Review | The Big Bucket List Book by Gin Sander

The Big Bucket List Book: 133 Experiences of a Lifetime

Title: The Big Bucket List Book: 133 Experiences of a Lifetime
Author: Gin Sander
Genre: Non Fiction, Self help
Publisher: SourceBooks

Publishing date: 1st January, 2016
Pages: 302

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Everyone has an extensive, daunting bucket list of things to complete “before you die.” But it’s time to stop listing and start living. The Big Bucket List Book will change the way you look at the world and empower you to reach for all of the big and little things you want to achieve. Gin Sander offers 133 fresh ideas for infusing your life with a bit of glamour, adventure and style—whatever your budget. Learn to make your next chapter the most enriching and personally fulfilling of them all…and maybe change the world while you’re at it!


My Take:

Everyone has an extensive, daunting bucket list of things to complete “before you die.” But it’s time to stop listing and start living.

True, we all have bucket lists. If you don’t then you are doing life wrong. 😛

Screenshot_2016-11-06-13-37-07-1This is exactly what I believe in and reading books that puts your thoughts into words is just wonderful. ❤

 

Screenshot_2017-06-12-17-23-38-1It’s not enough to just have a list. You made a list, now what? It is important to pursue those goals, to do everything in your power to achieve them.

 

This book does not tell you to live life king size, it tells you to enjoy each and every thing. It’s more about enjoying than going big. There is a wide range of activities in this book. Many of them are not something that I am interested in, few are local to US, and few are somethings that are already on my bucket list. Most of them aren’t going to interest a lot of people. So, the list is kind of hit or miss.

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More than the list, I liked this book for the message because doing various things, trying out different stuff makes our life meaningful and fun. This book is designed to get you engaged in your life so that you fully experience it on all levels.

Screenshot_2016-11-06-13-37-50-2This is something that has always fascinated me. More than visiting a place, I would love to be a part of it. How fun would it be to go about my day in a foreign country. ❤

It is good read and will motivate you to work towards your own bucket list, might as well give you some ideas. 😉
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Why would I pick it up?

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To increase the list of my bucket list, for some inspiration and motivation. 😛 😛

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Blog Tour | Book Review | Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Better in the Morning” by Fern Ronay , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we?:)


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Title: Better in the Morning
Author: Fern Ronay
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Publishing date: 26th April, 2016
Pages: 280

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer.And when he tells her he has big news, she’s certain he’ll pop the question. But instead of
proposing, John informs her that he’s moving to London.

Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman.

Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.


My Take:

I had mixed feelings in the middle of the book but other than that this was a very enjoyable book for me. 😉

When I started this book, I couldn’t keep this drama-packed story down. As the book reached the middle I started doubting the potential of the book because of the story going nowhere and giving no exact hints to what the book was exactly about. It kind of felt that the story was dragging with no exact goals. Veronica kept on messing up things back to back. I actually put it down, read another book and picked this back up. Good decision, I must say. 😀

She was kind of pathetic in the start.

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I like, how her character development takes place through and through. 🙂

I am glad that I took a break instead of reading it in one sitting. Because when I came back to this book it did not disappoint me at all. It was like meeting a friend after a long time and realizing that you missed them more than you thought.

The message this book puts across is about happiness, about finding your true calling, and about working for it. I love fictions with such positive messages. 😀 You know what would have been bold for this book, bold and unconventional, if Syd didn’t realize he couldn’t stay without Veronica and he loved her and she moved on with her life. I guess, women’s fiction needs to always have some or the other cliche. I am not complaining, no!

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By the time I reached the end of the book, I kind of felt that this was going to have that bomb unconventional ending that leaves the readers gaping because of how unfocused that part of her life was. It was a simple mention like, it’s been a month since she last talked to him. Nothing too filled with emotions to make me think that he was important at that point in the book. But we all need a happy ending, so the author gives you that. 😉

This book would’ve been something else if only Veronica spoke her mind. I swear, I would’ve loved her for saying the things she thought. 😀 Here are some examples-

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Now, this start of the explanation that Veronica’s grandpa gives her for them giving her signs without knowing the future kind of made me scratch my head. Like, you can’t see the future but six months ago you knew that Veronica would be here and she would need to see your sign. How exactly does that work?

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I loved this line…

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…and this was just ❤ A perfect way to sum up the plotline and the title accuracy. ❤

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All in all, this was a good book, that kept challenging how I felt about the book. It’s a good read on how a person develops and learns from their mistakes and wrong decisions and moves forward. No matter what, the future is always bright for those who learn to trust it’s ability to make everything alright. 😀 😉


Why would I pick it up?

For the drama and the lessons and ofcourse, for Hurricane Veronica! 😛 😛


Author’s Bio:

Fern Ronay was born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey. She is a lawyer and CPA as well as a writer, reporter, and blogger. After six years in Manhattan and six years in Chicago, she now lives in sunny Los Angeles with her husband.

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In addition to writing novels, Fern authors the blog Stop and Blog the Roses and is a co-host on AfterBuzzTV. When she is not writing, reporting, or blogging, Fern can be found eating something, reading something, or running.

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Book 2 | August Bingo Book-a-thon!

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IMG_20150728_144203Let me grab my mug first, please. Okay so let’s follow my ritual… cover the mug with one hand… shake the mug violently… throw the chits on the floor… close the eyes… breathe… feel the chits… pick one up… unfold it… open your eyes and read after letting out the breath that you have been holding of course!

 

The second book I got is… drumrolls please… Deception point by Dan Brown. 😀  

 I haven’t read a Dan Brown yet so this book made it on my list and I actually wasn’t hoping for it but if not for this I wouldn’t have probably picked it up even by the end of the year. (I sometimes possess the quality of shamelessness. 😛 I should have read it, list or no list, right? )

Let me cross out the block first. 😛

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There, done! 😀 😉

To my dismay, I didn’t read after completing The Little Prince on August 1st and then yesterday, august 2nd was also not utilized completely, I ended up reading only 100 pages. :/ But that’s okay, this is my 2nd book for this month and the month has just started so I won’t be hard on myself. 😛 😀

What are you guys reading and has any of you participated in this book-a-thon? 

 

 

 

Book 1 | August Bingo Book-a-thon!

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Time to reveal the first book I got for reading this month. As you all know I am participating in my first Book-a-thon (if you don’t, then click here 🙂 ) I was pretty much excited because I love surprises and this was surely going to be a pleasant one. ❤

IMG_20150728_143800Some of the books in this chart are the one’s that I wanted to read and some are the one’s that I
have been pushing back in my TBR pile. I got the first book from the latter.

But whatever, if they are on my TBR pile I have to read it someday so why not now?

Can you guess what I got? That’s ridiculous, you obviously can’t. 😛 (Don’t worry, I couldn’t either. 😉 )

 

IMG_20150728_144203First things first, I grabbed my mug and my tablet, to obviously click a picture. (Though the mug’s picture is from my yesterday’s post. 😛 )

After throwing the chits on the floor (for some dramatic effect 😛 ) I closed my eyes and picked a chit.

I didn’t even realize that I was holding my breath until I unfolded the chit.

 

And I got… drum rolls please… The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  

 

I know, I know, it’s Children’s literature and I should have read it way back but I didn’t. Don’t kill me please. 😛 Anyways after those hectic 5 last reading days of July (you might know what I am talking about if you read my posts) this was just what I needed, a light and easy read. I sailed through it. I gave it 5/5 stars because why not? It is a literally good book. ❤

 I sailed through it. I gave it 5/5 stars because why not?
It is a literally good book. ❤  

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I crossed out the number 14 block and felt damn good! 😀 No exact reason for me behaving like a 5 year old. Maybe I will be able to answer it in my birthday post. Yes, this is my birthday month and I am planning on doing a pouring-the-heart-out post. Stay tuned for it! 😉

After finishing the book, I decided that I should see what my next book is, it didn’t turn out what I was hoping for but hell, that’s the fun, right?

I started reading it but then decided that I should officially call it a day and just laze around internet watching my latest obsession of cake decorating videos because why not? I deserve a break after giving up sleep and food to complete my reading goal and I didn’t exactly have any goals for this month. 😀

You will get to know what book I got next tomorrow. Watch out. 🙂 😀

July Wrap-Up 2015!

AHH! FINALLY! WHAT A RELIEF! 

The month will be over till the time I finish writing this post. It’s 10 minutes to 12 and I thought I should stop reading and record of this month’s reading experience. All in all it was a great month. I planned on reading 15 books this month despite this month being utterly unpredictable. You can check the books I planned to read here.

Although I didn’t finish the books I decided to, I read 14.5 books out of 15. Yes, you read it right. I failed with just half a book left but I read 3 books apart from the list. So that makes the total books read in this month to be 17.5! ❤ 2 and a half books more than I planned but I still regret not completing that half book while rejoicing the fact that I did well for the unorganized mess that I am. 😛 Although my sleeping and eating schedule is badly tampered by my reading I have no regrets. 😉 If I would have been more thoughtful I would have completed that half book too but it’s okay. I had fun, that’s what’s more important, isn’t it? 😀 😀

Here are the books I read in July-

  1. Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L.James. 2/5 ☆Screenshot_2015-08-01-00-47-37-1
  2. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L.James. 2/5 ☆
  3. Corner Of Paradise by Leonard Holton. 3/5 ☆
  4. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L.James. 3/5  ☆
  5. Confessions from the pumpkin patch by Karlyle Tomms. 3/5 ☆
  6. A Bend In the Road by Nicholas Sparks. 5/5 ☆
  7. The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks. 5/5 ☆
  8. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. 4/5 ☆
  9. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. 5/5 
  10. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks. 5/5 ☆
  11. If Tommorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon. 5/5 ☆
  12. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. 2/5 ☆
  13. Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon. 5/5 ☆
  14. Are you afraid of the dark? by Sidney Sheldon. 5/5 ☆
  15. A stranger in the middle by Sidney Sheldon. 2/5 ☆
  16. Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon. 3/5 ☆
  17. Other side of midnight by Sidney Sheldon.  2/5 ☆

I would have loved to add Master of the games to the list but half book doesn’t count. It will make it’s way in August’s wrap up despite the book-a-thon I am taking part in. 😀

This month has taught me to plan less than the time I have in hand so that I don’t regret not being able to complete my goal because of being winded up in other important works. Reading more books than you planned can make you happy and reading less can make you sad. I have mixed feelings. Happy 🙂 because I exceeded the number I planned and sad because I didn’t exactly complete my TBR list. :/

 

What do you guys think?

 

1 Day for 1 Book!

Well, I again didn’t finish the book I was supposed to do yesterday. In my defense, the book didn’t appeal to me much. I wanted to like it but couldn’t! I won’t say that I hated it but instead it’s just not for me. The ending was good but the plot of The other side of midnight by Sidney Sheldon has a war background and that has never interested me much.

I wasn’t even able to complete half the book yesterday. I rather decided on getting some sleep. That was quite an odd sleeping schedule. I went to sleep at around 6 pm and faked a headache so my mom would let me sleep. 😛 (Evil! 😛 )

Then today I woke up at 2 am, my internal alarm clock loves striking at odd hours. I started reading and was done with it by 11:45 am. I sat there deciding how much I liked the story. Debating on all sorts of things that make me like a book.

After I finish reading a book the first thing I do is rate it on goodreads with the feeling of the book still fresh in me. I debated over giving it a 3 star. I hit the 3 stars and before saving it I paced my room. I gave 3 star to the book I read before this and I clearly enjoyed that better than this one, that was Rage of Angels. So, unwillingly I gave it 2 stars. :/ It felt bad to do so. To be honest I didn’t have much expectation from the book, given its summary on goodreads but it being on my list was a good reason to read apart from it being written by Sidney Sheldon and I don’t regret it. My expectation was based on Sidney Sheldon’s writing. I guess marathoning Sidney Sheldon’s books made me too familiar to his style that I felt disappointed with the last two books I read after reading a wonderful book by him.

But the feeling didn’t last long. As soon as I started with the last book of this month, that is Master of the games, I was captivated. ❤

I am 20% through this book and enjoying it. Because of my interest in it, it is going to be a fast read. I had to force myself to take a break and write a post.

I will leave you guys here till midnight so that I can complete that interesting story and post a July Wrap Up because in August I will be participating in my first Book-a-thon and want to update my wrap up before I post about it. 🙂 🙂