Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for I Love You Too, Daddy by Shervin Jamali. This novella was just released this week, is a short one at just 80 pages, and as of now has made my top read of the year!
A young man hears a voice, compelling him to write the story of his life.
About a father, and brother, he adores. And perhaps a mother, who got lost in the shuffle. But there’s so much more. The voice convinces him others might benefit from his tale. That they too could overcome loss as a result.
So Jason writes his emotional journey.
I Love You Too, Daddy
Author: Shervin Jamali
Published: July 14, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 3-4, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Shervin Jamali is a ‘new to me’ author for 2020 and he did it again with another 5 star review! (the first for me was Remember) I plan to read all of his novels, and I Love You Too, Daddy is his newest and as of right now it is my top read of 2020!
This is a review where I don’t think I can give the novel the kudos it deserves. You will just have to read it. I Love You Too, Daddy is a fictional memoir of Jason and his life. This is one everyone should read as it deals with loss due to death and everyone has lost someone precious to them. The loss of someone precious can leave life-long emotions. Myself, I lost my dad at 19, so I expected to cry while reading. I can say I didn’t but came close: I mean, look at the title of the memoir! Jamali captures those feelings of loss perfectly through Jason’s memoir.
Through the short chapters that give Jason’s age at the start, we see Jason grow up. The novella is brief at just 80 pages and can be read very quickly. You are fully invested in Jason’s life as he narrates. And be on the lookout for Michael who makes appearances in all of Jamali’s novels.
The only disclaimer I can give is that if you have recently lost someone and your grief is still fresh I would not read this right away unless you want a good ugly cry, which you might actually need.
If you have not read anything by Jamali, do look into his books. They are only .99 on kindle! They are well worth the price.
About the Author:
Shervin Jamali has been writing for as long as he can remember as he had so many stories “locked away” but it wasn’t until he completed the first draft of ‘The Devil’s Lieutenant’ (2016) that he decided to turn his writings into books. His books are the perfect outlet for his daytime job as an IT consultant and he looks forward to the day he will be a full-time writer.
After having lived in sunny Florida, Shervin Jamali now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. In his spare time, Shervin likes to put together jigsaw puzzles whilst contemplating plots for his next book.
Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for The Flying Solo by Zoe May. If you enjoy ‘chick-lit’ at all, then this is one you must read! It is also available now.
Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a homeowner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.
According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.
Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.
Flying solo to India is definitely not on Rachel’s Life List, but could her trip teach her some unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?
Author: Zoe May
Published: July 6, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 22-July 1, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Flying Solo was a welcome break from the thrillers and memoirs I have recently been reading. Chick lit novels are always so much fun to read and Flying Solo was definitely fun! With all Chick lit books you ultimately know there is going to be some sort of happy ending, but the journey is also fun to go on to get to get to that ending. In Flying Solo’s case, it takes us to India and inside an ashram! We get an idea of what life is like in India when Rachel first arrives and she goes through some culture shock. Reading this made me want to read more of books that take place in India.
Rachel was fun to travel with in that zaniness that it seems all British singletons possess. They all seem to have a bit of Bridget Jones in them and I love Bridget!
This is a complete story with an ending, but closer to the last quarter of the novel, it goes with a new direction. This part of the novel is ‘unfinished’ and I hope that May continues this story. I really enjoyed this one and I would love to know what happens next!
This was definitely a fun read with a unique travel experience to India! If you enjoy chick lit at all you need to pick this one up!
About the Author:
Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.
As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!
Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/
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Today I share my review for Walk Your Way to Better by Joyce Shulman. This book gets a 5 star review from me!
This blog tour is brought to you by WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR.
This is a book about walking your way to better. Everywhere you turn, people, podcasts and gurus promise a simple path to the life you want. But few of them work. Why? Because simply reading the words is rarely enough to call your heart and mind to action. This book is different. Each section provides a thought-starter, insight or story. But I don’t want you to just read it. I want you to read a section and then lace up your sneakers and head out the door. Because while walking, your brain processes in a unique way, enabling you to recognize the things that are truly holding your back and the changes you actually need to make. You will literally Walk Your Way to Better. Along the way, you will forge a powerful connection between your mind and your body. And bonus — you’ll feel better and become fitter.
Walk Your Way to Better: 99 Walks That Will Change Your Life
Author: Joyce Shulman
Published: January 23, 2020
Genre: Motivational Self-Help
Publisher: Kibo Press
Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Dates Read: May 16-26, 2020
This book accomplishes what it says: You really can ‘walk your way to better’. If you are thinking ‘a better what’? The answer is A BETTER YOU.
Shulman gives us 99 short chapters and walks. These chapters can be read within a few minutes and consist of a statement to start you thinking, information/research or a story from her life that she deems appropriate to the topic she is directly talking to you about. Now, after you finish a chapter go do as Shulman highly suggests and take a walk! Walking helps the brain process what it just read. You may surprise yourself with the thoughts that may come to you as you walk!
This is not a self-help book about losing weight, though that could possibly happen if you walk after each chapter as Shulman intends. By the time you are finished you feel accomplished and as if you know the author. Shulman also encourages you to be interactive with the book, besides walking: write down your thoughts, answer the questions she poses in this book, etc.
Shulman does say that not every chapter will ‘speak’ to you and this was true for me. I am not a mother, and Shulman is and she wrote about her children a lot in the chapters. So much so I started to think I was not the target demographic for this book and then… BAM… I read a chapter that ‘spoke’ to me and changed my thoughts on this book.
This book is for every woman to read. Read it and also walk your way to better!
Walk Your Way to Better is available to purchase now on Amazon.com.
About the Author:
Joyce Shulman, founder and CEO of 99 Walks and Macaroni Kid reaches millions of moms each month with hyper-local and national e-newsletters and websites, social media content, video and her Weekly Walk podcast. Having created a one-of-a-kind digital platform, she connects families to the wonders of their own communities and inspires women to chase their dreams and crush their goals.
Her most recent endeavor, 99 Walks, is on a mission to combat loneliness and improve fitness through the simple act of encouraging moms to walk together. Her mission? Nothing short of getting a million women walking.
Throughout her two decades as an entrepreneur, Joyce has guided SAHMs, teachers and even MBAs to success. Joyce shares how moms need to “take care of mama bear” and avoid the “martyr mom syndrome.” Her experience in business and leading mompreneurs makes her a coveted speaker where she shares tactics for beating burnout, fueling creativity, goal crushing, how walking can fuel productivity and performance, and more.
Joyce received her Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Maryland and her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from St. John’s University School of Law. After law school, she spent more than a dozen years as a New York City lawyer where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation.
A self-confessed idea junkie, in 1998, Joyce abandoned law firm life to liberate her entrepreneurial spirit and focus on the things that are most important to her: family, community and empowering women to chase their dreams.
You can find the whole blog tour here:
May 25th @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and join us in celebrating the launch of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. You can read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book. http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com
May 26th @ Karen Brown Tyson’s Blog
Stop by Karen’s blog today and you can read a guest post by author Joyce Shulman about how you become inspired to write a book. https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/
May 28th @ One Sister’s Journey
Visit Lisa’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://www.lisambuske.com/
May 30th @ One Sister’s Journey
Stop by Lisa’s blog again today where you can read a guest post by author Joyce Shulman where she talks about why do women need to take care of themselves. A timely post in this day and age! https://www.lisambuske.com/
May 31st @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
Visit Anthony’s blog today and read his review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
June 2nd @ Lady Unemployed
Visit Nicole’s blog and read Joyce Shulman’s guest post about beating brownout (the precursor to burnout). https://ladyunemployed.com/
June 5th @ Wellness Connection Utah
Visit The Wellness Connection today and read thoughtful insights into Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://www.wellnessconnectionutah.com/blog
June 6th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
Stop by Anthony’s blog again where you can read a guest post by Joyce Shulman on how walking can help with loneliness. https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
June 8th @ Reviews and Interviews
Visit Lisa’s blog today and read her interview with Joyce Shulman, author of the book Walk Your Way to Better. http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/
June 10th @ Bookish Tay
Stop by Taylor’s blog today and you can read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://tayepperson.com/
June 12th @ The New England Book Critic
Visit Victoria’s blog today and read her insights into Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. http://www.thenewenglandbookcritic.com/
June 13th @ Simply Nourished Wellness
Visit Stephani’s blog today and you can read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://www.baconandwhippedcream.com/
June 15th @ Jessica’s Reading Room
Visit Jessica’s blog today and make sure you read her review of author Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. http://jessicasreadingroom.com
June 17th @ Bookish Tay
Visit Taylor’s blog again and you can read a guest post written by Joyce Shulman about how to keep fear from standing in your way. https://tayepperson.com/
June 19th @ Coffee with Lacey
Stop by Lacey’s blog and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://coffeewithlacey.com/
June 19th @ Second Wind Leisure
Stop by Terri’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. You can also read a guest post written by the author about the power of yet. https://secondwindleisure.com/
June 20th @ Cafeyre
Visit Karoline’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://cafeyre.wordpress.com/
June 21st @ Simply Nourished Wellness
Visit Stephani’s blog again and you can read a guest post by author Joyce Shulman about the value of walking. Don’t miss it! https://www.baconandwhippedcream.com/
June 22nd @ And So She Thinks
Visit Francesca’s blog today and read her interview with Joyce Shulman, author of Walk Your Way to Better. http://www.andsoshethinks.co.uk/
June 23rd @ The Frugalista Mom
Stop by Rozelyn’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://thefrugalistamom.com/
June 24th @ Cathy C. Hall Writes Visit Cathy’s blog and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://c-c-hall.com/
June 25th @ D-Mom Blog
Don’t miss Leighann’s review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. http://www.d-mom.com/
June 26th @ Deborah Adam’s Blog
Stop by Deborah’s blog today and read her review of Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. http://www.deborah-adams.com/
June 27th @ Deborah Adam’s Blog
Visit Deborah’s blog again today and you can read a guest post by Joyce Shulman about the commitment to women walking their way to better. http://www.deborah-adams.com/
June 28th @ Bev A Baird’s Blog
Visit Bev’s blog today where she reviews Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better. https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/