Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Place of Yes

This book is part self-help and part biography. It's a great book for anyone who is a fan of Bethenny, if you aren't and are just buying it for the self-help part, I don't think you'll really like it because she talks about her life a lot. But I find her interesting. And considering how crappy her childhood was, its quite impressive of where she is now. Most kids now days who's parents got divorce while the child was at a young and then were never around would probably end up in jail or knocked up at 15. But Bethenny managed to overcome that and build a business and 'come from a place of yes.'. This book goes though how to break the chain of your past, understand what you dislike about you life and find ways to fix it, how to act now on the things you want, learn to except that it's ok to be different, pretty much everything that you've learn from every other self help book, but I think it was a little bit easier to understand because it was coming from someone who has their own reality show, so you kind of get the feeling that you know them a little. At some points I kind of felt like she was using this as a chance to talk about herself instead of using it to help people. But all in all, it had some great advice which I hope to keep in mind as I go through life.

Monday, March 28, 2011

I Am Number Four

I wanted to read this book because it was made into a movie and one of my friends was really excited to go see the movies, so of course (like always) I wanted to read the book to see just why people had turned it into a movie. I don't really know what to say about the book. It wasn't bad, definitely interesting and quick enough that I wanted to keep reading it. But not great enough that I would read it again. It's an alien book. 9 kids and their watcher escape from another planet and come to Earth. I think I missed the reason why the came to Earth, but now the bad guys are out to hunt the good people. In order of their numbers. How OCD is that? So the first 3 get killed off and now they are on the hunt for our main character John. He and his person Henri have moved to Ohio and John falls in love and gets a best friend and doesn't want to ever have to leave. But of course the bad guys show up and theres and ugly fight and someone dies. The ending was sad. But of course left off so a second book could be made. It made me want to watch the movie.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Reshaping It All

I'm not a religious person, but I started following the author on Twitter because I was a Full House fan, and in her Tweets she always sounds so happy and loving life and people who have read her book would comment on how helpful and wonderful it is and changed their lives. And since I feel like my life has gone off track and I don't know which way I'm going or who to trust, I thought I'd check her book out.
It's a religious/self-help/weight loss/biography book. The concept for the book was great. She let the reader in on her life growing up in front of the camera, how she met her hubby, her kids, pets, and included her struggles with her weight and how she managed to lose 25 lbs and keep it off while throwing out some religious verses. All in all, I kind of felt like it was a little choppy and unorganized. Like one paragraph she is talking about self disciplant and then in the next she is talking about clean out the clutter in your house. Which I guess they can go hand in hand, but there needed to be some better transitioning. Or trying to compaire her dog to God. I didn't quite get that.
I don't think this book is going to be life changing for me, it will make me think about the foods I eat, since basically she lost weight by eating healthy foods and exercise. Apparently this works. And eat things in moderation. So simple yet so hard.
She does include some recipes at the end of each chapter and they actually look pretty yummy and easy to follow. She also includes a letter written to her from a fan in each chapter, which was pretty much the same question- I loved you on Full House and now watch you on Make It Or Break It, you look great, what's your secret? Answer: Eating healthy, exercise, and God.
Hey, if it works, who am I to judge?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Celestine Prophecy

I'm learning to never trust a book cover that says that the book will change my life. This book didn't. In fact, it kind of flew over my head. I got the plot, some people are trying to find a Manuscript that has nine insights about life and such. I didn't understand the insights at all, just that this book uses the word Energy a lot.
I wanted to read the book because one of my friends said it was his favorite, but really, I just found it slow moving and had to force myself to read it. They made a movie out of it. Half tempted to watch it and see if it's easier to understand.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Is it wrong to be a little envious of a book character? Lol. Sophie has magical powers and has two cute guys smitten with her. Lucky.
I liked this book, except for the What's Going To Happen Next ending. The third book better come out soon.
In this one, Sophie and her friends go to London so that her dad can teach her more about her powers. While there, she and bad boy Archer try to find out who is making demons because that is a big no-no.
Its a quick read with enough action to keep it going.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Unbearable Lightness

This book made me feel fat. But it also made me think about my poor eating habits. Which are the opposite of hers. Eat to much, never exercise.
I can't really critize her for her actions, because I could see how easy it would be to feel the pressure of being thin in Hollywood.
I do get bothered by thin people freaking out over imaginary fat rolls. If you are average height and 100 lbs, you aren't going to have fat rolls.
The book does talk about her struggles with being gay. Being a straight girl, I can't imagine what that would be like. If only everyone could accept people for who they are.
I do hope that she is happy with who she is and her health is good. She married Ellen, so how could everyday not be fun.

I Still Dream About You

I like other stuff by this author, but was a bit disappointed in this one. I had a heck of a time getting myself to read it.
It's about Maggie who throughout the whole book is planning on killer herself by drowning herself in the river. But gosh darn it! Life just keeps getting in the way. First its the house that she really likes goes on sale and she wants her business to sell the listing. So she postpones her death. Then something else happens, and something else. After a while I just wanted her to either go ahead and do it, or just realize that her life isn't that horrible and that clearly she's not meant to die right now. Finally she clues into this. Only took 300 pages. At one point I think the author realized that she was losing the reader so she tossed in a mystery. This book just kind of seemed not well thought out. Like she was just making up the story as she went instead of having a plot. Some books can get away with this, but not this one.
It diffinately wasn't her typical feel-good type of novel. It did make me realize that there is way to much work when it comes to killing yourself. I kind of liked Ethel because she complains a lot, like me.

The Secret

I read this book because a friend of mine at work said that he really liked it and that it worked.
Ok. I'm a negative person (not sure why) so I figured id check it out and see what all the hype is about and see if it really works.
First off, every time I tried to read this, it put me to sleep, so even though its only 184 pages, it took me way longer than it should've to read it. Not really a good sign of a good book.
The main thing that I got from this was to think positive. Believe and think of the life that you want and you'll get it. The Law of Attraction. Which makes sense. If you keep thinking about the bad things in life, you're gonna keep attracting bad things, so start thinking of good things.
They also suggest that you write down the things that you want and say to yourself each day that you will get them or act like you already have. How many people are gonna try and spend the million dollars that they were told to believe that they already have?
This book is pretty much like any other self help book out there. You already know what you need to do to get the life you want, you just need a $24 book to remind you.
This book is really up to you on if you want to read it. My friend loves it, and while I did find some stuff helpful, for the most part its already stuff we already know.
Also, I don't believe for a second that the author thought herself thin. Surely there had to be some exercise involved. And there is no way she improved her eyesight just by believing that it will inprove. Sorry sister, I'm not buying it.

The Book of Tomorrow

I really like her books, but this one seemed a little different than her other stuff. It kind of seemed like she was trying to target to teens, seeing as how the main character is a teen and does wild teenage stuff. She needs to stick to love stories.
Tamara is a 16 year old spoild rich girl who's dad kills himself, then her mom and herself find out that they are in debt and move in with her mother's brother and his strange wife in the country. While living there she finds a diary that has her writing in it for the next day. It's writing the future. Using this info she changes events.
It was pretty good up until the end when it took a weird twist. Tamara isn't who she always thought she was. So there's a bit of mystery involved. The book wasn't horrible, but it's not something I'd read again


I was glad to get to the last book and have everything cleared up about what happened the night Ali disappeared. There was a nice twist that I didn't expect.


The first 200 pages of this book was slow and kind of boring, but it picks up towards the end.
Filled with more secrets and murder.


This one wasn't to bad. The author kind of does a twist, so instead of making A seem like the bad guy, its more like they are trying to help the girls solve the mystery of who killed Ali. And the ending was good.


All in all, all these books are alike. 4 girls being stalked by someone they don't know. Or do know, but just don't realize it. Anyway, this one was a little different because they have new issues. New stuff they are afraid people will find out. Other than Aria, the other girls issues really aren't that exciting. Come on Emily, if you like guys now instead of girls, there's nothing to be embarrased about. And Hanna needs to stop caring so much about what others think of her and just be true to herself

The Lo-Down

I know its a relationship ship for teens, but I liked it. It was friendly and made some good points. A thousand times better than Jennifer Love Hewitt's book.


Not nearly as exciting as I thought it would be. You find out who A is, but it only took me a few chapters to figure it out. Seriously, people need to just stop keeping secrets.

Wicked Nights With A Lover

This book was pretty weak. The concept was decent enough, but it was all talk and no action. So if you are looking for something dirty, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you just want to read about two people falling in love, this should work.