statement.

What books are you reading right now? I’d love to gain new ideas on books to consider for 2022 and beyond in the comments below. As always, may you be well and may the odds be ever in your favor!



Thank you for reading today’s post and I wish you all health and wealth this mid-autumn season!
Cheers,
Danielle Sullivan

12.2021 TIS (Taking Inventory Series)

Now’s a fabulous time to grab a fresh cup of hot chocolate and snuggle by the fireplace in

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