Sunday, April 26, 2015

Feminist Model for Life

There's something really gratifying in reading about the kind of woman you want to be from a woman who is everything you imagine your life to grow into. Kate Bolick is a 40 year old "spinster," as the title of the book would elude to. But unlike the reaction this declaration would receive in a small town like my own, Bolick sets out to put a positive spin on the notion of being a "spinster." In the same way that Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Close, and Katie Heaney made me feel okay for not having this natural propensity for being the "normal," "mainstream" marrying type woman, Bolick shows how it is okay to put yourself, your career, and the building of your own life first.

Here first person stories about her life as this so called "spinster" personality are real, relatable, witty, and intelligently written. This book is definitely not dumbed down for the average reader, she shows smart, intellectual choices in her references to Betty Friedan and others who either directly or indirectly influenced her life choices.

With her direct references to feminism in the past with feminism now this book exemplifies why it is so important to appreciate what we have as women "spinsters" and to see the value in being able to act in this role without as many negative connotations as we might have experienced in earlier decades.

Overall I give this book a very high rating. It's not a book to sit down and read on a Sunday afternoon as it warrants more time and attention than that. But it is a must read for the modern feminist. 

I received a copy of the book Spinster  from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. Thanks for the good read guys! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

America's Favorite Sport

A few years ago I became enthralled by the sport of baseball. It was one of those afternoons where nothing was on TV, it was rainy, and I felt like having something on tv, but I did not necessarily feel like watching something. So I turned on an O's game and starred semi blankly at the TV. I'm not a huge sports watcher. I can follow along and generally know what's going on. It's not that I dislike watching sports, it's just that I'm not a fan of watching sports either. I'm more the apathetic sports watcher. So upon watching this baseball game I really fell in love with watching this sport.

There's something about the camaraderie, the pace of the game, the history, and some combination of factors that really draws me in as a watcher of this game.

As someone who is new to the sport I didn't really know anything about George F. Will going into this book. I also didn't know a lot about the Chicago Cubs or Wrigley Field. But that's the great thing about great books- you can start the book not knowing anything and end the book knowing a lot.

The book reads a lot like a series of conversations with my dad- or a dad like figure. Will incorporates little stories about his connection with the Cubs along with the history stories of the Cubs. These aren't your typical, textbook history stories. They're fun, conversational, witty stories about the game.

Whether you're new to the game of baseball or someone who has been a fan for decades, this book has a little something for everyone and is an enjoyable, quick read for a nice spring day.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging For Books.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Relatable, Pretty, Fun Introduction to Fitness

When I first became interested in bettering my health and fitness I became a follower of Casey Ho. Her workout videos are fun, easy to understand and are so uplifting that I almost forget about the horribly painful soreness and good pain that I experience when I'm doing her workouts.

When I found out Casey was coming out with a book I was ecstatic. There's only so much you can learn from a person on the inter webs. To have a physical book of her thoughts and teachings in my hands sounded like a powerful concept. She certainly did not disappoint. 

From my perusal of the front and back cover I knew this book was going to deliver the same kind of relatable, happy fun that Casey exudes on my computer screen. For goodness sakes the woman is smiling from ear to ear while doing planks in some arctic location. I often times think that she is just as dedicate to happy as she is health & fitness. Which is an amazing trait to have.

Next I looked at the recipes. I had seen a video preview of her recipes on her site and I was so jazzed to try the pancakes with berry applesauce... until I saw the cheesecake. 

One of my favorite aspects of her book is accessibility. You don't need hundreds of dollars in workout equipment to do her exercises. You need a yoga map, which honestly you can get for less than $10. You don't need to spend outrageous amounts inexpensive, healthy foods. All of her recipes are divided into you can choose your ingredients according to what will be in season. 

For anyone who is looking to start a fitness journey, this book would be the holy grail. Casey will give you motivation, exercises, recipes, meal plans, and even a little history on Pilates in 248 pages. Oh, and did I mention the Gingerbread Fonuts? 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Chilling Tale of Life

From the front cover of "The World Before Us" By: Aislinn Hunter it is apparent that this book will be one that makes you think. This will by no means be a passive, pleasant, pretty read of a book. Just thinking about the concept of what really comes before us in the timeline of the world can move anyone into a place of existential contemplation about the world and our place in that world.

This book brings into play multiple time periods and multiple characters that really bring you into the world that Hunter creates in her novel. Her use of descriptive words brings you close enough into the novel to awaken your senses, but she leave enough mystery and open questions to keep you clamoring for more throughout the novel all the way up until the chilling conclusion that will leave you with enough details to feel satisfied with Jane's story, but will leave you questioning your own story.

Pick this book up if you're looking for a beautiful, chilling tale that will leave you riveted until the very end.