I really enjoyed reading Dawn Del Russo's "101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle." It was fun seeing how many of the 101 tips I complied with...moreI really enjoyed reading Dawn Del Russo's "101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle." It was fun seeing how many of the 101 tips I complied with already.
Now that I've realized what I need to work on, it's extremely nice that this book is light weight and compact sized. I can bring it with me anywhere!
There are a few things I didn't like about the book. I found some spelling errors; while this seems to be a pretty minute thing, because it's such a short book (less than 15 words on each page) I feel that these errors should have been caught. Also, the flashy writing was, at times, hard to read - especially the number '9' and the 'I's.
But overall, I highly recommend this fun, light-hearted read to any female. It's not a self help book - it's all about finding the small things that anyone could do any day that make women feel better about themselves and more confident in their appearance. I love my copy and I plan on following Dawn's advice in certain areas!(less)
"Comfort Living" is set up perfectly - not only does it inspire readers to reexamine their environment, but it also gives them the tools and informati...more"Comfort Living" is set up perfectly - not only does it inspire readers to reexamine their environment, but it also gives them the tools and information necessary to change their environment for the better. I loved the information given by Christine Eisner, but I also loved the way it was offered; the calming colors and relaxing tone makes "Comfort Living" an enjoyable read. I also very much liked the journal that came with the book as well as the pages dedicated to reflection at the end of each chapter. I'm glad that these tools were provided, it further establishes within the reader the want to reevaluate and (if necessary) change their living environment.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels overly stressed in their dwellings and/or who is looking to change their environment with a minimal cost.
"Some Girls Are" is such an honest read, much like "Cracked Up To Be." At first, I had a hard time reading it because of it's honesty and how real it...more"Some Girls Are" is such an honest read, much like "Cracked Up To Be." At first, I had a hard time reading it because of it's honesty and how real it was. I felt for Regina, Liz, and Michael. At times, I had to shut the novel for a minute in order to remind myself that it is fiction. The characters are individuals and real. The plot is intriguing and fast paced. I couldn't put this book down. The themes of the novel are all directed towards young adults: friendship, bullies, sex, alcohol, drugs. These themes add to the realism of the novel.
If I had to pick something I didn't like I would have to say the ending. The climax was coming and then all of a sudden nothing happened, all was good, and the book ended. I mean really, the climax, resolution, and conclusion (plot line) happened in about seven pages.
I'd also mention that "Some Girls Are" is very similar to "Cracked Up to Be" in regards to characterization. Both protagonists were 'popular'; Regina was 'froze out' of the popular crowd and Parker tries to isolate herself from the crowd. Both books have an underlying theme of rape. While these coincidents didn't detract from either novel, I still loved both, and the plots were different, at times I found myself forgetting what book I was reading and what had or had not happened.
I highly recommend "Some Girls Are" to struggling recreational readers. I will definitely be keeping this copy for my own classroom.(less)
This book was a fun, relaxing, educational, one of a kind read. It was extremely interesting reading all of the bits and pieces of random knowledge; I...moreThis book was a fun, relaxing, educational, one of a kind read. It was extremely interesting reading all of the bits and pieces of random knowledge; I felt proud after realizing I knew a lot in the English and Literature sections, but I was bit embarrassed that I knew little more.
It was fun rediscovering the knowledge that I had forgotten; reading this book was a practical and effective way of learning. I realized that much of what was covered (at least in the English and Literature sections) are covered on standardized tests. Because of this, I will for sure be keeping this book in my classroom next fall. Students will pick it up and 'test their knowledge' - they won't even know they are learning anything!(less)
I read "Inside Out" before "Elmer the Christmas Elf." Why is this at all important? Because, compared to "Inside Out," I was a little disappointed.
Elm...moreI read "Inside Out" before "Elmer the Christmas Elf." Why is this at all important? Because, compared to "Inside Out," I was a little disappointed.
Elmer's story was alright, the illustrations were mediocre, and the language didn't flow like I had expected it to. Despite this, the message was concrete and beautiful - it just wasn't implemented as well as I thought it would be, after reading "Inside Out." (less)
I hadn't read the provided summary before reading this book, silly I know, so I was utterly surprised when, in the second stanza, I saw the word "God....moreI hadn't read the provided summary before reading this book, silly I know, so I was utterly surprised when, in the second stanza, I saw the word "God." I'm not exactly sure why this took me by surprise, it just did. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I began this book.
I soon realized that this book wasn't about the cute Owl on the page, but more about the frog that goes almost unnoticed. While short, this book is a wonderful read full of depth. The illustrations are beautiful, the language used is musical, and the message is exquisite.
I would 'warn' readers, that the message is a very Christian message and directed towards a Christian child audience. If you are looking for a book to read to your children to teach them about God's plan and individual beauty - this is the perfect book. (less)
This book was a wonderful read. While I have seen several different film adaptations of "A Christmas Carol," I had not read the book. I won't lie, I w...moreThis book was a wonderful read. While I have seen several different film adaptations of "A Christmas Carol," I had not read the book. I won't lie, I was a bit intimidated by the thought of this book. I mean, everyone's heard of it and Charles Dickens himself is an intimidating figure in literature.
Because of this, I particularly appreciated the annotations that explained the biblical allusions, Dickens faith, and the Christian themes throughout the novel. The discussion questions were also extremely helpful in understanding the depth to the novel. Should I ever use this book in a classroom (which will, undoubtedly, happen), the discussion questions (particularly A and B) will come in extremely handy as essay/reflection assignments.
As for the story itself, it was as beautiful as one would expect. Not nearly as "scary" as I had previously thought, the story was beautifully written and is the perfect book for the Holiday season.(less)
This book has changed my life. The book's message is one that seems so obvious, so generic, but Kathleen McGowan successfully explained the message in...moreThis book has changed my life. The book's message is one that seems so obvious, so generic, but Kathleen McGowan successfully explained the message in a way that made me, as a reader, want to change my life (not tomorrow, not next week, but now). This book inspired me to depths that no other book that I've read has. This book made me want to become a better person and try harder to do what was necessary.
At times the message was daunting and overwhelming. I felt as though there was so much I needed to do, so many lists to make, so many exercises to complete to make myself better. But in time, I realized that growth is growth, and growth is one step at a time. So I put made use of my "nerdy English major/teacher sticky tabs" and strategically placed them throughout this book with every intention of returning to them and studying the pages more thoroughly.
I will definitely be rereading this book in the future to further instill it's awesome message. (less)
"A Duty to the Dead" is an absolutely phenomenal book. I finished it in a week, which many would think is no small task, but really, for a college sen...more"A Duty to the Dead" is an absolutely phenomenal book. I finished it in a week, which many would think is no small task, but really, for a college senior - that's saying something.
The plot is riveting and exciting - incomparable to anything I've ever read. Characterization and plot were flawless in this first Bess Crawford Mystery. I immediately felt for and related to Bess Crawford after the first chapter. I was drawn into the story on the first page. I just had to find out what Arthur Graham's message meant. The message is so entirely simple and seemingly uncomplicated - but it amasses to a deeply rooted conspiracy surrounded by lies.
While the ending came quick, I wouldn't have had it any other way - it just worked. This book is absolutely wonderful. I feel so very lucky to have received this book from Goodreads as a First Reads Winner. I will definitely be looking for more of Bess Crawford. (less)