Welcome to another opportunity to spark some creativity by spotlighting some themes in our reads.

Hosted by Reading Between Pages, today’s theme will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

Another apt one for the holiday season.



Today I’m digging down to books that I’ve had on my shelves for awhile and finding some treasures.

Balancing Acts, by Zoe Fishman, is a contest win I received months ago from Book Journey.



A poignant debut novel about the transformative powers of yoga and friendship for four women on the verge of realizing their dreams

With beauty, brains, and a high-paying Wall Street position, Charlie was a woman who seemed to have it all—until she turned thirty and took stock of her life, or lack thereof. She left it all behind to pursue yoga, and now, two years later, she’s looking to drum up business for her fledgling studio in Brooklyn. Attending her college’s alumni night with fliers in tow, she reconnects with three former classmates whose post-graduation lives, like hers, haven’t turned out like they’d hoped.

Romance book editor Sabine still longs to write the novel that’s bottled up inside her. Once an up-and-coming photographer and Upper East Side social darling, Naomi is now a single mom who hasn’t picked up her camera in years. And Bess, who dreamed of being a serious investigative journalist a la Christiane Amanpour, is stuck in a rut, writing snarky captions for a gossip mag. But at a weekly yoga class at Charlie’s studio, the four friends, reunited ten years after college, will forge new bonds and take new chances—as they start over, fall in love, change their lives…and come face-to-face with haunting realities.


My Snippet:

“Mama, where are you going?”  Noah asked suspiciously.  “How come you have that stuff on your lips?”

Naomi laughed.  She couldn’t get anything past her son, or the Inspector, as she liked to call him.  Noah needed to know everything, all the time.  “Who is that?  How does this work?  What is milk made of?  Why is your tummy sticking out?”  This last question had come quite recently, when Naomi had attempted to squeeze herself back into a pair of jeans that had last seen the light of day in 1998….


This excerpt made me laugh…been there, done that!

What did you discover today?  Come on by and share, please….


8 thoughts on “THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES — DEC. 22

    • Well, the best I can hope for is that I can still fit into the ones I have had for the past four years. Forget about the ones from my younger days…sigh.

      Thanks for stopping by, Bev, and enjoy your week.


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