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Almost 100 Top Rated Books (Mostly Nonfiction)

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I love books so much that I used to roller skate up and down my block while reading my latest library book. Yes, I was THAT cool as a kid. As an adult, I worked at Barnes & Noble Booksellers for 20 years. Now that I'm self employed, I read more than ever. I listen to audio books while I make jewelry, and I read most evenings.  I've read and loved each one of these books. I'm only including books that have at least a 3.7 average star rating on Goodreads. Most of them are nonfiction: memoirs, psychology, self help,...

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What I Learned After 6 Months of Mindful Eating

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I transformed a fancy Prosecco Bellini candle into two chocolate donuts. Magic? Nope. I smelled the best candle at my hair salon last summer. It was a $27 Prosecco Bellini candle from Voluspa. It smelled like a sparkling peach Bellini cocktail. I really wanted it, but I reminded myself I was on a budget, and I went on my merry way.  I stopped at a grocery store to pick up a few things on the way home. I found myself standing in front of the pastry case. It was a uncharacteristic move. Donuts are usually reserved for a special weekend...

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Easy DIY Gift Idea: Make Personalized Ribbon & Paper Bookmarks for $1

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 DIY bookmarks are the perfect gift for the book lovers in your life! Custom paper bookmarks are beautiful personalized gifts for teachers, students and book clubs. Each bookmark cost about $1 to make. 

I belong to two book clubs, and they bring me such joy. I gave these printed ribbon bookmarks to the members of both book clubs.

I've been in my neighborhood book club for about two and a half years. I made this colorful word bookmark with the title of every book we've read together. We've read about 25 books so far. I love to chat about books, so feel free to ask me about any of the books on the bookmark. Most of them are nonfiction

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