Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dork Diaries 3

These books are really cute. Even if they are for ages 9+, I enjoy reading them. It makes me wish that I could draw and wrote in my journal more. But my life isn't nearly as over dramatic as a 14 year olds is. In this one, there is a talent show going on at school and Nikki wants to win because then she can get a full scholorship for the school, but of course Mackenzie (the mean popular girl) tries to ruin it for her. Its funny.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Chick And The Dead

This is the second book in the series, and it was OK. I found a lot of the characters annoying. And as far as the 'who done it' mystery goes, it was pretty easy to figure out.

Pepper gets another visit from a ghost who needs her help. This time it's Didi who wants Pepper to prove that her sister is the one who stole her best selling book idea.It was interesting enough that I wanted to finish it, but not really that exciting.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Night of the Loving Dead

This is the first book I've read in the series and i liked it. it was different. It falls into the Supernatural category, which isn't something i usually, but for once its about ghosts and not vampires or werewolves.

Pepper can see dead people, and they want her help solving mysteries for them. This one has to do with a mad scientist who wants to be able to connect to the other world and does experiments on a bunch of homeless people. It was kind of sad actually as once hes done testing them, he kills them. Pepper gets mixed up in all of this. There's a nice twist towards the end.

I didn't mind her to much, but she is kind of snobby and cares to much about looks. I want to hope that the author makes her a little more chill in the other books.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

You Learn By Living

This book was OK. I didn't find it super life changing or anything. Its a pretty simple basic book, targets to the point where we should learn as much as we can, and face our fears, and try new things. That's what I like about Eleanor Roosevelt. What I've read about her, it seems as if she was a shy girl, but as she got older, she wanted to learn as much as she could and do new things and stop being afraid of things. Basically she lived her life.

Monday, June 20, 2011

My Year With Eleanor

Maybe 2 or so weeks after I got let go from my job I happened to be up in time to watch some of the 4th hour of the Today show and they had the author on and I kind of took that as a sign that I should read this book.

When Noelle gets let go from her magazine job just before she turned 29 (my age!), she's not quite sure what to do. One day she's at a coffee shop and on the chalkboard was the quote "Do One Thing Everyday That Scares You" by Eleanor Roosevelt. She took that as a sign that she needs to for the person she used to be. She realizes that she doesn't go out as much as she used to, and even her friends have mentioned that she's not as adventurous as she once was. So she decides that starting on her 29th birthday that for the next year she is going to face a fear a day.

So this book tells of some of her scary adventures like shark cage diving (which sounded fun until I watched Jaws this past weekend, lol), skydiving, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, taking Trapeze lessons, doing stand up, etc.

Since Eleanor Roosevelt was what gave her the idea, throughout the book she tells the story of Eleanor, who I didn't know anything about before reading this and she seemed like a pretty cool woman.

While I don't have the funds or friends willing to do scary stuff like this with me, I really do think of the quote that started it all often. I'm afraid of everything, people, the dark, etc. So I often remind myself to stop being scared, to go out and do things, even if its hanging out with someone I don't like when it means I can hang out with friends I do like at the same time. And hopefully I will keep this up throughout my life and do wild things like she does, because if you are going to be alive, you might as well live life.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

An Uninvited Ghost

I really liked the first book in this series so I was excited to hear about the second one, but I just had a hard time getting into it. There was just to much going on.

In this one, Alison's guesthouse is open for people to stay in, so she has a group of Seniors staying and the two ghost that live there do shows to entertain the guests. One day a mysterious ghost named Scott comes to Alison and her ghost friends for help finding out if he had killed someone during a planned prank. Then a reality show ( a knockoff of the show Jersey Shore) comes to film at her B&B and one of the stars goes missing. And then the lady who Scott was worried that he had killed shows up and ends up dead. So Alison, along with the annoying detective, have three mysteries to solve. Way to much going on. Got a little lost. Hopefully the next one isn't all over the place.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Buttercream Bump Off

I don't know if I was just very distracted when I read this book, but I had a hard time getting into it. It wasn't bad, I like the series and that characters, it just wasn't interesting this time. Mel and Angie own a cupcake shop and this time around the guy who Mel's mom goes on a date with ends up dead, and then Angie starts dating his son who might be the murderer. So Mel and her friend Tate, who realizes that he has feelings for Angie, try to solve the mystery of who really killed the rich old man. All while making and eating cupcakes. I'll still read the next one in the series when it comes out

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Out of Sync

I really liked this book. It felt very real and honest and kind of makes me want to start living life. And its short so he gets right to the point. Talks about his childhood and how he started singing and how he joined NSYNC and all about the crazy fans and attempting his childhood dream of going into space and what if felt like to be gay while in a super popular boy band. He seems like a really nice guy. And he seems devoted to his fans and was heartbroken when NSYNC split up (it was Justin's fault). A good read for any NSYNC or Lance fan.

Monday, June 6, 2011


This book took me like a month to read. Of course stopping to read other books probably didn't help, lol. This book kind of reminded me of her other book that I read called Knockout. It has SO much information and your mind gets a little boggled. Its like a text book, you can only read a few chapters at a time, then take a break so you can soak in what you just learned.This book says that it's about the 8 steps to wellness, but really it kind of just seemed like another chance for her to get people to do bioidentical hormones.

The 8 steps are: 1.) Get Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (told ya), which basically from what I understood is that when your hormones go all wacky, like during menopause, you can just this other hormones that are identical to the ones that you lost. It makes sense and based on readers letters, it sounds like it works. And it also sounds like its pretty expensive.

Step 2.) Avoid Chemicals & Detoxify. Well that's a given.

Step 3.) Take Nutrition Seriously. Well, yeah. We all need to start eating 'real' foods. After hearing about all the chemicals that are in your foods, how could you not want to?

Step 4.) Create a healthy GI Track.

Step 5.) Avoid Pharmaceuticals Unless Absolutely Necessary. She's kind of anti drugs. This whole book talks about how drugs don't work and just mask the problem instead of fixing it. Makes sense. I'm seriously bothered by how the drug companies sell products that don't actually work just so they can make money.

Step 6.) Supplement Your Diet. Take supplements, but she and the doctor she spoke with stressed that the One-A-Day vitamins that I think most of us take are basically crap. Darn it, because that's usually what I take.

Step 7.) Exercise Regularly.

Step 8.) Get Proper Sleep. She talks about Melatonin a lot in this book and I have friends who say that it works. I tried it, it liquid form, and it did nothing for me. I might try it again in pill form to see if it works a little better.

Some notes that I took while reading: Drink 8 ounces of Pomegranate juice a day.

Premarin, Prempro, and Provera are VERY bad synthetic hormones that come from pregnant horse urine and it sounds like it doesn't even work. Ick, why would you want horse urine in you? MSG is bad, and the FDA only puts 99% of it in foods under a false name like natural flavoring otherwise if there is a 100% of it they have to actually say that its MSG and by now we all now that its deadly.

Diet soda is a no-no. They say that it can cause cancer, and if that is true, it worries me because my mom and other family members drink (or drank) it. One of my friends told me that it can make symptoms for MS super bad.

She also talks a lot about how birth control pills are bad, that they can mess up your hormones. She pretty much blames them for the reason why she got breast cancer.

Water, sea salt, good oils, and exercise keeps constipation away.

And breast message and nipple stimulation can prevent breast cancer.

All in all, it was a very interesting book. If you don't want to read the whole thing, at the end of each chapter where she spoke with a doctor, there's a little breakdown of the important things, so you could just read those and save some time.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

You Know You Love Me

These books seem very unrealistic to me. At least I hope they are. If parents really let their teens smoke, do drugs, get drunk, and have sex, then they need some parenting classes. I understand that kids will do what they want, but the author portrays the parents to act like they don't care. Anyway, I'm done with this series. I'll just watch the show until it starts to annoy me. Again.

Gossip Girl

I caught an episode of the show the other day and decided I want to check it out again, so I got the first and second book from the library and put the show on my Netflix queue.

This is the first book, and after reading it for the second time, I still don't believe that teens smoke, drink, and having this much sex. Glad I don't have a teenager. I'll still read the second one, just because I already have it checked out from the library, but really, the show is so much better. So skip the books and watch that.

Friday, June 3, 2011

500 Health & Fitness Tips

I don't know if this really counts as a book, it's basically just a bunch of exercises and healthy food choices put together in a small book for teens. I'm also not a teen, but I think this would be very good for a teens, kind of wish it was out back when I was a teen. A lot of the exercises are things that you can find on pilates, yoga, and cardio workout DVDs. Some of them looked like fun. The food section was kind of common knowledge type of tips, stuff you'll find in any health magazine. But it is convenient to have all of that in a book. Anyone could get use out of it, but if you have a teen, you should give her a copy. Its never to early to start learning healthy eating and exercises.

The Wednesday Sisters

Considering how short this book is, I had a heck of a time getting through it. It just didn't flow well. The story was a good idea, 5 mother's who meet at a park and become close friends and start writing, and their journey as the years go by. They each have something they have to deal with. One gets cancer, one has trouble having a baby, one finds out that her husband has been cheating on her. There's probably something everyone could relate to. Not being a mother myself, I wonder if maybe it would appeal more to women who are. I did like their friendship. It's always good to have close friends around for those tough times and happy times.