Book Reviews – Masters of Sex by Thomas Maier

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My boyfriend and I binge watched the Showtime series “Masters of Sex” and once I finished I was keen to learn more so I decided to read the book by Thomas Maier. In the past I had learned a bit about Masters and Johnson when reading “Bonk” so this book was not entirely unfamiliar territory. It was interesting to read how the book differed from reality (although even in a non-fiction book like this I am sure that some liberties were taken). Overall it was an interesting read, however towards the end it started to drag on and I lost interest somewhat but powered through it to finish. If you are watching the series or plan to read the book and want to be surprised then I don’t think you need me to tell you not to read on, but you never know.

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Book reviews – The Martian by Andy Weir

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You know that feeling when you’re reading a book and it’s so good that you want to keep reading it all the time but you also don’t want to finish too soon because you want to keep enjoying it for a longer time yet you can’t help yourself. That’s this book.

I wrote the above sentence in February when I finished reading this book. I don’t know if I can really say much more about how much I loved this book, other than I am looking forward to reading it again, and I don’t usually re-read books (especially with my CBR addiction it’s all about the numbers). I read on the wikipedia page that it is going to be made into a movie, of course. This saddens me a bit as I know there is no way they can relay the magic of this book onto the screen.

“The Martian” is about an astronaut stranded on the titular planet. (I love the word titular, it is titillating). There is a snafu with an evacuation and he is left behind. The rest of the book details his struggle to survive and it is a mix of science with a good dose of humor mixed in. If you are at all interested in reading it, just go for it you will not regret it. I prefer not to know too much about books before I dive in as I find it makes it all the better when you find a really good book, and to me this was a really good book.

Incandenza wrote a great review of this book over on CBR, and he (or she) pretty much read it in one sitting. Very impressive! As stated above I felt the same way, binge reading when you find the right book, cannot be beat!

March Madness

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2014 so far has been a busy time but full of steps in the right direction as well. As much as I tend to be hard on myself I have accomplished a lot so far this year. As I mentioned before, I have been getting ready to move and tomorrow is the big day. I get the keys to my new place at 8am and I really can’t wait. As much as I tried to make the experience as stress free as possible I didn’t fully succeed. I have come to the conclusion that the stress is inevitable. But looking on the bright side, I am organized, I have a plan and I took tomorrow and Monday off work so that I can take my time setting things up at my new place. My biggest excitement lies in the fact that I will now have a bath tub!! I haven’t had my own tub in over 5 years. I am gonna aromatherapy and candle up the place!!

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Book Reviews – Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

madBack  near the beginning of January I got a concussion after some kid cut in front of me at the ice rink and I bumped my head. The Dr sentenced me to several days of complete rest including no reading, no TV and no phone.  I decided that there was no way I could sit in a dark room with silence for all that time so I decided to download an audio book. I had previously decided to no longer buy audio books after losing them all when my phone died (why on earth I can’t re-download them like everything else I don’t know, thanks apple) but I have never been too good at sticking to my guns so here I am with another audio book review.

I just finished listening to this and I will be honest that I have reviews for 5 other books that I have finished reading sitting in my drafts folder but I have been experiencing a bit of writer’s block in getting any of the reviews up. If I want to be Bridget Jones style honest, the drafts contain only the titles of the books lest I forget what I have already read this year.

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2014?? Hells ya!

Isn’t it cliche, January comes along and we all get all motivated to change things up and make great things happen. Well I think anything that motivates us to make positive change is a good thing. I had a lot of fun over the holidays and didn’t worry too much about health and fitness. It has been a bit of a bummer winter so far so I haven’t been able to get any skiing in yet. I also got snowshoes for Xmas but again, not much snow to enjoy them in yet, although I think one of the mountains has a decent amount on their trails so I will investigate.

I put on about 4 lbs over the holidays, but I regret nothing! I had a great time and life is too short to worry too much about these things. I know what I need to do to get back on track and I am looking forward to it. I have already been easing my way back into healthy habits and I will continue to build upon things, I mean really I will be building upon things the rest of my life, self improvement should never end. I was too tired for a gym workout this morning and I was considering going after work but I think things may be much too crowded so I am using today as a non-gym workout day. I did a bunch of calestenics in my office and will do at least one more set today. I ran up and down the stairs in my building then did a bunch of sets of various floor and other exercises. I think more people need to realize that there are many ways to get your fitness in other than going to the gym or even leaving the building. Variety is key though in making it work long term.

So my goals for January are:

  1. Drink more water/herbal tea/lemon water
  2. Workout every day at least 15 mins and 3 times a week for 30 mins or more
  3. Protein shakes daily
  4. Stay positive and have fun with my goals!

So that is what I need to do, I am going to make sure I make this happen, seems like reasonable goals to have and I know it will be worth my time.

Book Reviews: Joyland by Stephen King

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So it is pretty much a given that I will read every Stephen King book put in front of me (except 11/22/63 which has been on my shelf almost 2 years and I haven’t yet cracked the spine, maybe some day). So when I was seeking out a new audiobook to entertain me on my long drive days I stumbled upon this one and it didn’t take long for me to decide that it was for me.

Joyland is the tale of Devin Jones who takes a summer job at an amusement park and it ends up changing his life. He makes new friends, finds a hidden talent in himself and also a murder mystery to solve and maybe even a ghost! It is not great literature but it was entertaining enough to me. Not a book I would go out of my way to recommend to someone but if they asked me about it I would say, pretty much what I just said above.

Sorry for the short review, but I have a few to write here and I gotta keep moving through them.

Book Reviews: Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal by Russell Brand

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As mentioned in my previous post, life sure did get hectic for me over the past few months and although I did some reading (not as much as I would like) I did not take the time to get on here to write the reviews. I thought about it a lot if that counts for anything, then it got to the point where it had been so long since I had written that it seemed impossible to get started writing the reviews. Then there is the problem of remembering both the names of the books I read as well as what I thought of them. I will do my best to catch myself up and get myself to the 1/4 cannonball goal for 2013.

I had rather enjoyed his first book, and reading over that review it seemed I felt at the time that the second was not quite as good. I had written that before I had finished reading it, but as I recall I didn’t love it but it wasn’t too bad either. I really think now that I would read another book of his, but I think that he should steer clear of the auto-biographical matters and just write essays about topics that interest him or relevant current events that would both educate people as well as lend his unique sense of humour to.

I was lucky enough to see his live show this year (we had to sneak out of a wedding to go but it was worth it). I guess you could say I am a dedicated fan of him now and look forward to seeing what he does next.

June is Reboot Month!!

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So again I have lapsed in my blogging but these things do happen. I would really like to write more as it really does motivate me and keep me accountable. I also have a few book reviews to write for my CBR community but those will have to wait a bit longer as my work situation is still very stressful. I am trying to read more books as well as I really do enjoy reading, but I find myself mentally drained a lot of the time. But I think work is not totally responsible for that, and that brings me to the main reason for today’s post.

Without getting into too much detail, the past month has been extra stressful at work so although I was doing well with my health and wellness, I did fall back down the rabbit hole and ate very poorly and did not exercise much at all. The result of that was a depression that I am pleased to say I have nipped in the bud by recognizing it early and taking steps that I knew would correct it.

What my partner and I decided to do was to have June be a reboot, an opportunity to refocus on our goals and get back to where we both want to be. He has his own goals which are similar to mine but it is great that we can both be doing this together to support each other.

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