For those on your gift list who want to get their financial act together in 2018 (maybe its YOU), we offer books worth considering that can help you work smarter, not harder, plan for retirement, be a more savvy investor and collector, and increase your earnings:

The Five Hour Workday: Live Differently, Unlock Productivity and Find Happiness by Stephan Aarstol (www.lioncrest.com) offers a revolutionary way to look at your work life, work-life balance, and how to actually gain more financial and emotional freedom by working less hours per day.


Close Deals Faster by John Asher (www.asherstrategies.com) offers simple shortcuts to closing sales faster, an array of fundamental sales skills to perfect in order to overcome any sales resistance, and tips for connecting better with prospective customers.


Road Rules for Retirement by Mark Fried (www.advantagefamily.com) helps the reader craft a journey to retirement that is not only financially secure but also enjoyable.


Collect Value Divest, authored by The Savvy Appraiser Dr. Elizabeth Stewart (www.www.ElizabethAppraisals.com) provides you with a wealth of tools to determine what’s worth collecting and what you’ve already collected might be worth.


For those in job transition, Marion McGovern’s Thriving in the Gig Economy: How to Capitalize and Compete in the New World of Work (www.CareerPress.com) offers savvy advice on building your brand in the digital world.


Investment Strategies for Tortoises by Robert G. Kahl (www.pagepublishing.com) covers a broad range of investment topics for individuals who want to better manage their own investments, whether guided by a financial advisor or not.

Books that help ensure a more prosperous 2018 – Gotta Love It!



Here’s another addition to our list of great Christmas gift books for youngsters this holiday season — “Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day” by Karen B. Winnick, illustrated by Laura Watkins (www.mackids.com).

This book presents a compilation of six very charming tales about baby tigers, elephants, giraffes, rhino, pandas and gorillas and their mothers. It’s a great way to introduce children to the wild animal kingdom and to help them develop a sense of compassion regarding these endangered species.

Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day by Karen B. Winnick – Gotta Love It!


Encouraging a love of reading is one of the best gifts you can give any child this holiday season and we’ve come across some great suggestions for filling Christmas stockings when it comes to good books that expand the imagination:

Wipeout the Wave by Billy Baldwin, illustrated by Liesl Bell , from Decozen Books (www.decozenbooks.com) is the charming story of an adventurous young wave who goes traveling the Seven Seas around the globe to find his rightful place in the world.


Castle in Danger by Karen Rita Rautenberg and published by Wonderberry Press (www.karenrautenberg.com) takes young readers back in time to the exciting days of knights, castles and brave adventures in the Middle Ages.


Veronica and the Volcano by Geoffrey Cook and illustrated by Gabrielle Shamsey, published by Violet Moon (www.violetmoon.com), is the engaging tale of 10-year old Veronica and her search for pearls on the far side of Mount Mystery.


Mackensie Goes Adventuring by J.L. Baumann and illustrated by Gabriel Roman, from Post Mortem Publications ( http://www.postmortempublications.com), follows what happens when curious Snookie girl Mackenzie decides not to take her usual route home after school.

Good book as wonderful Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers – Gotta Love It!


Robert Eddison’s Wisdom & Wordplay  (www.filamentpublishing.com) makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone who enjoys aphorisms and witty sayings. 

This little book is cram-packed with 300 original one-liners to ponder on a broad range of subjects. Picking up and perusing these tidbits on a daily basis offers a fun and entertaining way to keep your mind young and active and your curiosity in tact.

Robert Eddison’s Wisdom & Wordplay – Gotta Love It!


When family, friends and loved ones aren’t near this holiday season, you can send them your best wishes with a gift basket from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, now celebrating its 15th anniversary (www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com).


We recently had the pleasure of taste-testing their Pineapple Dried Fruit Platter (pictured above), featuring 30 ounces of artfully arranged, sweet and tender, dried fruits, including Kiwi, Pineapple, Apricots, Figs, Dates and Apple Rings, all showcased on a reusable bamboo cutting board in the shape of a pineapple, the symbol of hospitality. This colorful treat is perfect for those on your list who love sweets but enjoy an offering that’s much healthier than traditional chocolate candy boxes. The Winter Wonderland Gift Basket is another great choice, offering a selection of boxed sweet and savory snacks, including popcorn, Ghirardelli chocolate bars, wafer cookies and peanut crunch.  There is something to fit everyone’s budget and the website offers several sale and free shipping options. 

Gifts from GourmetGiftBaskets.com – Gotta Love It!


“A Dog for Christmas” by Linda Byler (www.goodbooks.com) is a heartwarming story about a young boy and his brother during the Depression, the adversity and losses they experience, and how one special dog changes their life.

This book makes a meaningful holiday gift for dog lovers and anyone who has faced recent challenges and losses, to provide hope, renewal and a belief that Divine Providence will make all things right again.

A Dog For Christmas” by Linda Byler – Gotta Love It!


Parents who feel overwhelmed with the process of how to guide their children’s development in an increasingly complex world can gain valuable insight by using “The Birthday Rules: Critical Conversations to Have With Your Children” by Jeff Wald with Dr. Rachel Marsh (www.posthillpress.com).

This book covers the subject matters most helpful to discuss with children from the ages of 6 to 16, covering such topics as manners, personal hygiene, decision making, social media usage, dating, credit card and electronic device usage, and personal relationships. Having these valuable conversations with your children before issues arise can  help them make better decisions and avoid disappointment and unnecessary problems as they mature. The Birthday Rules can become a valuable annual tradition for every child’s birthday and makes a great holiday stocking stuffer for worried parents.

The Birthday Rules by Jeff Wald with Dr. Rachel Marsh – Gotta Love It!


Reading stories aloud among family members on Christmas Eve makes a lovely annual tradition. And the newly released “Homer for the Holidays”: The Further Adventures of Wilson the Pug (www.skyhorsepublishing.com) will be enjoyed by children of all ages, but especially dog lovers.

This book offers a charming story about the rescue of a lost baby Pug puppy and the role that Santa plays in helping to create a happy ending for everybody. Clever photographs that support the story add to the charm of this little volume, a great stocking stuffer for the holiday season!

Homer for the Holidays by Wilson the Pug with Nancy Levine – Gotta Love It!


Love Welcome Serve by Amy Nelson Hannon (www.centerstreet.com) represents a way of entertaining inspired by the author’s Southern grandmother Euna Mae on which most of these crowd-pleasing recipes are based.

This cookbook offers wonderful inspiration for the holiday buffet table, with such classic dishes as Comfort Chicken Pot pie, Hatch Green Chili Patty Melts, Brown Sugar Chili Over Cheese Grits, and Sunday Red Beans and Rice. But preacher’s wife and kitchen boutique owner Amy Hannon (http://www.eunamaes.com/2013/01/about-amy-hannon.html) offers cooks of all ages a wonderful enthusiasm about feeding the people in your life, whether it’s your immediate family  or a crowd of new friends. And she doesn’t forget about your sweet tooth in her first cookbook — a whole section of Love Welcome Serve is devoted to cakes, pies and other sugary treats. This book represents a nice change of pace from traditional party cookbooks.

Love Welcome Serve by Amy Nelson Hannon — Gotta Love It!


If you are looking for a cookbook that’s a good choice for the new bride or someone just starting out, The Welcome Home Cookbook by Hope Comeford (www.goodbooks.com) is an excellent choice.

This ring binder is filled with 450 classic comfort food dishes, accompanied by color photography,  that you can make with easily accessible and affordable ingredients, using a slow cooker, oven or stovetop. The recipe offerings are plain rather than fancy, good staples like Chicken & Dumplings, Salmon Loaf, Honey Roasted Carrots, and Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes. If you are at loss as to what to prepare for the week ahead, just flip through the pages of The Welcome Home Cookbook and you’ll find the inspiration you need. This is the kind of cookbook you will refer to again and again, and makes a great stocking stuffer! 

The Welcome Home Cookbook by Hope Comerford – Gotta Love It!