Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

Remember when I wrote that Harper Lee was publishing a new book? I finally got a chance to read it. The book is set 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird when Scout is all grown up.


I was really looking forward to reading Go Set a Watchman because I absolutely loved To Kill a Mockingbird. I had high expectations and I can say that Go Set a Watchman mostly met those expectations. The book is well-written, and it was fun to “reconnect” with some of the beloved characters and to met new ones.

However, I thought the story was slow, and as much as I hate to write it, some of it was boring. I found myself skipping pages and/or skimming some pages just to move the book along. At the same time, there were some parts of the book that kept me fully engaged and entranced.

Thus, I have mixed feelings about the book. Would I recommend the book? Yes, with caution. I think that people who have never read To Kill a Mockingbird may love Go Set a Watchman. I also think that there are many who have read To Kill a Mockingbird who will enjoy Go Set a Watchman but there will be many who don’t.

If I had to give the book a rating I would give it three (three) stars.


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Book Review: Trim Healthy Mama Plan

From Book Description

Trim Healthy Mama Plan“Counting calories is out. All the food groups are in. Becoming trim and healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or painstaking anymore. After trying almost every fad diet out there, Pearl Barret and Serene Allison, creators of the Trim Healthy Mama movement, took matters into their own hands. Through trial and error and much research, the created the Trim Healthy Mama Plan, the breakthrough lifestyle program to help people of all ages and stages get healthy, slim down, and keep off the weight once and for all.”

My Comments

I’ve heard some good things about Trim Healthy Mama so when I saw that the book was available for review through the Blogging for Books review program, I decided to give it a peek. After all, I am sure I’m not the only who is always looking to lose a few and get healthier. Right?! 🙂

There are a lot of things I like about this program. For one thing, is balanced. No extremes here! They recommend a wide variety of food items and although there are foods that need to be avoided, the authors are all about moderation and keeping it real. They understand that life happens and they give good advice on how to get back on track after a “blip” as they call it.

For another thing, it is flexible. The program is doable for all types of people, even those with allergies such as gluten (me), dairy, or nuts. Additionally, although they don’t necessarily recommend it, the plan is doable for vegetarians.

I also like how the authors write as if they are sitting at the table talking directly to me. The book reads like a witty, sometimes funny, conversation. The parts of the book where Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison banter back and forth gave me giggles.

As for the plan itself, the Trim Healthy Mama Plan goes into depth about what the plan really is, what the different meal types are (satisfying, energizing, etc), and how to incorporate them into your life. The book covers what to drink, what super foods we should be incorporating into our diets, and the right way to snack. There are also several 7 day meal plans to get the reader started with the diet.

I do have to say that I wish there were some actual recipes in the book. They do recommend websites that give recipes, and they do mention their cookbook. However, it would have been nice to see a few “teaser recipes” at least in the book.

Still, the plan looks great and worth implementing in one’s life. Thus, if you are looking for a balanced way to eat healthy, whether or not you need/want to lose weight, the Trim Healthy Mama Plan may be worth looking into. I give the book four (4) stars.


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Book Review: Writing with Power by Peter Elbow

Writing with Power was given to me as a gift from a friend a long while back but somehow got lost in shuffle of the many books I have around. I found the book when I was going through some stuff and decided to read it. I never planned to do a review of the book but as I read through it, I knew I had to share it.

Writing with Power by Peter Elbow

The first part of the book deals with “getting words on paper.” Elbow gives suggestions, tips and warnings in using different types of the writing process such as freewriting, the direct writing process, the loop writing process, and more. It even has a chapter on getting started with poetry. The other sections of the book deal with revising, sharing, audience and voice.

The chapters are short but loaded with practical suggestions, real-life examples, and conclude with concise, actionable summaries. Several chapters, especially the feedback section, offer a plethora of questions to help the writer to the heart, meaning, and purpose of the text she is writing.

Without doubt, Writing with Power is one of those books that all authors should have as a part of their library of resources. I give the book five (5) stars.


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