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LitLoverClare

LitLoverClare

Joined November 2019

Lit lover of biographies, self help and yoga books. -25 books in 2018 -40 books in 2019 -52 books in 2020 -37 books in 2021 -15 books in 2022
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I finished my 37th/ final book of 2021 today! This is for those looking to try something new, do something fun, or to just step out of their comfort zone. This was the vision of Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas who is one of the heroines amongst the 9/11 United 93 plane crash. She was a former Girl Scout and this book follows a method for grown-up women where you can earn badges for the 60 tasks. Her sisters helped to make this book a reality.

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This is the most beautifully written poetry book I have ever read. It is a super fast read and provides wonderful insight and messages on hope, healing, and strength. There is hope and light in every single season. Every page is very poetic and inspirational to living a life of purpose filled with light, love, and hope.

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The Big Book of Less: Finding Joy in Living Lighter | Astrid Van Der Hulst, Irene Smit, Editors of Flow magazine
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This is a wonderful book on how having less can be freeing and can help us let go. The chapters focus on living with less stuff, less information, less remembering, having less control, less doing, less living large, and having less judgment on ourselves. It truly is a wonderful minimalistic read and offers insight on the beauty of ‘less is more‘.

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Today I finished my 30th book of 2021 which we‘re also reading in book club! I‘ve read a lot of self-help books and this is definitely the deepest one I‘ve read. It is very well written as he gives insight on what he learned from his time being a monk. He is no longer a monk but a lot of what he learned still applies to his daily life and he provides wonderful steps and advice on how we can live a more meaningful life by changing the way we think!

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I absolutely loved this book! Chicken Soup for the Soul books are always great feel good books, but this book especially emphasized it as it‘s so important to take time out of our day for self-care and rest. We need to find balance in our lives as we can‘t be of service to others if we don‘t take care of ourself first. It includes 101 inspiring stories of how others practice self-care in their lives. #SelfCare #MeTime #ChickenSoupForTheSoul

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Gift from the Sea | Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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“Solitude, says the moon shell. Every person, especially every woman, should be alone sometime during the year, some part of each week, and each day.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh has a wonderful way with words as she beautifully writes meditations of how a woman‘s stages of life relates to a different shell. It‘s a quick read and a great book to take on a vacation. Some of it seems unrelatable as a young woman, but it is so beautifully written.

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If you loved Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert then I highly recommend this read. It is by no means a sequel or summary of the book, but rather a compilation of many short stories written by various authors. It is very similar to a Chicken Soup for the Soul format, as all the short stories are written by real people who were inspired by different things from the novel. This is for anyone seeking inspiration and change from the beloved novel.

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I absolutely loved this book and the way it was written. I love how it‘s divided into 3 books-Eat (Italy), Pray (India), and Love (Indonesia). I love how it‘s separated into 108 short stories incorporating the traditional japa mala which consists of 108 beads, rather than separating them into lengthy chapters. Italy is by far my fave book, but I enjoyed her meditation journey in India and her love story with Felipe in Bali. #eatpraylove

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“There‘s no such thing as perfection in gymnastics. You do your best, but anything can happen-which is why you have to learn to forgive yourself and quickly move on. Curiously, my Olympic dream had never been about winning-it was about going. It was about proudly wearing my country‘s colors on my chest and being excellent in the moments when it counted. It was about precision, confidence, and teamwork. And it was about hope.” -Simone Biles

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I absolutely loved this book. It features 101 short stories from women of all different backgrounds and life experiences. Their is so much encouragement/empowerment packed into this book. The stories are very relevant to life today as it was published in 2021 and includes sections on happiness, self care, following your dreams, and stepping out of your comfort zone to name a few. Highly recommend to any woman who needs a boost of confidence!

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Yoga is so much more than mastering the physical practice. It is also a mental/spiritual practice of letting go and learning more about yourself. This book explores the spiritual practice of the 8 limbs of yoga. It dives into yoga‘s ethical practice and each limb is a guideline of living/incorporating yoga into everything you do off your mat. It‘s the basic philosophy and study of applying yogic principles to becoming the best version of yourself.

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Friends Forever [25th Anniversary Ed]: The One about the Episodes | Gary Susman, Jeannine Dillon, Bryan Cairns
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I absolutely loved this book. Included is a summary of some of the top episodes from every season. This is my 2nd time through watching the series during this pandemic. It‘s great to watch the show and then read the summary of the specific episode afterwards. I just finished the 10th season today and it‘s great for Friends fanatics like myself to better understanding episodes. It is a must for any Friends fan! #friends #friendstv #centralperk

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Summer at Tiffany | Marjorie Hart
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I loved this book and couldn‘t put it down. It‘s a real life memoir about a young woman named Marjorie and her BFF Marty and the Summer they left Iowa to work at Tiffany together in New York. It had so much nostalgia and it transported you back in time to the mid 1940s. Every chapter ends w/ letters sent home to Marjorie‘s family. When the girls weren‘t working at Tiffany they were out with friends, bfs, and thinking about their future. #tiffany

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Vanna Speaks | Vanna White, Bart Andrews
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Happy Birthday Vanna White! I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Wheel of Fortune has been my favorite go to game show during this pandemic. You don‘t get to hear a lot from her so learning about her early life and early days on Wheel of Fortune was very interesting. I think a sequel or follow up biography would be nice since this was written more than 30 years ago. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. #vannawhite #wheeloffortune #vannaspeaks

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I‘ve enjoyed every Jen Sincero book I‘ve read but I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to have a kickass year in 2021. It focuses on setting goals and also implements a 21 day process to achieving that goal through establishing healthy, achievable habits. It definitely is a great read for setting and creating new and healthy habits for yourself year round. #badasshabits #jensincero

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Yesterday I finished my 50th book of 2020! All 101 questions were very insightful questions to consider. What resonated with me the most was: “#7. Am I seeing the other side of people‘s IG photos (the side they‘re not exactly posting)?” I could relate to this bc it emphasizes how people only post the better half of their life on social-not the hardships they‘re enduring or the low lights-it‘s important not to believe everything you see on social.

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What is...the best biography I‘ve read all year! The late and legendary Alex Trebek‘s biography is like no other biography I‘ve read before. He was truly the most kind, humble, and selfless celebrity. His biography focuses on lessons he‘s learned, family, the charity work he‘s contributed to, his career on Jeopardy, and the contestants who have touched him on the show. I wish more people strived to be as humble and as kind as Trebek was! #jeopardy

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The Secret Lives of Color | Kassia St Clair
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I absolutely loved this book! Having a design background, I was definitely interested in this book and learning more about the history of different colors. It was really cool learning how some of the colors got their names as well as how far back some of the colors dated. #color #colordesign #colortheory

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Wildflower | Drew Barrymore
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Today I finished my 40th book of the year and I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. Every chapter is short and sweet and filled with Barrymore‘s playful storytelling. It covers all aspects of her life from her early years, her family life, some of the cool films she‘s made, and her work in Africa which I thought was so inspiring. #DrewBarrymore #Wildflower

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The Summer Before | Ann M. Martin
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This book was absolutely terrific! I highly recommend this book to any Baby Sitters Club fan! This book was published in 2010 and is a prequel to the actual series. It documents Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey‘s lives the summer before the idea for The Babysitters Club was born. If you‘ve never read any of the books before, this is a good one to read first! #babysittersclub #annmartin #bsc

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I really enjoyed this book because it focused on a lot of important key points to living your best, glorious life. It is kind of like a guide book broken down into 5 different sections regarding who you are, what you need, what you want, what you believe and how you connect. I think every person will be able to resonate with at least one section or more. I highly recommend to anyone looking for more self improvement. #jenhatmaker #fiercefreefire

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I loved this book! If you were ever a fan of MTV‘s The Hills or love fashion, then this a must read! It‘s a super quick read and I decided I‘d pick it up and give it a read since I‘ve been binge watching The Hills lately during this pandemic. #TheHills #TrueWhit #LaurenConrad #Fashion #Styling

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Today I finished book 33 of 2020 on Cleveland‘s Birthday! As a Cleveland native and living here all my life I strongly recommend this to any Clevelander as well as anyone planning a trip here. It is written by the late Cleveland journalist Nikki Delamotte and although I never knew her, her Cleveland spirit/legacy has been kept alive through this book. It includes many places I didn‘t know about that will now be added to my Cleveland bucket list!

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I would recommend this book to every 20 something year old as well as those in their early 30s. It has a lot of great life advice regarding careers, marriage, relationships, setbacks, and all kinds of helpful information that would be useful to this particular age group who is undergoing an uncertain time or not sure how to navigate a tough season. 101 Secrets gets a 10/10 for me. #twenties #secrets #paulangone #selfhelp #motivation

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Unstoppable: My Life So Far | Maria Sharapova
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Today I finished my 30th book of 2020! I recently started playing tennis recreationally so I was interested in learning about her life and tennis career which was interesting and informative. All tennis players, beginner and pro would enjoy enjoy this book about tennis star Maria Sharapova‘s life and tennis career!🎾 #tennis #mariasharapova

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If you loved You Are A Badass, then you will definitely love this! It‘s a quick read and only took me about a day to read. It‘s the perfect book to grab when you need a little extra inspiration, encouragement, and motivation as their are a lot of uplifting and positive messages throughout the entire book! #YouAreABadass #JenSincero

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“To me, happiness is one of those words that is not an idea, it‘s an experience. You‘ve got to figure it out from the inside, and no one can tell you how to be happy.” -Kate Hudson If you want a mix of wellness, self help, mindfulness, and healthy eating then this is the perfect book for you! A quick read w/ plenty of healthy tips! #KateHudson #PrettyHappy

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This is the perfect book for any yogi looking to deepen their practice beyond just the physical poses. It is beautifully written and focuses on how the mind is connected to the body during the poses. Baptiste offers word of wisdom for how one yogi can transform their practice through his experience teaching yoga and incorporating the three source principles found at Baptiste Yoga. #yoga #perfectlyimperfect #baronbaptiste #namaste

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“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” What another terrific book by Candace Cameron Bure. Candace highlights how being kind is more important than ever in our world today. More books need to highlight the importance on being kind. If only we could throw around kindness like confetti, the world would indeed be a better place. #candacecameron #kindnessmatters #kindisthenewclassy

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I finished my 22nd book of 2020 and of course I had to jam to “22” by Taylor Swift because my 22nd book is a book every Taylor Swift fan must read! It contains quotes from Taylor from the beginning of her career thru the middle of 2019, the year the book was published. It‘s broken into three parts and different quotes to go along with it. It‘s a very quick read and her words of wisdom are inspirational! #taylorswift #swifties

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Betsey: A Memoir | Betsey Johnson, Mark Vitulano
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This is a must read if you love fashion and Betsey Johnson‘s brand. I found this memoir of her life to be very interesting as she talked about her early career, romantic relationships, her daughter, and her brand. Some chapters seemed a little lengthy and dull at times but overall it was a very interesting memoir. #fashion #BetseyJohnson #memoir

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The author takes us on her travels vicariously through her photos to over 50 destinations. I enjoyed seeing the incredible destinations but I feel that most readers will not be able to connect with this author‘s extravagant lifestyle as few people have the time/money to travel like her so at times it felt more like Insta Brag than Insta Travel. I do find Aggie‘s passion for traveling amazing and it‘s incredible how many countries she‘s been to.

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If you loved Girl, Wash Your Face then this is a must read! I always enjoy her words of wisdom and she‘s just so real, honest, relatable, and inspirational. Some of it felt a bit repetitive at times but I don‘t mind hearing great advice over as the more you hear something positive, the more it sticks in your brain. I really hope she writes another self help book soon!

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What I Know For Sure | Oprah Winfrey
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I strongly recommend this book to everyone especially during times like these when all of us could use a few extra words of encouragement and inspiration. This book is filled with so many great life lessons, powerful quotes, and inspiration from Oprah herself. I now try to read this once a year as Oprah‘s words are incredibly empowering and uplifting. #Oprah #WhatIKnowForSure #Inspirational #Motivational

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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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This is my favorite childhood book. I enjoyed rereading this again as it is a quick read and took me less than a week to finish. This is a must read if you loved the movie as they are both very similar. I love the character Matilda as she loves books and using her magical powers. Great read for children and adults alike. #Matilda #RoaldDahl

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I was so hoping to love this book as I admire Carrie Underwood as a person and a celebrity but I felt that it overemphasized fitness and healthy eating too much. I think it‘s great that her workout routine is included as well as healthy recipes. I wish she would‘ve included more insight on her biography and struggles she‘s overcame in her life.

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Postscript | Cecelia Ahern
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This is a must read if you love PS, I Love You. I love that it is written from Holly‘s perspective as you are given flashbacks of her and Gerry‘s relationship through her thoughts. I like that her friends/family are still in her life and that she has a boyfriend. I think The PS, I Love You Club has a very positive message and I think it‘s healing for Holly. This sequel is definitely more of a tear jerker than PS, I Love You but still just as good.

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I absolutely loved Gracefully You by Jenna Dewan. I would recommend it to all women as it‘s empowering, inspiring, and uplifting. Jenna keeps it real by talking about things that have helped her through difficult and challenging times. She talks about everything from her sacred space to personal style, her family, and even heartbreak. It‘s also packed with some fun filled healthy food recipes, cleansing recipes, and her favorite go to crystals.

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Happy International Women's Day 2020! I finished my 9th book of the year which is about the woman who started the brand herself, Lilly Pulitzer. Overall I enjoyed learning the history of Lilly's life and how her brand got started. Their was a lot of irrelevant history that had nothing to do with her or her brand. It's great though if you enjoy a lot of history as their is a lot of references to the history of Palm Beach and its wealthy socialites.

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It‘s a great follow up read if you‘ve read The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers. It‘s a quick insightful read filled with lots of powerful quotes and life lessons. #misterrogers

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Open Book | Jessica Simpson
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Finished my 6th book of 2020 today, Open Book by Jessica Simpson. Great biography on her life including her struggles and successes. I couldn‘t put it down. Looking forward to reading many more books this year to add to my stack. #girlpower #litlover

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PS, I Love You | Cecelia Ahern
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Today I finished my 5th book of 2020, P.S. I Love You. After I visited the bridge in Wicklow I knew right away I wanted to read the book. I saw the book at a cute little bookstore in Killarney and started reading it in Ireland. I‘m happy to say that after nearly 500 pages and 50+ chapters, I read it and now it is one of my favorite fictional books. Can‘t wait to read the sequel and rewatch the movie next!🇨🇮❤️☘️