Monday, August 25, 2014

Bout of Books & Monday's Reading Recap


There's a first time for everything and this is the first time I haven't met my Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Goal. Boooo! I really tried, but last week was a pretty crazy week in every regard (from wedding prep to 5k prep and everything in between!). I only finished one book but at least it was on my TBR Pile Challenge List. I think I've learned from this round of Bout of Books that I can't force myself to read specific books. I'm an emotional reader and there's nothing wrong with that. If I could have just picked up any 3 books I might have been more successful. I love knocking out books I've always wanted to read, such as The Joy Luck Club, but maybe I should have waited until I felt like reading it.

Bout of Books

I'm not letting last week deter me from moving forward. I picked up another book from my TBR Pile Challenge in hopes I don't fail that one at the end of the year! ;)

Last Week I Finished Reading
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
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  This Week I Plan on Reading: 

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

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This Week I'm Sharing a Review For: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

What books did you recently discover? 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Getting the Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald

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Molly Ringwald's 2010 book, Getting the Pretty Back: Friendships, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick, is part beauty book, part autobiography about America's favorite 80's teenager. Ringwald breaks down wardrobe, makeup and fitness tips with anecdotes about growing from perpetual teen to mother and every stage in between.

I think I expected more of an autobiography out of this book, not content so heavy on beauty. Once I was able to view this as a beauty book I became a little more comfortable, but it still didn't sit right with me. With all the emphasis Ringwald gives on loving yourself and choosing your own style, her voice is incredibly pretentious with a focus on expensive products and treatments. Living near Los Angeles I don't think I was too taken aback by her insistence on owning a $300+ Hermes scarf (not that I would buy one), but for the average reader, her suggestions seemed so superficial and ostentatious that I could not relate to her. When she began suggestion acceptable plastic surgery options after talking about inner-beauty, I really lost any attachment I had to Molly Ringwald and saw this as just another bland celebrity non-fiction piece.

What I did enjoy were the cooking tips from her mom and Ringwald's mother (who is a chef), Ringwald's personal favorite lipstick colors (by name and brand), and her development as a mother.
There were enough cute anecdotes sprinkled in with the superficiality that I was able to stomach this book enough to somewhat enjoy it. Because it was only a few hours long (via audio book) and read by the author, that also helped to keep my interest. It wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't really line up with my expectations, especially when it comes to expecting celebrities to influence people in a more positive way.

Bottom Line: Read this is if you're really into fashion and beauty. Or if you're a huge Molly Ringwald fan. I would consider myself average in both instances and, as a result, I thought this book was pretty average in the celebrity book department. 3/5 Hearts.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer TBR List Checkpoint #2

I'm halfway through my TBR list and I have Isla and Code Name Verity on deck to read SOON! I might give up on Panic and Tease and I forgot to pick up Since You've Been Gone from the library (since I moved and the library was super inconvenient to go to). Soooooo, here's what I have left:
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So far I've finished: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Pandemonium and Requiem by Lauren Oliver, The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak -- along with many other books/audio books!