Blog Posts by ahenkels

Posted by ahenkels on 03/06/17
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Two by Two is the latest novel by Nicholas Sparks and to me, it did not disappoint. I’ve been a fan of the author since I was in middle school, when I first read A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.  When I picked up Two by Two, I expected something just like Sparks’ other novels, but this one was different for me.

The story is about Russell Greene, a 32 year old marketing executive who thinks he has it all. A beautiful wife and daughter and a great job. This is the story of how it all falls apart for Russ and how he pulls everything together. There is a little bit of everything in this story: love, second chances, betrayal, family values, and successes. It did take me a bit of time to get into the story, but once I was hooked, it was totally worth it. By the time I was halfway through the story, I could not put the book down. 

The next time you want to grab a book that will touch you in an unexpected way, check out Two by Two. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by ahenkels on 01/20/17
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As a fan of the Mortal Instruments series, I was excited to hear that Cassandra Clare would write another series in the Shadow Hunter World. The Dark Artifices series begins with Lady Midnight and Clare does not disappoint.

The story follows Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn family. After Emma’s parents are brutally murdered, the Blackthorns adopt her.  She trains to be a shadowhunter alongside her parabati, Julian. When murders are happening throughout LA the same way her parents were murdered, it is up to Emma and Julian to solve the mystery. If they are able to solve this, then they will be able to have Julian’s older brother, Mark, return home after being captured by Faeries.

The Shadowhunter world is fascinating to me. There are vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and other supernatural beings and it is up to the Shadowhunters (humans with some angel blood) to protect humans from the supernatural world. Clare brings back characters from other series of the shadowhunter world and ties all the stories together. This book is a must read if you are a fan of Clare’s other books.
Posted by ahenkels on 11/07/16
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When I heard that the co-creator of Whole 30 wrote a new book, I was curious about it. Whole 30 to me screams “diet! Can’t do this!” and a book from someone who created this writing about freedom from food was too irresistible to pass up. Whole 30, in case you are unfamiliar, is a 30 day “reset” (to use the terms of the author) where you avoid grains, dairy, alcohol, beans and soy. There is a lot more details and it’s tough. I only lasted 10 days when I tried it a year ago.

This book, however, is so much more than Whole 30. In Food Freedom Forever, author Melissa Hartwig shares her own journey to freedom from dieting and how to have a healthy relationship with food. It all starts with a “reset”, where you restrict your food for a short term and then slowly reintroduce foods to see how your body reacts. Hartwig also goes into details on how to complete your “resets” and also gives reasons and advice for going through this process.

It’s definitely an interesting read if you enjoy reading about foods and how to have better habits around food. It’s a great read if you are going through a diet for whatever reason and want some advice on how to talk to people and deal with stressful situations around food. 
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