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#30daysofreading (June 5-10)

oh boy, I got behind on my posting . . . right. ok.

so, don’t think ill of me or anything, but I’ve read:


Weddings By Cowie, Colin — a celebrity wedding planner (he did Don Henley’s wedding, among others). Nice book for thinking large about the big day (henceforth known as ‘the day’, TD)
Real Weddings A Celebration of Personal Style By Kilbridge, Sally — so so book, nothing useful for me in it
Bridal Style By Davis, Nancy — ok. had a few pics I could scan and save for TD
Plan the Perfect Wedding on A Small Budget By Lluch, Elizabeth — pretty useful, full of relatively up to date contact info and websites
Intimate Weddings By Friedrichsen, Christina — nice idea, not for me
Whole Green Catalog 1,000 Best Things for You and the Earth — GREAT. Lots of info about the best products and resources.
P.A.C.E The 12-minute Fitness Revolution By Sears, Al — An interesting idea, based on a theory of oxygen deprivation and reduced lung capacity. Has you start with a minute of high exertion 9until you start to pant) then fully recover, repeat twice. Eventually you work up to several minutes of heavy exertion, then rest then repeated exertion. Some diet ideas, but nothing earth-shattering. The breathing is an adjunct to my SuperSlow workouts, so I’m contemplating trying it out.
Bridal Bargains Secrets to Throwing A Fantastic Wedding on A Realistic Budget By Fields, Denise — GREAT. Lots of info about the best products and resources. Good writing as well.
Prevention’s 3-2-1 Weight Loss Plan Eat your Favorite Foods to Cut Cravings, Improve Energy, and Lose Weight By Bauer, Joy — BORING. And not a plan that made sense or particularly called out to me.
Operation Beautiful Transforming Yourself One Post-it Note at A Time By Boyle, Caitlin — FANTASTIC. Read this book. Or at least skim it.
Wedding Feng Shui The Chinese Horoscopes Guide to Planning your Wedding By Lau, Laura — proved, once again, that Chinese horoscopes do NOT align with my birth chart.
Body by Design The Complete 12-week Plan to Transform your Body Forever By Gethin, Kris — meh. Not bad, not great. I didn’t have any take-aways from it.
Rinnavation Getting your Best Life Ever By Rinna, Lisa — the wife of Harry Hamlin (who’s autobiography Full Frontal Nudity is one of the best I’ve read in a number of years, btw) has produced a quirky, revelatory self-help book. It’s insightful, and I have nothing negative to say, except that one of her secrets seems to be a minimum of an hour of HARD exercise every single day, sometimes two hours. That’s nice if you are a) already in shape and b) have time.
Get It Together Organize your Records So your Family Won’t Have to By Cullen, Melanie — A MUST for everyone. It even includes a CD you can copy the planner from and fill it out that way, so you don’t need to buy the book.
The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax By Gilman, Dorothy — a fun fun FUN read. I recently discovered this series (this is the 2nd) about a charmingly intelligent older woman who decides to apply to the CIA to become a spy.
List Maker’s Get-healthy Guide: Top To-dos for An Even Better You! — GREAT. I’ve got it on my ‘to buy’ list now.
Beautiful Wedding Flowers: More than 300 Corsages, Bouquets, and Centerpieces By Wagner, Diane — lots of gorgeous photos and a wide variety of flowers make this a GREAT resource for the bride.
Catch your Dog Doing Something Right: How to Train Any Dog in Five Minutes A Day By Cantrell, Krista — another book now on my ‘to buy’ list.
Rich Bride Poor Bride: Your Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide By Buckley, Sean — based on a tv show (who knew?) I found this book to be basically useless.
The Revolutionary Fitness Plan for All Levels That Burns Fat, Builds Muscle, and Shreds Inches By Horton, Tony — The guy gets points for being funny in his prose (e.g. Your resting heart rate is between 60-90 bpm. Unless you are a blue whale [7 bpm] or a ferret [800 bpm] in which case — congratulations on learning to read!). I think that if you buy his theory of exercise and keeping fit, you’ll find this book useful. I’m too out of shape to do what he requires, and although I found his writing encouraging, it was too daunting. That said, I’m strongly considering getting the P90X as a workout to work up to.

I’m still reading Winds of Fate (#3 in the series I’ve been reading by Mercedes Lackey). It’s an old favorite.

Also on my pile, in various stages of being read are:
Handfasting and Wedding Rituals: Welcoming Hera’s Blessing By Kaldera, Raven — really great so far
The Complete Beck Diet for Life: Featuring the Think Thin Eating Plan : the 5-stage Program for Permanent Weight Loss By Beck, Judith S.
Bring It! — This is a VERY cognitive theory based diet. I’ve read the book before, and it appeals to my personality.
The Instinct Diet: Use your Five Food Instincts to Lose Weight and Keep It off By Roberts, Susan B.
Core Performance Women: Burn Fat and Build Lean Muscle By Verstegen, Mark

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