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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Goodreads
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

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: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
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!

Sunday Salon Jan 10 2016

Posted January 10, 2016 by Hillary in ramblings / 2 Comments

The Sunday Salon

Hi, Everyone! Not a lot has been going on this week. I went to the library for the first time in 2 years and got like 25 books. I was felt dumb taking my cart so I took my library bag and of course, I couldn’t lift the bag up and plus they all wouldn’t fit. I had to take a Uber home. Today I am going to pick up some books and while I still feel dumb I am taking my cart. The first person t laugh at me dies. Yes, I like to read so what? hmmph.

Funny thing I noticed a few libraries recognized me from before and left some poor girl to hunt down all my books. LOL. It took her a while to get them all. I was all like holy shit they all came in at ONCE?  I found some books by browsing the shelf also. I was not feeling well so I really did not stay that long. Today I will look to see what all they have more. The library underwent a complete redesign while I was away. I couldn’t find shit. Plus they had this weird machine that I have no idea what it was. I will ask today.

I am reading Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates today and I am all like WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST READ?! At least, it is fiction. It was really hard to get into at first cause of the writing style but after a couple of chapters, I managed to do it. It is a chilling book to be sure.

I am looking forward to bloggiesta this weekend. I am doing it for three days. There is a lot I am hoping to get accomplished. I joined some reading challenges.  I am hoping that they will help me get out of my reading comfort zone.

I had some more tests done for the Cochlear Ear Implant. I have an appointment on the 19th to pick out which one I want. I am hoping that on the 19th they will schedule me for surgery. It is making me nervous and I just want it to be over with. I am glad I did not freak out at the MRI. There was one point I started to but I just took deep breaths and calmed down. That would be my first and last one as once I get the implant I can’t have anymore. Something about the metal being ripped from your head if you do have it.  They also had a test where they waterboarded my ears then shook my head and then recorded my eye movements. I was like what the hell. Where do people come up with these ideas? Anyway, I must have passed it caused they are going ahead with the surgery.

After I go to the library I may work on the blog a little bit then read. I wanted to yesterday but my anxiety got the best of me.

 

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!

I am doing the March TBR Challenge!

Posted January 9, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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I have lots of TBR that I want to read. This challenge will help me get to them. I am hoping to read 20 books for this. There is a 24-hour read a thon for this so I know I will get to several books with that. I will have to look and see what books I want to read. This will also go nicely with the Read My Own Damn Books Challenge.

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!

Reading Challenges 2016

Posted January 8, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

I haven’t done much in the way in reading challenges in the past couple of years. I feel like I have fallen into a rut with my reading so I thought why not follow some challenges this year. I even broke down and bought the UBB Challenges add-on from Noze Graze I want to stretch myself in ways that would not be possible on my own. So here are the ones I have signed up for

Read My Own Damn Books

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Seriously if you knew how many books I owned but did not read, you would cry. I REALLY need to read the books that I paid money for. I know money spent on books are not wasted but still. I aim to read 50 of my own books this year.

Read Harder Challenge 

I could not find a graphic for this one so if you know of one let me know! This looks like one that will stretch me in ways that I did not think possible. I am already stumped on some of the categories but I am best friends with the local library and I know they will help me out.

2016 Woman Challenge

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I know I read a lot of books by white male authours and I want to change that this year. I am a bad feminist indeed. I am going for level 2 Girl Power.

Non-Fiction Reading Challenge 2016

2016 Nonfiction Challenge

I love me some non-fiction but I usually tend to go for the science fiction stuff. So in order to help me read more nonfiction I am joining this challenge. I am going for the Master Leval.

There was one more I saw about diversity but I can’t seem to find it now. Does anyone know which one I am talking about?

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 Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks

Posted January 7, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

ISBN: 030740577X
Book Review:The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max BrooksThe Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks, Ibraim Roberson
Published by Broadway Books on October 6th 2009
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
Source: library
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five-stars

Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.From the Stone Age to the information age, the undead have threatened to engulf the human race. They’ re coming. They’re hungry.
Don’t wait for them to come to you! This is the graphic novel the fans demanded: major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity. On the African savannas, against the legions of ancient Rome, on the high seas with Francis Drake . . . every civilization has faced them. Here are the grisly and heroic stories–complete with eye-popping artwork that pulsates with the hideous faces of the undead.
Organize before they rise!Scripted by the world’s leading zombie authority, Max Brooks, Recorded Attacks reveals how other eras and cultures have dealt with–and survived– the ancient viral plague. By immersing ourselves in past horror we may yet prevail over the coming outbreak in our time.

my review

I LOVED World War Z then I discovered Max Brooks has published a LOT over the years. I am sooo happy that now I can go and read them all.

This tells about how the first recorded Zombie attacks started. To start off with the artwork is fanfuckingtastic. I fell in love with the artwork. It really added to the story.

The story itself took real history and added zombies in it. I was amazed at how effortlessy Brooks was able to combine real history and the zombies. The world building is out of this world. You do not have to really suspend any disbelif to get the story. It combines them so well that you start to wonder WHAT IF???? that adds to the spook factor IMHO.

I used to have a hard time believing that I would like grahic novels but this now I am hooked. I am definitely going to read ALL of his books now.

final verdict

i loved it

 

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: Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake

Posted January 6, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

ISBN: 0765328666
Book Review: Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare BlakeGirl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake
Published by Tor Teen on August 7th 2012
Pages: 332
Format: ebook
Source: library
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five-stars

It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.
His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.
Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.
Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

my review

I read the first book and with THAT ending, I just had to find out what happened after. So I squealed with glee when my hold at the library came up after what seemed like forever for this book. I tell ya, I am going to have to start reading more YA cause some of it is damn good books.

Anyway, the story continues right after book one ends so you gotta start with book one. This is in no way a stand-alone. I was anxious to get to the REAL story. I felt that some of what was in the book leading up to the climax was just filler but what do I know?

The plot completely believable, the world building is spectacular and the characters are fully fleshed out. I could relate to all of them. Well, expcet the popular girl. I was never popular in High School so I have no idea what that is like. I still felt that how she reacted was in tune to what I remember from how a popular girl would react.

I loved reading about how the other read books to try and understand the magic behind what they were doing. I would have LIKED to have more detail about the occult side of it but that may have made it a non-YA book. There was that one scene that actually sent shivers up my spine.  I am trying not to spoil it for those who have not read it yet. I know I am not doing a very good job at conveying my love for this book.

OMG, that scene where the “aunt” spirt comes and talks to them and feeds them snacks. She gives them a lot of info to go on for their quest but it turns out that she is dead. It was night time when I read that and I almost screamed. Can you imagine talking to someone then going to their bedroom and finding out they have been dead for a YEAR?!?

And the love story! I wonder if I know anyone that would come and rescue me from hell? I don’t know if it was my fundamentalist Christian upbringing but I detected some religious overtones in this book. The whole you must shed blood and “die” to get someone out of hell. umm, remind you of anyone? cough

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! If you are a fan of YA horror you should get you a copy as soon as possible!

final verdict

i loved it

five-stars
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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!