Stories of a page traveler

The strength in our scars – by Bianca Sparacino is a reminder to you: No matter what you’re going through or where you are on your healing journey, you are strong.

This wonderful book isn’t a typical poetry book and still the poetry between the lines, between the steps we take in our healing is comforting.

This is the book I didn’t know I needed. Reading it was like getting a. tight hug from a friend. Have you ever felt like you didn’t deserve the good things in your life? This entire book will remind you that you’re worthy of all the love and care that you give to other people.

I am no longer afraid of the mess this healing will create, I am here to unravel. I am here to unpack these bones.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is healing through a difficult season. Even as painful memories and experiences return to us on those bad days, there’s always hope and a chance for redemption, forgiveness, and love.

It is all I have lost that has set me free.

The main takeaway from this book is, we cannot love others if we don’t love ourselves first.

You are not broken, you are becoming.

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Astrid Winkler Book review

From the banks of the pages, I am writing about books I read that inspire me and share my thoughts about them. I write about books I would love more people to read and get to know about or which truly inspired me or sent me down a roller coaster of feelings. Reading for me is one of my joys and pleasures in life and I love to forget time while reading books and get lost in their stories. 

Before I start my review of the next book I want to mention the book and my review contains a trigger warning. I will mention it in my post with TW. The trigger warning in this book and review contains themes of past domestic abuse and domestic violence.

This time book I want to talk about is “The Road Home” by Amy Alves

This sweet story is a friend’s to lovers’ small-town romance. Along the way, we meet Sean and Sadie a sweet yoga instructor and teacher who knocks mechanic Sean’s socks off in the waiting sense of the word. If only she knew Sean fell head over heels for her, she could have saved herself a lot of pain. But sometimes the road home gets bumpy and we have to learn the lessons along the way. 

Sean is a wonderful book boyfriend who waited patiently for her and helped her overcome the worst time in her life when she faced domestic abuse in her prior relationship she was there all the way down the road. 

Those two characters go through a lot and hold on to each other all the way and while you feel their pain you also have hope that there is light at the end of the road.

If I would need to choose a song for this book I would go for “I won’t let go” by Rascal Flatts. 

I wish every Sadie reading this, who suffered from domestic abuse and domestic violence, that you find your Sean on the road home. I enjoyed reading this book and hope I can inspire you to read it as well.

TW: I also want to point out, that abuse knows no gender and everyone can be a victim, so please always chose kindness over judgement. Because we do not know how arduous someone’s road home is.

If you need help, know someone who does, is a witness or suffered from domestic abuse, or domestic violence that made you feel small and alone, please know you are not alone. 

Here you can find information to help you to educate yourself on this topic which is so important.

I add all the books I read to my Goodreads list if you want to know more.

To recognize domestic abuse it is important that we understand and see the signs. Here is a list to help you understand and educate yourself on what is often overlooked in this complex issue.

From one Sadie to another, I see you, I feel you and you are worthy of so much more, do not give up. 

Lots of Love,


Information. about this reading:

This book is the 6th book of the LANDRY LOVE SERIES a set of interconnected, standalone, steamy small-town romance novels written in first person, dual POV, and with a happily-ever-after ending. No spoiler here because until we get there we have some obstacles to overcome.

For the record I would like to share the following information, this is an ARC reading. ARC is an advanced reader’s copy, it is a copy of a book before release intended for marketing and review purposes. Advanced reader copies can’t be sold and are given to bloggers, reviewers and booksellers for review and to help generate buzz about a book before it.

This book is available from 6th May 2022. 

You can get your own copy here.

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Make your Bed Astrid Winkler

A book recommendation series

From the banks of the pages, I am writing about inspiring books I read and my thoughts about them. I write about books I would love more people to read and get to know about or which truly inspired me or sent me down a roller coaster of feelings. Reading for me is one of my joys and pleasures in life and I love to forget time while reading a book. 

When a reader is asked, “Why do you read so much?” I think the best answer we give is because this one world is not enough for me. Because sometimes you can even find yourself in the pages of a book or it turns out it is just a dream you are holding in your hands.

I love reading different genres and am not stuck in only one because I also love to learn new things, sometimes even about myself. For today’s review, I want to share with you the following book.

Today’s read: Make your Bed by William H. McRaven

I heard about this book many times before and how much those people would recommend it to me before I get my hands on it and I was surprised it is only a small hardcover I received and I thought, oh that’s all it is? A Sunday afternoon read of 130 pages filled with inspiration and knowledge. This New York Times Bestseller is not a traditional self-help book, nor just a biography but a wonderful inspiration that for sure will stand the test of time.

First of all let me start to tell you a little bit about the Author, “Make your Bed”  is written by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) he served 37 years with great distinction as a Navy SEAL where he commanded every level as a four-star admiral. Early in the SEAL training and later in his different positions, he learned a lot about leadership, friendship and life.

He conducted all of his knowledge together in this book alongside heart touching and meaningful anecdotes to create this guide with a simple but great message. 

“Little things can change your life and maybe the world”

So what are those little things you might wonder? William McRaven shares 10 rules to follow every day to change our lives and if we stick to those rules every day we will be able to even change the world.

Changing Habits as such is never an easy task but maybe this is a little reminder for you, to take a small action every day.

Before I share a summary of these rules, I want to make it clear to fully understand the meaning of them. I highly recommend reading the original book so you won’t miss any of the touching meanings and the personal touch behind each rule. Take what resonates for you.


1 Make your bed start every day with a task completed.

2 Find someone to help you paddle through life.

3 Respect everyone by measuring a person by the size of their heart.

4 Know that life is not fair, get over being a sugar cookie and move forward.

5 You will fail often but do not be afraid failures make you stronger.

6 Take risks in life and slide down the obstacle headfirst.

7 Don’t back down from the sharks and face down bullies.

8  Step up when times are tough and always be your very best in the darkest moments.

9 Lift the downtrodden and start singing when you`re up to your neck in mud.

10 Don’t ever ever ring the bell – Never give up.


This timeless book holds wisdom and advice such as encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even when life doesn’t seem so easy. Thank you Admiral McRaven for sharing your knowledge and your service.

I hope  I could inspire you with this resume to change your life and the world around you with a small habit you might implement into your life. Let me know what you think in the comments and inspire each other with our stories of life or if you want to send me your book recommendations. Looking forward to reading from you.

If you want to know more about the stories behind the rules, get your copy here: Make your Bed by William H. Mc. Raven

I add all the books I read to my Goodreads list if you want to know more.

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