Thursday, February 12, 2015

Come Lean In With Me!

I recently found a copy of Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In in the donations for the Friends of the Library Book Sale.  It intrigued me and I thought that I might check it out.  So come take a seat at the table and lean into my thoughts on Lean In.

In this book Sheryl shares with us about modern feminism.  She begins by discussing the history of the Womens’ movement.  It is important to see how important the work of this movement influences the current generation. She takes us through the past and uses several sociological studies to support her conclusions.  

The topics mostly focus on the struggle for women to grow and maintain leadership in the job force.  Do women really need to have permission to join the good old boys network?   Can we expect true partnership with a future mate or our current mate in marriage?  Are men open to the possibilities of including women? 

In the work place what is defined as true mentorship of a colleague?  How can women gain this type of mentorship?  Is there still room to grow for both genders?

My Thoughts: 

I was very interested in Sheryl’s message to women.   She expresses the message very well through using both the sociological studies and her own experiences.   Her ultimate message is that we women need to stick together.  We also need to be considered equals with our male counterparts.   I hope that this is something that we can see growth in the future.  I hope that true partners are available in the future. 

I would attribute much of Ms. Sandberg’s success to networking.  She had the right contacts to move forward in her career.  She also is obviously gifted in the business field.  I agree with her that networking is the key to moving forward in any career.   I still struggle with wanting to stay at a company rather than looking for the necessary pieces to move forward to the next opportunity. 

You can check out various Lean In communities on Facebook or find more information on the Lean In Organization on Facebook Page, Twitter, or Website.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Can the Tide Include Waves from the Past?

Thank you to Library Journal for the fabulous recommendation of Gina Holmes.  I recently had a chance to read her novel Driftwood Tides.  I could not wait for an opportunity to share her work with you.  I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed!


Libby Slater just picked up the lab results of genetic compatibility test with some interesting results.  This test should show the type of family she and Rob her fiancĂ© should have.  The major difference is the blood work which Libby confronts her mother Caroline.  Caroline reveals that Libby is adopted.  Who are her real parents?  Her mother Adele was killed in a car accident long ago, but her father is still alive.   Holton is an artist that creates fabulous pieces of art out of driftwood.  There are some complications such as Holton has been unable to get over the death of his wife.  The second is how he chose to deal with the problem.  Will Libby be able to get through and reveal herself or will it be too late?  Will her actual family give her the room to learn who she really is?

My Thoughts: 

As I mentioned above Gina Holmes is a new author to me.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this novel Driftwood Tides!  I found it extremely easy to read!  It is also well written!  The genre is Christian fiction.  She strikes me as being similar to Elin Hilderbrand.   I look forward to reading others.  The author has chosen to tackle some difficult topics with alcoholism, adoption, and control.   She also explores the ability of Libby the daughter to break away from both her mother and her fiancĂ© to truly become who she is meant to be. 

This novel would be great for a Readathon or to read at the beach!



Please visit Gina on her Facebook page and her Website.