Life in Mascara: Reading Challenge Update #6

Monday, August 3, 2015

Reading Challenge Update #6

Thanks to being off for 5 weeks straight (perks of working in an elementary school, I was able to get quite a bit of reading done. Not as much as I would have liked, but 1 book per week worked out great for me:

1. Reached by Ally Condie- this book helped complete my 'A Trilogy' section for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. In this book we see the story come full circle as with most trilogies. The heroin really blossoms and takes control of her life and the situation in which she finds herself in. The love triangle, of course, finds itself a happy ending, and the dystopian society begins its steps to rebuild itself. All in all, I enjoyed the trilogy. It can be a bit 'teenagery' at times and there is so much reference to poetry that it made me go cross eyed a bit, but worth the read.

2. The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel- this book had been living on my shelf for about 3 years. I looked at it, dusted its cover off, and placed it right back on its shelf. After reading Reached, I wanted something light and airy that I could get through rather quickly before going on my summer vacation. I read it in 2 days. I wasn't expecting that but apparently when you hunker down with 3 lap dogs, you just lay there and read. This was a fun book as I anticipated. It centers around the friendship, and falling out of friendship, of two women from the time they are teenagers until well into their 60's. Reading the early years was really sentimental to me as I too communicated for years with my childhood best friend via mail (as in handwritten letters not email) for years after moving to Texas, and as we grew older, we became distant and had a falling out. I haven't spoken to her in about 9 years and occasionally think about taking the high road and contacting her. Then I regress and become a child again and don't. But I digress...really though, all this played out in these two main characters. Taking you through the turmoils of growing up, drinking, college, sex, marriage, work, and most importantly, family drama. This book has it by the shedloads and it is what kept me intrigued until the end. Through out the book we get various recipes that the girls exchanged via their correspondence. I am apt to try one out. This book fulfills the 'A book with a love triangle' based on the supportive characters but still has a HUGE impact on the main characters. 

3. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige- I was beyond eager to start this book as I have read all the previous ones. I am a HUGE Wizard of Oz fan and love reading all the spinoff's like the Wicked series. When I found Paige's books, it was just in time for the release of it's first book and I was hooked! The story line takes place after Dorothy returns to Kansas and then a second return to Oz. Dorothy is no longer the sweet innocent child corrupted by all the dark magic of Oz. An order of witches is formed to help take her down and restore Oz to its once magical and pure form. So much magic and whimsy jumping off the pages. I even tweeted Paige telling her that as I read I kept having to remind myself that there isn't a movie in the works but I can totally see it happening and would be beyond excited for it! She replied (eekk major geek moment!) and said she sees it all played out in her mind as well. You have to love technology these days that you can actually reach out to someone who would other wise be completely unreachable to you. This book fulfills the 'A Book with Magic'.  

4. The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence by Jessica Ortner- this was an interesting read for me. I had first hear of EFT on Jess Lively's Podcast interview of Gala Darling. I took it all with a grain of salt and thought 'well good that it worked for her' but never gave it another thought. This summer though, my sister told me about this book and process she had been doing and she was simply raving about it. She looked so happy and in a better state of mind than I had seen her and so I decided to give it a go. It is tricky to explain but EFT is based on 'tapping' on the meridian points of the body whilst reciting something meaningful to yourself. It helps lower the stress and anxiety we often put on ourselves. I urge you to look up some helpful videos for a better explanation. This book fulfills 'A Book a Friend Recommended'

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