Category: Book Reviews

Sunday Salon/Post

Posted April 23, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I am baccck!!! How many of you missed me? I had my second CI surgery, and it was just as rough as the first. I am glad I only have two ears. I don’t think I could go through more surgeries. In between the dizzy spells and all that fun stuff I have been reading. I think the first quarter reading slump is over. Yay! It worries me when a reading slump goes on and on like that.Do I start to have an exceptional crisis like..AM I REALLY A READER? WHAT IF I NEVER READ AGAIN? It turns out that I was just bored and needed something to jump start my brain and creative juices. I wouldn’t recommend brain surgery to anyone, but it has seemed to have worked for me. I have been a reading fiend ever since I got back from the hospital. Maybe the do flipe the on switch to my brain while they were working in there. So far this year I have felt like I have been operating with the switched turned to off. Ever since last week though I had some crazy good ideas and had been reading a shit ton. Again I wouldn’t recommend head surgery to bust out of the doldrums but if it works…

 

As a gift for making it through surgery, I gifted myself a book of the month book club book. I choose Start Up since I love satire especially Satire that laughs at different office stuff. Last year I was freaking out. This year, I am not sure what they gave me in my iv, but damn that was good stuff. I instantly felt relaxed as all get out and was all like you when is the party starting? Ok, I lie. I wasn’t THAT relaxed, but it was still a far cry from the near total freak out I had the year before. So I was like I will just join in a Book of the Month Club. I have seen Modern Mrs. Darcy talk about it and anything she likes I am game for a cause you know that lady has great taste.

Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Book Review: The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg

Posted April 14, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Hygge is the best. Come read on how to hygge with the best of them.
Book Review: The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia EdbergThe Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg
on January 1st 1970
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five-stars

In today’s world, we’re constantly rushing from one thing to the next and are struggling with information overload. We’re more disconnected from ourselves and our loved ones than ever before. Rediscover the joy of the simple things through the Danish concept of Hygge in The Cozy Life. This book will inspire you to slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments!

I meant to read this book in the depths of winter, but I had the longest reading slump. It is over now thank goodness, but for a while there it was like my brain was broken. I had writer’s block AND  a reading slump. I finally got around to reading this, and while Hygee is mostly associated with the holiday season I found in this book that it can even be practiced in the summer!

In the summer I take great care to make my balcony a welcoming place to read and write. I have the perfect chair I pick out flowers and decorations, and I feel good. And I found that this is what Hygee is all about. It is making yourself feel good no matter the season.

I had heard of Hygee, and it was big this year, but I was still kinda stumped on what it all about until I read The Cozy Life. In this book, Edberg explains that the Danish have long winter nights so instead of getting all sad and moping and loading up on fake sunshine supplements from tanning beds (don’t judge and don’t lecture) and pills, they make the best of what could be a fucking depressing situation. I mean 14 hours of darkness, my ass would be moving. The people that have to deal with the long nights they do it by lighting candles and have soft fluffy blankets and all the cozy stuff and hang out with friends and cook good food and just generally have a good time. It SOUNDS fun, but I still would go insane with 14 hours of darkness. Hygee or not.

If you are looking for a more in-depth view of hygee and how to incorporate it into your everyday life, then you should read this book. I got some great ideas. I am not too fond of candles since I am paranoid I am gonna burn the apartment building down, so I thought why not give essential oils a try. So I am gonna order me some oils and get some fluffy blankets and be all cozy. Even reading this book it made me feel good.

This is a book that will inspire you to live the hygee lifestyle. I now want to experience a deeper relationship with my friends and the people around me. This book is like a warm hug, so I urge you to pick it up!

five-stars
Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Book Review: Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Rachel Hoffman

Posted April 12, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

ISBN: 9781250102959
Book Review: Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Rachel HoffmanUnf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman
Published by Macmillan on January 3rd 2017
Genres: House & Home, Self-Help, Motivational & Inspirational
Pages: 224
Source: library
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five-stars

Finally, a housekeeping and organizational system developed for those of us who'd describe our current living situation as a “f*cking mess” that we're desperate to fix. Unf*ck Your Habitat is for anyone who has been left behind by traditional aspirational systems. The ones that ignore single people with full-time jobs; people without kids but living with roommates; and people with mental illnesses or physical limitations. Most organizational books are aimed at traditional homemakers, DIYers, and people who seem to have unimaginable amounts of free time. They assume we all iron our sheets, have linen napkins to match our table runners, and can keep plants alive for longer than a week. Basically, they ignore most of us living here in the real world.
Interspersed with lists and challenges, this practical, no-nonsense advice relies on a 20/10 system (20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break; no marathon cleaning allowed) to help you develop lifelong habits. It motivates you to embrace a new lifestyle in manageable sections so you can actually start applying the tactics as you progress. For everyone stuck between The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Adulting, this philosophy is decidedly more realistic than aspirational, but the goal is the same: not everyone will have a showcase of a home, but whatever your habitat, you deserve for it to bring you happiness, not stress.

This is a book that felt like it was written just for me. I admit it. I am a slob. However, my relationship with the Elf Prince has taken a serious turn, and I guess he expects the house that we will live in in the future to be reasonably clean. SO TIME TO GET MY ASS IN GEAR.

What I like about this book is that even though the author does have some nice talk moments most of the time it s advice like “ya gotta get off your ass” “it is gonna suck, no one likes cleaning” somehow hearing that cleaning sucks but that I DO deserve to live in a clean environment, so I just need to get up off my ass and do some 20/10’s.

The 20/10 is my favorite thing I have read out of all my cleaning books. I used to do the infamous marathon cleaning and let me tell you it has NEVER worked out well and it NEVER will. So I read to do what you can in 20 minutes and then take a ten-minute break. I downloaded the app onto my phone and made a list of all the shit I need to do and got my ass in gear and did some 20/10 and guess what my apt is now passably clean after only three days. I feel so proud.

She also gives the exact kind of pep talk that people like me need. Yes, Hillary, You have bipolar, and some days you won’t be able to get out of bed. That’s OK but the days when you feel fine to GET UP OFF YOUR ASS AND DO SOME 20/10’S!!! That kinda talk just fires me up. I know some people wouldn’t take kindly to the harshness of it, but for me, if you start me down the road to self-pity I will go down that path and never find my way back. I cant afford to do that, so I like the people that scream at me that all I need to do it to get off my damn ass and do some 20/10’s. Go to the Gym and even if you only walked ten mins that are better than sitting on my ass. Get up take a shower and put on clean PJ’s. Some day the gym and showering and putting on clean pj’s then going back to bed are all I can do, BUT I GOT OFF MY ASS. So see this is why I feel this book was written just for me.

I admit I was so inspired I bought the audio version to listen to while I clean. Hearing gets up off your ass, and all of that does pump some much-needed motivation in me.

Like I said I downloaded the app in the app store and made a list of all I need to get done and it will keep time for you. You push start and do everything you can in 20 mins then take a ten min break then work and break until u start to feel tired or antsy.

I am the ultimate slob, but this book has given me the tools and the mojo to unfuck my apt. Click To Tweet

I am gonna be honest most of my cleaning fears are because when I tried to help my mom when I was small, she would yell and scream at me for not doing it perfectly, so I quit. I DO have negative emotions tied to cleaning, and the book even addresses that. I was pleased. I was even more pleased with her suggestion you do 5 20/10? TREAT YO SELF! Go to the bookstore or get a massage or something. You gotta retrain your brain to like cleaning. I took it a step father and went and got some Mrs. Meyers stuff cause it all smalled like lavender. It cost a shitload in the health food store but I am going to try  Grove Collaborative         I will let y’all know how it goes.

No matter WHY you are a slob she addresses various reasons AND gives ways to get past the block and to get your house in order because the author is right, you DESERVE to live in a  clean environment, and you are better than your mess so buy this book and join me as we work to put out houses together!

five-stars
Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Guest Book Review: The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works” by Suzanne Venker

Posted April 11, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9781618688446
Guest Book Review: The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works” by Suzanne VenkerThe Alpha Female's Guide to Men and Marriage by Suzanne Venker
Published by Simon and Schuster on February 14th 2017
Genres: Family & Relationships, Love & Romance, Marriage & Long-Term Relationships, Self-Help, General
Pages: 176
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As seen on Fox & Friends
The Alpha Female's Guide to Men and Marriage shows women who have a dominating personality how to love a man.
America is in love with the alpha female. She’s the quintessential modern woman—assertive, razor sharp, and fully in control. Her success in the marketplace is undeniable, a downright boon to society. But what happens when the alpha female gets married?
She becomes an alpha wife, of course.
An alpha wife is in charge of everything and everyone. She is, quite simply, the Boss. The problem is, no man wants a boss for a wife. That type of relationship may work for a spell, but it will eventually come crashing down. Since 1970, just as women became more and more powerful outside the home—more alpha—the divorce rate has quadrupled. And it is women who lead the charge. Today, 70% of divorce is initiated by wives.
Do men just make lousy husbands? Not at that rate, says Suzanne Venker, bestselling author of The War on Men. The truth is that women don’t know how to be wives. Why would they? That’s not what they were raised to become.
But women can learn. There’s an art to loving a man, says Venker, and any woman can master it. An alpha female herself, Venker learned how to be a wife the hard way—through trial and error. Lots of error. And here’s what she knows today—the set of skills a woman needs to pursue a career, or even to raise children, is the exact set of skills that will mess up her marriage but good. No man likes to be told what to do. And no woman respects the man who does.
The Alpha Female's Guide to Men and Marriage gives women who are used to being in charge the tools they need to make their marriages less competitive and more complementary. Part memoir, part advice, this brave manifesto argues that while marriage is more challenging for the alpha female, it is possible to find peace in your marriage. In fact, it may be easier than you think.

The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works” by Suzanne Venker was just the book I needed. Being a newlywed and an alpha female myself, it was helpful to read this before I went too far down the wrong marriage path and made the same mistakes that the author did! A few points that stuck out and resonated with me were:

 

 

  1. “People who lack the ability to trust compensate by taking control.” I have had trust issues ever since my boyfriend back in freshman year of high school slept with my older brother’s ex-girlfriend and the whole school knew about it except for me. I wish it didn’t affect me the way it had, but it was during a really formative time in my life and I decided then and there that I would never again be the “stupid girl”. So I hardened my heart and I guess decided to become an ‘alpha female’ so that I wouldn’t get hurt again which has correlated to not wanting to be vulnerable in relationships and taking control when I can’t trust.
  2. Another point Suzanne made was that “no relationship can last if one person is mentally preparing to get burned by the other” and that is what made me decide to change my mindset about my husband, instead of constantly trying to protect myself, I decided that we are in this together have started to be completely vulnerable in trusting him. And honestly he hasn’t given me even a millimeter of a doubt not to, so it is about time (after 6 years of being together)!
  3. “Your attitude is the single most important determiner of your success in life and marriage.” I thought this was quite extreme but honestly quite surprisingly true. Once I mentally let go of my distrust, life has become so much easier because my mind is a lot calmer, not constantly trying to find something wrong. What I used to believe was if I found out about something before it happened, I would hurt less, but even saying that aloud now sounds kind of silly. It is better to trust first until proven wrong than the other way around.
  4. “Ironically the deepest need of the wife, to feel loved, is undermined by her disrespect.” This stuck out to me because of how true it was for me in the early days while we were still dating, in order to prove that I was in charge, I would make snarky remarks or tease him in front of my family and his friends, without realizing that it was causing a rift between us. It wasn’t until he wanted to break up with me and my family started pointing my bad habits out that I decided I needed to control my tongue and start being nicer because no one wants to love someone who is mean all the time!
  5. “Be easy to please and you will be easy to love.” When I read that I was like, yea right I am going to be easy – he needs to earn my love! But Suzanne makes a good point; first off, I am already married so honestly he shouldn’t need to be constantly pursuing me, but also who wants to feel that they need to be on presentation mode all the time? She connects this way of thinking with the American culture that “easy women” aren’t the ideal. This may be true outside of marriage but once you are married it is a whole different situation.
  6. “Culture elevates women in not changing themselves, but that is ridiculous because you need to improve.” No one should change themselves for a man, but once you have decided on a man and in order to constantly be growing in the same direction, one must change! When I first met my husband we were in college, now we are both in the working world and completely different people than we were just 6 years ago. If we didn’t grow and adapt to each other, we probably wouldn’t still be together.
  7. “In the same way women release while talking, men release sexually.” I thought this was an extremely interesting point that isn’t often talked about! If my husband wasn’t around to listen to me and talk to me, I know I would go crazy and have all these pent up feelings, so to relate talking to sex is very interesting to me because I have a tangible way of understanding how he would feel if I were ever to “hold sex” against him or use it as a weapon!

 

Suzanne made lots of other interesting points in her book, which you will have to read for yourself to find out what you relate to most. Overall, it was a very easy and eye-opening read for me, partly because I agreed on a lot of her points, but also it was packed full of useful and actionable items. Definitely learned a lot from it and will be implementing these new insights in my marriage life!

I recently featured Suzanne Venker on my blog, Ladybossblogger.com, a blog that highlights female entrepreneurs via interviews – please check out her interview by clicking here.

Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Review: Ringworld (Ringworld #1) by Larry Niven

Posted April 7, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

ISBN: 9780575077027
Review: Ringworld (Ringworld #1) by Larry NivenRingworld by Larry Niven
Published by Gollancz on 2005
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: own
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four-stars

Pierson's puppeteers, strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens, have discovered an immense structure in a hitherto unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders of such a structure, the puppeteers set about assembling a team consisting of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, an alien not unlike an eight-foot-tall, red-furred cat, to explore it. The artefact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its centre - the Ringworld. But the expedition goes disastrously wrong when the ship crashlands and its motley crew faces a trek across thousands of miles of the Ringworld's surface.

I remember this was one of my most favorite books in high school. However, at 36 I was just like meh. I mean it is a good book, and it is a great model for newer Sci-Fi, but It just didn’t hold my attention like it used to. I think part of the reason that I was so meh about this book was that I had the plot of a different book confused with this one and unless I am confusing Ringworld with Ben Bova’s Mars I have no I idea what that book could be. So when I got to the end, and it was not the book I thought it was well.I was unnaturally angry. Heh.

If I was to judge the book based on its own merits, then it is just an ok book. The plot was….there is not a lot happening plot wise. I was bored most of the time until I got to the end THEN I loved it. The last 20 pages were outstanding. Does it make up for the rest of the book? It stopped me from giving it a three and instead Give it a 4. I DO want to read the other Ringworld books cause I am dying to know about the Ringworld Civilization.  I just hope the other books are faster paced. I can’t take much more details of flying on and on and on. Ughh.

This is considered a sci-fi classic, and many later themes in sci-fi were based on Ringworld. So it is an important book. I feel that we can hold a book up and say it is important but still think it is crap personally. I am glad that Nevin was able to make such a mark on modern sci-fi. Word of caution though, I read that a lot of feminist take issue with his books cause the women characters are one dimensional. Personally, this fails to bother me. I mean I read the Gor Saga so it is not like I can tell people how much I love Gor and then turn around and be all like well the ladies in Ringworld lacked a personality. They DO, but I feel that those people are missing the point. Teela was a product of the Birth RIight Lotteries, and the other lady doesn’t even show up until the last 20 pages, so not a lot of room to develop her. I haven’t read the other books, so I cant say if they make an appearance there or not but for THIS book I get what the author was doing.  But if you are the type to shy away because of what an author believes or behavior then well….This book will piss you off. ..For the others out there I would say it depends on how much you like hard sci-fi. If you like it then read it but if you don’t then stay far away from this book. If you are fascinated with space and aliens and such then there is enough to get you through to the good part and believe me this book can be tedious at times.

 

 

four-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars
Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Sunday Salon

Posted April 2, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

The Sunday Salon

Anyone notice anything different? Yeah, I changed my blog layouts. I a bunch of people told me that I would have a lot more luck with writing if I separated my personal blog (this one) from my work blog so I was trying to make another blog and ended up using this one and me couldn’t remember how I got it like I had it, so I just redid it. I also lost a year worth to posts frowny face That will teach me to make regular backups.

I don’t even know where this year has gone it like I blinked and it is April already. I got to make the rest of this year count. I feel like I have been coasting along not living.

The countdown is on for the second implant surgery. To say I am nervous is an understatement, I just hope it doesn’t knock me on my ass like it did last year. That was the worst pain of my life. However being about to hear on both sides of my head will be worth it. Pre-Op is Friday. The Surgery is on the 17th.

I finally got my ass back to the gym last week. I am determined to get to 199 by December.  I know if I eat right and continue my workouts I can do it.  I started working out to help my depression and anxiety was getting noticeable, and while it is too soon to have any effect, I know with time it will help. Does anyone else feel like they gotta take a nap after working out? I work out in the morning first thing then I come home and shower and have to take a nap. I hope it goes away soon as I got shit to do.

I am still reading Ringworld I am hoping that I will finish it today. I remember it being one of my favorite books as a teenager, but at the age of 36, I fail to see they hype. I keep thinking there is something I am missing and so I read on. I hope I am not thinking of a different book if so I am gonna be disappointed. I am almost at the end, so we shall see. I found out there are other books in the series.

I only slept for an hour last night, so I am just gonna take it easy today and read. After Ringworld, I am gonna read unfuck your habitat. I hope my writing and reading mojo is back for real now.

Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Review: The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks

Posted January 14, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 0061735345
Review: The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay HendricksThe Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks
Published by HarperOne on April 21st 2009
Pages: 224
Format: ebook
Source: Scribed
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four-half-stars

Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors. "I don't deserve this," "this is too good to be true," or any number of harmful thought patterns prevent us from experiencing the joy and satisfaction we have earned. Sound familiar? This is what New York Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks calls the Upper Limit Problem, a negative emotional reaction that occurs when anything positive enters our lives. The Upper Limit Problem not only prevents happiness, but it actually stops us from achieving our goals. It is the ultimate life roadblock.
In The Big Leap, Hendricks reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming this barrier to happiness and fulfillment, presented in a way that engages both the mind and heart. Working closely with more than one thousand extraordinary achievers in business and the arts—from rock stars to Fortune 500 executives—whose stories are featured in these pages, the book describes the four hidden fears that are at the root of the Upper Limit Problem.
The Big Leap delivers a proven method for first identifying which of these four fears prevents us from reaching our personal upper limit, and then breaking through that limitation to achieve what Hendricks refers to as our Zone of Genius. Hendricks provides a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life.

 

my review

A facebook book club decided to read this book so I had it on Scribed and I read it. It has been a couple of weeks since I read it and honestly not much stuck. Maybe I am getting old and maybe it was just an ok book.

I do remember he talked about the upper limit problem. Tat is where we place limits on ourselves because we are scared. This really struck me because I realize that I do this a lot. Like I am afraid people will hate my reviews cause I write them they way I want to and not in a critical way. This is supposed to be fun not a project for grad school. Anyway, I have started to reach out to more bloggers and I am trying to be all fierce in my writing blog and get more clients and all of that. Fear be damned.

I remember liking this book when I read it so I am going with the I am getting old mentality and say that’s why it didn’t really stick with me.

final verdict

it-was-ok

four-half-stars
Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Book Review:How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Posted January 13, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review:How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth SoukupHow to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 144
Format: ebook
Goodreads
four-stars

Whether you've been blogging for years or just weeks, How to Blog For Profit offers solid guidance for writing great content, creating compelling images, capturing viral growth, and maximizing revenue. It is an invaluable tool for experienced and novice bloggers alike, explaining not only what it takes to create an authentic, successful, and profitable blog, but how to get there.
Change the Way You Blog:Empower yourself to stop comparing your blog to othersUnderstand what makes awesome content and how to create itDiscover the critical importance of compelling presentationIncrease your blog traffic through proven techniquesDevelop a solid Pinterest strategy for capturing viral growthBoost your revenue through diversified income streamsLearn how to work smarter not harder

my review

With all the talk of making money blogging, I became curious and was looking through kindle unlimited when I found this book. I admit I have never heard of Ruth Soukup as I am not a frugal, cleaning person. I hire someone to clean for me and I eat out almost every day SO…. I thought well HOW do people make money anyway> So onward I read.

Holy shit y’all she really does tell EVERYTHING she knows. I was blown away at all the way I COULD make money just by blogging. I had never known there were so many ways one could do that. As a book blogger, I would never require an author to pay me but I could do sponsored posts and such. She explains exactly how to go about doing this.

She also tells how to get traction on Social Media, especially Pinterest. I found a some tips that I took and used. The bad part is that in order for a lot of these things to work, you need to have a sizeable blog readership. I admit I have never tried to really grow this blog. It was all just for shits and giggles.  She also gives tips on how to grow your blog. I LOVE eating out advice in books like theses so I am implementing a shit ton of them.  We shall see how fast this wittle book blog grows.

Never fear I would never just take on ANYTHING. If I DO sponsored posts it will be something about books or reading. I refuse to be one of those bloggers who post ads every damn where. For example, I used to really like Bookriot but with a shit ton of ads assaulting my eyes? ugh. Plus I see some of my favorite bloggers doing that and it is clear that just slapped up some good AdWords and called it a day. I HATE IT. I don’t care if I get a million readers for this blog I ANIT DOING IT. I hate going to a blog and seeing ads all over the place. It makes me want to install Adblocker again. In fact, I think I will hold on installs ad blocker  Ok rant over

She did tell other ways of getting money. Like I said I like the idea of sponsored posts and maybe a tasteful ad or two on my sidebar. She tells how to write a media kit and how to reach out to people to do different kinds of sponsored posts.

I think this book is well worth the money. It has a shit ton of ideas and is definitely a book I will re-read again.

final verdict

liked-it

four-stars
Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Dumplin’ (Dumplin’, #1) by Julie Murphy

Posted January 12, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9780062327208
Dumplin’ (Dumplin’, #1) by Julie MurphyDumplin' by Julie Murphy
Published by HarperCollins on September 15th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings
Pages: 384
Goodreads

For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel with the most fearless heroine—self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson—from Julie Murphy, the acclaimed author of Side Effects May Vary. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.  
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

my review

OMG Y’ALL THIS BOOK! I had heard about all the hype surrounding this book so I requested it from the library and was able to get ahold of it early. First of all, this is a book I wish I had read 10 years earlier. It would have greatly boosted my self-esteem and maybe saved me some heartache along the way.

This book is about a fat Girl named Dumplin. At first, I was terrified to read it because how would she be portrayed but OMG the author showed how it was to be a fat “pretty” girl EXACTLY. I could so relate to Dumplin.  I myself am a fat girl. People are all like you are beautiful but you need to lose weight. When I was in college I got accepted into an elite sorority and felt that I HAD to slim down to fit my image. I also had a guy like Bo interested in me and I had, all the same, insecurities that Dumplin’ had. But unlike Dumplin’, I went on diets to try and slim down and because of my insecurities did things that I wish I had not done.

This is a book that shows a fat girl accepting herself and she enters a beauty pageant and refuses to slim down. Her feelings mirrored exactly what I felt when I got into my sorority. I wish I had the guts to say you know what I am FAT fuck society. I did not. I felt the need to go on crazy diets and workout two hours a day to fit into the role I was expected to play.

The way she reacted to Bo. OMG, I am shipping them so hard. I hope that she has the guts to not make the same mistakes I did. Reading the book I was reminded of the guy that was interested in me and yes people made comments.  The way she reacts to his touch I was like I DID THAT TOO!! She recoils when he touches a fat part of her and wished that she did not feel that she had to hide her fat. She is afraid of what people will say and from experience I KNOW people will make comments so I could totally relate to her. I wanted to step into the book and be like listen, fuck what other people say and just go for it.

This is a book that NEEDS to be read. It has an important message for anyone struggling with weight.

final verdict

i loved it

Hillary

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Book Review:Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease by Emily Schuman

Posted January 11, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

ISBN: 1419702106
Book Review:Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease by Emily SchumanCupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease by Emily Schuman
Published by Harry N. Abrams on August 1st 2012
Pages: 176
Format: ebook
Source: library
Goodreads
two-stars

Based on Emily Schuman’s popular lifestyle blog of the same name, Cupcakes and Cashmere is the must-have guide for those looking to establish their own sense of style, organize and decorate their home, or throw an easy and stylish party. Organized by season, the book expands on Schuman’s blog by including DIY projects, organization tips, party-planning ideas, beauty how-tos, and seasonal recipes. Cupcakes and Cashmere features original material that has not been previously published on the site. With her signature photographic layouts, Emily creates a lifestyle that is chic and achievable for every reader, making this the ultimate style guide for living a fashionable life.

my review

I LOVE her blog and I really wanted to love this book but I did not. First I am not a big fan of vintage. I know there are some people that can make goodwill clothes look like it came off a designer rack but sadly I go into Goodwill and all I see is crap. I lack the skills to repurpose stuff so if I buy it stays crap.

She had some recipes but as I am Paleo none of them would work for me. If you like sweets and stuff then you may find them interesting.

I did like her tips on how to have people over in a small apartment. I am going to give those a try.

I really really wanted to like this book but sadly it was not what I was expecting.

two-stars
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About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!