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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.64
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5.0 out of 5 stars in addition to her being very quick and funny, i really admire and respect her, October 11, 2014
yes, i want to be mindy's newest BFF too. in addition to her being very quick and funny, i really admire and respect her. i like how unapologetic she is about her body - she is by no means fat, but she isn't a typical size 1, which is all the norm in show business and has been since there has been show business. she is a NORMAL size, and i love that, though she said in her book she is a stylist's worst nightmare. but her stories about the times she's faced criticisms in her life about her normal size are funny and sometimes sad. but i'd never count mindy down for long. she has the best attitude.

and please- tina fey's cool little sister? i don't know who that should piss off more - mindy or tina. they are both wonderful, witty women and are unique in their own right.

what i really admire about mindy is how sensible she is, which sounds weird. but she grew up in a happy home; she has nothing but love and respect for her parents and family. she went to college first - which i really liked - and she didn't screw every guy coming and going to get where she ended up. she's got a good head on her shoulders (though she says it's enormous in her book) and now that she has her own show, i'm thrilled for her. it's one of my favorite shows - if you haven't seen it, watch it. she surrounds herself with an excellent cast and they all work so well off each other.

my point is, mindy isn't the typical starlet - she doesn't look like the tiny, frail girls who look like they're just getting over the flu - she's indian, which i know sounds like it's kind of an insult but i don't mean it that way - she's different and that sometimes isn't great when it should be. she's is a woman, and i'm sorry but that still sadly counts in getting ahead - and she let nothing stop her from getting what she wanted out of her career. and she did it all honestly and with common sense. i do hope she writes another book, but in the meantime i will keep watching her show and enjoying every minute of it.

her book is an easy read - quick and funny, just like mindy.

Bye Bye Barack President Obama Countdown Timer Clock to Last Day in Office
Bye Bye Barack President Obama Countdown Timer Clock to Last Day in Office
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3.0 out of 5 stars it might work, September 2, 2014
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when i saw this, i knew i would have to get it for my dad - it was the perfect gift for him. i had read other reviews on it and saw the majority of them were bad - it's hard to get it to work, the batteries are really difficult to install for some reason - many people said they never got it to work. but since it wasn't too pricey for a novelty gift, i decided to take a chance on it. my dad said it was pretty hard to set up, but between himself and a friend's help, they finally got it working. so take your chances, but don't get your hopes up.

The Burgess Boys: A Novel
The Burgess Boys: A Novel
by Elizabeth Strout
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars i thought i'd like it more, July 30, 2014
i went with this story based on all the rave reviews i read about it, but 'the burgess boys' didn't really cut it for me. though it was well written, some of the characters were just too unlikable. jim was a jerk and so was susan. bob was too nice a guy who let his siblings emotionally abuse him for something he may or may not have done when he was four. the only character i really liked was helen, but she wasn't really given enough to do in the story and didn't become truly interesting until the end.

i thought it would have been more interesting if the story had more to do with susan's son, zachary, who was responsible for the hate crime. if there had been a trial and more involvement from the somali community - both burgess boys working the case - i think there would have been more meat to it. but for me the story had no real direction and had an unsatisfying ending.

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic (P.S.)
The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic (P.S.)
by Hazel Gaynor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.46
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2.0 out of 5 stars ehhhh...meh, June 10, 2014
despite the many glowing reviews i've read here - and which helped influence my decision to read TGWCH, i am not as big a fan of it as most everyone else. i would have given it less than two stars, but i would have felt bad. it's not that it's a terrible story. if you are a fan of anything relating to the story of titanic like i am, you will be at least tempted to pick it up. there are worse books to read. but i felt like i was watching a cheesy lifetime movie the whole time i read it. it lacked suspense and we all know the titanic had plenty 'o that to spare. it felt like the writer used what she learned from maybe the '97 film or a dated documentary for her facts. the blandness of the story of grace didn't help move the story along, either. it was all way too predictable for me and i was kind of relieved that it was over when i finished.

You Can Live With It1
You Can Live With It1
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring, June 6, 2014
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This story should be handed out with every cancer diagnosis. Mr. Crisp's attitude is one to admire and emulate. He is living proof the big C doesn't mean the end.

The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction Finalists)
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction Finalists)
by Donna Tartt
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written, but you gotta commit to it, June 6, 2014
i never thought i'd finish THE GOLDFINCH. i can see why it has gotten so many glowing reviews, yet i had a difficult time getting through it. honestly, a few hundred words could have been cut out of it and it still would have been a great read, maybe a better one. maybe it was because i was under pressure to finish it since it was on loan and the late fees were piling up, but just when i'd start getting into the plot again, it would go into these absurdly long narratives that just made me lose interest. yet i do mean it was beautifully written, and there are some unforgettable characters in the story. aside from theo, i absolutely adored his friend, boris. i liked him better than theo, actually. he was unpredictable, shady, yet sweet and loving in his own weird way. and hobie, who became a father figure to theo. he seemed like one of the relics that filled his shop - lost to the modern world and refreshingly predictable.
i think some of the problem is, when you are a book lover, you forget to read the books. like me, i'm looking for my next book before i finish the one i'm reading so there will be no book gap. but if you take the time to read TG and let it settle, i think it is a very satisfying read.

Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles)
Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $8.99
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2.0 out of 5 stars only time will tell, indeed, May 8, 2014
when, exactly, does this book start earning all the rave reviews i've read about it? so far it's been a very mundane read. i don't mean to criticize jeffrey archer, but all i've read so far are the trivial details of harry studying for school and the trivial changes his mother is making to the tea shop she just bought. it needs new tablecloths, evidently. honestly, if it doesn't pick up soon, i am going to have to give up on it. not enough is happening to keep me interested.

Orphan Train: A Novel
Orphan Train: A Novel
by Christina Baker Kline
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as "gripping" as i thought, April 18, 2014
This review is from: Orphan Train: A Novel (Paperback)
all the reviews i read about this book told of how absorbing it was - and gripping. but though it was well written, i just found it meh at best. vivian's story was tragic, yes. but she was so placid and accepting of her life - not saying that was a wrong reaction at all to anyone who has actually been there - but if she had been more of a spitfire, had more of a forceful personality, i think her part of the story would have been more interesting.
and molly's story was a little better, but what was the point of making her "goth" if she was only half hearted about it? i felt a little too much work was put into making dina, her foster mother, unlikable, and the whole reason molly got into trouble - stealing a book from the library - i don't know. it was noble (in a twisted way), but not very engaging.
i don't know, maybe i was in the wrong mood when i read this. i was hoping for more history in this historical fiction and it felt it turned into a lifetime movie.

Memorex Portable CD Boombox
Memorex Portable CD Boombox
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5.0 out of 5 stars i'm surprised there are so many bad reviews - mine is great, April 5, 2014
i have it in my kitchen - a friend gave it to me as a birthday present. and though sometimes my cds skip a little, that is probably the fault of my old cds. i've had it for four or five years, i guess, and i've never had a problem with it.

The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars satisfying, February 3, 2014
This review is from: The Other Boleyn Girl (Paperback)
i realize this wasn't completely accurate, but if you can get past that and not stress over the details that did or did not appear, you will like this book. it didn't take long at all to hook me and within a couple of chapters i had a hard time putting it down. i knew little of the monarchy back then, and it was interesting - and kind of horrifying - to learn how it went.

whether mary was actually as simple and sweet natured as she was in the book, she was the perfect voice for the story. she undoubtedly was not as sharp and ambitious as her sister (older/younger - who cares? they couldn't have been more than a couple of years or so apart). i especially enjoyed her time as the king's favorite. though the rest of their family had no hearts and only saw each other as pawns to move them further up the food chain, mary was just a lovestruck teenager who fell in love with king henry and took his wooing seriously. there is one part in particular that shows this - the king asks mary for her silk scarf so he can wear it next to his chest during a jousting. in the activity the scarf becomes loose and visible to the queen. mary, who loves the queen like a mother (since her own is so heartless), is devastated when she realizes this, and sulkily tells the king. his reply is frosty, telling her she can go to france if she is unhappy and ignores her for a week. her family is furious with her for showing emotion and she has to learn through anne and their brother, george, how to swallow her feelings and do what is expected of the family.

she learns it well. but when the king tires of her and his attention turns to anne, mary wasn't as upset as i expected. she did her best and gave the king a son as was requested of her. but when she saw little difference in the demeanor of her little boy and the spoiled king, her feelings for him changed as well. she was fortunate to find a man to marry for love and for the most part, escape her family's scandal - at least the executioner's axe.

anne was a woman way ahead of her time - she would have been better suited for the 1980's - one of those women that made having a career "fashionable." if only she hadn't been such a jerk - she treated everyone around her like dogs, including her own family (with the exception of george for the most part) - and when she finally became queen she thought she was untouchable.

who knows if the charge of incest between anne and george was true - more than likely it was a trumped up charge to ensure they would both be exiled or executed. *spoiler* but when you realize that anne's miscarriage of a severely deformed baby was likely because, in their desperation, anne and george were determined to get a son in her belly, no matter the cost. maybe that didn't happen - but who knows? that was a different time.

it did make me see king henry in a new light. not knowing much about him, i always pictured him as a big fat jerk. well, he was. but through a young maid's eyes, he was seen as dashing, charming and handsome. in reality he truly was a spoiled brat that didn't think twice about changing laws, breaking up churches or killing people to get his own way. even though i basically knew what was going to happen, i found myself chilled when he began to favor the seymours and hate the boleyns.

at any rate, it was a good read and i will be sure to look for more from ms. gregory in the future.

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