Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Book 29 & 30

{I started counting how many books I could/was reading in June 2010}

From In Attitudes of Gratitude, M. J. Ryan teaches readers how to unlock the fullness of their hearts and lives through the expression of gratitude. “Gratitude helps us to return to our natural state of joyfulness,” she writes, “where we notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong. It makes us feel complete, that we have everything we need, at least in this moment.” In her introduction to this 10th anniversary edition, Ryan recounts current research that bolsters her original thinking—people who practice gratitude on a daily basis are, by and large, happier, healthier, and more effective in the world. She also shares with readers brand new, top 10 gratitude practices, which readers of the first edition and people she’s taught and counseled over the years have provided to her. The concept of this book is very simple and very profound: “Gratitude creates happiness.” It’s a fact of life (and science as it turns out). Plants create carbon dioxide and gratitude creates happiness

I love, love, loved this book. I want to send it to anyone and everyone that I know and tell them to read it. Sometimes we all need reminders to be grateful and this book made my heart sing and feel full. I highly recommend reading it if you need a reminder to stop and smell the roses (I do sometimes).

From Nothing comes between Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her bargains. Neither act of God nor budget crunch can shatter her dreams of wall-to-wall Prada. Every milestone in her well-shopped life (travel, long-lost sister, marriage, pregnancy) inspires new vistas to explore in the name of retail therapy. But now she faces her greatest little challenge yet: Becky’s two-year-old daughter, Minnie.While motherhood has been everything Becky dreamed it would be—Baby Dior, Little Marc Jacobs, and Dolce & Gabbana for toddlers—adorable Minnie is wreaking havoc everywhere she goes, from Harrods to her own christening. Her favorite word is “MINE!” and her penchant for Balenciaga bags, Chanel sunglasses, and online purchases has no rival under age five.Becky is at her wits end. On top of this, she and her husband Luke are still living with her parents. Thankfully it appears house buying attempt number four is a go! Until a huge financial crisis causes panic everywhere, and nobody wants to shop—not Becky’s personal shopping clientele, not her friends, nobody. And with Luke in the doldrums, it’s time for Becky to step in—with a party: A surprise birthday party for Luke (on a budget) is the perfect antidote to everyone’s woes. At first. Will Becky manage to keep the party of the year a surprise? Can she hire jugglers, fire-eaters, and acrobats at a discount? Will enlisting the help of Luke’s unflappable assistant to convince him to have another baby realize her dream of matching pom-poms? Will Minnie find a new outlet for her energetic and spirited nature (perhaps one with sixty percent markdowns)? She is, after all, a chip off the old shopping block. And everyone knows a committed shopper always finds a way.

This book was okay. It was entertaining, but I didn't whiz through it and I had no problem putting it down. I read it mostly because I've read all of the other books in this series. It's decently entertaining.


Anonymous said...

I'll definitely have to try Attitudes of Gratitude! We actually just talked about it on Sunday at a Celebrate Recovery leadership meeting. We have a lady who is going to begin teaching lessons occasionally for us during our large group, and she is going to be using bits of this book because she loved it so much. Thanks for the review!

Caitrin said...

I havent read mini shopoholic yet mainly because the reviews looked disappointing :( I loved all the other books in the series, but I dont want to read this one and not enjoy it

Anonymous said...

Mini Shopaholic wasn't my fave of the bunch either. It was ok.