I owe a huge apology to Mary W. Walters. She emailed last fall and asked if I would be interested in reading her book Rita Just Wants to Be Thin, and I fell all over myself gushing yes, I would LOVE to read her book and give it a shout out on my blog. Guess who read the book and never gave it a shoutout??? Ol’ Reliable over here, that’s who. And Mary even mailed me an actual AUTOGRAPHED paperback copy FROM CANADA (hello crazy shipping fees) and I didn’t even mention her book at all. So, I am formally apologizing to Mary here and now:

Mary I am so sorry I didn’t uphold my end of our agreement. I suck. Feel free to say a few choice words under your breath (or out loud, whichever makes you feel better) about me. I hope you’ll forgive me. I really did enjoy your book! 

Here’s a description of Mary’s book (from Amazon.com):

As she breaks 200 pounds, and not in a good way, 29-year-old Rita finds herself married to a self-focused widower with two difficult kids and a mother who almost makes Rita’s own mother look like a role model—which is really saying something. Graham’s first wife, being dead, just keeps getting better and better in everyone’s memories while Rita just gets fatter and more aggravated. She’s tried every diet in the book, but it’s not until a family crisis forces her out the door that she discovers that the easiest way to lose weight is to get rid of the baggage on the inside. Funny and insightful, RITA JUST WANTS TO BE THIN is sure to make readers of all shapes and sizes feel better about themselves—and ultimately maybe even about Rita.

I’ll admit, I found it hard to find sympathy for Rita at first. She seemed so pathetic and pitiful that in the beginning I found it hard to feel for her, but once she starts discovering her worth, and by the end of the book, I was really rooting for her. This is a book about realizing that we are worth the time and the effort it takes to take care of ourselves – and if that isn’t the same journey I’ve been on for the last 6 months, then I don’t know what is.

As of this morning, it was listed on amazon.com for $2.99 for the Kindle version or for free if you have Kindle Unlimited. So affordable and a fun read! What’s not to love? Go buy this book and take some time to read over the weekend and show yourself some love!

A question for you: has there been a book that you’ve recently read that you really identified with or that touched you deeply? Comment below!