Melephant

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The Heart and Soul of Medicine.

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This book was more a collection of stories than a story. There were many different doctors that each contributed a story, sometimes even two stories, to this book.

Some stories were lighthearted, other made me want to cry. One even made me angry with the doctor.

The only thing that was missing from this book was a nurses perspective. I would have been interested to hear a story or two from a nurse. We see things very differently than doctors do, mostly because we are in the middle of what is going on with the patient, not just coordinating their care but giving the care that they so desperately need.

He is coming out with another book in April of 2010, and I will definitely be picking it up.

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A Useful How To Guide.

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This is the second book that I read by this author, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Maybe not quite as much as his first, but definently more than some other books which will not be named.

While his first book read more like a story, this one reads more like a self-help book. Not that I would know how one of those reads.

While I take some of the things that he says to heart, some of the ideas in this book are just plain common sense. He talks a lot from personal experience about what to value in life, and always make time for your family- which is funny, because for the first, oh, say, 50 years of his life, he was not a part of his family’s every day lives because he was too busy working. So his life is more of a how not to guide

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P.S. While I was looking for pictures of this book for my blog, I found this picture- how to save yourself from Attack Bear. LOL… I had to share.bear

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Committed.

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I have heard many mixed reviews about this book by many different people. I really enjoyed it. It was the right amount of fact mixed with story. I felt that I was learning something about marriage and how they do it in other cultures.

I also took out another one of her older books from the library and haven’t gotten very far into it before having to take a break from it. I hope to pick that one up again soon. I will let you know how I like it when I am done.

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You Better Not Cry!

Oh, Augusten, your life never ceases to amaze me.

I picked this one up from the library with hopes that it will entertain me. It did.

I still can’t believe that this stuff is true, but hey, he says that it is. So I believe him.

I can’t wait for the next chapter of his life to be written down on paper and passed off as truth in another book.

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It Happens Every Day…

I have to say, this story was gripping.

I received this recommendation from my husband, who found out about this book while at a round table meet-up in the city for authors and readers and such bookish types involved in the “book business”.

This is the story of a marriage that is torn apart at the seams. It is told in a sort of running story, where the author recalls situations that, in hind sight, might have given her some clues that he marriage was not what it seemed to be.

By the end of the book, I found myself wanting more of the story- how are they both doing now? How are the children doing after such an ordeal? Are her ex-husband and his mistress still together? It was like a car crash- you know you shouldn’t be looking, but it is too interesting to look away.

I hope that she will write more in the future.

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Christmas on Mill Street.

I know, I know, Christmas is over. But I just can’t help it.

This was a heart warming story about a little boy growing up in a small town. The book was well written and made me smile.

There isn’t much more to say about this story- it was cute. So thats all your getting. Go read it for yourself.

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Cure for the Common Life.

OK, so I have been trying to really branch out from the norm- My intentions for this challenge are to broaden my horizons. I want to read books that I would never have read on my own. I want to learn things from the books that I read and I want to feel a little bit better for reading them.

That is how I found this book. I started audio booking it with my husband on a long car ride, but once the author said God 10 times in less than one minute, we turned it off and listened to music instead.

My husband was going to return it to the library, but I just had to listen to it. I wanted to know what he had to say- and I was glad that I did.

This book talks about living in your sweet spot. It encourages us to go after what we want, and be all that we can be. I enjoyed the stories that the author told, and although a lot of it had to do with God, a lot of it was just about being a person and how to make the best of your life.

I would be interested in reading another one of his books if he were to come out with one, especially if he has more stories. I enjoyed them.

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Home In Time.

So this was the first book that I have ever read of this kind of genre- time travel/magical ideas. I am not sure of the actual genre it is, but it was different from anything that I have ever read before.

The story was well thought out and entertaining, even though it was something that I couldn’t really get into at first. I stuck with it and it ended up being an OK book. I think that part of the reason that I just couldn’t get into this book was the ideas that they proposed. I knew that the things that they were doing were completely impossible, and the ideas were outrageous.

I think that in the future, I will stick to your everyday fiction.

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Happy Birthday… To Me!

Childrens Elephant Cake Happy Birthday to me!!!

Today is my 27th Birthday, and I thought that this would be the most perfect cake for the celebration. This is an actual picture of an actual cake sold at The Pink Cake Box in Denville NJ, not too far from where I live. Oh, how I would love a cake like this one… (that is what we call a hint)

So far, my birthday has been kinda blah. It is still raining (it has been storming since Saturday night, when our side fence was blown over by the wind) and it doesn’t look like it is going to stop anytime soon. I woke up early this morning and went to the gym, where I spent way too much time on the treadmill watching Martha. Then I had a PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) class, which I got very lost getting to. After making 2 U-Turns, I finally admitted defeat and called my job for directions.

So to make my day better, I figured that I would surround myself with books. I can’t think of any better way to spend my day. So I went to Barnes and Noble in Paramus. Well, it was absolutely packed! There was standing room only! I know what your thinking, but no, there wasn’t a sudden movement towards reading more. Apparently the storm knocked out many people’s internet, phone, TV, and flooded just about everything else. So everyone came to Barnes and Noble to have internet access and electricity. So I waited in an incredibly long line to buy my books and then I left for Starbucks, where at least I can sit down with a nice cup of something warm and read my book.

Well, that was what I thought I would be able to do at least. So when I go to Starbucks, there was a sign on the door stating that “due to a water main break in Paramus, we are only serving drip coffee”. I should have turned around right then and there and left, but I really wanted this day to get better, so I roughed it out with hope that things probably couldn’t get any worse. Apparently they were brewing coffee at another Starbucks just so people could get their “fix”. So I got a (lukewarm) cup of coffee and sat down to read my book.

I was going to go get a mani/pedi after that, but my husband informed me that the road to get to my nail salon was flooded. So i came home, changed into the most comfortable pair of pants that I own, and put in a load of laundry. I know when to admit defeat…

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