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Books Review!

25 Jan

Gosh, what a slump 2010 was for book reading for me! YIKES! I didn’t want to start off 2011 with a book reading slump and I was trying to get through Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and it was moving fast…slow…fast…slow… and I was really looking for something to really get me back into reading because I vaguely remembered from 2009 I loved doing it…

SO when I got back from vacation I had two emails from my local library sent to me back to back telling me the two books I had on reserve were mine!! I was completely excited as I thought these two books might be the turning point of my reading!

AND I WAS RIGHT!!

2 books in 1 week.

Since it has been forever since I reviewed a book here are ratings:

 0-4 star rating.  {0} = oh gosh I didn’t finish the book it was THAT bad. {1} I finished the book, but not before it took a piece of my soul! HA! {2} average book and it was somewhat enjoyable. plot, characters, or ending could have been better. {3} really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to someone looking for a new book to read {4} blew my socks off! Couldn’t put the book down and probably didn’t speak to my husband or go to bed until it was finished! fabulous!

I gave it a 4 because I gave all the others in this series a rating of 4.  All 4 books were fantastic and although I am not sure blew my socks off is the best words for this book as it wasn’t mind blowing.  It did have the qualities of a 4 because I read this book in ONE DAY.  After a year slump like I had this is amazing feat and I am so thankful for Nora Roberts for giving me the love of books back into my life.  It felt so good to be swept away with characters and staying up late to read and going to my happy reading place that I missed so much.  If you love weddings, romance, and a quick read this quartet is for you!! This is the last book so I would recommend the Vision in White book to start off with.  This book ended the quartet well and I was really pleased with the ending.  SO GOOD!!

To keep up with my reading I went directly into another book…Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi

I gave this a 4 star and it really did knock my socks off.  I have always been interested in body image articles, movies, books, etc. and so I was really interested to see her struggle and her recovery.  She didn’t dissapoint! It was one of the first times I really understood what bulemia and anorexia and really how it impacts a person, a family, etc.  She was very graphic and as a person who struggles with dieting, weight gain, calorie counting I could really relate (but in a different way) about the struggles with weight.  I also was amazed by the book because I watched Ally McBeal and remember one episode where she is standing in the bathroom with just lingerie on and remember thinking “gosh if I could only look like THAT she is so beautiful” and in the book she talks about this episode and how she really felt in that moment.  It really blew my mind and gave me the AHA moment! The book was mostly based around that era of her being on Ally McBeal which I could really relate to since I watched the show.  It was a really great book and I stayed up to read the book and to me that is a sign of a really really great book. 

As for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…I love the premise of the book and thought I would fly by it because whenever this is a mystery of sorts to a book I JUST NEED TO KNOWWWWW but this book is kinda strange to me. I can’t get as swept up as I normally do and when I am really I am totally into the book and I feel it is a page turner BUT as soon as put it down to do something or go somewhere I don’t have the desire to pick the book back up.  SO it is going fast when I read, slow when I put it down…I am never like this with a book so it will be interesting to rate this book once completed.  I haven’t given up on it but it is slow going…

Sucess & Pay it Forward

19 Nov

so today was a success in the fact that I made my first trip to pick up my first book I had requested through the online library system.  I was in and out of the library in 60 seconds with a book I am very excited to read and was smiling on the way out of the library.  this is a first. Plus I walked back from the library and had a nice crisp vigorous walk. bonus.  keep you posted on how The Privileges by Jonathan Dee is–heard it is a page turner.

Because I am feeling so successful right now I thought I would pay it forward to my lovely readers in the form of an awesome website called groupon that I recently learned about.  I may be the only one in the dark on this one as I had kinda heard about it awhile back, but didn’t really understand it.  Basically there is 1 new coupon every single day–for instance yesterday it was purchase a $25.00 GC to American Apparel and get a $50.00 GC {you save $25.00 buckaroos–which I totally snatched up!}.

What is the catch????

The catch is that enough people that day need to purchase the coupon in order for people to get the deal.  So say yesterday if only 10 people purchased the GC for American Apparel they would send you an email saying thanks for wanting this groupon but unfortunately we didn’t get enough people to purchase to make it happen.  No harm done as they take no money out of your account until they send you an email that says “Congrats enough people purchased for this great deal to occur! YIPPPEEE!!” {they may leave out the yipppee part. lol.}

You can also do it by the city nearest you and so you can get a groupon for resturants, spa services, stores, products.  You name it they have it.  There is only 1 coupon a day so you obviously need to check back each day–but it is totally worth it!!

 

Happy Weekend Everyone!!

Reading…

25 Aug

just another quick post…

I was looking at my blog this morning before I headed out to get my staff breakfast and I realized I haven’t changed the book I am reading all summer long.

want to know why?

because I have been reading this ONE BOOK FOR MONTHS ON END.

and sadly I am only really half way through.

it is not a hard read, it is kinda interesting, but it just never grabbed my attention and I am not one to just let a book linger.  It is my never give up mentality that just makes me finish a book unless it is the worst book ever and I could care less about it, but seriously even then I have only done it once.  {The Road, Cormac McCarthy}

the saddest part is that there are a ton of books I want to read, but I keep telling myself not until the Weight of Silence is completed.

so I am making a deal with myself because I need to move on from this book….and soon. If I am not done by the end of September I am just going to give up on it and have someone tell me the ending so I can move on with my leisure reading. 

anyone else pick up a book that lasts forever and a day to read but can’t move on from it??

SAVE THE DATE!

22 Jul

March 29, 2011!!

Yes, you read the cover right….Sweet Valley High is BACK!!! Tell me that you didn’t read about Elizabeth and Jessica 1.4 million times over and over again.  And swoon over their awesome life as beautiful twins with beautiful boyfriends. {sigh}.  I loved every minute of reading these books and then when the TV show came out I was just as addicted.  I was completely HOOKED and sadly have forgotten all about these awesome twins….UNTIL NOW!!! Seriously I am jumping out of my seat to read this book–it would have been a great summer read but I guess moody march will be good too.  I mean I am sure the quality of writing is right on target with the Sweet Valley High books but I am still going to soak up every page of this book.  Anyone with me???

If you absolutely can’t wait until March there is a sneak peek of the first chapter here.  As of right now I am going to fight reading the first chapter so I can enjoy the book as a whole–but ask me in a month or two if this is the same answer.  {squeeeellll}

Anyone else pumped for reading this book…come on I wont tell anyone your secret?? HAHA!

In other news we won 2nd place again in trivia…2 our of the 3 times we have played we have won 2nd place!! GO US!! We are dying for 1st place but there is always NEXT wednesday…

Gift that Keeps on Giving…

12 Feb

So my husband and I are not exchanging gifts although I got a really sweet surprise yesterday in lue of a gift {more on that later}–but I wanted to let all the couples out there know about a really great gift that would continue to give as the years progressed.  IF you have read my blog from the very beginning you will know that I have talked about this gift before in this post.

The gift is a book called The 5 Love Languages.  It really works if both partners read the book at the same time {so buying two would be a great investment} and it allows you to understand your own “love language” and your partner’s love language.  The five languages {how you love to recieve love} are: words of affirmation, quality time, recieving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.  Throughout the book you start to realize what your love language is and it gives you suggestions and ideas for telling your partner about your love language and when you partner reads the chapter it gives them suggestions on what their partner might be looking/wanting to feel loved.  It talks about if you are not the same love language and how to handle something that may be uncomfortable for you to do, but what your partner would love.  It also talks about which love languages are similiar and so it is easier for each partner to express what the other person is needing to feel loved.  It is a very quick read {for partners who hate reading!} and it is very easy to follow.  It does have a small undertone of religiousness to it, but it is very minor and nothing that would turn someone off to reading it

Just to get you thinking here are some of characteristics of the different love languages {can you figure your love language out? your partners?}:

Words of Affirmation: UNSOLICIETED comments mean the world to you. You absolutely love hearing “I love you”, “Thank You”, “You look great today”, “Dinner was great” etc.

Quality Time: Instead of words meaning the world to you…time means the world to you. Having undivided attention with your partner is what you absolutely loveeee.  Doing things together is the BEST!

Recieving Gifts: You are NOT materialistic. You thrive on the thoughfulness and effort behind the gift.  To you the gift and the price of the gift doesn’t matter–but the fact that they thought of you, and your wants and needs and took the time to get it is what makes you feel absolutely loved. 

Acts of Service: The words “Let me do that for you” is music to your ears.  A small act of vaccuuming, putting laundry away, doing the dishes makes you feel loved and speaks volumes to the person. Anything that would ease the burden for you really makes you feel special and loved.

Physical Touch: Not to be confused with loving sex.  It isn’t all about the bedroom {although it doesn’t hurt!}.  A person who loves physical touch is well, very touchy.  Loves hugs, holding hands, massages, and thoughtful touches on the arm. Physical attention makes them feel loved and appreciated and the way they like to show affection. 

Seems to simple to be true, right? Just read a book together with your partner and things will fall into place??? The short answer is YES! The long answer is that both need to take the book seriously and you need to have good discussion as you read the book and at the end to talk about what you learned about yourselves, your partner and each other.  It is the best tool that my husband and I used and our pastor at our wedding actually talked about how we changed once we read this book during our wedding ceremony.  it is that good. 

Some things that my husband and I hold on to after we have read the book…

-finding out what our love languages are and finding suggestions to make your partner feel loved.

-understanding that we are opposite love languages which makes it a little harder and uncomfortable to do the things that make our partner feel loved but that doing them are necessary to happiness in the relationship

-It really opened up my eyes in regards to my actions and what I was doing/not doing to make my partner feel loved {and vice versa}. 

-the things we have been doing for each other to show our love have been actually the things WE like for ourselves. GO FIGURE! I do surprises for my husband all. the. time. {because I loveeeeee surprises like no one’s business} Well come to find out he doesn’t even remotely feel as loved when I give him a surprise as if I rubbed his back when watching a movie. haha. {guess what love languages we are?haha}

-We are now more concious of our actions towards each other and we realize that although we have a primary love language that all four of these are important in a relationship at some level. 

So instead of getting a gift that will be stuck in a drawer and perhaps not used past the first day get two copies of this book and watch your relationship grow and see that this gift truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

NOTE: your partner may groan and gripe in doing this “project,” but stand your ground because in the end they will thank you and probably make their job easier at the end of the day!

So my love language is “recieving gifts” {and yes I did feel materialistic at first…}.  Once I got over the I AM NOT ALL ABOUT GIFTS! I came to realize that I do like the effort behind a gift, and the thoughtfulness, and I really really love the surprises.  To me, knowing me so well to know what I want/need without asking me or making me do the details is just the best gift ever.  So after reading the book my husband’s eyes opened really wide finally understanding some of the hints/whining/tips about surprises over the years and now he is really concious of this and does a great job leaving me cute notes, small gestures, random surprises, and sometimes big surprises! Yesterday was no exception! He got out of work early and decided to bring me these to my office….awwww i love him.

Happy  {early} Valentine’s Day!!

Finally A Book!!

24 Jan

Finally I sat down and read a book last weekend.  I figured that with all the movies that I have been watching I needed to use my imagination to make the characters for myself rather than the directors.  And I am so glad that I did.  This book that I read was sad, has guts and soul, kept me guessing, and really I learned a ton about a tragic event–the Holocost.  Instead of it being placed in Germany the book is centered in France, which was a great twist in learning about the Holocost.  So if you are looking for a deeper meaning book please get your hands on Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  I warn you that this book just sucks you in and I actually read this book in one day.  I couldn’t put it down and when I did do play with my adorable neice I was thinking about what would happen next in the book.

If you read this let me know what you think because it was definately a moving book for me.  The next book I am going to start is Knit Two which is the sequel to the Friday Night Knitting Club {was my best book of 2009 that I read}. I will keep you posted!

Happy Reading!!

xoxoxoxo