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Monday, July 20, 2015

Shannon's Review - The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg



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Title: The Power Of Habit
Series: N/A
Author: Charles Duhigg
Genre: Non- Fiction, Self Improvement
Publisher: Random House
Received: Bought
Release Date: 2012
Pages: 286
Rating:

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Author’s Websites:

Charles Duhigg Website

Charles Duhigg Blog

Charles Duhigg Facebook

Charles Duhigg Twitter


Shannon Thoughts:

The Power Of Habit claims to be a book that is key for the reader to learn how to make good habits. Such as habits to help a person to exercise, lose weight, raise children, and build a business. Author Charles Duhigg describes that making smaller good habits will help change the bad ones.

I listened to the audio version of The Power Of Habit.  I thought maybe listening to the audiobook my brain would able to absorb what needs to be done to create some good habits. Some of the stories were interesting including the one about Starbucks and others.

As I listened I realized that most of the book was really talking about examples of how others changed or already had habits and how they kept or change them.  Which was sadly not what I was looking for. I guess what I wanted was a workbook with The Power Of Habit.  I wanted to know where I begin not how someone else did. I needed a little more guidance.

This was the first self help book I listened to on audio and I think I will be doing more non-fiction by audio. Even though this is not what I was looking for it was still a interesting book.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Shannon's Review - Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale by Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon


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Title: Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale Vol. 3
Series: Serenity
Author: Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Received: Borrowed
Release Date: November 2010
Pages: 56
Rating:


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Zack Whedon Twitter: https://twitter.com/zdubdub




Shannon’s Thoughts:


Finally fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly are given some of the back history to character Shepherd Book.  We learn what made the man who was so well train in arsenals and be a man of the cloth.


The artwork is probably the best thing about this volume of Serenity.


The background story was mediocre.  I feel that Shepherd’s story could have been stretched out to more graphic novels and instead it loss something. It has the feeling of being chopped and no real connection or heart.


Since I was a fan of Firefly I know the characters and was of course interested in the back story that was not told in the show or movie. Anyone not a fan of Firefly, will probably have no interest in this third volume.


Even though I had some interest in Shepherd Book’s story this was less interesting than imagined. I had hoped for something more exciting.  

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Shannon Review - Eeyore, Be Happy by Don Ferguson


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Title: Eeyore, Be Happy
Series: Winnie The Pooh
Author: Don Ferguson
Genre: Childrens, Picture Book
Publisher: Western Publishing Company
Received: Bought
Release Date: 1991
Pages: 24
Rating:

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Don Ferguson’s Official Sites:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

The characters of One Hundred Acres are showing each other what they enjoy about living to cheer their friend Eeyore up.

I have always felt a kinship with Eeyore, even though I have never read the original Winnie The Pooh books. Eeyore tends always be depressed, he still tried to do what each friend found happy in their own life to see if it made him happy.

The fact that Eeyore is always sad does make me sad as well. He deserves at least something that gives him a smile.  Which I have seen this little donkey do in the cartoons.  The books I have read... not so much.

I think any story with Eeyore is a big bonus.  Eeyore brings a little realism by showing everyone that feelings are experienced differently by others.


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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Shannon's Review - Horns by Joe Hill


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Title: Horns
Series: N/A
Author: Joe Hill
Genre: Horror, Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
Received: A gift
Release Date:  March 2010
Pages: 370
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Shannon’s Thoughts:

This is my first delve into the world of Joe Hill.  I found this book original and I really did not know what was going to happen next.  Our main character, Ignatius “Ig” Parrish, has been living a life of hell after his girlfriend was murdered a year ago.  Most of the small town blames Ig.  Strange things start to happen when these horns began grow from his head and people began spouting every truthful thing they are thinking about Iggy and more.


I read this before I saw the movie with Daniel Radcliffe.  There is more going on in the book then they fit in the movie.  Some metaphysical parts of the story was taken out of the movie possibly because it was hard to understand in the film format but easier picturing mentally.

I liked the book because of the questions it brings up about religious beliefs. It brings up ideas about the fight between good and bad, inside all of us or in this case inside Ig Parrish. All the characters really felt unique and really standout.  Even after reading the book they still stick with me, making me wondering what the people in Ig’s town is up to now.

In the book I was a little confused about the snakes that followed Ig.  I think they were able to talk or he was able to understand them somehow.  It is something that was cut out of the movie, that and a few minor things.

There is a dark and bittersweet feeling over the story from beginning to end. My mind is really attached to the characters, and that is unusual for me.  My mind will blank out after I finish if it is not a good book.  This one I probably read over six months ago and yet I still remember the fictional people in this book. It is a good October read.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shannon's Review - The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve by X. Trevelyan


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Title: The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve
Series: Tales of The Mystical
Author: X. Trevelyan
Genre: Juvenile Fiction,
Publisher: X. Trevelyan
Received: Purchased
Release Date: December 2011
Pages: 26
Rating:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve is an original fairy tale.  When reading you really fall into the story comfortably wishing for the best of the main character, a little girl who is an orphan.
The little girl knows of the town bell that is known for not ringing, yet she one day hears it although no one else does.

The feeling you get from this story is a feeling you can only get from a short fairy tale with a good ending.  Everything falls into place magically as the little girl goes from orphan to girl with family.

Only wish there was more to the story even though the ending is satisfying. The sentimental feeling I got from the story was something I did not want leave.

Being a big fairy tale fan I love the story and look forward for more from the Tales From The Mystical series.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Shannon's Review - As You Wish by Cary Elwes


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Title: As You Wish
Series: N/A
Author: Cary Elwes
Genre: Memior, Non-Fiction
Publisher: Touchstone
Received: Purchased
Release Date: October 2014
Pages: 259
Rating:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:


Cary Elwes’ first memoir is just a piece of his life.  A piece where a heartwarming story by William Goldman became a heartwarming film and made Elwes a household name as Princess Buttercup’s love interest Wesley.

I have fond memories of the first time I watched The Princess Bride.  Now if you have not seen or read the book, you have to understand that this movie bombed in theatres.  I bought the VHS for $1 and watched it with family.  I will never understand why this film did not do well in theatres but I am so happy it gets recognition as a cult classic now.  The movie is as close to the book as possible and had a perfect cast. Most teenage girls fell for Elwes character Wesley/Dread Pirate Roberts as hard as Princess Buttercup did.  Elwes fills the book with charming and humorous tales with other actors like Andre the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal and Robin Wright.

The stories that Elwes share are wonderful and like viewing the movie and book you want more. I didn’t want it to end and now have a urge to hear every actor, from the movies take of the movie.  Actually you do get a little bit from the other actors in As You Wish I still wanted more.

For lovers of the book and/or movie you will enjoy As You Wish just as much.  I thoroughly enjoy the stories about Andre the Giant and he is a personality that is missed.  



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Friday, January 9, 2015

Shannon's Review - I Want To Do Yoga Too by Carole P. Roman


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Title: I Want To Do Yoga Too
Series:  N/A
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Childrens, Picture Book, Fiction
Publisher: Createspace
Received:  From author for review
Release Date: December 2012
Pages: 24
Rating:

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Carole P. Roman’s Official Websites:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

I Want To Do Yoga Too is a adorable story of a mom who attends yoga and her daughter wants do yoga with mommy too.  

This is one of those books that moms would want to share with their young daughters.  It is very cute to see the illustrations of the little girl copying her mom in the yoga class.  The book also promote exercise and wellness

This does lean towards a girly story so I do not know if little boys would like as much.  I would like to see a similar book with father and son.   Maybe it could be a story about I Want To Fix A Car Too.

I Want To Do Yoga Too is a A++ book in my opinion and another awesome addition to Carole P. Roman’s bibliography.


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