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Review: Debt Cures: “They” Don’t Want You to Know About



Debt Cures: “They” Don’t Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this read. The material was fascinating, informative, and entertaining. I felt that it was well compiled and presented. I’ve found the information within helpful and helping propel me forward as well. I have the print & audio version of this, the audio was definitely more entertaining as Mr. Trudeau expounds extra information, and makes funny commentary. Great read, and helpful. Highly recommend. πŸ™‚

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Review: Holy Bible: New Testament: The King James Version


Holy Bible: New Testament: The King James Version
Holy Bible: New Testament: The King James Version by Anonymous
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve read the New Testament a few times, and felt a few months ago, that I wanted to read it again. Always good to do. I love how each time that I read through the scriptures I find new gems, have questions answered, and find new ones. I’m grateful for a guide in my life to help me become a better person.

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Review: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was fascinating and fun! Well put together and presented. I’m a girl who loves random facts, figures, stats, and seeing how the world fits together. Really great read, highly recommend! I really need to find out if there are any other books by this author. So fun!

(Actually finished 8 January 2014)

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Review: It!: 9 Secrets of the Rich and Famous That’ll Take You to the Top


It!: 9 Secrets of the Rich and Famous That'll Take You to the Top
It!: 9 Secrets of the Rich and Famous That’ll Take You to the Top by Paula Froelich
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was ok. I didn’t completely hate it, but I didn’t love it either. I felt it had some good points, and some that were a bit overboard. But it was well presented and flowed well.

(Actually finished 10 January 2014)

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Review: Pros and Cons: A Short Story


Pros and Cons: A Short Story
Pros and Cons: A Short Story by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think I need to read it again. I read it quick and was really distracted….

I’m ecstatic that Janet has a new series out and was excited to see this teaser. It’s obvious that the new series is going to be another fast moving and fun-filled series, with a classic Janet feel. Yet, it came across that Janet & Lee are still trying to find their groove. I’m just grateful it has more of a Stephanie, Diesel & Lizzy or her classic singles, instead of the Husband list. I’m excited to read it all, and I’ll read this one again too. It only took an hour…

(Actually finished 31 January 2014)

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Review: Robert B. Parker’s Damned if You Do


Robert B. Parker's Damned if You Do
Robert B. Parker’s Damned if You Do by Michael Brandman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Well, I judged this book by it’s cover at first, it looked good. My library also said this was book 1. Hmph not so much. It was ok, but I didn’t feel that the characters where well developed or that the book flowed well. I think that it had potential, but ultimately fell short. I was bored with it, grateful it was so short and probably won’t pick up another one.

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Review: The Inn at Rose Harbor


The Inn at Rose Harbor
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the past I have not enjoyed Debbie Macomber’s books and I know written a review that did not reflect positively at all. One of my followers, stood up for Ms. Macomber and pleaded with me to give her another chance. A few weeks ago, I found myself desperate for another ‘light’ book to read, this was one of the few available, so I thought I’d give it a chance. I have to say, I really loved it! I was very surprised, and grateful for the uplifting story shared.

I thought in this particular book, her writing was very good. The characters were believable, and lovable, and well formed. I loved that despite the heartbreak and tragedy in the main characters own life, she moves on with life and doesn’t let it beat her. She finds a way to serve and love those other broken souls around her, and vows that everyone who comes through her life, leaves a little bit more healed. I love that.

I really enjoyed this one, and I’m planning on giving some of her other books a chance too. Maybe on the other one, I was in a funk, and projected my own issues.

(Actually finished in just 2 days! 23 January 2014)

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Review: Notorious Nineteen


Notorious Nineteen
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know, in each review of Janet Evanovich I proclaim how much I love her. Well, I do! Each time I crack open another book its like being wrapped in arms of love and life long friendship. It might be the same story with different variables each time. But I don’t really care, I love them! Janet has the ability to make me laugh hysterically and generally harder than nearly anyone else. I love all the crazy characters in Stephanie’s life and they just make my heart swell.

What I really liked about this volume was that we were able to take a huge mysterious chunk out of Ranger’s life and learn so much about him. It was really nice! He’s stayed such a mystery in all of the precursory books. It was fun to see him a little more ‘real’.

Wondering about continuing to read? It’s worth it! πŸ™‚

(Actually finished 28th January 2014)

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Review: The Buddha in the Attic


The Buddha in the Attic
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was chosen for the Book Club Read this month. (http://www.bountifulbookclub.blogspot.com/) I don’t often attend, but usually try to read the book, if it’s available through the Pioneer Library, my main resource for my books. (http://pioneerutah.lib.overdrive.com/B9A44FC8-1126-4EBC-AB38-7E0F204B5EB2/10/50/en/Default.htm) I was pleasantly surprised to find this one available, and it was a quick read. Although, I would not classify it as easy. In fact it was rather heavy.

The story was told from the mindset of the Japanese Mail Order Brides / Picture Brides (kind of reminded me of the Borg on some levels) taking place just prior to Pearl Harbor being bombed. They told of what promises and hopes they had in mind, and their realities, and shattered dreams, they tell of their treatments, and always being on the outside and then move into the suspicion, going into hiding, and then the disappearing.

Overall it was very interesting, really opened my understanding much more. Despite it being a short read, and with the risk of redundancy, it was very heavy and heartbreaking. Nonetheless, it’s a read I recommend just once.

(Actually finished 20 January 2014)

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Review: The Book Thief


The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not sure what I had expected when starting to read this book. I honestly didn’t know what it was about, just that it was a popular read and that they made a movie out of it. I was hoping it would be decent, as I often don’t enjoy ‘popular’ books. I have to say I was very pleased with this great read. Another surprise was that it was another telling of the horrors during World Ward II & occupied Germany.

I enjoyed the fact that it was told in a narrative manner from the point of Death, as he jumps all over Europe, collecting souls. Follow the story of a young refugee Leisel, the curious and kind hearted young girl, who simply loves books, her only way to obtain them, was to steal them. Her other great love in life, were the people closest around her.

For whatever reason the past year I have found that I have accidentally picked up a handful of World War II books. I obviously love Historical Fiction and find it very rewarding to continually learn more about us as a people, the good and the very bad, and finding the humanity in the horrid situations.

I really enjoyed the different style of the storytelling. I thought it was well written, flowed well and well worth the read. I highly recommend it. However, towards the end, and points in-between, make sure to have a box of tissues.

Now I can watch the movie… Yes, I’m sure, it’s not as good as the book – it never is.

(Actually finished 9 February 2014

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Review: World Regional Geography


World Regional Geography
World Regional Geography by Douglas L. Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really thought this book was fabulous! I know it’s a text book and required reading. But I found it informative, engaging, and fascinating! It was so fun learning more about cultures,economics, governments, historical data, landmarks, climates, industries, cultural attributes, you name it. I thought that the book was thorough and comprehensive in teaching. I felt that much of the focus had a lot to do with sociology and cultures played into the natural landscapes of the world and how we were able to effectively or ineffectively trade, grow and develop. I found myself constantly preferring to read my text book than my fluff books, and I feel that says a lot about how well this book was written! Highly recommend to everyone. I know it took a long time to finish. It was quite comprehensive, and I tested out of the class. As soon as I finished this class my reading changed to my next class and had to refocus my efforts in finishing the two textbooks allocated to that class instead. Again, fascinating read, even if it’s not for school!

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Review: Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life


Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life
Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life by Gordon B. Hinckley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely loved the Way To Be!, just as much as I adore President Gordon B. Hinckley! It was wonderful to read this book again, to hear his voice and feel he pure love that exuberates from him. How I’ve missed this great man. I’ve read this book a few times and will read again. Always new applicable points and views! I highly recommend for anyone of any background, faith, religion, etc. Just basic and profound views and points, of being a good person – just because you should try to be a good person.

My uncle wrote on his coffin, “Do good because doing good is good to do. Not because of threats or promises of Heaven or Hell.” I love that. I think that this book helps mostly guide on simply BEing a good person!

President Hickley stated in the book, “Rise above mediocrity, above indifference. Become involved and speak with a strong voice of that which is right. ”

I originally took fantastic notes while making my journey through this book. But looking back. I feel like I highlighted the whole book! 😐

Nonetheless, the 9 Be’s we should all remember are as follows:

9 Be’s:
Be Grateful
Be Smart
Be Involved
Be Clean
Be True
Be Positive
Be Humble
Be Still
Be Prayerful

Finished the book 1 October 2013.
I highly recommend this book to all, over and over again! Enjoy and BE an amazing contribution!

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Review: Briar Rose


Briar Rose
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first read this book about 17 years old (16 years ago). This is a book that sticks with you. You know the type, the kind that randomly will run through your head or something else will trigger your thoughts that will end up drifting back to you. For the last 16 years I have considered this on my top books list. It still is for the record. But how I remembered the book and how I internalized it this time were drastically different. But I know it’s the same book nonetheless.

I didn’t remember from before:
* The way Gemma’s story was intertwined with ‘today’ and told in bits and pieces.
* I don’t remember so much detail about the holocaust camps
* I didn’t remember a thing about the Prince!

For whatever reason this book came to mind so much this year that I felt compelled to read again, I was enthralled to find a copy of it on Amazon. (I love Amazon).

Since this was a book-book, it did take me a little longer to get through. Most days I found myself wishing I could simply stay home in my quiet peaceful and clean home enjoying the coolness of the weather and finish this delightful story once again that has lingered in my mind and heart since the last time I read it 16 years ago. I certainly wasn’t disappointed in it, many others re-reads were highly disappointing.

I loved meeting all the characters and hearing their bits and pieces of Gemma’s history with their own. However, most of them were very short. However, “The Prince’s Story” seemed very long! It’s went on for chapters. Not that it’s bad and it’s interesting, and nauseating at the same time. Not because of the writing, but because of what happened. Ah history… but it’s been interesting to see how much his story is elaborated upon.

Overall I still absolutely love Jane Yolen, and look forward to reading more of her books. I love her style, her rhythm, and great talent for story telling.

I tend to have been drawn to many books around WWII, I felt years ago and still that Ms. Yolen has a unique talent for relating the hard stories. Highly recommend!

Favorite Quotes from the Book:

β€œFairy Tales always have a happy ending.’ That depends… on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.”
― Jane Yolen, Briar Rose

β€œTime may heal all wounds, but it does not erase the scars.”
― Jane Yolen, Briar Rose

β€œStories,” he’d said, his voice low and almost husky, “we are made up of stories. And even the one’s that seem the most like lies can be our deepest hidden truths.”

― Jane Yolen, Briar Rose

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Review: I Am Number Four


I Am Number Four
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the first part of this book. I found that most of it was really interesting, it was engaging and had a great pace. However when I stopped over the weekend, it was hard to re-engage and the relationship, banter and conversations between John & Sarah bugged the crap out of me! The authors conversation writing left much to be desired. Much was written to more of a young adult crowd. Mostly because that’s the maturity level and thinking level of the main character. I did really like most of it. I just lost interest and momentum when putting the book down. Granted when I picked it back up there was a battle against the bad aliens that went on forever and ever! Then, at the end it just drops you off with no real closure. I see it was a good stopping point, but the is no closure at all. Grr.

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(Finished on 5 November 2013)

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Review: That Perfect Someone


That Perfect Someone
That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this in only two days!! I nearly forgot HOW much I love Johanna Lindsey!! Her books might be very predictable, but she is a delightful and engaging storyteller! Always such a breathe of fresh air and fluff for my brain! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I had to put this away before I finished it in one day so that I might relish in the story longer…

This book as well as her other books was fun, light-hearted, full of funny moments and real life situations and lessons. She does have small lovey scenes that if you are sensitive, you might want to skip over, but they are really pretty mild.

In addition, I’ve decided I am going to finish my crazy hard end of months with a great fluff book. πŸ™‚ Totally makes it better! That is going to be my little treat to myself. πŸ™‚

(Finished 30 August 2013)

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