Friday, April 27, 2012

Prize of My HeartPrize of My Heart by Lisa Norato
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a lovely tale to immerse myself in for a few days. I found myself caught up in the adventure once it really get going. I felt goosebumps, sadness, joy, shock and grief while reading this book.

It was a bit slow to start so my only request of Miss Norato would be that she leave out some of boring unnecessary dialogue that did not fit overall into the story. I found myself skimming them. Once the action really started, I could barely put the book down. I love that none of the drama was dragged out for days. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to read of a sweet romance where love saves the day.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Pinocchio SyndromeThe Pinocchio Syndrome by David Zeman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Pinnocchio Syndrome is a quick read with a mostly fast plat once you get into it. It's far fetched and cliche all at the same time, but if you want something that will entertain you quickly, this will do the job.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful book! I cannot say enough about this amazing novel that I somehow whipped through in just a few days. Set in Glasgow in 1888 and 1930 London, it is told through the eyes of 36 year old Harriot Baxter. She meets and befriends the Gillespie family and takes the reader on an unimaginable literary roller coaster ride. I thought I had this book figured out halfway through, and now having finished, I'm left questioning what I read. I was sure I had picked up a love story. Gillespie and I is so much more.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Slow start, but worth the the wait. Kent begins the novel more than a year before the Salem witch hunt began and looking back, I can see why she did that. In giving the reader a year of background, she allows us a glimpse into the heart of Sarah Carrier.

Kent does an excellent job of weaving history with fiction and making the reader care deeply about the characters.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had to read this for my American Lit class. Of the five books assigned, this was my favorite. It's ability to take real situations in the world of suburbanite parenthood and make them funny allowed me to read this book cover to cover and enjoy every second of it.

Little Children could describe the children or adults on the playground as the adults are the people giving in to their childlike desires to do as they please. this can be said for several characters in the novel. Todd, Sarah, Ronnie and Larry all can't seem to control their most basic instincts and they each act on them. Mary Ann's extreme need to control every situation could also be described as childlike bossiness.

I thought Sarah and Todd's affair would bother me. It did on a small level. I felt for Kathy as she honestly loves her husband and is only playing the part of the breadwinner because she has to. Todd is clearly unfulfilled and could find that fulfillment someplace other than Sarah's body yet he chooses not to. Sarah is the most sympathetic character. She doesn't fit in to her own life, let alone the lives of those she meets on the playground and she turns out to be less to Todd in the end.

I did like how it ended despite the sad turnout for Sarah.

Need to update those goals again.

I can't believe winter term is coming to an end. It's amazing to me that it's only been two and half short months and much has changed in that time. I've decided to pull myself together and take some steps as the word has not come to an end. My running is just on hiatus for a while.

1) Read to the girls after dinner
2)Prayer time with Sadie
3) Movie with husband

1)30 minutes knitting
2) 30 minutes reading non-school material
3) strength training
4) track food

Home management:
1) Plan menus
2) fold and put away laundry
3) general pickup today

1) check in with accountability partners
2) get a sample handed out today
3) book a party.
4) get party set up and invites out for Andrea's party

All things that need to happen and all realistic.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It seems like forever since February 20th.

February 27, 2012 changed my life. The one thing that keeps me sane and happy was taken away from me. I have plantar fasciitis and it feels like a death sentence. I am unable to run for an untold amount of time.

I was ok for the first few days as it snowed and honestly, I hate snow. I wouldn't have run in it anyway. Now it's been 11 days and I feel as if I have nothing to look forward to anymore. Goals have changed.

1) stay alive
2) save money
3) stay alive.