July 18, 2016

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Week Four Entries: Reviews on books to read and books to skim

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Week Four Raffle Winner is Natalie Rogova.

ValleyValley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susan

Review by Natalie: 5 stars

A cult classic about three girls striving to become stars, whose dreams come true–only to be derailed by their dependence on “dolls”. Very much what scares us now, even 50 years later.

Slate recently wrote an article about the book here that talks about it’s enduring relevance and racy themes.


BritBritt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman
Note: This book is on order

Review by Kim: 5 stars

Another well-written novel from the author of A Man Called Ove. I love how he turns annoying main characters into people that you absolutely love by the end of the book. Plus I love his non-American way of writing and creative use of dialog–can’t wait for his next book!


hell-week-9781476783369_lgHell Week: seven days that will change your life forever by Erik Bertrand Larssen

Review by Joanne and Corinne: 1 1/2 stars

Joanne’s take– A bit of a dichotomy. You place focus on the now-every task and purpose–to get yourself in a pre-performance routine. Unsure of the benefits of the sleepless night, other than pushing yourself.

Corinne’s take–Worth leafing through and gaining the kernel of wisdom. It’s more for people with careers or professional lives and definitely helped me step up my game. I decided not to do the “hell week” but learned a bit and fessed up to some bad habits I had at work.


51L4f3es6QL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson

Review by Joanne: 2 Stars

Some interesting tidbits. Melons have little nutritional value. Raspberries have more fiber than bran. Green asparagus is better for you than white asparagus. Other than that, no wild new facts but worth a skim.




Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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