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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be – Rachel Hollis

In a world that can appear to demean women, empowering them can have many benefits in securing women to be healthy participants in society. However, it is more important for women to empower themselves against some of the tough challenges they may face.

Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

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Leave Me Novel by Gayle Forman * Book Review

So this was how it was. People entered your life. Some would stay. Some would not. Some would drift but would return to you

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I started picking up some books from my ever-expanding bookshelf and I had the pleasure of hitting one of my favourite authors: Gayle Forman – who wrote If I Stay (Gayle Forman)

Meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack.

Afterwards, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: She packs a bag and leaves. But, as is so often the case, once we get to where we’re going, we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is finally able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from those she loves and from herself.

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The Lovely Bones * Alice Sebold – Book Review

“Murderers are not monsters, they’re men. And that’s the most frightening thing about them.”

Since I brought up Time to Say Goodbye, I decided to also bring up one of my favourite books about death. “The Lovely Bones,” had me crying from start to finish.

This book is an emotional roller-coaster, written from the point of view from a girl who was murdered. The book starts like this: “My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” Already you want to read it; right?

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Time To Say Goodbye * S.D. Robertson Book review

Since Father’s day is coming..

I’ve known it was going to be a book about death and dying but I expected something better from Mr. Robertson. This was so much like Black Dog Summer * Miranda Sherry – in the sense that you have a lingering ghost looking over their daughter unable to move on until they are happy with their fate – that I nearly put the book down after the first few pages.

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Petals in the Wind * Book 2 * V.C. Andrews Book Review

I am very happy I did not purchase a hard cover / paperback for the next book in the Dollanger series after reading Flowers in the Attic * Book 1 * V.C. Andrews Book review. I went with an e-Book and I wanted to scream and trash and burn away every shread of technology that kept this copy. It was such a shitty book… Solid 0.1/5

220px-PetalsontheWind.jpgThis book was probably released a year apart from the original story just to cash in on the fame. It was so terribly written that it somehow soiled my first impression of Flowers in the Attic.

Petals on the Wind picks up immediately where Flowers in the Attic left off: with Cathy, Chris, and Carrie traveling to Florida after escaping Foxworth Hall. Still weak from the effects of the poison that killed her twin Cory, Carrie gets sick on the bus. Henrietta “Henny” Beech, a mute African-American woman, rescues them and takes them to the home of her employer, 40-year-old widower Dr. Paul Sheffield of Clairmont, South Carolina. At first the children refuse to reveal their identities, but once Cathy is convinced that Paul genuinely cares and might be able to help them, she tells him their story. Paul, a single middle-aged man, decides to adopt the three siblings and offer them the best life possible. Yes. Who would not immediately adopt three siblings who show up at your doorsteps with signs of arsenic poisoning?

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Dean Koontz * The Mask Book review

Where had Jane come from? Was she just an orphan in need of love? Or was she hiding a more sinister purpose?

“Evil is no faceless stranger, living in a distant neighborhood. Evil has a wholesome, hometown face, with merry eyes and an open smile. Evil walks among us, wearing a mask which looks like all our faces.”

Such a pretty face So young, so sweet. She appeared out of nowhere, in the middle of traffic, on a busy day. A teenager with no past, no family no memories. Such a lovely child So blond and beautiful. Carol and Paul were drawn to her she was the child they d never had. A dream come true. And then Carol s nightmares began the ghastly sounds in the night the bloody face in the mirror the razor-sharp ax. Such relentless evil So deceptively innocent. Most mothers would die for such a darling little angel. And that’s what frightened Carol most of all .”

The thing we want the most is always the thing we cannot have

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Flowers in the Attic * Book 1 * V.C. Andrews Book review

When I picked up this tiny looking book (compared to the behemoths I usually adhere to), I was surprised that I really, really liked it! And I can totally see why it was banned for years due to strong sexual themes, incest, rape scenes and other sensitive subjects. This is not a “cute book” about flowers. This is not for the faint of heart. This is a story of death and misery and everlasting hope.

Written in 1979 – it still feels contemporary enough to give you the chills. If you’ve watched “The Room” you know how terrifying it must feel to be locked up and not have a sense of how the outside is like. It’s claustrophobic and very enlightening about family relations in close quarters.

After reading it, I found out it was adapted for the big screen and guess what I’ve got in my eBay basket? Yep – the movie.

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Growing Up

When is a good time for a child to leave the parent’s house?

I have met some people who think it’s acceptable to sit on their parent’s sofa, eat their food, drive their car and complain when they get asked to go out and find a job. So I started asking myself, when is a good time for a child to leave home? I suppose it depends on the type of home they’re leaving from.
If they’re lucky enough to be one of those “kids” who has a great relationship with his/her parents, lives at home and is stacking money to save for that dream home, then they definitely have the life! If they’re little sponging leeches, they will be too warm, comfortable, protected, and well fed usually have little motivation to change their lifestyles, so they’ll stay.
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Reconstructing Amelia By Kimberly McCreight * Book Review

Reconstructing Amelia follows the story of working mother, Kate, who receives a call one day from her teenage daughter’s school telling her that her daughter, Amelia, has been suspended and needs to be picked up. Due to traffic and work obstacles, Kate arrives at the school late, and by the time she does, there are police surrounding the school and pointing bystanders. A girl has jumped from the roof of the building and is dead. Kate is horrified to find out that the girl is her intelligent, seemingly happy daughter, Amelia. The death is ruled a suicide but Kate can’t accept it as such and searches for a more plausible explanation for her daughter’s unexpected and premature death. Did Amelia really have hidden demons that provoked her to jump off of her school building or was she pushed? Kate will find out.

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Tips from Amy Poehler on How to be a good Mom and Wife

  • Make sure he’s grateful to be with you.
  • Your boobs won’t be as big as mine but you will be happy about that as you get older.
  • TheMomAlways tell people when they do a good job.
  • Always have a messy purse.
  • Guilt works.
  • You are the smartest and best.
  • Monty Python is funny.
  • Be nice to your brother.
  • Be a light sleeper, and every time your kid wakes you up, scream like you are being attacked.
  • Have fun dancing.
  • Have male friends.
  • Have more female friends.
  • Your female friends will outlast every man in your life.
  • Love your husband and don’t belittle him.
  • Love your kids and hope they do better than you did.
  • You don’t want to be the sexy mom.
  • Dye your hair constantly.
  • There’s not much we can do about our Irish eyebrows.
  • Postpartum depression, anxiety, and skin cancer run in our family.
  • Ask your kids how they are doing but sometimes ignore them when they say, “Not great.”
  • Love your work.
  • Study hard and know how to write and read well.
  • Memorize poems.
  • Be nice to teachers. Teachers don’t like kids who don’t like teachers.
  • Always bring wine.
  • A home-cooked meal isn’t so important.
  • TV in your bedroom is okay.
  • Follow sports and leave the room if you’re a jinx.
  • Be careful.