Book 1 of 52…

by Heidi on January 4, 2009

Book One. “The Amazing Adventures of a Dietgirl” by Shauna Reid.

I made a goal last year to read 50 books – I came incredibly close reading 47. But this year my goal is 52 books (see#4). There was an awesome op-ed in the WSJ a week or two ago about Karl Rove and President Bush having a contest to see who could read more books in 2008, while I don’t agree with either man’s politics I can respect that kind of friendship. Additionally, I appreciate well read people and apparently President Bush is! He liked “I am Charlotte Simmons” as much as I did!

So this year my goal is to read 52 books. I’m about 20 pages from finishing #1.

The amazing story of Shauna – the protagonist – who loses 175 lbs in about 6 years. The book, originally a blog, is a heartfelt story about her weight loss, body image issues and overcoming both. You can’t help but cheer for her throughout the entire book, wanting her to succeed even if she breaks down a couple of times and suffers both minor gains and major gains while suffering a few bouts of depression.

One particular quote did me in and reminded me of my own goals for this year and reminded me of the finish of my first marathon on 10/28/07.

“So today I’m bursting with pride at how far I’ve come. There is no better feeling in the world than to take your mind and body to a place you thought it couldn’t go; a place you thought it didn’t belong. You should all try it sometime.”

A great motivational book – especially if you’re trying to get in shape. I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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  • http://www.wasitforthis.blogspot.com Sarah

    Yay book reviews!

  • http://talenttoplay.blogspot.com Playful Professional

    I don’t quite have 175 lbs to lose, but I may have to pick this one up. What’s the book for the month?

  • http://missmusing.blogspot.com Jacqueline at MissMusing

    What a fun goal! I love reading too. I’m looking forward to hearing your book reviews :)

  • http://reederscorner.wordpress.com Reeder’s Corner

    You know I love the goal you’ve set – a book a week is always a good thing ;) I read this book too and its so cute – she still updates her blog all the time too!

  • http://fatfabulousandlosingit.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    I have the same book a week goal, and I can’t wait to read Shauna’s. I just finished my first one…. Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky. We should do a book trade or are you a library goer?

  • http://www.jqlounge.com Julie Q

    ooo i may have to pick up this book now! good for you with reading, i still justify us weekly and EW as my weekly ‘books’

  • http://zubrowka24.blogspot.com Lexi

    just began reading “chasing harry winston” by lauren weisberger, who wrote the devil wears prada…so far, so good!

  • http://lostamongstars.blogspot.com Ashley

    Yeah for reading books! I set a goal to read 100 books this year. Maybe I’m too ambitious, but I think I’m going to count books I read for school too since I’m an English major! Cheating just a wee bit lol. Good luck and happy reading! :)

  • http://www.svrspy.blogspot.com Scarlet

    I’m not good with keeping up with a book if it doesn’t grab me right away. Sometimes I wish I did have a commute to read on. (I do have a commute, but reading and driving is BAD, haha.)

    I am on my second book of the year so maybe I’ll keep track and see how I do.

    That’s cool about Bush and Rove. Good for them!

  • http://www.lovebostongirl.com Susie

    I think I’m going to try this too…the reading 52 books thing. Eeeek. Not sure I’ll be able to, but worth a shot!

    And you should totally do what I’m doing. Take a pic of yourself with each book and put it on tumblr. It will be a really cool little photo montage at the end of the year!

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