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    • Book Review: Being Tuesday People with Morrie (Tuesday's with Morrie by Mitch Albom)

      Title: Tuesdays with Morrie Author: Mitch Albom Get your copy here! What's it about? This, short book is a memoir of two friends who have found a way to touch each other's lives in the most profound and powerful of ways. We start on Mitch's college graduation day as he says good bye to his favorite professor turned friend and make his way into the "real" world. As time moves forward, Mitch finds himself living a life unlike what he had dreamt of, planned for or, even, wanted. Yes, he's found success, but at what cost? And then, one night, he learns that his somewhat eccentric professor from college that he had grown to love so much is in the mist of the fight of his life, a fight for survival that he is guaranteed to lose. In a somewhat sub-conscience attempt to become the person he once was and a desire to see his professor, who he had once lovingly called coach, one more time, he makes his way back to see Morrie one more time. As the fates would have it, Mitch and Morrie reinstated their sacred Tuesdays. Mitch would fly back to sit with his favorite professor once a week, as Morrie deteriorated from ALS and Morrie happily shed his wisdom upon anyone who would willing accept it. Favorites: Favorite Character: This time, answering this question is easy! Morrie! I loved him! He was wise and eccentric; quirky and affectionate. He had this phenomenal strength emotionally, mentally and physically. I felt like his light shone through the pages of this book in a way had not even begun to expect. Least Favorite Characters: I don't know that there was a character I didn't like. At first, I thought that the answer to this would be Mitch, but then I realized that's not really true. It's not true because I respect his self awareness and his desire and ability to change what he disliked about himself. He took what Morrie said to heart. I respect that. I like that. I understand that. So, the answer is...there isn't one. Favorite Part: There are a few moments that I enjoyed but my favorite may be (though I suspect that the answer may be different if you ask me again later) was when Ted Koppel came to interview Morrie and Morrie interviewed Ted. He didn't bow down or put up a show, he was just himself and made sure that Ted was the right man for the job. Favorite Quotes: This was another book that provided me with a lot of quotes so I'm going to have to take a moment to pick and choose which ones to use. Please forgive me if I don't choose your favorite, as this is really a hard task. "The problem, Mitch, is that we don't believe we are as much a like as we are. Whites and black. Catholics and Protestants, mean and women. If we saw each other as more alike, we might be very eager to join in one big human family in this world, and to care about that family the way we care about our own." (pg.156) The first thing that ran through my head when I read this, I thought, "Wow! This is so relevant to our world today! Just as much so, if not more then all those years ago when Morrie said this!" There was just something so profound to me in this but so much of how profound we found this as it is a belief I have always held dear to my heart, too! (And yes. It's reasons like this that made me fall in love with Morrie). (pg. 156) You have to find what's good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. Looking back makes you competitive. And, age is not a competitive issue. (pg. 120) I've always believed that the past is a part of who I am and that it's important. Sometimes I had a harder time letting them stay behind me then I do today but today, at this point in my life, I respect and value the past but I know it's just stepping stones for where I am now and where I'm going to go tomorrow. (pg. 120) I decided I'm going to live-or at least try to live- the way I want, with dignity, with courage, with humor, with composure. (pg. 21) Any other thoughts? I chose to review this book because I had heard people talking about this book. Most liked it, some didn't but I was intrigued. So, when it came through and I found it in my inventory, I knew it was one I had read and review. I expected something preachy and almost in your face. I expected something dark and heavy. What I didn't expect was this. I found a beautiful, humanistic story about a man filled with positivity and strength and love and a man who needed to find that in his life again. I thought there might be some good moments, but I didn't expect to find a book so filled with "moments" that I could no longer consider them moments, but the bulk of the book. I knew going into it that the chances of having a happy, uplifting ending was slim to none but that anticipation didn't cloud over the experience. I was pleasantly surprised. I found this book enlightening, inspiring and enjoyable. I flew through it! I read it in less then 24 hours but didn't feel like I had read almost 200 pages in the process. It was smooth even though there was some bouncing around. It was emotional int he best, real, way that comes with a illness so deadly and relentless. I didn't join Mitch on Tuesdays with this somber "He's going to die" but with an excitement because I loved seeing Morrie and getting to know him better. I knew that I'd laugh, I'd nod in agreement and be forced to think and about my own beliefs and life. This book isn't perfect and may not be right for those who do not enjoy some philosophical discussion, wise wisdom that may not at all feel as if relates to you but, as it sits and marinates, you know that some way, somehow it will. While some may see this story as being sad and slightly cold, I found it to be warm and a private little ray of sunshine that, while not just for me but for everyone who reads this book, felt like it was just for me in that moment. Now, sitting here, about 24 hours from when I completed this book, I feel like this book helped me become a better person in some way that I can't see yet or identify but something, on a microscopic level has been changed. What did I rate this book? I give this book a 4 out of 5 nights out dancing

    • Book Review: Living your Dreams with Chicken Soup

      Title: Chicken Soup for the Soul Living Your Dreams Author: Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen Get your copy here! What's it about? Everyone knows the phenomenon that is Chicken Soup for the Soul, but this may not be quite what you expect...or at least it wasn't what I expected. We start off with, what I would describe as a mini self-help book! Yes. You heard that! Mr. Canfield and Mr. Hansen take us through their top ten tips to finding success, tips that anyone can follow to reach their dreams in any sect of their lives. After that, we dive into the Chicken Soup for the Soul format that we know well. We are taken through a number of stories, told from distinctive voices drawn together from a long line of Chicken Soup books, each sharing an experience in which their dreams came true as they, in some way, followed one of the steps laid out for us in the first part of the book. Favorites: Stories: I'm going to take a path that may be considered a cop out. I don't have a favorite story. I know...that sounds like I'm just avoiding work, but the truth is, I've been thinking about this since I finished the last story and...I can't pick one. They've been battling for first place in my mind. The truth is, there were so many that just resignated with me! I felt like every time I thought I found a favorite, I would read another story and think, "Nope! This is my favorite!" Least favorite Stories: I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I don't think there was a least favorite. At worst, there were stories that I was like, "Okay. That wasn't my favorite but I liked it." And, to be honest, I'm not even sure I could tell you which ones those were right now, either! Favorite Quotes: Before I go through this list, I have another confession for you. I literally had more then five pages of quotes and/or notes that I took from this book as I read it. So, needless to say, I have a longer list then will reasonably fit in this review so I'm just going to choose a few...but it will be hard! "What it takes is the courage to follow those whispers of wisdom that guide us from inside. When I listen to that, I expect nothing less than a miracle." - Marilyn Johnson Kondwani (pg. 229) I think why I loved this so much, was because I'm a huge believer in instinct. I've gotten to the point where I will truly just look at my husband and say something like, " jI will fight for this. This is the right thing to do. I can't tell you why, but I know that I feel it and it's what we need to do right now." "Things are a lot easier when people know you're human." -Gerald Moore (pg. 312) This was part of a conversation between a mother and son in the book and it almost brought me to tears. There is something so powerful about being able to admit that you are only human, but there is a freedom that comes from those around you realizing that you are just human and you have limitations. It was a reminder that I think we all need sometimes. "Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change." Credited to Ms. Rose Written by Dan Clark This was a quote that I had to reread a number of times. I just couldn't figure out how to interpret this at first. Then, I saw beauty in it. We will get older. Our lives will continue to go forward second to second, minute to minute, year to year. What matters is what we do with it. What matters is the success and lessons we learn from the journey to get there. Any other thoughts? This was a surprise to me. I started off expected to be buried in inspirational stories, one after another. Instead, what I found was an inspirational seminar followed by those who have lived it sharing pieces of their stories. These are people following their dreams to be rich, to own their own successful businesses, to graduate and to build a family. This isn't a "You should want these things. You should kill yourself to get them." This is a recognition that we all have our own dreams. Some are bigger then others. Some are different then expected, but we have our dreams. We also have our own lives and stories and those also feed into who we are, how we dream and the path to guide us to achieving those dreams. Truthfully, this may be my absolute favorite Chicken Soup book I've read so far (and I've read a number of them). I was inspired. I was moved. I was empowered. As cheesy as it sounds, it awakened something in my that just made me want to move forward to achieve my goals and reach my dreams. With all of that being said, I don't know that this is a book I see myself going back to again and again to re-read, but it did leave an impression on me and it has found it's way to the top of my "Top 10 Favorite Chicken Soup for The Soul Books". What do I rate this book? I rate this a 4 Out of 5 Happy Tears But that's just what I thought, what did you think? What was your favorite story? Was there one you didn't like? Did you not enjoy the change in format for this Chicken Soup book?

    • Book Review: Truly Madly Manhattan by Nora Roberts

      Title: Truly Madly Manhattan Author: Nora Roberts Get your copy here! What's it about? Truly Madly Manhattan is a double feature. The first story (Local Hero) centers around Mitch, a comic book creator who and the single mother (Hester) and little boy (Rad) who move upstairs in the apartment building Mitch lives in. Hester is organized, independent and determined. Her one priority is being Rad's mother. Of course, her life is headed for a new turn when Rad falls in love with the downstairs neighbor, Mitch who is spontaneous, messy and fun. Now the two are left to decipher how they feel about one another, how to protect Rad in the storm brewing within them as the two adults come to get to know one another and grow closer. The second story, Duel Image, Ariel finds herself at a major turning point in her life. She's a beloved character on the Soap Opera she stars in and just landed a challenging role she really wanted, all while her personal life is largely ruled by a huge secret. Romance could only complicate things, right? But sometimes, complicating life is the most rewarding thing one can do. Now, Ariel just needs to decide if the new man in her life, hurt and broken from his last relationship, reserved and emotionally unavailable is the choice that will lead to her happiness, or if it's the one that will be her downfall. Favorites: Favorite Story: My favorite of the two stories was by far Local Hero. While the characters weren't perfect (really, I have some gripes with Mitch) I found the single mom relatable and Mitch reminded me of my husband a little. It was a sweet story that I related to. Favorite Parts: My favorite part in Local Hero was the end. There may have been tears. My favorite part in Duel Image was when Ariel showed her strength to Booth. I loved when she told him where to go and refused to let him demean her or chip away at her dignity. Favorite Character: While some, including me, may have expected me to favor Hester in Local Hero, I really liked Mitch best. He was fun and sweet and a great male influence in Rad's life. However, I did dislike his fast moving, strong emotions. It almost felt like it was too fast and too intense for the time frame in which it happened. It actually left me distrusting him for the better part of the story. My favorite character in Duel Image may just be Charlie. While I like Ariel, Charlie felt like a stable, intelligent and reasonable person who didn't have an issue with making Ariel question her choices and the way she lived her life. While I liked Ariel, I didn't love her (though I can't tell you why I felt that way because I, myself, does not know). Favorite Quotes: From Local Hero: "I'm sorry I'm late." Kay smiled and didn't look the least bit sorry. "Everything takes longer then you think it does on Monday. Even if I pretend it's Tuesday It doesn't seem to help. I don't know why. Would you like some coffee?" (pg. 32) Honestly, the first time I read this, while I was amused by this line, I didn't plan on including this as one of my favorite quotes, but as time went on, I just couldn't stop thinking that I really do like this quote. It's fun. It's silly and it's a really entertaining way to describe Mondays. "Love doesn't change overnight." he corrected. "It can be killed or it can be nurtured. That's up to the people involved." (pg. 177) There was something about the truth of this line that spoke to me. We often speak of love as if we have no control over it, like it's its own entity but this line reminds us that we have a choice. We can nurture it or we can fight it. We can embrace it or we can sabotage it. We may not be able to control what we feel, but we can control how we react to it. Other Thoughts: The thing that shocked me the most was that there was no supernatural aspects to it. The other Nora Roberts books I've read had magic or something in it. While I was a little disappointed, I found that I still enjoyed the book! The stories were fun and sweet. While sex was involved, it wasn't graphic and overwhelming and, for those who want to skip those parts, they were totally skiapable. What do I rank this? I give this book a 6 Out of 10 dates But, that's just me! You may have loved the book! What did you think about it? Did you love it? Did you prefer the second story over the first? Let us know in the comments.

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      2019 ESTB P.G.'s Storybook Emporium An Emporium of wonders to celebrate the mystical stories we all love! Hello and welcome to P.G's Storybook Emporium where stories are celebrated! We thank you for visiting us and would like to invite you to start your journey with us by joining our email club! By joining, you'll have access to exclusive deals,sneak peeks, inside info! We'll even celebrate you signing up with an special deal delivered right to your email! But of course once you do that, you'll have to check out all of the literary treasures and trinkets we have stocked just for you!When you find something you love, you'll want to act fast as we only have one of most items and would hate to see you miss out ! So enjoy your visit, and we'll see you again soon! Join our email club! About Me Paula Granell, owner of P.G's storybook Emporium, avid reader and lover of stories Hello! May name is Paula! I'm a wife and a mother of three. Growing up, I didn't always fit in and academics were hard for me. I struggled so much that I couldn't read until I was in 5th grade! But, thanks to a devoted teacher, the right book was introduced to me and I discovered a deep love for reading and further appreciation for stories. As I grew up and became a mother, the need to provide a vast, and eclectic family library for not just myself, but my children to explore, experience and bond over became incredibly important. As I struggled to help provide for my family, while still providing a quality library of our own, I began to further appreciate the skill it takes to create a meaningful, personal, quality collection of books we can be proud of and reflects who we are as well as our individual tastes without breaking the bank. This appreciation served as the spark of inspiration and motivation to stop dreaming and start doing! Thus, the Emporium was birthed and has become a place of constant celebration of stories; a place where those who share my passion is welcome, accepted and can find happiness. A place where stories go to be remembered and those lost can be found again. And a place that allows everyone to constantly expand their collections without the guilt. Here, every one has a story and every story matters. Our Purpose I strive to help families who struggle with providing a quality family library without breaking the bank by sharing a wide variety of valuable literary options at a comparable, affordable cost. Our Mission Statement To share a love of reading and stories with those of all ages, building imagination and inspiration for a positive world through a shared love of stories spanning across all genres, all people as well as all media types and in an environment in which everyone can celebrate stories through community and shopping guilt free via items telling stories and celebrating stories at an affordable cost. Special Request?Contact Us! Send Success! Message received. Check Out Our Blog! ! It's all just a click away! Read book reviews, movie reviews and even video game reviews, try new recipes,get tips and fun ideas and find out what I'm really thinking Read Now Specials and Promotions Read our Blog Like us on Facebook Find us on Twitter Get the FAQ Find us on Pinterest Find us on Instagram

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