Room by Emma Donoghue

September 27, 2013

Room by Emma Donoghue is narrated by Jack, a five year old boy who has lived in a 11×11 room his entire life. It takes some getting used to Jack’s voice as the narrator. His sentences are somewhat choppy. Having a five year old son myself, I think Jack would have spoken a little better. […]

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Book Review: Heart Like Mine

September 17, 2013
heart like mine amy hatvany

This is the second book I have read by Amy Hatvany. The first I read was Best Kept Secret, which I really loved. Heart Like Mine is about a woman and a girl. Grace is a hard-working, professional woman who doesn’t want kids, but her fiancee, Victor, has two kids. Grace decides she can find […]

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Skinny Solutions to Weight Loss

September 10, 2013
the real skinny

Soup-only sustenance, detoxifying smoothies and fat-burning superfoods are just a few of the many ways people have attempted to lose weight in recent years. Although many diets can help a person shed unwanted pounds or get healthier, many more fail to address the problems boomerang dieters often face: the fundamental lifestyle choices that lead to […]

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Summer Reading Wrap-Up

September 2, 2013
Dead Ever After

I chose quite a few books to read this summer. I figured we would spend a lot of time at the pool. Then it rained. A lot. I did get most of the books read, but not all. FINISHED – I did like this book a lot. I didn't think it was as good as […]

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World War Z

August 16, 2013

World War Z is one of those smart books. One of those books where it bends your brain a little and you like it. One this I was really hoping for this book is that it would not be just another zombie book. It wasn't. The book is an oral history of the zombie war. […]

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Sharp Objects

July 30, 2013

After Gone Girl, I was pretty sure that I might be in literary love with Gillian Flynn. This book wasn't even on my summer reading list, but I ran across it at the library last week and couldn't resist. Sharp Objects was written before Gone Girl and had a fantastic review by Stephen King on […]

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Great Books for Boys

July 29, 2013

My 8 year old is a voracious reader. He will read just about anything he can get his hands on. I asked him what some of his favorite books/series were. Beware the Ninja Weenies Troll's Eye View Stuart Little The Lightening Thief – Percy Jackson books Sideways Stories from Wayside School Magic Treehouse A to […]

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The Glass Wives

July 15, 2013

The Glass Wives is a story of two women and their lives after the death of the {ex}husband. Evie, the first wife a mother to twins, is forced into a new redefinition of her life after Richard's death. She had finally found herself on solid ground again after divorcing the cheating Richard. Now she is […]

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Book Review: Life of Pi

July 8, 2013
Life of Pi

I had really high expectations for this book before reading it. It has been raved about and turned into a movie. Plus, I think tigers are cool. It held up to expectation. What really struck me about this book wasn't so much the plot, which was great, or the characters, which were great, but the […]

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Book Review: Gone Girl

July 1, 2013
Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was listed as a must read on many lists and a top book club pick. I can see why. Gone Girl is the story of Nick and Amy. They meet, they fall in love, they get married, and Amy goes missing. While this book starts off like any wife goes […]

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Book Review: Call Me Zelda

June 27, 2013
Call Me Zelda

I started this book with the intention of reading it slowly, taking it in piece by piece and enjoying every second. I loved Erika Robuck's last book, Hemingway's Girl, and I wanted to love this one just as much. The book opens and immediately you are swept into the place and time with Anna, a […]

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The New Interest in Documentary Films – A Top 10 List

June 26, 2013
being elmo

Netflix has sparked an entirely new interest in documentaries. There are tons of documentaries on Netflix that are free to view and we have found some really great ones! 1. Finding Elmo – Despite the recent bad press surrounding Kevin Clash, this is a great watch. Kevin recounts his experience from making his own puppets […]

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Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

June 11, 2013

This is the mostly true biography of the web famous The Bloggess. If you love her blog, you will love this book. The book really seems to be an extension of the blog but she explains a lot more about her history. She is a force to be reckoned with. She can get Nathan Fillion […]

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Summer Reading List

May 30, 2013
Dead Ever After

I will probably need therapy after I finish this book. I have really loved this series. *Update, I found out there will be a book 13 1/2! REVIEW I have already started this and literally laugh out loud. *Do not read if easily offended. Check out her blog – The Bloggess REVIEW From the writer […]

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Book Review – The Paris Wife

May 3, 2013
The Paris Wife

I've been on a major reading kick lately. Most likely because I've been sick and haven't felt like doing much else. After reading Hemingway's Girl which you HAVE to read I knew I had to read this book as well.  Plus Erika Robuck's new book Call Me Zelda won't be out until May 7th. The […]

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Book Review – The Fault in Our Stars

April 30, 2013

This is a cancer book. And not just any cancer book, a book about cancer and teenagers and love. A book about the unfairness that exists in life. And the beauty. Hazel is the main character of this story and if you read other reviews, yes, she is overly wise for being only 16 years […]

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Book Review – The Casual Vacancy

April 25, 2013
the casual vacancy

I almost didn't want to read this book, but it sat on my bookshelf staring me in the face, daring me to take a chance. I'm sure many people felt that way after loving Harry Potter so much. Writers just don't make the switch from youth to adult fiction very well. The Casual Vacancy takes […]

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Book Review – The Affair by Colette Freedman

April 19, 2013
the affair

The Affair by Colette Freedman is a story in three parts. After 18 years of marriage, Kathy suspects her husband is having an affair. She is right. Part 1 of the book tells Kathy's story. I think all women who have ever been in a long term relationship can relate to Kathy. She asks tough […]

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Book Review – Wife 22

February 22, 2013
wife 22

Wife 22 is an almost too honest story of a woman who, in the middle of her life, realizes she has lost track of herself and her dreams. Her tale of raising children, hitting her 20 year wedding anniversary, and trying to refind her passion for life is wrapped up in a thoroughly modern world. […]

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Book Review: Hemingway’s Girl

January 25, 2013

Hemingway's Girl is a historical fiction novel that is a must for anyone who love Hemingway or love stories. The book is sent in Key West during the 1930s when Hemingway spends his time writing, drinking, and boxing. He meets Mariella, a young woman who is trying to support and hold her family together after […]

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Book Review: The American Heiress

January 16, 2013
The American Heiress

If you love anything about turn of the English aristocracy or rich Americans, you will adore this book. Cora Cash is the wealthiest heiress in America, and as the book opens, she is thinking about marriage. There are several things I love about Cora. She isn't trying to be "better" than her friends. She isn't […]

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The Willpower Instinct

January 10, 2013

Willpower is something that we all wish we had more of. In her new book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., teaches us how to harness our willpower and use it for good, not evil. This is not one […]

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Books Read in 2012

December 27, 2012

My goal this year was to read 30 books. I didn't quite make it, but I'm making the same goal again in 2013! 1. The Hunger Games 2. Catching Fire 3. MockingJay 4. The Last Nude – Read my review here. 5. simple secrets to a happy life – Review 6. Best Kept Secret 7. […]

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Great Thoughts Book Club Back for February 2013

December 13, 2012

I am so excited I can barely stand myself. The Great Books Book Club is back! The next selection is Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck. You can enter to win a copy here from Great Thoughts. February 6, 2013 8-9 pm CST On Twitter, hashtag #gr8books Erika Robuck will be joining us to discuss the […]

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

October 25, 2012

I found this list online here and I couldn't resist. All 250 books were either mention by or read by Rory on the show. How many have you read? *1984 by George Orwell *The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain *Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (TBR) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay […]

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John Irving on Banned Books

October 3, 2012

It's Banned Books week. I have stated before that I do not believe in banning books. Ever. Never ever. I talked about it last year and gave you a list of the 100 most banned books of the last 20 years. This year I ran across a letter John Irving wrote in response to one […]

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Book Review: The Night Circus (GIVEAWAY)

August 23, 2012

Not since Harry Potter have I been immersed in such a magical world or taken on such an incredible journey. The circus arrives without warning. It opens at sundown and closes at sunrise. What goes on beneath the tents of the circus are things that are seemingly only possible in an adeptly intelligent imagination. It […]

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Book Review – Island of Lost Girls

June 25, 2012

This is the story of two lost girls. And a rabbit. There are two reasons I am highly recommending this book. One of them is not because this was on the list of the most chosen books for book clubs. 1. Mystery – This story has so many twists and turns you might as well […]

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Summer Reading List

June 5, 2012

I don't know what it is about summer is that my brain empties itself of everything except for sunlight, relaxing, Sonic Dr. Pepper floats and cherry limades, and reading. Reading and reading. Here is my summer reading list so far. I'm pretty sure there is no way possible to get through all of these books, […]

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Book Review: Socialpunk #1 – WIN an iPad 3 or Kindle Fire!

April 30, 2012

Brief Description: Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot […]

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Book Review: The Soldier’s Wife

April 9, 2012

I read The Soldier's Wife for the Great Thought Book Club. Join us for the discussion on Tiwtter! When: Thursday, April 26h, 8-9 PM CST, Hashtag #Gr8books The Soldier's Wife is easily one of my favorite books I've read in a while. It is an easy read but will get you intensely involved. Set in […]

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Book Review: simple secrets to a happy life

April 5, 2012

simple secrets to a happy life by Luci Swindoll is a simple, straightforward list of 50 ways to make the most of every day, all with a biblical basis. She starts with some basics like organizing your stuff and keeping your word. She also gives nine tips for achieving balance in your life. What I […]

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The Last Nude

February 1, 2012

No, I'm not talking about me. I'm talking about the book by Ellis Avery. Today you can find my review of this book at Great Thoughts.

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Secret Daughter – Book Review

August 16, 2011
Books to Read

Secret Daughter is one of those books that takes you by surprise. After reading the first couple of chapters, I expected to walk away from this book not liking it at all. The story centers around two mothers, Kavita and Sommer. Kavita lives in rural India while Sommer lives in California. Kavita opens the novel […]

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Cinch Review – The Diet That Works

December 15, 2010

Just in time for New Years Resolutions! Most people put on extra weight during the holidays. There are just too many goodies to eat. Then we make resolutions to diet. Lose those holiday pounds. That lasts a few hours, days at most. Cinch outlines a plan that is easy to follow and produces results. There […]

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Adopted Ed Review

December 8, 2010

ADOPTED ED is a simple, easy-to-read and understand children’s book with important underlying messages of personal empowerment and social pressures and acceptance. It focuses on the life of Eddie, an adopted little boy, who is just like every other boy and girl. At school, when he is teased by bullies about being adopted, his mom […]

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