Monday, July 27, 2015

Encountering the Truth Revie


I'm not Catholic. Nor am I someone who frequents church or associates with a certain denomination of religious affiliations. Requesting this book was a little odd for me. However I am adamantly curious and I figured how many times in a lifetime does one get to read a book written by the current reigning Pope. I would have to imagine not that often. 

The book has a gorgeous, yet simple cover featuring Pope Francis delivering one of his morning Homilies from St. Martha's Chapel. The simplicity and elegance of the cover echoes the simplicity and elegance of the entire book. 

My favorite aspect of this book was the organization of the book. As an avid reader of self help types of books I think these books tend to get overwhelming. They should only be read in small doses so a person can have time to reflect upon what they have read. The book is divided into 186 chapters. Each chapter is a page or two long. I like that the book is set up so that the reader can find the topic that they need help or guidance with at that particular moment and focus in on the chapter or two that relate to that need. Also each section is extremely easy to read while at the same time packing a lot of punch in the words. 

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick. daily dose of inspiration.

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

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Learning About Crossfit From Outside "The Box"


Crossfit has never really been something that peeked my interest. For those who know me, you know that I'm a strict addict of my at home, Beachbody workouts. I need my Shaun T cheering me on or else fitness is just not fun for me. But at the same time I am very intrigued by these very extreme workouts such as Crossfit and American Ninja Warrior. I like watching people push their bodies to their limits. I am truly amazed at what people are capable of. I picked up this book with the hopes that I would learn a little bit about the exercise culture that I am not apart of.

I learned so much from this book. Author and journalist J.C. Herz shares some history and inner workings of the CrossFit culture. But what I found most interesting was the information about the human body and it's relationship to sports.

While this book definitely should not be considered as the end all resource on everything fitness and CrossFit related, it is a good place to start for anyone who is even remotely curious in learning about CrossFit.

If you're looking to get some inspiration for your own fitness journey I would highly recommend picking up this book.

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

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Classically Sweet Recipes


Twinkies are awesome. I think most people have some sort of memory of eating these delicious, sweet snacks as a kid. When I got the opportunity to receive this book for review I was so excited! After I found out that the recipes were created by FANS of the beloved snack I was even more excited to see what people came up with.

This book features about 100 pages of different Twinkie recipes. The recipes come in all types of flavors and forms- cakes, pies, fruity concoctions, chocolatey delicious creations, and even MEAT based recipes.

My favorite recipe in the book was the "Twinkie Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce." The sweet goodness mixed with a nice whiskey sauce was a delicious combo and I'm sure this will become a winter staple recipe.

A runner up for favorite recipe was the "Deep-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Chocolate-Covered Twinkies."Anything with bacon and chocolate is a winner in my book.

I highly recommend this book for all the junk food foodies out there. It's a cute book with fun recipes that is sure to bring up nostalgia.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging For Books. Thanks for the great read guys!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Charmingly Good Read


Even if this book had been absolutely terrible, the cover is so darn cute I would have given it a permanent spot on my bookshelf regardless. The contents of this book proved to be just as amazing as the cover. It's no surprise that this book was at the top of every book list when it was first published in Europe.

This book tells the story of Monsieur Perdu, a man who calls himself a literary apothecary. He chooses books for people to help people with what they are dealing with in their lives. The book follows his journey of finding his own story after helping others with their stories for so many years.

Anyone who enjoys reading will enjoy this book. If you have ever had a deep connection with literature or if an author has ever really connected with you this book will speak to your literary senses. Nina George really caters to the literary minded audience with this book. There's even a fun little book list in the back of books to prescribe for every feeling.

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