Life Is Good

Life Is Good

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BEA Book #4

I picked up this book at BEA and got the author's autograph. This is a very sweet story and a story that you're never too old for changes. I enjoyed the metamorphosis of the bristly old English major. Thoroughly enjoyable read.


To all my former UVU students, Sunday School and YW students, people I worked with on 7Habits Teens and 6 Decisions:

I'm working on a new book project at FC. I need stories of how you were proactive in high school or college. Send me your stories (short: 1-3 paragraphs) and you'll have a chance to have it published in our 7Habits for College Students textbook--and we'll include your name if you like.

You can send the stories to my email ( or post them in the comment line here.

Just for submitting a story we'll send you a thank you gift!

Monday, June 14, 2010


This is a YA thriller novel. It was mildly entertaining and an easy read. I really like the premise of the book but I felt that it moved too slowly and the "unexpected twist" at the end was not all that unexpected and I felt unsatisfied at the end of this book.

Daysa and I discussed it after she finished it and she said she felt the same way. We've now loaned it to Metta. We'll see what she thinks.

I must say though that I like that this book's message is that there are consequences for going over your limit. That's a message that lots of parents should hear (if it's not too late already!).

Monday, June 07, 2010

ARC #2

 The American Painter Emma Dial: A Novel by Samantha Peale

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Just didn't love it. I can't (and don't want to) relate to Emma. But I do want to broaden my horizons and understand or see how others live and work and so I finished the book.

I can relate to doing what you're passionate about but I don't understand a life dedicated solely to pursuing only one vision to the exclusion of family and security--but that's what makes an artist an artist and I'm not an artist. I'm a regular people--one of the regular people that make the world go round while artists inspire and help us see the world differently.

I don't think I'll be a fan on the HBO series in consideration.

I'm giving the book away. The first one to respond can have it.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

First Finished ARC from BEA

Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book will be released in August 2010. It's an ARC I picked up at BEA and I promised that I would write a review.

Gail's style of writing invites you in to her inner circle and wraps you in a visual and sensual cocoon. From the title to the end I was emotionally and visually tied to these best friends. This book passes my acid test.

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