Road Trips, Reflections and #AmReading #BookList


Road trips, reflection and reading are a perfect combination for so many of us. Somehow the chance to leave our comfort zone to see new sights and meet new people opens up our minds to new possibilities. With our teen attending college two hours away, weekend visits are often prime time to indulge in the pages of an enticing book from my evergrowing book list while hubby is at the wheel. Honestly, our family uses family travel time to reconnect personally and to reflect on life's great mysteries or simply invest abundant energy into the lives of passing motorists. Are you looking for some good reads for your #AmReading book list for when you're on the road?

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Recently, I fell in love with the book Stuff You Already Know and Everyone Should written by author Gina DeLapa. I was beyond excited to discover, Stuff You Already Know and Every College Student Should, her follow-up book written exclusively for my daughter, in my mind, at least. Divulging 367 insightful tips and tricks of the trade that range from stating the obvious to propelling greatness. Inspiring from the message in her "Note to Reader" advising, "Set yourself up for success." Once again, there is a personal fave that I just have to share. I can really relate to #139- "Let your respect come through in your tone, as well as in your choice of words." Can you hear me now?



An old adage that I remember having heard at some point in my life, "You can't have a testimony without a test." Those words resound and ring true in every single word on every single page of The Power of Legacy: Personal Heroes of America's Most Inspiring People. Authored by Randy Sutton, heed the advice, "Prepare yourself for a journey, because you’re about to meet some of our nation’s most successful people — and those who made them who they are." The pages of my book are tear-stained as I was so moved with emotion. An uplifting read that will be revisited many times again to build the power of my legacy.



The abundance of financial information available from so many sources that it is often difficult to find the advice that is best for your situation. Reading  Customize Wall Street: Take Control of Your Financial Future is comparable to having a close friend explain the in's and out's of nearly all there is to know. With a combination of factual knowledge and  the detailed explanations of his four goals, author Harvey Neiman provides the foundation to "establish our goals, implement an achievable plan, and use the tools afforded to all of us to secure our financial future without gimmicks, luck, insider information, or secret formulas. 



Have you ever taken a moment to reflect on your life's story? How will the world remember your experiences and accomplishments? In the touching book, One of Everything author Donna Carol Voss shares her highs and her lows along with all facets of her life in an enticingly transparent memoir. As I read Voss' story, there was amazement at the retrospective clarity of her life combined with the bond of having also endured through the inevitable process of maturation. "And what you have is a memoir capable of sating anyone's need for a great read. From shame to self-acceptance, from sexual ambiguity to definitive choice, from skepticism to belief, Donna Carol Voss's journey from childhood through marriage and motherhood is both unique and universal, a story that will resonate long after the last page is read."




The reality of the road trips in my life are not so much trendy sunglasses on, bare feet on the dashboard, music blaring getaway escapes. Life on the road is actually too hot to handle car seat restraints, baby wipes and rocking out to Radio Disney. Fittingly, I have the tot-approved, Take a Peek with Peek-a-Bear Take a Peek with Peek-a-Bear (Peek and Play) on my #AmReading list. Initially, the bright red cover of this interactive board book written by Jill Mangel Weisfeld grabbed  out tot's attention, however, as we began to read the book, he was an active participant in uncovering all of the take-a-peek fun. Most appealing to our four year-old is the hands-on participation in story time. Each page reveals a different friend for little learners to discover. The combination of a fun surprise and a familiar character make for a special reading experience.

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Denise Murray Wong

Hi! I'm Denise, a media-friendly, New York based, freelance writer with a background in Early Childhood Education. My blog, niecyisms and nestlings focuses on everyday living, family, parenting life and style, and healthy lifestyles. Denise and her husband, along with their three wonderful children and two rescued cats live in the rural mountains within the beautiful scenic Hudson Valley of Upstate, NY.