Melephant

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On the Subject of Kindness…

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So when I started this challenge, I promised myself that I would test the boundaries of the types of books that I like to read. And this book definitely tested my boundaries.

The book started out giving the history of kindness. Where it all began, way back when the world was a much simpler place. I thought that might have been the opening chapter or so. But no- it kept on giving the history of kindness. It never formed any concrete conclusions on why we should be kind or offer any thoughts on what it means to be a kind person in todays society. Since I work in a job that requires me to be kind, caring, and understanding of other people, I thought it might shed some light on the meaning of kindness as it pertains to modern time, but nope. Just cold, hard facts.

All in all, the book was a bit dry for my taste. Too many facts and not enough feeling in this book. I think that I will stick to genre’s that I know that I enjoy to read in the future.

21/210

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By Melephant
On February 19, 2010
At 12:22 pm
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Emotional Fitness…

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So for this reading challenge. I challenged myself to read books that can help me- so I hit up the self help section of the library to find a book that can help enrich my life. What I came home with was this interesting book on how to increase intimacy in my relationship with my husband.

As you may or may not know, my husband and I are what one may call newlyweds. We have been married for just over 1 year. I love him terribly, and every day we spend together, my love for him deepens. We have been friends for more than 10 years now, and yet he still surprises me with things that I never knew about him.

It took me a while to finish this book because every one of the concepts is interesting and worthwhile. I am interested in reading more books by this author in the future.

20/210

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By Melephant
On February 17, 2010
At 3:32 pm
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Stumbling on Happiness…

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I audio booked this one, even though it was sitting on my husbands bookshelf for the past few years and hasn’t been touched by either of us. I knew that we were going to be going for a long drive- we drove down to New Hope to tour some of the wineries down there- and that we were in need of a new book, so I rented it from our local library. Although we started listening to the book together, my husband got to finish it first and then I listened to the rest of it.

I have been intending to 1) read more books that teach me something as well as 2) rent more books from the library. I have accomplished both tasks with this read.

While the subject matter was extremely interesting to me, the author focuses a lot on the fact that as humans, we are unable to predict the future- even though we attempt to do this on a daily basis. The author goes on to say that we make our decisions based on if it will offer us “happiness” in the future.

I agree with a lot of the statements in this book, but at times found myself tuning out the stats that he posed to back up his ideas. But all in all, I enjoyed this audio book.

19/210

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My First Time…

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OK, so another one of my guilty pleasures is teen fiction. I know, I know, how cheesy am I… But I just love to live vicariously through these teen characters.

This book was the first that I picked up from this author. I had been intending to read this series for quite some time, but just hadn’t gotten around to it until now. And I am glad that I did finally get around to reading it, because I truly enjoyed it.

The story was entertaining and kept my interest throughout the book. When it was over, I found that I wanted to know more about what happens, so I am going to keep up with the series!

Stay tuned for more books from this fun teen series.

18/210

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Dear John…

dearjohnI Audio booked this one while driving to and from work.

In the past, I really enjoyed books by Nicholas Sparks. The first book I ever read by him was The Notebook- I picked it up from a used bookstore for, like, a quarter because it had a sticker covering the entire cover of the book and was in pretty bad shape. So I brought it home and read it in one sitting. I absolutely loved it! I started telling all of my friends that they had to go out and read this books right now! Go! Now! What are you waiting for?!?

Then one of my friends told me that Nicholas Sparks was in fact a Bestselling Author! I was floored. I mean, I knew that the book was amazing and all, but really? And why had I never heard of him before?

From there, I went on to read all of his other books. I enjoyed The Rescue almost as much as The Notebook. But then I started to realize that his books were, well, kind of all the same idea, just stated in a different way. I still loved the stories, but they didn’t hold the same magic as they once had.

Then I started watching the movies based on the books, and I was upset by how the movie portrayed the characters that I saw in my minds eye as opposed to the characters that they were trying to pull off that were in the book.

I picked up this audio book with an open mind, and thought that it might get me back to where I was when I first started reading Nicholas Sparks. I haven’t picked up any of his books in well over a year. Boy, was I wrong.

At first, I couldn’t get over the accent of the reader. He had a southern accent that was very hard to understand at times, and it started to make me angry. I felt myself turning off the audio book and opting for the ::gasp:: radio instead after a long day at work because I felt that I couldn’t pay attention to the story.

I also felt that the book was a bit too long- or, I should say, redundant.

I just realized today, while I was searching for a picture for my blog, that they are going to be making this book into a movie. In this case, the movie might actually be better than the book.

17/210

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By Melephant
On February 10, 2010
At 11:21 am
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Hope You Had a Very Merry Blue Christmas!

bluechristmasOK, I guess I should share with you one of my guilty pleasures now that I am kind of broadcasting the book that I just read- I really enjoy Christmas Books… And not just around Christmas time! Afterward also! I love to read about this Oh-So-Fun Holiday and this book reminded just why I love this genre of novels.

This is a heartwarming story which just happens to be based around the Holiday Season. Although, I must say, I kinda figured out the ending before it even happened, I really enjoyed getting there.

16/210

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What a Pearl of Wisdom.

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I have to say, this was a very quick and easy read. However, it was not much of a story.

It was OK, I guess. But nothing special.

This is the first book that I picked up from this author, and I have to say, it may be the last.

I found it to be very superficial and at times redundant. There was no character building, and I felt like everything was being told to me, not like I was in the story.

It was OK.

15/210

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On February 5, 2010
At 10:32 am
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13 Little Blue Envelopes.

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This was one of the first Young Adult books on my list of to-read books in 2010. I enjoyed it, although I have to say, who would let their 17 year old daughter travel all alone through Europe? It never mentions her being in contact with her family in any way, not even a phone call or email.

I would understand that better if she was a bit older, but it was a little hard to believe. But, I know, it was a fictional story.

This book made me wish that I could go traveling through Europe again. Having her talk about the hostels that she stayed in, and the scenes she saw made me miss traveling.

14/210

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Wolves… In Chic Clothing.

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I enjoyed this quick read.

It is the story of how one girl can move into a City, have said City try to change her, and in the end, come out even stronger than when she first began.

I generally tend to like stories like this one, and I can’t wait to read the rest of their books!

13/210

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Almost Moon… Almost.

the-almost-moonFinishing this book was almost painful.

I first started this book in a random Borders in NYC while waiting for some of my friends to arrive. I put it down thinking “wow, now that is a weird story” after only reading the first 20-25 pages of it.

I then found the book at the library and thought “well, I guess I should give it another try…” I did, and I ended up putting it down again with no desire to pick it up again. I returned it to the library without a second thought.

So a couple of weeks ago, when I saw it at the library again, what do I think? “Well, it couldn’t have been that bad…” and I picked it up again.

It was that bad…

12/210

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