Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mailbox Monday (42)

Hello!  It's time for Mailbox Monday again!  

I hope everyone had a great week!  Friday was my birthday and I got a Barnes and Noble gift card; I'm still deciding what to get.  I'm not sure if I want to get the Harry Potter box set or if I just want to blow it all on ebooks.  Decisions, decisions. 

This week I received a couple of ebooks.  I love ebooks because they don't take up a lot of space but it also doesn't feel like I got anything because they aren't really tangible.  Oh well, they're still books!

From the Library (ebook):



I'm reading it right now and it's haunting but so good.

For Review (from HFVBT):




What books did you get this week?

Friday, January 30, 2015

#FitReaders Weekly Check In (3)



I didn't check in last week because I had a bad week so I decided I should probably try to post this week.  I only was able to work out three days last week and I worked out four days this week.  Of those 7 workouts, 4 were Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and 3 were running on the treadmill for 30 minutes.  Exercise-wise, I didn't do too bad, however my eating has been awful. Work has been super stressful and my daughter has been struggling with sleep so I'm just eating my feelings over here.  

My first small goal was to lose three pounds by my birthday (today).  I didn't get on the scale today but I'm pretty sure by the way my clothes fit that I did not hit that goal.  I'm sad but not too sad.  This month, I have made it a priority to exercise regularly so that's a great start.  I'm hoping to get back to watching what I eat over the next few weeks.  

My goal for the next week is to cut back on sweets again and to exercise at least 4 times.  Nothing major, but I think the food goal will be a toughie.  I really want to lose 10 pounds by my daughter's birthday in June so I really need to work on my food issues.

In regards to my reading over the past two weeks, I finished The Marriage Game by Alison Weir and Prince Lestat by Anne Rice.  I started Redeployment by Phil Klay and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Hope you all have a great weekend!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mini-Reviews (11)




Okay, let me start by saying I really love this series and the Vampire Academy series.  I did enjoy this book but I don't think it was as good as the previous ones in the series.  I know the whole point of this books is to set the stage for the final book so I'm cutting it some slack.  The story was really slow for the first three quarters of the book and then it felt like a million things were shoved into the last bit of the book.  There were some big surprises that I was pretty excited about so that helped my opinion of it a lot.  Of course, there was a very crazy cliffhanger so now I have to read the last book!  Silver Shadows is definitely the weakest of the series but still a must-read for fans.  3 stars.



I have had a lot of body issues over the years and I'm terrified of passing them on to Julia so when I read about this book, I really wanted to read it.  It was an interesting look at how a parent can affect their child's self-esteem and body image and I realized that I definitely need to change the way I go about things.  There were a lot of anecdotes and the author used interactions with her daughter as examples quite often.  While I did find some useful information in the book, I thought that there wasn't a lot of new information in it and a lot of the tips were kind of obvious.  Overall, a pretty good read but I was expecting a little bit more from it.  3 stars.



I really debated writing anything about this book at all because I don't want to be drawn and quartered.  That being said, I will keep this brief.  I am a HUGE Anne Rice fan; this is the 20th book of hers I have read and I devoured her books in high school and college.  I have re-read several of them on more than one occasion because I can't get enough.  However, I did not like this book at all.  It was very long-winded and I just felt like there was a lot going on but nothing was ever explained.  There were a few characters that I felt needed to be explained and developed more; I had a hard time understanding why they were even there. The book was broken into chapters, each chapter focusing on a different character.  Every chapter felt like it restated what was happening from that character's point of view and it was tiring and repetitive.  I did like seeing where some of my favorite characters are now but I really struggled to get through this one.  I wanted to love it so much but overall, it was kind of disappointing.  2 stars.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mailbox Monday (41)

Hello!!  I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday again this week though I really need to slow down a bit.  I have way more books to read than I have time!  I only got one this week thankfully.

From the Library:



So now that Julia is getting older, I should probably learn how to raise her properly.  I saw this book mentioned on a blog somewhere and thought I should check it out. You'll probably be seeing more parenting books on here in the future.

Hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts (9)

I'm linking up with Bookishly Boisterous' Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts.  Check it out here!

1.) I need to speed up my reading.  Right now I'm reading Prince Lestat by Anne Rice and I'm struggling.  I love the Vampire Chronicles but this book is very different than the others and I'm not sure exactly where the story is going to go.  I'm going to power through it but I'm ready to be done (and not just because I have to return it to the library on Wednesday).

2.) Speaking of the library, I hate having overdue books.  I know I'm probably going to have one this week but it makes me feel so bad to turn them in late.  Especially if I know there are people waiting for them.

3.) I've been trying to find the perfect white cake recipe for the wedding cake I'm making in May.  I have been trying out different recipes every weekend.  I think I may have found one but I'm not sure yet.  I'm going to try it with frosting this week to make sure I like it.

4.) I need to take a break from social media.  It is such a waste of time.  I don't know why I care about it so much.  Sometimes I wish we could go back to the days before we all were attached to iphones all the time.


5.) My dog is about as needy as my child.  I swear, I don't need to have another kid because I already have two.  He always tries to eat Julia's food, toys, clothes, shoes.  Yesterday he ate a dried up wipe she was playing with.  HEADDESK.

6.) The President of the United States will be speaking at the university I work at.  It's so awesome! They made tickets available to staff, students and faculty at 9:00 am this morning.  Today was the first day of spring classes, how the heck is any staff member supposed to be able to stand in line all morning on the first day of class?   I have stuff to do!  Needless to say, I will not be able to attend.

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mailbox Monday (40)

It's time for another Mailbox Monday post!  You can link up with it here!

I am kind of overwhelmed with all of the books I want to read right now.  I want to read everything!  I got a couple of books this week but things will probably slow down over the next few weeks so I can catch up.

From the Library:



I also picked up the movie version of this book at the library and can't wait to watch it!

From Kindle First Reads:



What books did you get this week?

Friday, January 16, 2015

#FitReaders: Weekly Check-In (2)

 

This was a crazy week!  My daughter was sick and the hubs started working 2nd shift (3pm to 11pm) again and it totally changed up our routine so I was definitely off my game.  I did okay at eating healthy (no vending machine) but we had a couple of work breakfasts and lunches this week so that completely messed up my eating on those days.

I did meet my goal of exercising 4 days this week.  I did two days of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and two days of running on the treadmill.  It actually felt good to get those workouts in since I was pretty stressed.  I really like the 30 Day Shred but it is only a 20 minute workout so I'm looking for a slightly longer workout DVD to try.

I'm shooting for completing 4 workouts again this week; if I can get in 5 that's great but I'm not going to feel terrible if I don't.  I also want to continue to make good choices during the day at work (stress is not a good reason to snack!).  One thing I plan to work on over the next few weeks is to eat better on the weekends.  Last week I felt like I did great during the week but ate pretty poorly over the weekend.  

Hope everyone had a great week!
 
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