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review 2018-07-22 15:50
A Beautiful Work In Progress

A Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio is a memoir of a long distance runner who isn't like everyone else. Mirna is a plus size athlete who never saw her size as a barrier to doing what she wanted to do. People picture runner should be thin but Mirna isn't like other runners. What drew me to this book was that I liked the idea that it was about someone who doesn't let stereotypes define her.

 

This book is somewhat of a coming of age story but more about self discovery. You get to hear about Mirna's youth and what made her to decide to be a runner. What I liked hearing about was how Mirna accepted her limitations but still managed to become the person she wanted to be. At one point in the book she is comparing herself to other kids and she accepts the fact that she doesn't have great social skills is not a good leader and she doesn't look like the popular kids but she is a good problem solver and determined to succeed. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and Mirna shows that how she used both to achieve what she wanted.

 

A Beautiful Work In Progress is a book about becoming the person you want to be in life and not letting other people's perceptions of what they think you should be define you. My only complaint about this book was that in places the book seemed redundant as she describes some of the runs that she has been on. Though this is a running memoir and you have to expect that.  I did enjoy how she describes the running community from how supportive people are to how she feels as she is running along admiring the beauty of nature. This is an inspirational book of someone who doesn't let limitations stop her and a good look at what it's like to be a runner. 

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review 2018-07-18 19:51
Vanilla Clouds
Vanilla Clouds - Roe Horvat

This book is one of those books that hits home.  And not so much for the romantic aspects but from the connection that is made through words alone.  Only in recent history have people been able to connect with others via the internet…through on line chats, websites, dating apps, etc.  It is mind blowing honestly.  And yet we have all managed to make close friends this way.  And while some don’t turn out the way we ever intended the majority of the people we meet are true. 

 

This is one of those stories. 

 

The connection made on line and then the desire to meet in person…the uncertainty, the fear, the doubts.  All the feelings in this book felt real, felt genuine.  Mainly because they are all feelings I have had.  While I have not fallen in love with someone on line, I have still experienced all of these moments.  And when the communication stops for a period of time and the internal doubt lands to the point you begin to worry that you screwed up…that you said something that may have ruined things…they are real. 

 

This is one of those stories.

 

We all want something more. 

 

13Magnific: I miss you, MichaƂ. How come I miss you when we’ve never been together? I want more than this. Please.

 

We all want happiness and we all fear our actions will damage our most precious relationships.

 

This is one of those stories.

 

And yes, there is chocolate and there is love and there is chocolate.  There is chocolate.  My heart was full.

 

**Highly Recommended**

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review 2018-07-13 20:20
One Man's Trash
One Man's Trash - Marie Sexton

Wow. Easily one of my favorite books this year. What a complex relationship. Love Warren and eagerly await Gray’s story.

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review 2018-07-11 00:29
Beautiful Player Review
Beautiful Player - Christina Lauren
This is the third book in the Beautiful Bastard series and the second-ish book that we've been introduced to Will (I say -ish because there are some novellas in between). I was so excited to read Will's story because he has been a hilarious secondary character in the series so far and super hot. This did not disappoint - Will is definitely super hot, funny, and a great guy with a bad rap. He is characterized as a "player" here but I didn't really think he was actually. My definition of a player is someone who is with a lot of people (like Luke in Wicked Sexy Liar), but Will has two women he alternates nights with on a weekly basis - that's just being organized and consistent. But whatever, the female main character, Hanna, has known Will a very long, long time and thinks he is a player, so there you go. Hanna has moved to the big city and reaches out to Will so that she can make friends in the City. Hanna asks Will for his help in making friends but also in showing her the ropes when it comes to sex and of course he is happy to help. Their friendship soon turns into a "Friends with Benefits" arrangement that is supposed to end cleanly but, well I won't spoil it for you.

Hanna transforms herself from a super nerdy girl to a beautiful sexy woman in front of Will's eyes, but he liked her as her nerdy self which is so sweet. He helps her gain confidence, and sexual expertise, and really, doesn't want to let her go.

Sweet, sexy, steamy, sweet - this is a great read and addition to the series.

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2323073937
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review 2018-07-10 20:17
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined - Danielle Younge-Ullman

When Ingrid was younger she traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. They were so happy. But then Margot-Sophia could no longer sing and they no longer acknowledged the past. They settled into a small, normal life but Ingrid desperately wanted their old life back. Now Ingrid is on a summer wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens. She has no idea why her mother sent her here. It's grueling and every day she feels as though she's going to break. But she has to figure out why she's here and why the music really stopped.

I don't think there's anything I disliked. Ingrid had a magical childhood. Then things went downhill and fast. I liked her very much. She was a strong person. She was self-aware. She didn't give up. She was sarcastic. I liked the setting. The wilderness survival thing was fun to read. Ingrid went through a lot - physically, emotionally, mentally. She would write letters to her mother telling her about all the fun she was not having. It goes back and forth between Ingrid's childhood and present day during her three weeks of hell. I enjoyed both story lines. I felt all the secondary characters were important, had their own personalities and made the book feel real. There was one part in the book where everything just came together for me and made me feel for Ingrid and there was absolutely no coming down from five stars after that. This was such a great read.

I won a copy through LibraryThing. Thank you to Penguin Teen for my physical copy.

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