Book Review: The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Book Review: The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary SyndromeThe PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by Hillary Wright
on May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 256
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: A Very ARC-ish Readathon, Bookopoly 2017, Single Ladies Reading Challenge

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, and if left unchecked, is linked to serious health issues like infertility, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer. In this groundbreaking book, registered dietitian Hillary Wright explains this increasingly diagnosed disorder and introduces the holistic symptom-management program she developed by working with hundreds of patients. With Wright’s proven diet and lifestyle-based program, you can influence your reproductive hormones and take charge of your health. Featuring a carbohydrate distribution approach at its core, The PCOS Diet Plan also zeroes in on exactly what exercise, supplements, and self-care choices you can make to feel better every day.  With information on how to develop healthy meal plans, choose a sustainable exercise routine, relieve stress, address fertility issues, and find emotional support, this accessible, all-in-one guide will be your trusted companion to a better life.

I requested this book from NetGalley for an honest review because I, myself, was diagnosed with PCOS a few years back. It was something I always suspected I had, but was never too sure. In fact, after reading this book I am not sure if what I have is PCOS or if my symptoms are thyroid related.

This was a very informative book.

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Book Review: Big Little Lies

Book Review: Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
on July 29th 2014
Pages: 460
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Literary Escape, Take Control TBR

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

I wanted to read this book before I knew a mini-series existed. However, I wanted to read it faster when I learned of and began watching the HBO miniseries of the same name.

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Book Review: Killer Look

Book Review: Killer LookKiller Look by Linda Fairstein
Series: Alexandra Cooper #18
on July 26th 2016
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Take Control TBR

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein delivers a heart-pounding thriller that explores the dark secrets of New York City's Garment District—and centering on its infamous Fashion Week—in her eighteenth Alexandra Cooper novel.
New York City is known for its glamour, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its fashion scene. Sharing the pedestal with Paris, Milan, and London as fashion capital of the world, New York continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovations in the name of beauty. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when a murder rocks New York City's Fashion Week. Along with Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex must reveal the grime beneath the glitz to expose the culprit—unless a wolf in model's clothing gets to them first. Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.

This book seemed right up my alley since I enjoy watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. I was not wrong. I really enjoyed this book.

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Book Review: A Million Little Things

Book Review: A Million Little ThingsA Million Little Things by Susan Mallery
Series: Mischief Bay #3
on February 28th 2017
Pages: 368
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017

From the bestselling author of The Girls of Mischief Bay, The Friends We Keep comes a twisty tale of family dynamics that explores what can go terribly, hysterically wrong when the line between friendship and family blurs.
Zoe Saldivar is more than just single-she's ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it's up to her to stop living in isolation.
Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated-her first new friend is Jen's widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen's brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe's own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam's flustered, Jen's annoyed and Zoe is beginning to think "alone" doesn't sound so bad, after all.
Friendship isn't just one thing-it's a million little things, and no one writes them with more heart and humor than book club sensation Susan Mallery!

I have been waiting on this release since I finished the last book by Susan Mallery. (I have mentioned that I love her book right?)

I can admit that I was not let down at all. It was such a good read.

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Book Review: Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and Marriage

Book Review: Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and MarriageBaring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and Marriage by Holly Welker
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, COYER Blackout: Winter Storm, Single Ladies Reading Challenge

In Baring Witness , Welker and 36 Mormon women write about devotion and love and luck, about the wonder of discovery, and about the journeys, both thorny and magical, to humor, grace, and contentment. They speak to a diversity of life experiences: what happens when one partner rejects Church teachings; marrying outside one's faith; the pain of divorce and widowhood; the horrors of spousal abuse; the hard journey from visions of an idealized marriage to the everyday truth; sexuality within Mormon marriage; how the pressure to find a husband shapes young women's actions and sense of self; and the ways Mormon belief and culture can influence second marriages and same-sex unions. The result is an unflinching look at the earthly realities of an institution central to Mormon life.

This was an interesting book. I was raised in the Mormon religion. My mom was raised to be Mormon, but always felt different. I was no exception. My left religion and the Mormon religion up to me and for me to choose. I was baptized when I was 12, if I remember correctly. I practiced the religion for several years before deciding this was not the religion for me. With that said, it doesn’t mean that I will let others criticize and mock it. This means that because I understand it and have many family members who are devout Mormons, that I will correct you if you are wrong. There are quite a few things that I don’t agree with in this religion but I do not care to delve into those at the moment.

I digressed to explain about myself and my interest in this book.

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Book Review: In Over Her Head – Hannah Smart

Book Review: In Over Her Head – Hannah SmartIn Over Her Head: Hannah Smart by Melody Fitzpatrick
Series: Hannah Smart
on September 17th 2016
Pages: 192
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, COYER Blackout: Winter Storm

Being totally scared of the ocean is no big deal when it means being on TV with the boy of your dreams — right?
Hannah Smart is the happiest she’s ever been. She’s doing great in school, she’s got her own spot on the Friday evening news, and she’s desperately in love with the boy next door.But when Hannah’s boss asks her to be part of a treasure-hunting reality show for teens, she instantly feels ill. For most kids, a high-seas adventure searching for treasure would sound amazing, but for Hannah, who suffers horribly from seasickness, it’s a total nightmare. When she finds out that her crush and “the more perfect than perfect” Piper Steele will both be there, she has no choice, and agrees to the trip. In true Hannah fashion, she comes up with a plan to overcome her fears once and for all.What she doesn’t know is that Piper has a cunning plan as well, which means stormy seas for Hannah Smart.

Apparently there are two other books in this series, and eventually I will read them, because this book was a cute and fun read.

Hannah Smart was very relatable to me as my teenage self, except that I was not a teenage newswoman nor was I as personable as she is.

Like most books that feature a teenage bully – they don’t mean to be the be and that’s the case with Piper.

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Book Review: Beaches II – I’ll Be There

Book Review: Beaches II  – I’ll Be ThereBeaches II: I'll Be There by Iris Rainer Dart
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Literary Escape

In this, the sequel to Beaches, Cee Cee Bloom, the famous singer and movie star, has been entrusted with the eight-year-old daughter of her friend Bertie, after the latter's tragic death. Then, with a devastating discovery, Cee Cee is forced to come to terms with the depth of her commitment.

As I previously state in my review of Beaches, I was not aware that the movie was based on a book, which also means I was not aware that there was also a sequel to the book. So, I of course had to read it as soon as I was finished with the first book. And read it I did.

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Book Review: Beaches

Book Review: BeachesBeaches by Iris Rainer Dart
on June 1st 1985
Pages: 276
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Literary Escape

Loudmouthed, redheaded Cee Cee Bloom has her sights set on Hollywood. Bertie White, quiet and conservative, dreams of getting married and having children. In 1951, their childhood worlds collide in Atlantic City. Keeping in touch as pen pals, they reunite over the years ... always near the ocean.
Powerful and moving, this novel follows Cee Cee and Bertie's extraordinary friendship over the course of thirty years as they transform from adolescents into adults. A bestselling novel that became a hugely successful film, Beaches is funny, heartbreaking, and a tale that should be a part of every woman's library.

I will admit that I read this book mainly because I have always loved the movie Beaches. And when Lifetime did the remake I was excited. (I have not watched it yet, but it is on the DVR and I am waiting for the right moment.) I never knew the movie was based on a book and so when I found out I instantly reserved from the library. I was not disappointed, not that I thought I would be.

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Book Review: Thirty Days to Thirty

Book Review: Thirty Days to ThirtyThirty Days to Thirty by Courtney Psak
on September 14th 2015
Pages: 255
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: COYER Blackout: Winter Storm

What if you were on the cusp of marrying the guy of your dreams and reaching that career goal you set for yourself, only for all of it to be taken away in one fell swoop?What if this all happened a month before you turned 30?This is the story of Jill Stevens, who after moving back home, finds a list she made in high school of thirty things she wanted to accomplish before her thirtieth birthday.With a month left and hardly anything crossed off her list, she teams up with old friends to accomplish as much as she can before the big 3-0. Along the way, she discovers her true self and realizes it’s not about the material successes in life but the journey.

I enjoyed this quick read. It was a heartwarming romantic story.

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Book Review: How Should A Person Be?

Book Review: How Should A Person Be?How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
on September 25th 2010
Pages: 306
Goodreads
three-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Single Ladies Reading Challenge

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Middle Stories and Ticknor comes a bold interrogation into the possibility of a beautiful life. How Should a Person Be? is a novel of many identities: an autobiography of the mind, a postmodern self-help book, and a fictionalized portrait of the artist as a young woman — of two such artists, in fact.
For reasons multiple and mysterious, Sheila finds herself in a quandary of self-doubt, questioning how a person should be in the world. Inspired by her friend Margaux, a painter, and her seemingly untortured ability to live and create, Sheila casts Margaux as material, embarking on a series of recordings in which nothing is too personal, too ugly, or too banal to be turned into art. Along the way, Sheila confronts a cast of painters who are equally blocked in an age in which the blow job is the ultimate art form. She begins questioning her desire to be Important, her quest to be both a leader and a pupil, and her unwillingness to sacrifice herself.
Searching, uncompromising and yet mordantly funny, How Should a Person Be? is a brilliant portrait of art-making and friendship from the psychic underground of Canada's most fiercely original writer.

I chose this book because the synopsis seem really interesting and I thought that it was relevant to this month’s reading topic.

While I was reading it, I was partly right.

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