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: 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: Small Great Things

Book Review: Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult
on October 11th 2016
Pages: 470
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: COYER Blackout: Winter Storm, Literary Escape

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

I think I need to read more of Jodi Picoult’s books. This is the second book I have read of hers and with each book I have not been able to put the book down for long periods of time. I just have to read and find out what will happen. 

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Book Review: Change of Life

Book Review: Change of LifeChange of Life by Samantha Bryant
Series: Menopausal Superheroes #2
on April 21st 2016
Pages: 280
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: COYER Blackout: Winter Storm

With great power comes…great frustration.
Several months after the events of Going Through the Change, retired corporate vice president (and occasional lizard-woman) Patricia O’Neill is embroiled in a search for the mad scientist who brought the “change” upon them all .
Meanwhile, Flygirl Jessica Roark and gender-bending strongman Linda/Leonel Alvarez have joined a mysterious covert agency known only as The Department. They’re training hard, in hopes of using their newfound powers for the greater good.
Patricia thinks they’re being used. Cut off from the other menopausal heroes, she’s alone. And her search has hit a serious dead end.
Then Patricia disappears, and all the clues point to a dead man. It’s up to her friends and The Department to find her and bring her home.

I am behind on my ARCs so this one was the first one I decided to read for COYER Blackout: Winter Storm challenge.

This was one of the first ones I requested and thought it looked very interesting. I had never heard of the series, so obviously I have never read the first book in this series. I did not think it would matter…much. I wasn’t wrong, but I do think it would helpful for a good bit of the story.

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Sunday Post #24

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

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Book Review: Sweet Tomorrows

Book Review: Sweet TomorrowsSweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber
Series: Rose Harbor #5
on August 2nd 2016
Pages: 352
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

Rose Harbor, Book 5
The much-anticipated conclusion to Debbie Macomber’s beloved Rose Harbor series, set in the picturesque town of Cedar Cove, Sweet Tomorrows is a vibrant and poignant novel of letting go of fear, following your heart, and embracing the future—come what may.   Nine months ago, Mark Taylor abruptly left Cedar Cove on a perilous mission to right a wrong from his past. Though Mark finally confessed his love for her, innkeeper Jo Marie Rose is unsure if he’s ever coming back. The Rose Harbor Inn barely seems the same without Mark, but Jo Marie can’t bear to lose herself in grief once more. Determined to move forward, she begins dating again, and finds companionship when she takes on a boarder who is starting a new chapter herself.   Recovering from a twice-broken heart, Emily Gaffney, a young teacher, is staying at the inn while she looks for a home of her own. Having given up on marriage, Emily dreams of adopting children someday. She has her eye on one house in particular—with room for kids. Although Emily’s inquiries about the house are rudely rebuffed, her rocky start with the owner eventually blossoms into something resembling friendship. But when the relationship verges on something more, Emily will have to rethink what she truly wants and the chances she’s willing to take.   The inn seems to be working its magic again—Emily opening herself up to love, Jo Marie moving on—until Jo Marie receives shocking news.   With Debbie Macomber’s trademark charm and wisdom, Sweet Tomorrows brings to a close the journeys of cherished characters who feel like old friends. Macomber has created an enchanting place in the Rose Harbor Inn that readers will never forget.

*I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.*

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Book Review: 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block

Book Review: 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger's Block by Marcie L. Hill
on January 1st 1970
Goodreads
two-stars
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

Kick Blogger's Block in the Face!!
Have you ever been sitting at your computer ready to create written, audio, video, or other multimedia content for your blog, website or other online project and your mind went completely blank?
Can your blog posts use a little more "oomph"?
Do you want more engagement and return visits from your readers through the content you create on your site?
If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, then this book is for you.
"62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger's Block" provides tips, tools, and strategies on how to create blog posts, which will help keep your audience returning. In addition, it will boost your creativity; improve your writing and technology skills; and increase your engagement with your readers.
Not a blogger? That's okay. This book is for anyone who produces content for online or print properties.

*I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.*

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Book Review: Paper Girls, Vol. 1

Book Review: Paper Girls, Vol. 1Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson
on April 5th 2016
Pages: 144
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood. Collects Paper Girls #1-5.

*I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.*

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Book Review: DC Super Hero Girls, Vol. 1: Finals Crisis

Book Review: DC Super Hero Girls, Vol. 1: Finals CrisisDC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis by Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat
on July 12th 2016
Pages: 128
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High!
It was the night before finals and the student body is hard at work... and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl and their friends are learning to become heroes, but no one knew the trials that awaited them. In the first original graphic novel from the DC Super Hero Girls line, meet the students of Superhero High School as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all parts of growing up!
The DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls features DC Comics' most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, playing out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world. Icons including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction, as each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero.

*I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.*

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Book Review: Lexington and 42nd

Book Review: Lexington and 42ndLexington and 42nd by Kim Carmody
Series: Off Field #1
on March 8th 2016
Pages: 444
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation

It was meant to be the job opportunity of a life time.
It turned out to be so much more…
At the age of twenty five, Emma Lexington takes off to New York on a once in a life time twelve-month job exchange with the New York Warriors. Determined to make the most of the opportunity, she prepares herself for life in the big apple—fast paced, exciting and a whole lot of fun. What she hasn’t prepared for though, is meeting him.
The charming Will Jensen is in the prime of his playing career. As the star quarterback for the Warriors, his carefree, football centric life is thrown into disarray when he meets Emma, the beautiful, easy going Australian girl who joins the Warriors staff.
Unwilling to throw her professional reputation away on a fling with the playboy quarterback, Emma turns down Will’s advances, even though she can’t deny the attraction she feels for him. Their pull toward one another grows, but it takes a near disaster for Emma to finally give Will a chance.
Getting together might have been hard, but figuring out how to stay together will prove even more challenging as Emma must decide between conflicting loyalties.
Lexington and 42nd is a fun, sexy romance, set in the exciting world of the NFL in the fabulous city of New York.

*I received this eBook from NetGalley for an honest review.*

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