Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Challenge... Of sorts.

So I have this problem. I love to books. I mean, really love books! Call me a nerd or what have you, but I love bookstores and the library. I can walk through them aimlessly just reading titles and checking out different ones. Lately I've gotten into the world of book blogs and reading about the different new releases (and some old releases) out there. I find that I'm always jotting down my next "new read".  I've also downloaded Amazon Kindle & BN ereader onto my laptop, as well as onto my Ipod touch. It doesn't help me much, that both sites have tons of free downloads. Lol... At least this way, I can throw my Ipod into my pocketbook and have a book with me at all times. It doesn't matter if I have a chance to read or not - just the thought that I have it with me is comfort enough. Lol...

Anyway, the other day I was checking out my upstairs bookshelves and the over flow of books that I have stashed on them. Even I had to stop and shake my head because I don't think I've read even half of the books on one bookshelf (and I have two of them in the bedroom). Well, that started me to thinking - I really need to read the books that I actually have and stop investing in new ones.  And thus begins a new mid-year challenge. My goal is to tackle at least one of the two bookshelves by end of this year.  Here is just an idea of what I'm working with:
I also have some library books to finish up as well:

Here is my challenge in a nutshell. Some "to read" list huh? Although some books I have read, although that list is limited. Another interesting twist to this self-imposed challenge is that some of the books on my shelves are bible studies, self-help and writing books. Most of these books require me to do some writing, thinking and well... mental work.

Another fun twist? I have a one more distraction...

I know he looks adorable and innocent, but don't let this face fool you. But even with his baby charm, I'm determined to get through those books! Wish me luck!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert review

Eat, Pray, Love Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I just finished Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This was book choice #2 for my bookclub.
I feel like I'm going to be in the minority here, but I really did not enjoy this book. It was just okay for me. It could just be me, but I could not relate to her story. I felt like she came across as whiney and spoiled for majority of the book. Like she wanted me to feel sorry for her for the first half.
I do give her credit though, her writing was excellent. I loved a lot of her metaphors and descriptions throughout the book.
I'm looking forward to the movie this summer. I have a feeling that I'll enjoy the movie better than the actual book.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wounded: A Love Story Review

Wounded: A Love Story Wounded: A Love Story by Claudia Mair Burney

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Wounded: A Love Story by Claudia Mair Burney, was an interesting read. I'd rated it 3 stars because I have such mixed emotions about it. The story line was intersting enough - as in it held my attention until the very end. The ending, for me, could have been better. I felt like I was left hanging a little bit, but it was also a little predictable.
I thought it was a okay read since this is Lenten season. So the theme of the book was fitting for me. The characters were interesting. When asked, personally, to summarize the storyline, I can't really describe it.
So would I recommend this to a friend - I guess the answer would be yes.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Goodreads Review: Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story

Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I think I was more attracted to the title of this book more so than anything. The first 100 pages started off kind of slow. I kept waiting for the story to happen. However, once I got past that point things picked up and the book did get much better.
I usually rate the books that I read based on if I would recommend them to a friend. This particular book, even though I gave it 3 stars, I wouldn't pass it on. This one went back into the cue at paperbackswap.

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Starting to Track Weekly Goals

Finally decided that I need to start listing my goals & putting them "out there" in hopes that I accomplish what I set out to do for the week!! It's a list of everything I want to accomplish this week & hopefully by Saturday (20th) I'll be checking everything off!!!

Sun - Biggest Loser Bootcamp (L1)
Mon - Turbo Jam Cardio Party
Tues - Rest
Weds - BL Bootcamp (L1)
Thurs - Rest
Fri - TJ Cardio Party
Sat - BL Bootcamp (L1)

Eating Plan - Stay within my calorie range AND getting down min 64oz of water per day.
Bible Study - Praying in Color...
Reading - Finishing, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert & Wounded: A Love Story by Claudia Mair Burney