book review

Book Review ~ Wife in the Fast Lane

Wife in the Fast Lane: A Novel by Karen QuinnMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Laugh out loud moments as the protagonist, Christy, experiences single to married life, CEO and two Olympic medals to stay-at-home-mom, best friend to nemesis, as well as many other roles. Interesting the internal doubts and dialogue shared by such an external success and media-covered woman and lifestyle. I thought her adjustment period to stay-at-home mom and wife the most interesting as she developed a similar loss of identity and weight gain that most going through such dramatic life changes go through (myself included). When Christy

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“Watermelon” by Marian Keyes

I’m reading “Watermelon” by Marian Keyes as part of the Busy Moms Who Love To Read‘s  March book selection. This is the first novel I have read with this group but so far it isn’t too bad. I’m not too impressed that the protagonist got left by her husband the day she gave birth but I’m getting through the novel and keeping an open mind. Specific questions for us to consider (and my answers): On a scale of 1 (lamer than lame) and 5(super fantastic) rate the following: Style of Writing  4 (it’s fairly clear and easy to follow though

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Book Review ~ Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker My rating: 4 of 5 stars Nice light holiday reading. Not really … more like thought provoking and new year resolution plotting. This book had a few “ah has” for me which makes it a good reference book for the future. Specifically I liked the idea of putting 10% of your earnings to put away to save for investing and another 10% into a savings or “spend” account. I think I need to look at the Canadian Tax Free Savings Account (which pays a high

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Becoming Financially Independent: A How To

Yesterday I wrote My Life’s Purpose: A Revelation. Part two of this is the how I am going to do it inspiration I received from “Your Money or Your Life” by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. Here is a summary of their steps that I am following and am getting great benefit and goal-setting in place for my husband and I to acquire financial independence in the near future. You may want to check out the book (I got my copy from the local library) to get more details on the steps. Step 1Summary of lifetime earningsCurrent list of assets,

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My Life’s Purpose: A Revelation

After a few weeks of an increasing feeling unease and distance from my life (that I am normally very passionate about), I got my joy of life back. I’m finishing reading “Your Money or Your Life” by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. The book is being ready by the Woman’s Money Group I meet with monthly. This was the same group that I read Suze Orman’s “Women and Money” book with. I give both these books my gratitude for educating me on personal finance as well as to live and work smarter. If you follow my blog, you understand that

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Story Saturday

I read the book “Fruit” by Brian Francis. When I read the subtitle “a story about a boy and his nipples” I should have stopped there. But it is on the Canada Reads 2009 short list, so it must be good – right? It was weird. Sure there were some laugh out loud moments but it was really strange. I don’t recommend it. Summary Thirteen-year-old Peter Paddington is overweight, the subject of his classmates’ ridicule, and the victim of too many bad movie-of-the-week storylines. When his nipples begin speaking to him one day and inform him of their diabolical plan

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Book Review ~ An Audience of Chairs

I’m reading “An Audience of Chairs” by Joan Clark. I would be done right now except for me getting sick. It’s not the most exciting book so far and I really don’t want to finish it. I’m about half-way done and if it weren’t for the book club I doubt I would. I may reconsider but at this point it’s a no thank you.

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Book Review ~ The Moonlit Cage and Charlie Wilson’s War

The Moonlit Cage: A Novel by Linda Holeman My review rating: 5 of 5 stars This novel provided me with an understanding of Afghanistan and India and the life of women, arranged marriages and culture from the 1850s. I enjoyed watching the protagonist, Darya, survive in a multitude of situations, mainly beyond her control, and journey into womanhood. Coincidentally I had also borrowed the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War” and it was about current-day USA efforts in Afghanistan. Not to spoil the movie so I will use basic thoughts here, however, the lack of follow-through on the part of the United

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Book Review ~ Before I Wake

Before I Wake by Robert J. WiersemaMy Reviewrating: 3 of 5 stars I enjoyed this novel. It was chosen as part of a book club I am in and I doubt I would have picked it up on my own, however, I am glad that I was introduced to it. The format of mini-chapters being from a variety of characters kept my interest. It was a very easy read. Summary from Kitchener Public LibraryThey say there are three sides to every story. Yours, mine and the truth. In Before I Wake, debut novelist Robert J. Wiersema cleverly introduces a multitude

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Story Saturday

Since I love to read I thought this would be a great place to share reviews on books I’ve recently read and updates on what I am currently reading. For this week’s “Story Saturday” I wanted to discuss Canada Reads 2009. I heard about this from my monthly “Books and Breakfast” group at the local library. Basically, Canada Reads is a week-long show that has five celebrity panelists defend their favourite Canadian work of fiction. Day by day, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year. I am going

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