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101 Reasons Why It’s Great to be Single

After yesterday’s mention of dating hell, it was easy to choose why today’s book to read would be 101 Reasons Why It’s Great To Be Single.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty independent, do a lot of really cool shit and don’t need someone to complete me – but it might be nice to have someone to hang out with and do really cool shit with sometimes. (Only sometimes.)  I have to say some of the 101 reasons are a bit of a stretch – but some of them were things I already know – like Guilt-Free Adventures.  Want to run off across the country to see Hanson? Cool.  No significant other to run it by. (Though lets be real, even if I did end up with a boyfriend  – if he tried to tell me no he’d be dumped so fast).  A Silent Night – no snoring – is something that I really didn’t think about.  I cannot sleep if someone in the room with me is snoring.  Do I need to start adding this to my dating app profiles? Swipe left if you snore? Yikes.

This book definitely put a smile on my face and made me realize that I shouldn’t be in any sort of rush to find that special someone. I just got a new phone and I didn’t reinstall ANY dating apps. It’s ok to take some time for me!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

“A fun, light-hearted book about all the reasons why it’s great to be single. No shaving! Eating all the garlic! Guilt-free travelling with friends! A wonderful book for you or a friend going through a breakup, or anyone who just needs a reminder of all the positive things that come with being single.”

Book Review: Choose Your Own Misery: Dating

I am currently living a nightmare of dating apps so I had to laugh when I saw there was a “Choose Your Own Misery” book related to Dating.  I probably shouldn’t have started it because like I said, I am living it, but I had to see if they came up with anything worse than what I have already experienced and as a kid I LOVED Choose Your Own Adventure books so I had to give it a go.  I’m usually hesitant to read these in e-book forms since it’s hard to “flip” to the page that you need, but this book had hyperlinks with “swipe left for NO” and “swipe right for YES” as the way to get to the next part of your story.

My first time through I “played” as if I was myself and what I would do in all the scenarios.  I had to laugh when it asked me if I was willing to expand my age range, because when I was feeling down and desperate and ran out of guys to swipe on that was *exactly* what I did. In this scenario I ended up going on a date to a fancy restaurant where my date had a heartattack and left in an ambulance, leaving me with the bill. Yikes.

My second attempt I decided to “play” as a male. That date ends in a medical emergency too.

The third go round I decided to stay as myself again, just to pick something different in the beginning to see where I’d end up instead of the fancy restaurant. This time I end up at a gym trying to hit on a trainer, who ignores my asking to go out for drinks until he matches with me on Kindler while I’m at the gym.. standing in front of him? lol. We go out and surprise surprise it doesn’t end well (but at least not medical emergency.)

I’m sure there are plenty more scenarios for me to play out, so I’ll let you get to finding this book and I’ll see what other trouble I can get myself into…

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

The only thing worse than getting back on the dating horse? The brutal loneliness of perpetual singledom.

That’s why you’re putting in the effort to find your soul-mate…or at least someone to warm your bed for a night. Playing as one of two characters, you get to choose just how bad your dating life gets. Will you head to a high school party or hitch your wagon to a Steve Urkel impersonator? Dabble in the painfully shallow depths of sexualizing your arm wound, or up the intensity of your first date by entering an underground fight club? Try to relive the romance of Harold and Maude, but with more roofies and an ominous burial plot in Maude’s backyard?

From the writers who brought you the hilarious parodies Choose Your Own Misery: The Office and Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays comes the oldest form of misery in the book: the self-prostitution that is dating.

When we’re young, we all believe in the possibility of lifelong romance. But let’s remember: young people are very, very stupid.

Book Review: The Wonder Down Under

The Wonder Down Under is basically a user’s guide to your vagina. (Assuming you have one. If not, you probably can skip this review.)  It is an insider’s guide to the anatomy, biology, and reality of the vagina – since you really don’t learn as much as you should about it in school.  There is information on sex, abortions, birth control. Lots and LOTS of detail – many, many more than any health class I had ever taken.  I have been realizing lately that I am too old to not know everything about my own body so I was glad that this book laid things out in an informative and straight forward way – it wasn’t like reading a health or medical text book but still gave you all the information you needed and maybe some that you need and didn’t quite want to hear in an easy to understand kind of way.  Definitely recommended for anyone who has a vagina. And I guess if you don’t but have ladies in your life and want to learn more to be more sympathetic to them, you might want to take a peak at this as well.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

 

Book Review: Chicago: America’s Best Sports Town

Chicago: America’s Best Sports Town is another in the series (I had previously read about Boston – I disagree w/ both but I may be biased as a NY Sports fan).  The forward of this book is written by none other than Mike Ditka.  The book focuses a chapter on each of the sports teams – Football’s Bears, Hockey’s Black hawk’s, Basketball’s Bulls, Baseball’s Cubs and White Sox.  There are also chapters on the colleges, the Olympics and then some other fun inclusions as well.  I really like when they include the “mount rush mores” in these books – what players from each team past and present would end up on the mount Rushmore if it was sports based and not presidential based.  And for those that didn’t quite make Rushmore status, there’s also “the best of the rest.”

While I may not agree that Chicago is America’s best sports town, (I’ll give them the Bulls though) the book had a lot of great information and was a fun & easy read.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Chicago’s five major professional sports teams have put their fans through hell, reached incredible heights, and been graced by some of sports’ greatest stars. And that’s only part of the story of Chicago sports. Divided during the summer and united for the rest of the year, the Chicago sports scene has a unique culture. The win-loss records can only say so much about the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and White Sox. Each team has a rich history filled with characters and settings a writer could only dream of creating. Perhaps more than any other city, Chicago is defined by what its teams do on the field, as some of the city’s athletes have become its greatest ambassadors. Chicago: America’s Best Sports Town tells of the stories of the athletes and beloved sports teams of this Midwestern metropolis. Yes, some losing is involved, but so is plenty of triumph and, most of all, passion.

 

Book Review: Scored

Scored tells the story of Matt and Kelsey.  Matt is a baseball player and is currently trying to decide if he should stay with his team – the Rangers – or if he should uproot himself and go to New York and play for the Yankees.  His best friend is his agent and is telling him that the money will be great in New York and that the Texas team may be stretching themselves thin trying to win him over. The chapters alternate between Matt’s point of view and Kelsey’s.  Kelsey is Matt’s agent’s wife’s best friend (yeah._) and she usually dates guys who play guitar and break her heart, not athletes. Matt’s friends are hesitant to fix him up with her because they aren’t sure how it will work out.  Matt ends up talking Kelsey into going out on a date with him to a concert.  He has already fallen hard for her, but she isn’t sure what to do and is very reserved about their relationship.  Meanwhile, Matt doesn’t tell Kelsey anything about the contract negotiations he is in the middle of and how he may move halfway across the country.  Kelsey ends up hearing about it on sports radio which obviously causes a major rift in their relationship.  Will Matt leave Kelsey and his home to go play for the Yankees? Or will he try to win Kelsey back and stay with the Rangers despite it being less money?

I really enjoyed this book and Matt and Kelsey’s sexcapades. I thought it was a lot better written romance novel than most others I have read – and then I realized the author is a male. Not sure if that’s why.. but definitely looking forward to checking out some more of Sloane Howell’s books in the future!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

He’s a player. But she’s about to score.

Opposites really do attract* as a sassy salesgirl turns a pro athlete’s life upside down in this supercharged standalone novel of seduction from the author of Bossed.

Kelsey: My mom would tell you I’m quite the catch, but since my last boyfriend, I haven’t been dating much. Maybe it’s my rocker style or my lack of filter that intimidates the boys. So I’m pleasantly surprised when Matt Stallworth waltzes into the indie record store where I work and gives as good he gets. Turns out Matt is a professional baseball player, which should mean he’s out of my league. But if he wants to hook up with me, he’s going to have to follow my rules.

Matt: After winning my MVP award, I learned that a guy can get used to having beautiful women practically throw themselves at you everywhere you turn. But everything changes the first time I see Kelsey Martin, and something just clicks. She’s hot, snarky, and whip-smart. I’ve got to see her again. Only problem is, she sees right through all my best moves. And I’m going to have to step up my game to convince Kelsey that I’m playing for keeps.

*And sexy times ensue—for mature audiences.

Book Review: Hand Lettering

Hand Letting is something that I am always wanting to improve on.  I am told that I have nice handwriting but for scrapbooking puroses being able to do fancy lettering is something that I always want to try.  I also love fonts so this book was perfect for me to look at with all of the different techniques for writing cool things as well as some info on fonts.  The book is a creative exploration of contemporary handwriting, typography and illustrated typeface.  Definitely a lot of fun to check out.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Add your own creative flourishes to any handwritten note, sign, or piece of art by using the techniques in Hand Lettering. This kit includes a 64-page project book with suggestions and examples of how you can put a little flair into any written word. How-to sections provide useful information on font selection, must-have supplies, and practice techniques. Get your creative gears spinning, and you’ll soon master your own unique style of lettering!

Book Review: Long Players

Long Players is a love story in 18 songs. This book was not at all what I was expecting it to be and in fact I didn’t quite finish it.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

A story of heartbreak, (ex)stepparenthood, and the limitless grace of pop songs

Have you ever fallen in love—exalting, wracking, hilarious love—with a song? Long Players is a book about that everyday kind of besottedness—and, also, about those other, more entangling sorts of love that songs can propel us into. We follow Peter Coviello through his happy marriage, his blindsiding divorce, and his fumbling post marital forays into sex and romance. Above all we travel with him as he calibrates, mix by mix and song by song, his place in the lives of two little girls, his suddenly ex-stepdaughters. In his grief, he considers what keeps us alive (sex, talk, dancing) and our many interwoven ways of falling in love: with books and bands and records, with friends, with lovers, with the families we make.

Book Review: Badass Babe Workbook

The Badass Babe Workbook includes creative exercises, drawing activities, empowering stories, and fuel for your personal revolution that have been inspired by over 100 trailblazing women.  The great thing about these workbooks is that you can go in any order.  From front to back or jump around to each activity that you most feel like doing that day.  In between activities there are quotes and information on other badass babes, so you always know that you are in good company!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Book Review: The Ocean City NJ Boardwalk

I love boardwalks and while I have not yet been to Ocean City, NJ – after reading this book I certainly want to check it out.  The book is mostly photos – which is perfect because then I don’t have to think and can just daydream about being there.  The boardwalk is 2.5 miles of summer.  I liked that this book covered the history of the boardwalk all the way to present day.  Definitely something to add to a potential vacation destination list!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

 

Book Review: The Baseball Fan Book

Everything You Need to Know to become a Hardball Know-It-All can be found in The Baseball Fan Book.  It can be debated that I already am a hardball know-it-all, but I had to check out this book just to be sure!  The book includes stats you should know, homeruns by players, games, etc.  I probably don’t know most of these stats off the top of my head, so maybe I don’t know as much as I think I do… 😉  There are also all sorts of obscure facts included like who was a switch pitcher? (Pat Venditte) – what player got 2 hits for 2 teams in 1 day in 2 cities? (Joel Youngblood)  There are skills that you need to obtain such as how to get an autograph to how to score a game.  And of course, my favorite section, HOTDOGS.  There’s a section on new players that might remind you of some old school players, tidbits on ALLLLLLL the teams in the majors, what “greats” would be on a team Mt Rushmore and of course, all the baseball lingo you need to know to be a true know-it-all!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the book

Everything You Need to Become a Hardball Know-It-All
The next book in the Fanbook series from Sports Illustrated KidsThe Baseball Fanbook has all the nerdy-cool insider knowledge that fans ready for next-level, in-depth stats need to know to impress their friends, family, coaches, and any season ticket holders they may meet. Tailor-made for baseball fanatics ages 8 and up who know the basics of the sport they love, may play it, and are looking to become super fans. Filled with fun trivia, unique lingo, and illustrated behind-the-skills how-to’s, chapters include Team Tidbits (salient baseball facts about every MLB team), Think Like A  Manager (essential strategies to understand), He Reminds Me Of (compares current players to legendary greats of America’s favorite pastime), and much more!