Melephant

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Just 15 Minutes!

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OK, so part of the challenge to myself was to read books that will improve my emotional and physical fitness. This one most certainly helped my physical fitness.

This instructional book also comes with a CD that demonstrates the movements illustrated in the book. I like that they are all really quick workouts that can be completed- you guessed it- within 15 minutes a day.

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On July 15, 2010
At 11:06 am
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What to do When One is Engulfed in Flames.

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I audio booked this one while driving to and from work, and I have to say, he is absolutely hilarious. My good friend kept telling me to read some of his work, but I was never very interested. I now know why- you have to hear him reading his work to hear the sarcasm. I do not “get” sarcasm, I have always had a hard time with it, so it reallt helps to hear the way he says certain things to know just what he means.

He is now one of my favorite authors to audio book, especially before work- he makes me smile throughout my whole day.

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Just 15 Minutes Out of Your Day.

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I picked this book up from the library on a whim while I was browsing through new nonfiction books. I love to find new ideas about how to improve my life and make myself more fulfilled and content.

This book is more informative than instructional, so if your looking for a quick read on why one would start meditating and not how one meditates, this is the book for you.

The author shares her feelings on why meditation is so important in our lives, and how we should take the time out of our busy lives to better our spiritual fitness.

I read this book from cover to cover in only one sitting, and it was most certainly worth my time.

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Find Me.

findmeI have to refer back to the post about the last Rosie book I have read as I write this one. In that post, I write that Rosie “is an amazing person that genuinely cares for people and the greater good of society”. I truly believe that this is true.

This book shows just how much she cares for other people- she helps someone that probably needs it the most. It is hard to write this post without giving away the ending to the book, but lets just say that it is very unexpected.

I believe that we all will need some form of assistance in our lives, whether it be from a friend, our family, or a complete stranger in a time of need. This book shows just how far one kind soul would go for another- a complete stranger in need.

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Have a Second Helping.

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I just realized how long it has been since I have updated my post- I feel like I finished this book about a year ago. I didn’t, of course, but still. I know, no excuses. Onto reviews…

This was the second installment in the Jessica Darling series. I enjoy her books- she really seems to capture the characters in a very realistic light. In this book, Jessica is still in high school, and it really reminded me of how it felt to be back in high school- not that I wish to relive that time of my life.

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Celebrity Detox

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I have always loved Rosie O’Donnell. I think that she is an amazing person that genuinely cares for people and the greater good of society. I wish that her show was still on the air. However, I am not one to watch much TV, nor am I one to follow the media about what is going on in the entertainment world. I didn’t know a lot of the things that happened in this book prior to reading it, so it definitely opened my eyes to what was going on.

I am sure that everyone remembers the fight between Rosie and Donald Trump which occurred while Rosie was on The View. But I never knew how everyone reacted to what happened. This book shares the details of that situation as well as sharing a bit about why Rosie stopped doing her show. It was an interesting read.

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On May 19, 2010
At 12:41 pm
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It’s All Too Much!!!

Its-all-too-much-smI have to admit- I didn’t think I could do it. I have always been the queen of clutter. I have things everywhere in my house and I always have. I come from a long line of clutterers. My mother is a closet clutterer, and my grandmother is a newspaper clutterer. I still get newspaper clippings in the mail that pertain to some part of my life. So when I saw this book, I was like “wow, they understand!”

I started using some of the advice that they give in this book- from the simple things like putting things away every day to the more difficult ones like getting rid of 2 things in your closet when you buy 1 new one.

Suffice to say, my house is looking less cluttered by the week. I still can’t seem to find enough room for all of my shoes, or all of my books, but that is a whole different thing. I like how this book kind of breaks things down for the reader and gives simple things that you can do every day. I would certainly be interested in his other books as well.

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Think!

Think CoverI audio booked this one, which may have been the wrong choice for a book like this.

There was a lot of information, and it wasn’t really presented in a way that was of any interest to me. I think that part of the reason that I did not enjoy it very much was because I never read Blink! This book was supposed to be the opposite of Blink!, which was a book on how we make decisions in the blink of an eye.

Another reason I didn’t really enjoy this book was because I make most of my decisions in the blink of an eye. I have to, working in an ER. If I hesitate, I may lose a life. So maybe this book was doomed before it even began…

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On April 24, 2010
At 6:21 pm
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Pilgrims.

pilgrimsEh, it was OK.

I am a big Elizabeth Gilbert fan. Not only because of Eat, Pray, Love, but because she does something that a lot of people don’t have the balls to do- she writes about things that not everyone finds interesting. She writes what she enjoys and doesn’t really care what you think about it.

But this book was different- it didn’t have her usual je ne sais quoi. The stories left me wanting, and the content was all wrong.

I lok forward to reading more of her books, and hopefully she will wow me again.

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Still Life… With Chickens.

stilllifeI LOVED this book!

So much that I went out and got her next one as well- and I can’t wait to read it!

This author had such an amazing way of writing that made me feel like I was living her life along with her. I felt that I would go into the bathroom and see chickens keeping warm!

I rented this book from the library initially because I was in the marriage section looking for the book A Year of Yes, and I looked over and found this book. Don’t ask me why it was in the marriage section- it has little to do with being married.

But I picked it up because it was my idea first! I wanted to write a book about my year on the farm- how amazing it is to live with chickens, not only the fresh eggs but their personalities to!

I am soo glad that I found this book because it made me smile.

I will let you know when I finish her next book!

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