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Millionaires for the Month!

Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, give me a penny doubled, this book was a great read!

Benji and Felix should have never been field trip partners, but they are and their lives are never the same. They find a wallet that belongs to a billionaire. They return it—but not without using the $20 bill in the wallet to buy themselves lunch. After all, a billionaire isn’t going to miss $20.

Alas, this billionaire does. Then she offers the boys a challenge and the fun begins.

The alternating point of view of the main characters made MILLIONAIRES FOR THE MONTH super engaging. I felt like I was in the challenge to spend $5.3 million with them. It also left room for me to wonder how I would spend all the money without accumulating assets or telling anyone. A tough task indeed.

Stacy McAnulty has a keen sense for introducing math (and, in this case, finance) concepts into her books without it feeling like a lesson, which makes me a big fan! (Extra bonus points for all the Broadway star references!)

I like to read some of the same books as my kids so we can talk about them (and they get a kick out of seeing me read something they recommend). Some of their books are less than interesting to anyone over the age of 15, but I highly recommend this book for kids and adults alike. It will lead to some interesting conversations and chance to see how their brain works!

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The Rose Court

The Rose Court (The Unchosen Series Book 2)The Rose Court by Kristin J Dawson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first book in this series (THE LILAC PLAGUE) is a true heroine’s journey with determination and pluck in spades. The second book, THE ROSE COURT, ups the ante tenfold. This high fantasy has everything you want in a book that you can’t put down. Just like Nicoleta, I was trying to figure out who to trust and how to navigate the Rose Court. Every time I thought I had something or someone figured out, the story went off in unexpected and surprising directions. The magical elements were used in fantastic ways, but the real story was in the strong heroine, the well drawn characters, and their relationships. And, now I can’t wait for the third book! I can’t imagine what’s in store next.

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Chasing the Bright Side

Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story

Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story

by Jess Ekstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you could change the voice in your head to a different voice like you do on an app on your phone, I would highly suggest changing it to Jess Ekstorm’s voice. Her positivity is contagious and empowering. Chasing the Bright Side is, of course, about optimism, but not a put-on-the-rose-colored-glasses-and-everything-will-be-okay optimism. This is optimism in the face of struggle, disappointments, and naysayers. It’s about trying to figure out life/business/relationships as you go and choosing to move forward when things don’t go the way you anticipated. Jess’ book is the fan to the flame of the dream you didn’t think you should dare to dream. If you need some positivity in your life (and who doesn’t?), I highly recommend this book. In fact, get two copies so you can tear out all the inspiring quotes to wallpaper your house.

Grab yourself come positivity here!

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