Today I will be continuing my December Book Challenge Update. For reviews of my first four books, see yesterday’s post.
Heartless by Gail Carriger-Completed December 28th
Gail Carriger continues her Parasol Protectorate series with Heartless, a fun romp through London with a scintillating mystery. Lord and Lady Maccon are enmeshed in yet another drama, this time involving an assassination attempt on the queen. Lady Maccon is in fine form and up to the task of unraveling the mystery, even in her encumbered state. As with the previous three books of this series, the wit is quick and the wordplay plentiful. I’m still completely enthralled with this series and am sad to be beginning the final book, Timeless.
The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl by Shauna Reid- Completed December 30th
Shauna Reid’s amazing memoir of transformation begins as a detailed account of a desperate attempt to lose weight and morphs into an inspiring tale of physical and emotional transformation. I devoured this book, cheering Shauna on from her first tearful moment at her first Weight Watchers meeting, to her budding Scottish romance, and through to her stunning finish, which is more about learning to appreciate her strengths than the incredible weight loss that followed. Her memoir is honest and funny and she writes with sharp wit and clarity. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever struggled to love themselves, overweight or not.
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam- Completed December 31st
I am not a morning person in any way, shape, or form, so I was naturally intrigued to hear what Laura Vanderkam had to say about successful folks and what they do before breakfast. Immediately she brings forth the idea that willpower is like a muscle that becomes fatigued as we use it throughout the day, making first thing in he morning the best time to tackle things that require a great deal of willpower. Makes perfect sense until I’m lying in bed smacking the Snooze button with wild abandon. She goes on to clarify that these precious uses of willpower at best used for activities that will reap us long-term benefits. Now I’m really intrigued.
Vanderkam goes on to assist us in taking back or morning time with a few easy steps, including tracking what you’re already spending time on now and picturing the perfect morning before planning the logistics of that morning. By the end of this short yet highly informative book I’ve got more reasons to use my morning hours wisely. While I’m not sure I’m ready to rise and shine while it’s still dark outside, I am ready to make the most of my mornings.
This Year I Will by M.J. Ryan- Completed December 31st
Being the end of the year and time to start hinting about New Year’s Resolutions, I picked up this book for inspiration and practical techniques for attaining the elusive goals I set forth to accomplish in the coming year. M.J. Ryan shares a wealth of knowledge for every step of your goal, from he per contemplation to the maintenance. I liked that each section is short and easy to understand, with tons of tips to implement. She is an uplifting teacher and shares her own experiences along with those of people she’s worked with in the past.
I’ve picked up quite a few strategies that I will be using to make my own resolutions stick and believe that anyone with a goal in mind should pick up this book. It is especially helpful in addressing tips for when you’ve failed in the past and lack the self-esteem to try again. Pick a goal or two and dive right in to this helpful book!
Stay tuned for my post announcing my goal for the 2013 Goodreads Book Challenge coming very soon!