I thought this book was hysterical! Think the girls from "Sex and the City" in their 20s going to stay at the "Big Brother" house. This is a perfect b...moreI thought this book was hysterical! Think the girls from "Sex and the City" in their 20s going to stay at the "Big Brother" house. This is a perfect beach read!
My one gripe is that I wish the epilogue had done a better job with finishing up the storylines of some of the characters. Some weren't mentioned at all and I found that to be frustrating! (less)
I didn't think it was possible, but I love Betty White more now after reading this book! I want to be just like her when I grow up. :-D A fabulous rea...moreI didn't think it was possible, but I love Betty White more now after reading this book! I want to be just like her when I grow up. :-D A fabulous read from a girl who's always gonna be golden to me! Can't wait to get started on "Here We Go Again"!(less)
I really enjoyed this for the most part. I read it in just over the course of one day. As someone who is just starting out in the yoga world and is lo...moreI really enjoyed this for the most part. I read it in just over the course of one day. As someone who is just starting out in the yoga world and is loving it more and more with each Downward Dog pose, I could definitely identify with the author. I've been through a rough couple of years myself and in many ways, yoga has helped me more than anything, even therapy. I really liked the author's writing style and how she incorporated old Sanskrit philosophies and yoga teachings into everyday life in today's fast-paced, busy times. Loved the parts about mindful eating and trying to eat as healthy as possible. I'm a total health nut and this was right up my alley. :-) And I really enjoyed the section on emotional healing and showing compassion and kindness towards others, even those we feel have hurt us and wronged us, and having an open mind and an open heart.
The one major point of contention for me: Jessica, dear, while I applaud your healthy eating and wanting everything to be as free-range and organic as possible for you and your family, I do feel the need to let you know that if you do eat fish, you are not a vegetarian. You are a flexitarian. Nothing wrong with that. I'm one myself. I don't eat red meat but would never stop eating chicken, fish, and turkey. That being said, please don't call yourself a vegetarian when you eat salmon. Please don't speak about the cruelty of animals and all the hormones and pesticides and then act like there's nothing at all wrong with eating our little friends in the ocean. They're still animals too.It drove me up a wall when she preached about polluting your body with the evil horrors of meat and then talked about how much she loved a good fresh piece of salmon. Other than that, I thought everything that she said about moderation and mindful eating was spot-on. I don't necessarily think you need to go completely organic and free-range and co-op unless it aligns with your beliefs and your fiscal budget. If you choose to, great; if not, I wouldn't stress about it. A lot of people lived long, healthy lives long before Organic Yellow Mustard and Organic Gummy Bears hit the market. The only organic product I use is organic ketchup, b/c it tastes so much better than the HCFS-laden stuff. You can really taste the difference there. I got my roommate and sister addicted. Oh, and Peanut Butter Puffins cereal, but only b/c they taste so damn good- not b/c they're organic. I'd eat them even if they weren't. Other than that, nah, I'm more impacted by the dollar sign that anything else. And no complaints from my doctor yet. ;-)
So the minor contradictory food preaching aside, all in all, I really enjoyed this book. I'd pick up a used copy at a book sale, but not pay full price for it (especially since I've already read it, but also b/c I'm cheap like that- this was from the library). If you're just getting into yoga, are looking to find peace of mind and get physically and emotionally healthy and strong, or both, you'll like this book. I'm all about this stuff these days, and I felt she got the message across without getting too preachy or over-the-top about it. And I liked her overall message that is was NOT a diet book, yoga isn't about losing weight. It's about getting your body and mind completely in sync with each other. Physical wellness is meaningless without emotional wellness, and vice versa. Is it hard to balance? Hell yeah. For most people, myself included, sure. But is it worth it? Hell yeah. For all of us. :-) (less)
I loved this... it was adorable! So endearing, the innocence of this time era... where they said "swear words" like "crissake", "holy smokes", etc. Wh...moreI loved this... it was adorable! So endearing, the innocence of this time era... where they said "swear words" like "crissake", "holy smokes", etc. When a sorority girl giving it up BEFORE marriage was a big scandal and girls worried over if they'd get pinned. This was a fast, adorable, delightful read of two girls from the midwest navigating their way through NYC for a summer and working at Tiffanys. A great story about two brave, independent best friends and their adventures in the Big Apple. Golly gee whiz, I sure did love this book! :-) (less)
The sequel was kind of disappointed and wrapped up some of the characters' storylines in a very weird, abrupt, strange way... but the first book was G...moreThe sequel was kind of disappointed and wrapped up some of the characters' storylines in a very weird, abrupt, strange way... but the first book was GREAT!!!!(less)
Well, I'm not sure why so many people didn't seem to like this book. I didn't feel it offended or stereotyped Judiasm- in fact, I learned a lot of int...moreWell, I'm not sure why so many people didn't seem to like this book. I didn't feel it offended or stereotyped Judiasm- in fact, I learned a lot of interesting facts about the religion and customs. Yes, the main character was unlikeable, but do we walk around liking everyone in the world, real or fictional? Of course not. We're all flawed. Yes, this woman clearly had a screw (or seven) loose. But she also showed sign of humanity here and there, and her character seemed to be in an ongoing conflict within herself. She struggled between being her own best friend and her worst inner critic. I felt sorry for her when I wasn't laughing at how clearly crazy she was. I thought it was a humorously written satire. My heart broke for her poor husband, who only wanted to do the right thing for his wife and his religion and his community, and quickly realized that he could never please everybody no matter how hard he tried. You really felt for the poor guy. In any event, I thought this was a silly read. If you liked the movie "Election", you'd enjoy this book. In fact, when a Reese Witherspoon movie reference is made towards the end of the book (all I will say b/c I don't want to give a spoiler), I laughed out loud b/c I could totally see it. So Mazel Tov, Naomi, because I liked this book and think you are a wonderful writer!(less)