August Book Club

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Thanks to my cruise, I’ve managed to read more books than I was planning on since June, although I haven’t caught up on all the books I was planning on from my last post.

What I’ve read since June’s book club post:

  • Second Chance by Jane Green
  • The Beach House by Jane Green
  • Dune Road by Jane Green
  • The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Promises to Keep by Jane Green
  • Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green
  • Family Pictures by Jane Green
  • Emotional Eating with Diabetes by Ginger Vieira
  • Your Diabetes Science Experiment by Ginger Vieira
  • The Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Screen Shot 2013-08-26 at 10.29.01 AMI finally finished all of Jane Green’s books (a goal I started in my early 20s-oops)!  I wasn’t too fond of her first few books, but these later ones I have really enjoyed.  All five books of hers that I read since June have all been really good.  Each story completely different than the last but all with characters and situations that are relatable.  I find her story telling easy to follow and I love how she goes into different perspectives of some of the characters.  Make sure and have tissues ready for Promises to Keep.  Promises to Keep, besides making me cry, also included recipes after each chapter.  I plan on trying to make some of these yummy sounding meals (I’m going to make one tonight!).

Screen Shot 2013-08-26 at 10.28.43 AMThe Pilot’s Wife was a book selected by my neighborhood book club that I missed back in May.  I enjoyed this book and it had an interesting plot twist towards the end.  It was a book I read in one day-couldn’t put down.

I read the Perks of Being a Wallflower because I wanted to watch the movie.  Like all books made into movies, I enjoyed the book much more than the movie.  I was surprised though that the movie was only PG-13 because the book was a very “adult” book.  The movie left out some key points but that was probably good to make the PG-13 rating.  I didn’t really know much about the book before reading it, but it was a very quick and easy read and while some parts were a bit shocking, overall I thought it was a good book.

And of course, I loved both books by Ginger Vieira.  I would definitely recommend these to all diabetics.  When I was reading the Emotional Eating with Diabetes, I kept nodding my head at the points she was making.  This book wasn’t long at all-read it in probably 30 minutes or so but it had such great take aways.  I never thought of myself as an emotional eater but I do sometimes just sit on the couch and veg out and eat crackers or pretzels or popcorn out of boredom, which is emotional eating.  I also liked how she kept hitting home the point that you should never think of any food as a “can’t have” but change your attitude to that you can have a certain food but you choose not to eat it.  This reminded me of the week that I tried to “be good” and not buy any pretzels or hummus at the grocery store because I can often eat too many of these.  One week of not having them in the house was driving me crazy.  I was craving them so bad.  I went the next week to the grocery store and bought two bags of them and pigged out.  I was very guilty and decided to not do that again, so now I buy them at the grocery store but I control my urges to binge eat on them, telling myself instead that I need to not overindulge in them and I do much better.  They are there if I want them but I won’t abuse them like I did when I didn’t have them in my pantry.

I highly recommend Your Diabetes Science Experiment to all diabetics.  She was gearing the book to newly diagnosed diabetics (I think!) but honestly, I think I might have been overwhelmed when first diagnosed reading this book, but it was a great book for me to read now 19 years later as a not only a refresher book, but also touching on new things I didn’t know.  For instance, I have never once bolused for protein but if you have over 20 grams of protein in a meal, the protein can be converted to glucose so you need to make sure to keep an eye out on that.  She also discusses a 10 day clean eating challenge which I am thinking about doing.  I don’t think on the whole I eat too badly but it would be interesting to try out her experiment to see how I do.  The book also reminded me that I shouldn’t really be having too many “unexplained highs” so I need to do a better job of tracking my numbers, food and insulin.  Although with days like last Friday, sometimes you really do have unexpected highs. She lists a lot of “experiments” like basal testing, bolus testing, testing before and after exercising.  A lot of it felt pretty overwhelming but at the same time I’m trying to get my A1C Below Seven so I need to start taking these tests seriously and fine tuning my insulin rates, which will also help as I keep exercising in my daily routine, so it was a good motivating push to read this book.

Screen Shot 2013-08-26 at 10.28.15 AMThe last book I read was The Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella.  I love all of her books and this one didn’t disappoint either.  It was a pretty quirky story, much like most of her books and I thought it was a very easy, quick read.

On my list for the rest of August/September is War Brides by Helen Bryan (neighborhood book club book that I missed), Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (recommended by neighborhood book club) and I plan on starting Nicholas Sparks’ books.  I want to read Nicholas Sparks’ books then watch the movies.  I’ve already seen the movies but it’s been a while for some of them so I want to read the books first then re-watch the movies.  I think my neighborhood book club should be starting back up again so hopefully I will have some non-chick flicky/beach read books to read too.

2 thoughts on “August Book Club

  1. Gosh you were busy! I’m reading Ginger’s …experiment… book now and am loving it. I agree, it’d be a ton of info for newbies, but has great ideas for anyone really. Looking forward to reading her Emotional Eating book, too.

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