Friday, June 22, 2012

Book Club Friday!

Today I am linking up with Heather for Book Club Friday!  Head over to her blog, link up and share what you are reading!
I am usually good about just reading one book at a time but somehow I have managed to be reading 3 books at once.  They are all 3 VERY different so it is easy to keep track what is going on in which book.
So, here is what I am reading!
Bloom by Kelle Hampton
I have blogged about this book a couple times over the past month.  I am finally almost finished with it.  Everyone should read this book.  SO good and inspirational!  
Amazon Description:
Love me. Love me. I'm not what you expected, but oh, please love me.
That was the most defining moment of my life. That was the beginning of my story.
From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampton had the perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, a loving husband, a thriving photography career, and great friends. When she learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband, Brett, were ecstatic. Her pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasounds showed a beautiful, healthy, high-kicking baby girl.
But when her new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her two-year-old sister, Lainey, had at birth. As she watched friends and family celebrate with champagne toasts and endless photographs, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome—a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle's fear and pain were vanquished by joy, as she embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift.
With lyrical prose and gorgeous full-color photography, Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella's first year of life—a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. It is a story about embracing life and really living it, of being fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective. As Kelle writes, "There is us. Our Family. We will embrace this beauty and make something of it. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky."

This Is Why You Are Fat by Jackie Warner

My friend at work just read this book and told me I had to read it so, I just started it last night!  I am literally one chapter into it but already love it.  Very informative and easy to understand.  I love learning about the body and the way it works and responds to different foods and medicines.  I don't know about you but I need all the motivation I can get when it comes to eating healthy and losing weight! 

Amazon Description:
"Being fat isn't your fault; staying fat is." That's what Jackie Warner, America's favorite no-nonsense celebrity fitness trainer, tells her own clients, and that's why no one delivers better results than Jackie.

Now for the first time, Jackie reveals her groundbreaking program, showing you how to get hot and healthy-and thin forever. Her empowering strategies help you drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts or deprivation. Her two-tiered approach provides a complete nutritional makeover and a failure-proof condensed workout routine, PLUS all the emotional support and encouragement you need to get to the finish line and beyond.

With Jackie's core principles, you'll be shocked to find what is actually making you fat, and how easy it is to get thin for a lifetime. Discover her surprising secrets:

  • ADD TO LOSE: In Jackie's 2-week jump-start, no food is off-limits. You'll actually add food to your diet in order to lose weight.
  • CHEATING IS ALLOWED: Eat clean for 5 days, then indulge in whatever you want over the weekend!
  • FAT IS NOT THE ENEMY: Fat doesn't make you fat; sugar does! Learn to finally control those sweets cravings.
  • SKIP THE CRUNCHES: They just build muscle under the fat. Discover the fastest way to shrink your waist and spark your metabolism for rapid fat loss.
  • LESS (EXERCISE) IS MORE: Workouts shouldn't take over your day-give Jackie just 20 minutes and you'll see results.
  • THINK YOURSELF THIN: It's true! Jackie's own breakthrough mind-body techniques called Metaphysiques will help you create the body you want-by thinking it into reality.
THIS IS WHY YOU'RE FAT (AND HOW TO GET THIN FOREVER) is your first and last stop on the way to a new fit and healthy you!

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Love Love Love this book!!! If you have not read it yet...go buy it and start reading now.  It will change your life, promise!  I am over half way done with it and can already tell you this is a book I will read again!

Amazon Description:
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia, The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.
Rubin didn't have the option to uproot herself, nor did she really want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts, from Epicurus to Thoreau to Oprah to Martin Seligman to the Dalai Lama to see what worked for her—and what didn't.
Her conclusions are sometimes surprising—she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent wisely; that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that "treating" yourself can make you feel worse; that venting bad feelings doesn't relieve them; that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference—and they range from the practical to the profound.
Written with charm and wit, The Happiness Project is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable. Gretchen Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.

And now, for those of you looking for something very similar to 50 Shades of Grey... you should read Bared to You by Sylvia Day. 

I came across this book on a Good Reads forum. Almost all the reviews mentioned how similar it was to 50 Shades of Grey and all the reviews were pretty good.  Sooo, I read the book and loved it.   Definitely not as good as 50 Shades but very similar and still a "hard to put down" book.  I think it is going to be a trilogy too, but the other books have not been released yet. 

Happy Reading!


Shane said...

I've been looking for some new reads for my kindle for laying out on the patio this summer, thanks for the inspiration leslie!

xo Shane

Jess said...

I've always wanted to read the Happiness Project. I'm in the middle of going through my summer book list, so maybe I can add to it.

Allison said...

I have heard of that last book and am anxious to read it!!

Meg {henninglove} said...

they sound all like great books! will have to check a few or all of them out for sure, thanks for sharing!

Victoria said...

i adore kelle hampton and her blog and outlook on life and i really enjoyed her memoir too.

nice list!!

happy friday!

Katrin said...

I started to read "The happiness project" but I am not sure if I like it or not...I guess I will have to read some more.
Thanks for the reviews! Great!

JKT said...

Those book reviews were great! I'm looking into the first three for sure :)

Shoshanah said...

I've been really wanting to pick up Bloom. It sounds like a different type of book than what I normally read, and while I don't think it's one you'd classify as "enjoying," I do think when I finally get to it, it's going to be one I'm glad I've read.

JKT said...

Hey girl! Happy Monday...check out my blog today if you can! I've nominated you for an award :)