EARLY REVIEW: Eat, Move, Sleep

Title: Eat, Move, Sleep
Author: Tom Rath
Finished: October 26, 2013
Published: 2013

This was one of the best books I’ve read in 2013. I have always been a fan of Strengths Finder 2.0 and it comes up often in my daily life through work. While that is a completely different book, Tom Rath does an amazing job of creating a new genre for himself, being informative and creating a personal connection with the reader.

Eat, Move, Sleep is Rath’s personal story with how after suffering from a rare, incurable disease he found a way to improve his life and health through what he eats, exercise and sleep patterns.

But you don’t have to be sick in order to follow all of his amazing tips, and he gives you free reign to choose which tips work best for you. Each chapter covers suggestions on how to eat, move, and sleep in your daily routine along with a quick reference list to the most important points.

I personally took away so many points that it’s hard to know where to start but his book was a great reference and even a quick re-read when you’re looking for some inspiration or a change in your life.

Rath is not pushy with his advice, he simply explains how it has changed his life and could easily change ours with only the simplest of changes.

An amazing book. Everyone should read it.


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EARLY REVIEW: How to Kill a Vampire

Title: How to Kill a Vampire
Author: Liisa Ladouceur
Finished: November 17, 2013
Published: 2013

I originally picked up this one from the 2013 BEA – Book Expo America – and had such a great time reading it. I’ve read and watched my share of vampire stories so it was great to get a new point of view and hear of some vampire folklore that I haven’t come across before.

Ladouceur takes the reader through all manner of of vampires, starting at the earliest stories and folklore, the evolution through the first books with Dracula by Bram Stoker to pop culture television today with True Blood and Being Human.

Not only do you get a good recap on the most popular instances of vampires, but I found my fair share of new stories and opportunities to check out – for example Anita Drake and Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series – yes, I admit, I’ve never watched it.

Reading Ladouceur’s book was like traveling back in time to learn about vampires all over again, you almost feel transported into the same time. The fun trivia was interesting to read – auction houses selling off vampire killing kits – and even the names around the world for vampires and other intriguing tidbits about ways to kill a vampire, vampire suicide, genres of vampires and more.

Any vampire lover needs to pick this book up.


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Read-a-Thon ::: Update 3


HOUR 9 has begun and I don’t even feel like I’ve been reading that long. I’ve been cruising. My reading buddy has left and I am alone again until around 6pm (Mountain Time) when the football game starts and my family invades the house.

I figured an afternoon break to shower and feel refreshed is good after finishing Book 3. Yahoo!

I’ve been participating in some of the mini challenges but it’s so hard when I just want to keep reading … 

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Here are my current stats:

  • Time Spent Reading – 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Books Finished – 3
    William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
    The Phantom of Pine Hill
    Miracle on the 17th Green
  • Pages Read – 524
  • Currently Reading – undetermined ….

Now time for a quick shower, snack and back to reading.


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Read-a-Thon ::: Update 2


As we head into HOUR 6 I’m feeling slightly productive. I’m a few pages from finishing book two, I’ll have a reading buddy for a couple hours, and I’m managing to grab some snacks. It’s almost lunch time so I’m trying to decide what to eat that will be the least time consuming.

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Here are my current stats:

  • Time Spent Reading – 3 hours 55 minutes
  • Books Finished – 1
    William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
  • Pages Read – 319
  • Currently Reading – The Phantom of Pine Hill by Carolyn Keene

Time to go back to reading!


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Read-a-Thon ::: Update 1


Success for HOUR 1. I’m almost through my first pot of tea, the fireplace and music are soothing … did I mention earlier it’s only 7am so this is always a nice and relaxing way to start my morning.

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Here are my current stats:

  • Time Spent Reading – 50 minutes
  • Books Finished – 0
  • Pages Read – 78
  • Currently Reading – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

The first mini-challenge is from River City Reading. The challenge is to pick a tune that goes along with your current read. I’m a little lucky because there is a very obvious tune that should be played while reading William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and it goes a little like this …

Back to reading. See you all again soon.

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24 Hour Read a Thon BEGINS!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon is about to commence and I have to say I’m even more excited this time around than I was in the spring – mainly because I’ve been too busy to read much lately and I hope to bust out a bunch of books that have been staring at me for a very long time.

Here’s what I’m reading from today .. 


The Alibi by Sandra Brown (also a galley from NetGalley)
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
as many Nancy Drews as a I can get through
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (ER)
Miracle on the 17th Green by James Patterson
A Truth Universally Acknowledged edited by Susannah Carson
The Passion Test by James Bray
Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter
White Girl Problems by Babe Walker
Wicked Business By Janet Evanovich

I also have about 10-15 books on NetGalley I really need to read so I might bust a couple out there as well … we’ll see.

Onto the SURVEY:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I am in Boise, Idaho … in my shiny, new, awesome, house. Currently camped out in front of the fireplace

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to all of them, so really just seeing how many I can finish today would be awesome.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
The snacks my family provides when they come over for the BSU football game … sure to be lots of goodies.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I am on the home stretch to 30 and finally have an amazing beautiful home with my very own official library. I have two cats who will keep me company. I love hot tea. And I should probably start reading.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I was doing a cleanse last year so I wasn’t eating much. Now I can eat what I want so I know I will be more productive. I will also push through and keep reading regardless. I don’t want to give in because I get bored or tired.

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EARLY REVIEW: The Love Deception

Title: The Love Deception
Author: Jennifer St. George
Finished: June 27, 2013
Published: 2013

This story hooked me from the first page, bringing the reader in to the drama from step one. Felicity Carter is a character you can instantly like by her determination and intuition. From the second we meet her, we know that she can be trusted but also has an adventure in store.

When she wakes up in a mysterious bed, in an unknown house with someone she’s never met before, her life takes the most interesting turn she’s ever had. When she comes face to face with her stranger again only days later, she is hit with another curve ball and force to constantly prove who she is and what she stands for. She’s a lawyer, not someone who wakes up with no memory in a strangers bed.

With so many misconceptions in front of them, Felicity doesn’t think anything will ever heal the initial drama that surrounded her budding relationship. All she can do is be her true self and prove there is more than that first impression to who she is.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a pretty quick read and fun to see the characters find each other and figure out their mistakes and fix them.


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