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February Bookshelf

I’m a little late in posting about the books I read for February but I just got back from an 8 day cruise vacation! My first cruise ever! It was completely wonderful and I’ll be posting about it soon so stay tuned but that is the reason for my absence on the blog as of late.

Anyway, I am keeping up with my reading resolution for this year and the books I chose to read in February were good ones! I finished The Kingmaker’s Daughter, which I started in January and reviewed last month. I also started and finished D is for Deadbeat and The Kitchen House. I am currently reading Mindless Eating, which is not really a diet book as much as it is an “awareness” book. It’s been enlightening so far. I’ll review that one at the end of this month but here are my reviews for February:

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January Bookshelf

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One of my resolutions for 2014 is to read more books. I have always loved reading but recently, especially last year, found myself reading less and less. A typical weekday consisted of coming home from work, doing some errands around the house, maybe working on my blog or doing some freelance work, cooking dinner and then plopping myself in front of the TV and eventually falling asleep. Towards the end of last year a few coworkers and I were discussing different books we had read and I realized how much I actually missed reading! The last book I read in 2013 was The Happiness Project and I started it in July and didn’t finish it until December! The problem wasn’t that it was a bad book. I actually really enjoyed it and you can read my review here. The problem was I wasn’t making time for reading. Watching TV is a mindless activity that helps me unwind after working a full time job, juggling social events and trying to keep up with errands and housework and I don’t intend to give that up. But reading actually can be very relaxing too. Plus, it’s better for your brain than watching TV for obvious reasons. Continue reading

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The Happiness Project

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I recently finished the book “The Happiness Project”, by Gretchen Rubin. It took me a long time to finish it but I finally did. It was an interesting book and so the content really had nothing to do with the time it took me to finish it. I love to read but lately I just find that for some reason I always wind up on the couch watching TV during my down time instead of picking up a good book. It’s a habit I want to change. Reading makes me happy and it’s something I want to make time for which is one of the points in her book (make time for fun) so it’s fitting to mention here.

Gretchen Rubin makes many good observations about happiness and her book is jam packed with great advice on how to be happier. She points out that trying to improve your own happiness isn’t necessarily a selfish goal. It turns out happier people are more likely to help others and less focused on their own problems. Also, helping others is a sure way to make yourself feel happier. This book is full of interesting aspects I never took into consideration about happiness and although Rubin makes many good points about happiness and gives a lot of great advice throughout the book, my two major takeaways from the book were one of her “personal happiness commandments” to “Be Gretchen” (or in my case “Be Stephanie”) and the other was one of her resolutions to cultivate gratitude. Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games

SPOILER ALERT – Don’t read on if you don’t want to know what happens.

I love love love LOVE this movie. Love the books even more, but the movie did not disappoint. I was one of the crazy ones who decided to purchase midnight showing tickets and, despite having to wake up for work at 6:30 AM, oversleeping, and getting to work late, I don’t regret that decision one bit. Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Help

I expected the movie to be good. I just didn’t expect it to inspire me and move me as much as it did.

I apologize for the crooked picture. I can't wait to read it!

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The Hunger Games Trilogy: My Review

 Some stories you read for entertainment or information. Some stories you read and forget. And then there are the stories, that are few and far between, that have the ability to change your life and stay with you forever. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins is one of those rare stories that you read and you know you won’t ever forget.  From the moment you turn the first page, you are caught, and she doesn’t let you go even after you’ve finished the last book in the series, The Mockingjay. Continue reading

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Books, please!

I adore reading. I travel a lot, and therefore, I read a lot. I am going on another trip in 2 weeks and I will need a few books to read. I would love to hear any suggestions anyone might have. Continue reading