Kris Jenner and All Things Kardashians

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Family, Love and Fame are the 3 words that come to my mind after reading “Kris Jenner and All Things Kardashian.” A story of how one women born and raised in San Diego California came to be one of the worlds famous momager.

This book takes you through Kris Jenner’s life from growing up in a loving household, to finding love with a well-respected lawyer at a young age and starting a family. Kris Jenner is candid about her feelings in her first marriage. Which ultimately led to divorce. To finding love again with an Olympic legion and completing her family. She really opens up and goes into great detail about the hurt caused and love and faith that helped her family get through the toughest of times. From the trial of the century to the decision of starting a reality television show and the stardom that followed and everything in between.

To be honest I thought I knew everything about Kris Jenner. I mean her life is on camera. However, I learned about her childhood and the mother-daughter relationship she had her mom that inspired her to have the same relationship with her own children. By reading this book, I have developed a newfound respected for Kris Jenner. A women who devotes her life to loving and supporting her children in the best way she knows how.

Children of Blood and Bone

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Good versus evil, Love verses hate are the themes of The Children of Blood and Bone. A magical thriller full of desire of hope, love and revenge. A book that will have you at the edge of your seat the entire ride.

This story follows a young villager Zelie and her older brother and a princess as they set out to bring magic back to their home and take back their precious land. After their ruthless leader had taken away so many years ago. Along the way they are faced with many obstacles. Obstacles that lead to flashbacks and history lessons from their ancestors the gods. As the king’s sons tries to prevent them from fulfilling their mission and prevent the magic from making a return. Even as the Prince himself hides a deadly secret. Will they gather everything needed for their mission to be successful? What will happen when they come face to face with their enemy? What will the future hold for their beloved home?Tomi Adeyemi does not disappoint! Between the battles of bloodshed, the bonds of family and the unexpected bonds that are formed along the way. This thriller is one action backed magical journey, that will leave you wanting more!

Valentine

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Fear, division, race, and compassion are the words that I think of after reading “Valentine” written by Elizabeth Wetmore. A story of a town dealing with the aftermath of a heinous crime that took place on the evening of Valentine’s day.

Valentine is set in the mid 1970’s in Odessa Texas and chronicles the events that occur after a rape of a young girl takes place at the hands of a popular teenage boy in town. When a young mother that found the girl is set to testified at the trial what will happen? Will the young girl’s story be heard and taken seriously? Will justice be served? What is the leading impact this crime will have on a town like Odessa?

Valentine is a compelling story of how in the 1970’s a crime of this magnitude plays out. The fear that a crime like this leaves on the young women and especially the young mothers in town. The division of race and class that ripples through a town. Whether it is a he said, she said situation, or the real truth of events gets to be told. Lastly, the compassion that is felt between the women in the neighborhoods and how they all come together for each other in the most desperate of times.

I recommend this story to any reader who has an interest in knowing the 1970s perspective of the southern way of life.

The Reckless Oath We Made

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Loyalty, Love and family are 3 words that come to my mind after reading “The Reckless Oath We Made” A story of Zhorzha or Zee, a young women at the lowest point in her life as she struggles with the recent disappearance of her beloved sister. When a Knight Sir Gentry that has been following her for the past two years shows up and rescues her.

This books takes you along as Zee and her Champion Sir Gentry embark on the journey of finding her sister. Between the loyalty that Sir Gentry shows Zee throughout the book, to the love that the two of them develop and the family unit Zee tries to maintain for her nephew. This book is a captivating whirlwind of emotions.

I believe the loyalty that Sir Gentry has towards Zee show his true character. The love that blossoms between these two teaches us to except each other for our strengths and weaknesses. Also just like myself, maintaining a healthy family dynamic is important for both Zee and Sir Gentry

“The Reckless Oath We Made” is romantic, medieval thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat. It is full of twists and turns that will surely not disappoint. As Zee and Sir Gentry sent out to find the LeReigne the truth will be told. From what exactly occurred the night of the prison escape. To truth behind the two sister’s past will be revealed.

 

 

 

 

From The Ground Up

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  Inspiring, Dedication and Passion are just 3 words that I think of after reading “From the Ground Up” By Howard Schultz. The story of Howard Schultz the former CEO and Chairman at Starbucks who took a business trip to Italy and came back to build on one the most well-known coffee shops in the world Starbucks.

Inspired by how much Starbucks has done in not just in this country but throughout the world. Through the Starbucks Foundation, Howard Schultz and his team at Starbucks have been able to create several programs to help out the communities they serve such as: reach out to the youth with setting goals of hiring the underprivileged youth. Create Jobs USA is intuitive that sets up job fairs around the country with a goal of setting up the youth with tools needed to land a successful job.

I am also inspired by the dedication that Howard had with creating a benefit that  have allowed full-time and part-time employees to received health insurance. As well offering employees the ability to further their education. By partnering up with Arizona State University and paying their employees tuition with no mandate of staying with the company afterwards. Even many have and have been able to grow throughout the company. This ensures a level of trust and loyalty between Starbucks and their employees.

His dedication in other areas such as veterans’ affairs, refugees, and race will inspire people to look more closely at the problems this country and world still faces. Yes, Starbucks and Howard Schultz have made mistakes, some public and others not so public but he will be the first one to admit them and take responsibility for them. He admits that he is not perfect and his is always looking for ways of learning. He reminds us all that given the right tools and a passion for something anything is possible.

This quote below is what embodies our wonderful country. Not the hate and division that has filled the current state of America. I hope that one day our leaders will come together again and continue to spread this beautiful message. It is especially important during times like these that we need to come together and support one another. There is no other way to get through such terrible times.

This message is talking about the refuges fleeing their war-torn countries and coming to America for their American Dream.

“They come for an idea. An idea so powerful, so inherent to humanity, that it transcends time and geographic boarders: the idea that all people are created equal and have the right to live, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  ~ From the Ground Up, Pg. 297

 

Firefly Lane

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Joy, love betrayal and heartbreak are just a few of the emotions felt throughout the story of “Firefly” by Kristin Hannah.

This story follows the unexpected friendship of Kate Mularkey and Tully Hart as their paths first crossed as neighbors on that little old country road to adulthood and every up and down struggle in between.

Firefly Lane highlights the importance of remaining true to not just your friends and family but remaining true to yourself first. Kate Mularkey struggled with is throughout this story as she grows up in the shadows of her best friends dream of becoming a TV reporter.

Once the truth comes out and Kate finds her one true passion in motherhood. The friendships begin to change. When Kate’s daughter Marah becomes an unbearable teenager and chooses to follow and listen Tully instead of her own mother. The jealousy grows and turns into depression for Kate. When Tully tries to bring Kate and Marah back to together is what is truthy the turning point in their 30-year long friendship.

Now will happen to the unbreakable bond of what was TullyandKate? What will happen to the mother and daughter relationship of Marah and Kate? Will these two girls from Firefly Lane keep their promise of remaining best friends forever?

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

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“Harry Potter and The Order Of the Phoenix” ~ J.K Rowling – Harry Potter was faced with another life or death situation as the Dark Lord makes his inevitable return in this action-packed 5th installment.

In the 5th installment of the Harry Potter series, the group called The Order of The Phoenix established to follow and capture The Dark Lord once and for all. After his epic return to power at the end of the 4th novel.

Throughout this chapter of the Harry Potter series, Harry faces many different obstacles related to the Dark Lords’ return. Everything from the searing pain that was coming from his scar to nightmares of real-life attacks of loved ones, even an attack from the dementors that lead to Harry’s expulsion from Hogwarts for a short time. There is also a teacher that the Ministry of Magic hires at Hogwarts to spy on Professor Dumbledore and the rest of the school.

What do all of these scary events have to do with the return of the Dark Lord himself? What happens when the Ministry of Magic hires a teacher at Hogwarts in which no one not even the teachers, gets along? Will the Dark Lord ever get captured?

You will have to read to find all this out and more in The Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. You will not be disappointed!

A Little Me

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“Amy Roloff A Little Me” ~ Amy Roloff is an inspiring Auto-biography that reminds us that God doesn’t make mistakes and that our differences make us unique. It is undoubtedly a book that will leave an impact on your life.

This book follows the life of Amy Roloff as she tries to navigate life as a little person with dwarfism in an ordinary world. It goes from her elementary school days to the day she starts the second chapter in her life after her divorce and everything in between.

Growing up for Amy wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies; she suffered from bullying and depression all through her grade school time, and it continued going through her college years. It was with help from her close family and friends that she was able to approve on her self esteem and got through the rough times.

Her father had a saying of “God doesn’t make mistakes.” A saying that I loved and was inspired by myself. It is about excepting that everything happens for a reason and that everyone has a purpose on this planet no matter what they might look like or who they are. That saying helped Amy through her toughest of times.

This book was a great inspiration to me. I was born with a condition called Noonan Syndrome and one of the symptoms is short stature. I stand at a tall 4’3” I have a sense of humor about my height and will make jokes about it. I mean, I can’t change it and so I mine as well make the most of it and have a bright lookout on things.

I began watching Amy on her family reality show “Little People Big World” on TLC in elementary school, and it gave me a whole new outlook on life. It inspired me to get my driver’s license and dream about starting my own business one day. I realized that I could do anything I wanted to do just in my own way.

I would recommend this book for anyone that is having a rough time and need some inspiration.

 

 

Things You Save in a Fire

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“Things You Save in a Fire” ~ by Katherine Center is a story of love, heartbreak, feminism, and forgiveness. That will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end!

This story begins with Cassie Hanwell, a well-known and respected female firefighter in Austin, Texas, receiving an award for her heroics. When the scheduled announcer couldn’t make it, it was the replacement (a guy from her past Heath Thompson) that brings back memories of her sixtieth birthday. One that she would never assume talks or think about ever again. It was her reaction to the twist and an unexpected call from her estranged mother that changed her life forever.

We follow Cassie as she moves across the country to Boston, Massachusetts, and made to work her butt off to receive the respect she had back in Austin. All the while, she is helping out her almost blind mother and the real truth behind her mother’s health and tries to work on forgiving her mother for all the passed pain her mother caused her. It is while she is there she unexpectedly falls for the other newbie, rookie Owen.

After a tragic event takes place the rookie becomes injured, the truth comes out about their relationship. How will the rest of the firehouse receive the news? Will their relationship last? Will the rookie make it? Will Cassie and her mother ever fix their damaged relationship?

The book plays with your emotions from start to finish! It will be one that you will not forget for a very long time! It will make you consider forgiving those people in your lives that you have differences with before it is too late!

Water for Elephants

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“Water for Elephants,” written by Sara Gruen, is a fantastic whirlwind novel about the up and downs and the toll that the circus life can have on the circus people’s lives.

   This novel takes the reader on the journey of a young man by the name of Jacob Jankowski and after the jumping of a train, results in a decision that ultimately changes his life forever. Once on the train, he quickly becomes the circus by telling the ringmaster that he is a Cornell Graduate from Veterinary School. He goes on to help train the recent circus purchase of an elephant named Rosie. Jacob also finds unexpected love with the ringmaster’s wife, Marlena. This causes trouble for Jacob and the young lady over time.

In the other half of the book, it shows where Jacob is now at the age of 85 in a nursing home and quickly declining. Even though at times, he may not know whether he is talking out loud and not remember who his favorite nurse, Rosemary’s name is or even his children at times. He still remembers his love for the circus and the incredible life he was able to form from his experience on that train.

It follows the story of the “Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth” and the ultimate demise of the show as well.  From the pressures of putting on the “Most Spectacular Show on Earth” during the Great Depression period in America to the greatest joys and greatest heartbreaks and everything in between.

The book will have you on an emotional rollercoaster at times. A book that with leaves, you want more. A novel full of love, heartbreak and animals. What more would you want?