What a great book. It took me many months to read it, because I wanted to implement the ideas within the book slowly over time. Too much change at oncWhat a great book. It took me many months to read it, because I wanted to implement the ideas within the book slowly over time. Too much change at once tends to freak out most people.
The book focuses on healthy habits when it comes to eating rather than healthy eating itself. The thought is that the latter will follow the former in due time. The book examines how most parents have a "nutrition mindset" (I know that I did) versus the "teaching method". The key is to have variety, proportion and self-regulation when it comes to satiety.
I started with the Eating Zones and identification of foods as Growing, Fun or Treats. Then, we implemented the Rotation Rule, which requires that no same food be eaten two days in a row. Over the course of a few months, I noticed that my daughter started to try new foods because she was constrained from repeating her favorites. I also started "Soup Sundays" where she and I picked a soup to make, shopped together for the ingredients and then made the soup on Sundays. This idea was mine but it provided me with a way in which to introduce my daughter to new flavors, and in particular, vegetables. My daughter loves spinach now as a result of Soup Sundays.
We've been working on proportion and intend to start working on what it means to feel full. My daughter, if left to her own devices, would eat 24-7. She claims that she is constantly hungry. She is not overweight at this point, but I worry about her ability to learn how to say "I'm full" in the future. The book provides a visual for parents to use so that kids can rank their hunger. They can't really understand the concept of satiety so that like everything else, it needs to be taught. We'll continue to work on this approach as well the others. Changing behavior takes a long time.
I had been torn in whether to read this book because it seemed to polarize opinions among my GR friends. I can say now that I am glad that I decided tI had been torn in whether to read this book because it seemed to polarize opinions among my GR friends. I can say now that I am glad that I decided to read it since I am definitely in the "really enjoyed it" club here.
The book goes back and forth in time between a pre- and post-apocalyptic world. It focuses on a few characters, some who survived the apocalypse, and some who didn't. What I enjoyed most about the book was that there were no zombies, but that not everyone who had survived was a good person either. The book is about people coming together in a new world not only in trying to survive, but also in trying to preserve their culture. What would you want people to remember about the world at time of its demise?
The book also reminds readers of how much they take for granted on a daily basis. After reading this book, I have a new appreciation for all of the advances that we are able to take advantage of as people. Life is good as most of us know it.
What started out as a promising read fizzled out for me.
The book opens with a boy who witnesses a killing. He then finds himself the target of the nexWhat started out as a promising read fizzled out for me.
The book opens with a boy who witnesses a killing. He then finds himself the target of the next hit. Sounds familiar but what was cool about the story was that the boy is sent to the wilderness for safety as part of a survivalist camp. I was expecting the story to follow along these lines, but it didn't, except to the extent the protagonist became a survival expert within a day or so of being introduced to the concept.
There were some cool bad guys in the book, too, which led to a creepy element of the storytelling. Then, they became less interesting through the middle to the later part of the book.
Super cool book! Who would have thought that things like water reclaimers and orbital trajectories could be such fun?
Weir has interesting backstory inSuper cool book! Who would have thought that things like water reclaimers and orbital trajectories could be such fun?
Weir has interesting backstory in regard to this book. He started it as a serialized novel on his blog (ala Dickens sans the blog) where his followers could read it for free. Some of these followers asked Weir to put the book in Kindle format, which he did. Amazon said that Weir had to sell it for a $.99 minimum, since again, Weir wanted to provide it for free. The book continued to build a following until it resulted in paperbound publication and a movie to be made starring Matt Damon.
The key to the success of this story is that Weir has made science cool and interesting. Even if the reader doesn't get all of the lingo, she can understand enough to make sense of what is happening. Basically, the book is about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars alone and the methods that he employs to keep himself alive, until hopefully he is rescued. I don't want to give anything away but it might spoil the fun for those who haven't read it yet.
Overall, I highly recommend this very entertaining book. ...more
Wow, what a beast this one was. Books of the size of this one really make me appreciate my Kindle.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. What Dante creaWow, what a beast this one was. Books of the size of this one really make me appreciate my Kindle.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. What Dante created is phenomenal and well worth the effort in reading it. However, make sure that the version that you read has good notes in it, because like many other readers, I would have been "lost" without it (pun intended).
I won't even begin to try to examine all of the complexities associated with this book. But basically, the book is in three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. Inferno is a tour through Hell, and it's really interesting how the sins that people commit become the pain and torture that they will suffer through eternity. Purgatorio isn't much more pleasant, as there is more pain and suffering there. Paradiso is just what it sounds like as Dante makes his ascent toward Heaven. Throughout the story, Dante uses his poetry to provide political and social commentary against the church, and against certain religious and government rulers, whom he claims will suffer eternal damnation as result of their corruption.
I found the historical background woven in with Dante's own views to be very interesting. My only complaint was that Dante was a little self-indulgent in the end as it related to his ancestry and his place in the afterlife. Nevertheless, all in all, The Divine Comedy is both an incredible and important piece of work that every serious reader should tackle at some point in his or her reading life.
I picked up this book only because of all the positive reviews that it has received on GR. The story is about a quadriplegic, his family and his caregI picked up this book only because of all the positive reviews that it has received on GR. The story is about a quadriplegic, his family and his caregiver. There are some interesting issues here that make the story much more than your standard chick-lit fare or garden variety love story. I certainly found myself thinking about what the characters were going through in the story and how I would react if in a similar situation.
Overall, I'm glad that I gave this book a chance, but it's not exactly bookish in nature. ...more
A funny book about a man who has been released from a mental institution and is trying to become a better person so that he can get his wife back.
I tA funny book about a man who has been released from a mental institution and is trying to become a better person so that he can get his wife back.
I thought that overall, the book is a 3 star read, but because Quick nailed it about what's it like to be a diehard Eagles fan and to attend an Eagles home game, I bumped it up to 4 stars. This reason is also why I am now looking forward to seeing the movie, too.
Quick, you get me man!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
PS Thank you Alison for recommending it to me....more
Like most other readers of Fforde's works, I find him to be very clever in the way in which he writes, and in particular, his play on words. But beyonLike most other readers of Fforde's works, I find him to be very clever in the way in which he writes, and in particular, his play on words. But beyond that, I find his plots to be lacking, and in fact, rather dull. I have the next two books in the series at home so at some point I'll probably read them, but it will once again be a long while before I get to the next one....more
This book is my first one by SSA but I will definitely read more books written by her. Walls of Water reminded me of Star's Hollow from the Gilmore GiThis book is my first one by SSA but I will definitely read more books written by her. Walls of Water reminded me of Star's Hollow from the Gilmore Girls. The characters were wonderful and the story very charming. I had a constant smile on my face during my commute while I listened to this one on audio. I would recommend this book as a nice change of pace for readers of heavy material....more
Overall, this book was well done, partly because it was read by Judith Light. She did an awesome job! She has a subtle way of being able to change herOverall, this book was well done, partly because it was read by Judith Light. She did an awesome job! She has a subtle way of being able to change her voice so that the listener recognizes the characters without having to try very hard.
The story itself is interesting, as it examines the lives of three women, a mother and her two daughters, in the aftermath of their patriarch's scandalous love affair with a much younger woman. This event forces each of the women to re-examine her life, make dramatic changes as to whom they are as women and determine how they wish to live the next stages of their lives. Each of these three women is believable and even if the reader doesn't agree with their choices, she can understand them.
I'm really impressed with the way in which Jennifer Weiner has grown as a writer since . Her latest work has more substance and a depth of understanding of her characters. Plus, she has a good sense of humor even though the book tackles some serious subjects. I found myself chuckling more than once, which created a nice, homey feel to the read.
Overall, I would recommend this book to Weiner fans but also to women who want to read about women and the challenges that they face in trying to get through their day-to-day lives.
I really enjoyed this story about two people, Dexter and Emma, who have a semi-one night stand that turns into 15 year friendship and then some. I likI really enjoyed this story about two people, Dexter and Emma, who have a semi-one night stand that turns into 15 year friendship and then some. I liked that the author told the story by looking at the state of their relationship on one day a year. I found this approach to be very creative and a great way to tell a story that takes place over a long period of time.
I was rooting for both characters, but Dexter made it difficult at times. He is a gorgeous, shallow, rich, playboy who starts having everything go his way. Reading this book made me think of people who I knew who were like that in both high school and college, and I wonder how they ended up. Nicholls certainly gives the reader an interesting take in regard to Dexter.
On other hand, Emma, is a very type of character. She is smart, insecure, unknowingly attractive and very optimistic. I often wondered how she remained such good friends with Dexter for so long since he was quite a cad at times. Only true love and tremendous patience could have allowed her to go through so much with him.
Certain things happen that I had no idea were likely to occur, and I didn't like the one that had the most impact to the story. Led to a let down for me to what otherwise was a very enjoyable, insightful and entertaining novel.
Hmmm - this a tough one for me. I enjoyed the perspective on the message, but for a book that is supposed to be rich with meaning, I felt incredibly bHmmm - this a tough one for me. I enjoyed the perspective on the message, but for a book that is supposed to be rich with meaning, I felt incredibly bored as I read it....more
This book was all right. Average at best. But, I did get some pretty good insights into what the college admission process is like these days. First,This book was all right. Average at best. But, I did get some pretty good insights into what the college admission process is like these days. First, globalization has hit higher education here in the US. When I was in business school, we were taught that the higher educational system in the US is one of the best in the world, which gives the country a comparative advantage in this regard. Now, people from all of the world are flocking to the US to get an education so the number of applicants has gone way up, and fewer kids are getting into the top schools percentage-wise. It's so competitive out there, and the author makes some good insights via Portia, the main character of the novel, on how kids are growing up to do things in a way that will result in some type of package that they will present to the world. There are so many of these kids, and more are becoming disappointed that even with all of their achievements, they are still not special or perfect enough to get into the top schools in the country. It's all quite sad, really, because there are so many great schools out there, and kids should just relax about the whole thing. I mean, college is supposed to be fun.
The book isn't very good, because the job of the main character doesn't fit her personality and I couldn't buy into the author's reason for that lack of connection. It made it difficult for me to empathize or feel a link with Portia as a character, which made the book a little bit of a tough read for me. If I could, I would give it a 2 1/2.
From TNBBC, I've heard nothing but good things about Moore's books. A Dirty Job was my first Moore book, and I enjoyed it very much. Moore does a greaFrom TNBBC, I've heard nothing but good things about Moore's books. A Dirty Job was my first Moore book, and I enjoyed it very much. Moore does a great job with developing his characters, and the dialogue among them is current and hilarious. I oftentimes felt as if I was in the conversation, because the main character, Charlie, made me feel like I have known him my whole life. The story is creative and unique. So why 4 and not 5 stars?
The reason for the lower grade is that the evening left me wanting. Moore took a creative story and ended it predictably IMHO. I was a little disappointed by that, but it won't deter me from reading another Moore book in the future. Thank you TNBBC for introducing me to this cool author....more