Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: 21 Days to Change Your Body

21 Days to Change Your Body
21 Days to Change Your Body by Helen M. Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read my fair share of diet books in my lifetime and I was sure that this would be another "Miracle" way to lose weight. Well... it was not! This book has nothing to do with miracles; it is all about common sense; about making the right changes in your life. It teaches you that making the right choices when it comes to food and exercise can be hard and that you should not fool yourself to think that this is only a temporary change... this is a life change.

"Your overall goal is to learn to give your body what it needs to be healthy -- not to live by numbers and obsessions. Constantly thinking about food choices, learning better habits, and educating yourself about portion sizes are all a necessary part of learning your new lifestyle but once they are ingrained in you, then you should not have to think about things quite so hard."

Helen Ryan shares her own experience and struggles. She does not hide her failures and is grateful of her successes. Her book was definitely food for thoughts and I already started to apply some of her suggestions. I still have a long way before I get to where I would like to be, but I honestly got a good kick in the butt from reading this book.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Full Measure

Full Measure
Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I won this book in a Goodreads give-away.

The book was very slow and did not hold together enough for my taste. It felt like the author could have gone a bit deeper with some of the sub-stories. The end did bring it all together, but was rushed and then it was over.

I was expecting more from this book... it did not deliver as expected.

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Review: Captivated by You

Captivated by You
Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in this series.

I did not enjoy this book as much as the first three. That won't stop me to read the fifth one if there is one. The book lacked major events and brought nothing new to the story between Gideon and Eva. It was still an enjoyable read.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Review: Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I discovered that there are a lot of book lovers at my workplace; so I decided to create a book club which will meet every two months. The first book we selected is "Before I Go To Sleep".

This was a very quick read. I was concerned that it would be something similar to "50 First Dates" and I was glad that it was not. Then I was wondering how the author would be able to keep the readers interested, considering that the main character has no recollection of the previous days or weeks or months or years as a matter of a fact. S.J. Watson did a "tour de force" and kept me reading to know what will happen in the next page. I developed several theories as I was reading and although some proved themselves correct; some were wrong and I was surprise by the story outcome. Very clever!

The only disappointment was that there are loose ends in the story and unanswered questions. I will have to keep an eye for a Q&A with the author so I can ask some questions to clarify these unknown facts.

I do recommend the book. It is a great and fast read. I decided not to go see the movie because the book was good enough and movies have a way to spoil a good thing. :)

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: While We're Far Apart

While We're Far Apart
While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is surprisingly good! It follows the recipe of a well written book. It has great characters, countless contrasts and abundant conflicts. I had some doubts before starting to read it because it is categorized as a Christian book. In my past experience with Christian books, I noticed that the story is often lost among all the preaching. It is not the case with this book. As a matter of a fact, the book has great historical facts and beautiful moral values.

The story is set during World War II. I can easily tell that the author researched the period well and stayed true to the events of the time. There are many characters in the story and they come in and out of each other lives. Nevertheless, the reader does not get lost as the book is well structured and each character has an important part to play in the revealing of the story. I really enjoyed it and recommend it!

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