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finding messages in unexpected places

May 24, 2011
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I am a big reader. I always have been. I used to devour The Babysitter’s Club books in one sitting and one of my favorite places as a kid was the library. I always liked losing myself in a story. It is like watching a movie only about ten thousand times better. I read a lot of different genres and will never limit myself when it comes to books. I read fiction, non-fiction, biographies, sci-fi, murder, chick-lit, mystery, action, etc. I have never been a book discriminator. So when Leah had a book give-a-way about a month ago I was pumped. She basically cleaned out her closet and gave away books she had already read and enjoyed. I won the book, True Love (and Other Lies),by Whitney Gaskell.

I loved this book!! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much more than a feel good chick-lit book. You know the typical boy meets girl, they fall in love, the end. Yada yada yada. And this book pleasantly surprised me in that I found a really good message buried in the pages. A message about self-acceptance and really believing that you deserve good things in life. A message that not everyone who seems so perfect really is and that everyone has self doubt. Yes even the “size 2, gorgeous, she gets every guy” type has self-doubt. This is definitely a feel good book and I read it in about half a day. Sometimes it is nice and refreshing to find messages in unexpected places.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2011 7:20 am

    Thank you for the review! I am also an avid reader and am always looking for something new, I will look for this next time I am at the store 🙂

  2. May 24, 2011 8:25 am

    Sounds like a good book! I also really like the idea of doing a giveaway with books. I have a bookshelf full of books that I haven’t read in a long time!

    • May 24, 2011 9:42 am

      I know! I thought that was such a great idea Leah had! I was thinking of doing it sometime in the future as well. Maybe we could organize a blogger book swap! That would be fun!

      • May 24, 2011 10:11 am

        I’d be so in on a swap! I was packing all my books thinking that same thing…

  3. May 24, 2011 8:40 am

    OMG! I love this book–I read it on the plane to Mexico when I went a few years ago and completely forgot about it.

  4. May 24, 2011 8:54 am

    This isn’t a book I typically would pick up, but it sounds really good!

    • May 24, 2011 9:43 am

      I honestly get burned out on Chick Lit fairly easily but this was a breath of fresh air and very surprising!

  5. May 24, 2011 10:01 am

    Can I borrow please??

  6. May 24, 2011 10:04 am

    I feel like it’s been too long since I’ve read something light and fun. I have been on a non-fiction streak lately and I think it’s about time I check out something like this. THanks for the review, Kell 🙂

  7. May 24, 2011 10:41 am

    Im so glad you liked the book! I remember loving it for the same reasons. The main character was SO relatable – and normal. I loved her. 🙂

    • May 24, 2011 11:36 am

      I loved her too! She is totally normal and has a lot of thoughts about her self, her body, etc…that I have had before too. That was why I found her to be so relatable.

  8. May 24, 2011 11:25 am

    I’m adding this one to my library list. I love the idea of a blogger book swap! I just finished Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants and it was perfect.

    • May 24, 2011 11:35 am

      Cool! I am going on vacation for a week (starting tomorrow with 2 other bloggers actually) but I think I am going to try to organize one when I get back!!

  9. May 24, 2011 5:34 pm

    I love reading. This book sounds right up my alley. I’m not into chick lit, but I do enjoy romances. Thanks Kelly!

  10. May 24, 2011 7:08 pm

    That sounds like wonderful book and a much needed message. I definitely have a hard time remembering that EVERYONE also experiences self-doubt. I really find myself thinking that I’m the only one sometimes, which of course is ridiculous.

    I love finding hidden messages. Kelly have you read “The Alchemist”? I think you would love it, it’s my favorite book of all time. Lots of wonderful messages that can be applied to everyone life in a unique way. 🙂

  11. May 24, 2011 9:20 pm

    I think Leah has really good taste in books. I won one from her last year and really loved it, too!

  12. May 25, 2011 7:07 am

    I’ll have to check out this book. I kind of secretly like chick-lit especially if it’s well written. I agree with the other comments that a book swap would be fun!

  13. May 25, 2011 9:20 am

    thanks for the recommendation! I love reading too!! My most recent was BIG GIRL by Danielle Steel…hard to get in to but by the end such a wonderful message!

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