I wasn't sure as I began this book that I was going to like it. I decided to keep reading. I'm glad that I did. Night Huntress is sort of a vampire StI wasn't sure as I began this book that I was going to like it. I decided to keep reading. I'm glad that I did. Night Huntress is sort of a vampire Stephanie Plum. Well, sorta.
Cat, the main character, isn't the bounty hunter. Her vampire partner is. She just helps because she hates vampires. Still, the book is funny. As in, I laughed right out loud a few times. I am looking forward to getting the second and third in this series....more
I picked up Remember Me? because a member of an online group I’m in suggested it. That and I like Sophie Kinsella. While her books aren’t deep, they aI picked up Remember Me? because a member of an online group I’m in suggested it. That and I like Sophie Kinsella. While her books aren’t deep, they are fun. I’ve read all of the Shopaholic books (and, really, who hasn’t known a Becky Bloomwood?) but I loved Domestic Goddess. The premise is simple: Lexi Smart has a car accident and wakes up in a hospital thinking it’s three years earlier. She has a husband she doesn’t know and an entire life she doesn’t recognize. Nothing in her current life is how she would expect it because it’s very out of character. On the surface, it seems perfect: she’s slimmer, gotten her teeth and hair “fixed”, she has a millionaire husband, a beautiful loft and a great job. As she begins to piece together her life, she realizes that things aren’t as perfect as they seem. The characters are interesting, the story is fun and lightly suspenseful. It’s not an “on the edge of your seat” story but the reader does want to find out how the hell Lexi became The Cobra. There is no surprise ending, but that’s okay. Kinsella’s niche is stories that entertain and make us care for the characters. T his one is perfect in that regard. ...more
The other day, I went to Target, going to my usual Target Aisles: bedding, cosmetics, skin care, and books. I bought a makeup bag to corral my lipglosThe other day, I went to Target, going to my usual Target Aisles: bedding, cosmetics, skin care, and books. I bought a makeup bag to corral my lipgloss, blotting papers and brush in my work totebag and Gorgeously Green.
I almost didn’t buy it because I saw it in one of those health food store advertorial magazines and I generally think those are full of nonsense.
Let me tell you: half the book is highlighted with Things I Must Remember. I’m sure it will take me a while to incorporate them all – or even half of them – in to my daily life but I will. There were also a lot of websites where you can buy things and we all know how much I love an internet shopping “trip.”
The thing about Uliano is that she isn’t preachy and she isn’t “all or nothing.” For example, while I agree that using plastic or glass dishes is better than Styrofoam, I am not taking my Tupperware to D & W and asking them to put my sandwich in that. Maybe someday I will but not now. I’m also not going to stop flying to cool places for vacations and I’m not quite ready to give up my plan to go on a cruise with my sister. Uliano understands that we aren’t all going to Go Granola. Of course, now I also have a new vacation destination, entirely thanks to Uliano: an Eco-Spa!
There were other things that thrilled me that I had no idea existed. For example, Woman’s Wonder Bar, which are chocolate candy bars that are supposed to help with PMS and menopause. I am so going to that website and buying some. Eco-friendly poop bags since I must clean up the presents Peggy Sue leaves for the world. There are free ringtones you can download that sound like nature: the mating call of a whale, an owl hooting, various birds. All kinds of things. There is a nonprofit who will take your partially used antibiotics, antifungals, etc and distribute them to developing countries. That’s pretty cool.
There are 8 chapters, each covering a different area of life. The chapters are: 1. Becoming Aware (just what it says.) 2. Green Goddess (all about beauty.) 3. Your Green Temple (all about a healthy body. Yoga and weight training routines are included) 4. Soulful Shopping (self-explanatory, I think!) 5. Your Palace (about your home and garden.) 6. Every Last Bite (not surprisingly, all about food.) 7. Out and About Having Fun (transportation, entertainment and travel.) 8. Go Supergreen (activism and maintenance.)
I bet you’ll find some ways that you can live a more eco-friendly life without driving yourself nuts or becoming one of the Granola Brigade. (Though there *is* a recipe for granola that looks yummy!) You’ll likely find some things you never considered and each small change adds up to a big difference. ...more
I don’t know if you’ll take the advice in this book, but you should read it. How can you not read a book buy a gay British guy who both impersonates QI don’t know if you’ll take the advice in this book, but you should read it. How can you not read a book buy a gay British guy who both impersonates Queen Elizabeth and quotes Flava Flav?
Okay, some of the advice you shouldn’t take. Ignore the permission to wear “a gold leotard with your lesbian aunt Sylvia’s mauve nylon fanny pack.” Unless you live in NYC, people will talk about you and not in a good way. At least they will if you live in Southwest Michigan.
Still, Doonan is hilarious. I laughed out loud several times and that’s not normally true of fashion books. Okay, not true of any books, but most fashion books take themselves so seriously.
Interspersed with stories and interviews with Glamorous Eccentrics is bits of advice, some of which I might actually take. For example: I collect handbags, totebags, etc as I’m always in search of the perfect bag. Doonan thinks that a woman – at least a Glamour Eccentric, one of which I think I am not, should only have one great bag that she takes everywhere. He encourages a person to buy the Hermes Birkin bag they are coveting. That is advice I might take! Of course, chances are good I’ll buy a knock off first and see if I really like that style, etc before I save up TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS to buy one of the damned things. Still, I covet that bag.
Doonan is kind to his reader. He reminds the reader that you are a work in progress and to be patient with oneself.
An example of the things that made me laugh: These are some of the things that made me laugh: (they are all direct quotes from the book.)
• I am pro-pot dealer: the arrival of a mysterious and attractive criminal adds a memorable frisson of excitement to any occasion.
Doonan dispenses relationship advice that will either work or get you divorced more quickly. There are bits of wisdom that would be helpful to all of us, regardless of whether we are glamorous or eccentric. Sadly, I suspect I’m neither. For example, “alluring” is not cheap & tawdry. To paraphrase Doonan, it’s timeless, it’s beautiful and sensual. Alluring is “irresistible charm, which ever fails to mesmerize the viewer, regardless of gender.”
I can’t decide if this is a “fashion book” or a “self-help book” but it’s definitely an entertaining book and I highly recommend it.
I was a sucker for a King Arthur story when I was a young teen. I’ve read more versions of it that you can imagine. In this one, Kat is transported baI was a sucker for a King Arthur story when I was a young teen. I’ve read more versions of it that you can imagine. In this one, Kat is transported back to Camelot. It takes her awhile to find out it wasn’t an accident – the Lady of the Lake and Merlin thought that Kat could prevent Lancelot and Guenevere from falling in love, thus being the downfall of Camelot.
It was a fun story, an easy read and entertaining. Even though you more or less know what’s going to happen – at least if you’re read ANY King Arthur stories – it was still a compelling story. The ending was an unexpected twist, so don’t read ahead!
The odd thing is, I found myself wishing I could go back to Camelot –era to meet the Lady of the Lake. I think I could share her mission of trying to stop the Christians from taking over – and destroying – most of the world. ...more
This story had such promise. From the back cover: “Bejamin Nab appears one day at the orphanage where Ren has spent the 11 years of his young life. CoThis story had such promise. From the back cover: “Bejamin Nab appears one day at the orphanage where Ren has spent the 11 years of his young life. Convincing the monks he is Ren’s long-lost brother, Benjamin sweeps the boy away into a vibrant world of adventures, filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves. But is Benjamin Nab really who he claims to be? As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage, he comes to suspect that Benjamin holds the key not only to his future but to his past as well.”
Sounds like a great story right? Except it isn’t. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t as good as the promise from that paragraph.. The world isn’t vibrant, it’s dark and scary. The scam artists aren’t all that outrageous, just scam artists and not terribly clever ones at that. That people were fooled by them is clearly the work of a writer. There are characters who seem to have no real value to the story other than to add “color” but it doesn’t come off well.
The characters were not well-developed and most were “one note.” You could tell what Benjamin was going to do because the characters would tell you “Well, that’s how Benjamin is.” I wouldn’t go so far as to say the story was predictable, other than in its final outcome. Every child loves an Orphan Who Conquers All. This is a grown up version of that. ...more