Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Literary Ladies keep up with the Kardashians + Next book

Hey, we would all totally fit right in with the Kardashian family. Kay, Kari and Kristen. It's like fate.

Anyway. So, we read Strong looks better naked. 

I didn't hate this book. It was a very easy, quick read. I don't really follow the Kardashians at all, but from what I've seen, Khloe seems the most normal and interesting, like we'd be friends in real life if all things were equal.



It's split into 3 parts; Body, Mind & Heart.

Nothing new in terms of weight loss and exercise - you need the motivation, make it a priority, do what you love, it's a lifestyle, drink water etc etc etc. Nothing wrong with any of that, but I've read it all before. It is all true, of course.

I liked the 'mind' part the most. Because I know where Khloe is coming from. I mean, if the book is legit and honest, that is. I have struggled with weight and body image most of my life, and though I didn't turn to exercise as a form of therapy or stress relief, it has definitely become that for me. However, the most important thing, the best thing I have ever, ever, ever done for my body was to get my head screwed on straight.

Everything that was ever wrong with my body was in my head. Yeah, I've been overweight, but you'd think I was 1,000lbs the way I spoke to myself. Every single thing I did to my body - starving, vomiting, detoxing, etc etc - that was all because of my warped vision of myself and what I should be, what I should look like.

She also mentions whining and if you knew me 5-10 years ago, you'd know I've changed drastically. I used to be such a negative nancy about everything, not just myself. It's the only way I knew how to be. Then one day I was around someone very similar and I was so frustrated with her constant complaining (this drink is warm, it's cold, I'm fat, my hips are too big, my hair is weird, I wish the food would hurry up) that I turned to my friend and desperately asked 'I'm not like that, am I?'. She loved me enough to tell me yes. I was. Ugh. What a horrible person to be around!

I made a conscious effort to stop being so negative, and eventually I was like 90% better, with the 10% being negative to just myself, not sharing my negativity. While this probably made me a better person to be around, I still disliked myself. So I worked on that. I did many things to get my head right, from affirmations to changing my attitude to just growing up and getting over it. I'm not perfect, who is? But I'm happier than I've ever been and it's the best thing I have ever done.

So overall, I did enjoy this book because I like reading about things I agree with - exercise, eating well, doing what you love, being in a healthy and happy spot mentally and physically. Would I recommend it? I mean it wasn't bad, but it wasn't a masterpiece either. It was like reading a really long blog post / article about someone's journey, really.

My favourite part was this though:

I don’t think there’s any excuse for being late. I think it shows a flagrant disrespect for the other person’s time. Being late does not make you special or important, it makes you unreliable. 

Preach girl, PREACH.

The next book we will be reading is Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz


It's tagged as romance / mystery / contemporary / suspense and sounds pretty interesting. It only just came out last month. We'll be chatting about it on the 2nd of February if you'd like to join us.


If you read Khloe's book, feel free to talk about it in the comments or link up below!

41 comments:

  1. I had been wondering about this book. I agree, Khloe is the most normal of the group so if I was going to read a book by them it'd be hers! LOVE that quote about being late. So true! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. I think Khloe is the most normal of the bunch (and the most fun and entertaining), and I wondered about her book. Glad that it was good enough to like but not super stupid. I agree about being late--that is SUPER annoying and disrespectful.

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  3. I've never been a fan of the Kardashians, but I've always liked Khloe for some reason…maybe she just seems more down to earth? Either way, I like the sound of her book! Nothing earth-shattering, but it seems real :)

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  4. Great quote! I'm not a big reader, but I did read the book the Kardashian sisters came out with a few years ago and I thought the same: quick and easy read - no masterpiece, but fun! And yes, Khole is the most normal, for sure.

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  5. I can relate to being negative! I grew up in a family that always seemed to complain. I never realized it until Dan told me that I seemed to complain a lot, and ever since then I completely changed my thought process and I feel like I'm a really positive person! Crazy how one person telling us the truth can make us change so much (hopefully for the better). I also love that "late" quote..SO TRUE

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  6. omg the late thing---my biggest pet peeve!!! i never would have guessed you were ever a negative person! i think that's great you had a friend tell you that. i have one that literally every FB post is about some horrific crime or something sad or how the world is against her. i had to hide her statuses.

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  7. That quote about running late...AMEN AMEN AMEN. I might have to pick up this book and give it a read since you didn't give it a 1 star, haha.

    I'm going to try and read the book you guys have picked for February so I can join the Literary Club ;) x

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  8. I think we can all be negative about things from time to time...and that is ok...but to be a constant downer is never a good thing. I have a few people that I used to be friends with who were like that and they really suck the life out of you. I can hear myself is I start complaining too much about things and try to correct it. It happens.

    I haven't gotten around to checking out this book yet. I need to get on that. I didn't think it would be mind blowing or anything, but the mind part sounds like something I could stand to read. And I love that late quote, so true!!!

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  9. Preach gurl! I love your honesty- we can all be a little kinder to ourselves :)

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  10. girl that quote on being late is SO much yes. oh khloe, god love ya. you're the cutest. i'm glad you shared part of your journey with all the negative and stuff. it's so easy to get to that place of self loathing or just complaining. it's hard to be positive but oh so worth it!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  11. I like that her book is split into 3 parts - almost makes it easier to read!! I could not agree more with her "late" sentiment - it is by far my biggest pet peeve!! Drives me bananas!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  12. As much as I can't stand the Kardashians and the "empire" they've built, I definitely agree that Khloe is the most normal/relatable/likable of the bunch. It's great that the book was split into 3 parts, and I hope that she's able to help some girls blossom into strong women <3

    Green Fashionista

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  13. I used to be late all the time and I thought it was no big deal. I made an effort to stop and now I think it's completely disrespectful to be perpetually late. I feel like such an old lady for griping about it and of course, things happen, but to ALWAYS be the late one is just rude. I didn't know I could agree with a Kardashian so strongly!

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  14. I love watching the Kardashians but was suspicious when Khole released this book...but after this review, I think I should read it! Love the quote about being late! Thanks for sharing this!

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  15. Well, I think you sold me on reading this book when I've gotten through the rest of my extensive reading list. I think I'd like the mind part best, too! Also, that quote about being late? Genius. I'm intrigued by this new book you guys are reading, too!

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  16. Interesting! I'm glad you wound up enjoying it. Okay I have a confession though: I can be a late person. Not to class (now or in college), not to a start line, not to a meeting or an interview. But for informal things. Not unimportant; just informal. And I know myself well enough to know 100% that it isn't because I don't care about someone else's time; I totally do! I respect it and value it. But I always seem to end up underestimating travel time or how long it'll take me to get everything ready, or I'll overestimate my ability to do 15 things before I go. I read something somewhere about how optimists tend on the casually late side because they see the best case scenario of travel time, traffic, other people moving quickly, etc. I just wholly don't believe that there's no reason for being late other than being inconsiderate—and I don't think there's any universe in which you could call me unreliable. You just can't control everything, period. *shrugs*

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  17. Interesting! Definitely not something I would pick up (Khloe one) so I'll take your word for it but Secret Sisters looks intriguing! (ps love the being late quote!)

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  18. I really like that late quote. It's just disrespectful. I get so anxious when I know I'm going to be cutting it close. I'm not wasting anyone's time!

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  19. Khloe is the most down to earth of them all. Sad it wasn't more entertaining at least. The mind is for sure the only way to change how you look and feel.

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  20. Sounds like an interesting read - I'm going to try to join up in February because that book looks good!!!

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  21. Sounds like an interesting read - I'm going to try to join up in February because that book looks good!!!

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  22. Love the review on Khloe's book and the way you decided to turnaround your negativity! It's something I am working on too. Also love the quote about being late! I am not 100% the most punctual but I try my best because I do believe it's really important. LOVE the sound of your book selection for next month!!

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  23. Holy crap I agree with a Kardashian...on the lateness at least!

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  24. I'm not a fan of the Kardashians, but I admire their business acumen. Sounds like a good book :)

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  25. I wish that I had been able to read this book with y'all because Khloe is my favorite Kardashian. She really is the most normal, so I'm glad that she said things that really rang true. I also love that line about being late just makes you unreliable! So true! I'll definitely be trying to link up for the next book!

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  26. Re: the quote about being late. I agree with a Kardashian about something. Please don't tell anyone.

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  27. Khloe is definitely the most normal (RELLLLATIVEEELLLYYYY speaking of course), her and Kendall actually seem to be pretty likable in any circumstance. I'd definitely give this a read, especially because she's so funny. I felt this way about JWoww's book. I read it just to see and I heard it was like a 2-second read. In the end, it was really short and really easy but it actually made a few good points about self-confidence.

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  28. Ha that is a good quote. I don't really follow the Kardashians either. Excited for the next one. I think I am one of 5-6 people wanting to read it so my wait should be short. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  29. Love that quote about being late! That next book y'all are reading looks super good! :)

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  30. Great post!!! Good to know how the book actually was. Couldn't agree more with that "being late" quote!

    Staci
    www.missbloodymary.com

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  31. May have to grab that book and join y'all in Feb!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  32. I'm still on the waitlist to get this book from my library, but I've already read the Secret Sisters so I will def link up!

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  33. Thanks for the reviews! I was wondering about Khloe's book.

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  34. I stress out about being late, it makes me so anxious.

    And I used to know a constant complainer [from the blog world], seriously, everything was a problem and after 2+ years I just couldn't take it anymore. I've learned to keep most of my complaints to myself, the big ones though, they get shouted when I get annoyed!

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  35. I love love love your honesty here! And as I read your talk about negativity... I felt like I can relate. I've been soooo negative lately. I've got to work on that! And I've got to work on reading! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. I agree... Khloe definitely seems the most normal!
    I love that your friend was friend enough to be honest with you about complaining. And I love that you say you made a conscious effort... I think that people expect that shit to be easy - but it's not just flipping a switch when it's what you've been used to for such a long time. It's hard work. Go on with your bad self! :)

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  37. I'm really interested to read Chloe's book now! I never would have thought to pick it u before, but I totally agree - she seems the most interesting and the most relatable in a way! X

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  38. This book was better than I thought it was going to be! A decent new year read. I'm glad that I ventured outside of my normal types of book picks and tried it!

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  39. I've kept up with the Kardashians for a long time, probably too long, so I'm obviously on the hold list at the library for this one. I thought for sure that it would come in time for this discussion but there are still 4 people ahead of me. READ FASTER! haha Kim K is always shown being super late to things so I feel like that quote is kind of a dig at Kim, but I love it and completely agree. I just wish my toddler and husband would also agree! Going to go request the next book now!

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  40. I also love said London tee. I gotta get one ;) You didn't link that ultra cute blazer you're in!!

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  41. That quote on being late is spot on!

    Also, I'm so sorry to hear the struggle you've dealt with concern body image. You are clearly beautiful, but I know that sometimes it's easier for other people to see it than it is to see it yourself. I'm so glad to hear that you are in such a better place both physically and mentally now!

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