Actress, model, singer-songwriter and nice girl advocate Megan Munroe delivers a saucy communiqué empowering nice girls worldwide to kick passivity to the curb in her debut book Bitch?, Please! How Nice Girls Can Succeed in a Bitch’s World, which debuts in March 2011. Shaking the bitch’s empire with chapter topics like Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, and other big B’s to What Emily Post won’t tell you, this book is a cover-to-cover entertainment treatise with an addictively enjoyable conversational style. From practical how-to-succeed scenarios to laugh-out-loud lessons, this humorous yet poignant dialogue has something for every woman. A unique mix of rhetoric, real-life revelations, kitschy quizzes, and food for thought, this is the perfect road map for your journey to create a successful life in a nice-girl fashion. Megan Munroe began her career as an actress, appearing in feature films, music videos, TV shows, and commercials, before moving to Nashville to pursue her career as a country musician and recording two albums. A teen beauty queen, personal trainer and former literary publicist, her range of life experiences and proven ability to succeed as a nice girl in a bitch’s world have led to features in Cowboys and Indians Country Weekly and more. Received from Library Things Early Reviewer Program What I found useful: This book really makes you think about the way that women treat other women. Most importantly, the correct ways to deal with those situations (though not in the way I think the author was intending). The book was easy to follow and had wrap-ups at the end of each chapter–sort of a crib sheet you could take along with you if you so desired. What I did not find useful: This really was not a book about how Nice Girls can succeed. It was more of a book along the lines of “How to recognize a Bitch” and “Bitch traits that you should not have”. The funny thing was the more the author pointed out about Bitches, the more she appeared like a hypocrite. The book was displaying the kind of behavior (name calling, pointing out flaws, trying to undermine) that it was telling you not to do. Also, one of the first things that struck me was how she said that the world was glamorizing the word “bitch” and used Stitch ‘n Bitch as an example (they were just one among many–she named many specific sites and people in this book). I am going to guess that Stitch ‘n Bitch probably used the word Bitch because it was cute and catchy (I haven’t asked them personally so I am just guessing). Just like the author used it in her title because it was catchy and made you look twice at the book. Both used it to get their products noticed. Just kind of another example of do as I say, not as I do mentality that seemed to run through out the whole book. Why I gave it a 2: I really wanted to like this book. […]
I *heart* cookbooks and cooking. I always have! It is something that soothes the soul and really releases the stress from the day. Plus, it is the only place I can experiment and not feel bad about throwing it out if it goes wrong! Since I read a bunch of cookbooks and occasionally review them on here —I thought I would put a twist on Teaser Tuesdays and do them cookbook style! Crazy Sexy Diet is not just a cookbook but it does have some recipes in it that I am dying to try. There is one in particular that just sounds very odd but I secretly wonder if it is FAB! I am not vegan or a vegetarian so this particular recipe jumped out at me because I never thought of using olives in a Quesadilla. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the ones that grab my attention! Olive QuesadillasContributed by Pam Brown, Garden Cafe (http://www.gardencafewoodstock.com)(Serves 1-2)1 large flour tortilla4 ounces Follow Your Heart Vegan Cheese or Daiya Cheese2 ounces caramelized onions2 ounces roasted red peppers8 kalamata olives, halvedSpread cheese on one half of the tortilla. Add the onions, peppers, and olives evenly. Fold the toritlla over and grill until it’s golden and crispy. So what is a recipe that has jumped out at you?
From Goodreads: Northern Exposure Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble. For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question. If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . . Bought from AmazonMember of the Snort Club (which I am starting today) What I Loved: This book made me laugh out loud with gusto! Mo is a delightfully fun leading lady who can roll with punches, cook with pizzazz, and tell you like it is. She does us southern gals proud and poor Cooper just did not stand a chance. Cooper is a fantastic alpha-male because he needs Mo no-nonsense approach to everything he feeds up to her. Any other woman would have walked away from him but something about those two make you know they are right for each other from the beginning. (NOTE: I would have walked away from him but I am glad she stuck by him if that makes any kind of sense at all). Evie, Buzz, Alan, and the town of Grundy do a good job of rounding out this cast of very lovable characters. The love story plays out in a very unique way and was perfectly paced for the two character involved. What I Liked: The “who is hurting people” storyline was not obvious and that made it interesting. I liked that it was more of a way to bring Cooper’s pack into the storyline (can’t wait for book 2 because I think the pack was fantastic with its wide array of characters) than to actually strive to have a murder mystery. As a plot device for Maggie and Cooper, I think it worked very well. Complaints: Not enough Samson–I think he is going to be a fun character through out the whole series. Why I gave it a 4 and started the Snort Club: Sometimes books just happen to hit you just right. They make you laugh when you want too and give you a lead character that you see parts of […]
Received for review on NetGalley
Are You Tired and Wired by Marcelle Pick
Actual Rating 3.75
What I found helpful: The most helpful ideas in this book were centered around recognizing and handling stress in your life. I was impressed with the science behind the attributes of stress inducing issues with our bodies and health. There were some great tips on handling things from both an emotional and physical standpoint. I could see incorporating some of the smaller tips into your everyday life. There was some great eating strategies with recipes included that looked as if they would be easy to make.
Not really an auto-biography but stories of her life. I adore Dame Judi Dench (she is in my 5 people I wish I could have dinner with) and since there really isn’t a synopsis of this book I thought I would share a video of her talking! Bought on Audible What I Loved: Dame Judi Dench is one of those rare famous people that just don’t strike you as famous at all. All of her stories reflect her beautiful personality and sparkling humor. She shares stories about her theater plays (of which you can clearly tell is her acting love and something she plans on doing until she cannot anymore), her time in movies, and her family. The best parts are how she speaks so lovingly of friends and family that she has had many years. She forms real bonds with people she works with and many of them have become life long friends. When she speaks of her family, you can tell her love overflowing and that makes you smile! Judi has really lead a very rich and wonderful life that I am so glad that she has shared with us. What I Liked: She told stories about people you knew (Maggie Smith *squee*) and even people you did not. She brought you into the story so that you smiled when she smiled and got tears in your eyes during the sadder parts. Complaints: None Audiobook Review: Judi Dench does the forward of the audiobook then turns it over to her friend Samantha Bond. She does a wonderful job of telling Judi’s stories! So much so that after a while you forget that you aren’t listening to Judi herself. Why I Gave it a 4: This is a wonderful addition to books about Judi Dench and I love that this one was from her. I wanted it to be longer but she covered so much of her career that she had to be exhausted at the end. Who I would recommend this too: Fans of Dame Judi Dench Challenges: