Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Audiobook Review: What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey


What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
Narrated By: Oprah Winfrey
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Genre: Non-fiction
Running Time: Unabridged | 4 CDs | 4 hours
ISBN: ISBN 978-1-4272-5826-7
Source: Received from Publisher
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After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know For Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life," Oprah has penned one column a month over the last fourteen years, years in which she retired The Oprah Winfrey Show (the highest-rated program of its kind in history), launched her own television network, became America’s only African American billionaire, was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, watched friends and colleagues come and go, lost beloved pets and adopted new ones, and celebrated milestone birthdays. Throughout it all, she’s continued to offer her profound and inspiring words of wisdom in her "What I Know For Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine.

This September, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a book packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. The audiobook, which will be published simultaneously from Macmillan Audio, will be narrated by Winfrey herself.



Well, if you are an Oprah fan, you will love this! I would highly recommend buying this as an audiobook rather than the hardcover or paperback because there's something about Oprah's voice that makes everything still and makes the person listening truly pay attention and really get it. It's one thing to see Oprah's words on the page but hearing it from her mouth takes her words to the next level. It's difficult to explain but her voice means so much and it works so well and makes so much sense that she would be the one to narrate her own book.

"When you can see obstacles for what they are, you never lose faith in the path it takes to get you where you want to go because this I know for sure...who you're meant to be evolves from where you are right now so learning to appreciate your lessons, mistakes, and setbacks as stepping stones to the future is a clear sign you are moving in the right direction."

As for the book itself? It's great. It's everything you're expecting. It's confirmation and inspiration for so many. Oprah talks about love and joy and relishing in the moment rather than consuming all that's around us simply because it's there. She talks about living fully and becoming the person you are intended to be. She talks about choices and your deepest intentions. About having the courage to seek out your dreams. About value and being valued. Hearing and being heard. Saying yes. Working hard. Surrendering. Conquering fear. Gratitude. The transformation of consciousness.

"While I was waiting on God, God was waiting on me. He was waiting on me to make a decision to either pursue the life that was meant for me or be stifled by the one I was living."

There's not a whole lot to review here... people who follow Oprah know what they're getting, know what to expect and this is no exception. This is an expansion of the goodness that is. The goodness that we are and can be and it's a great addition to anyone's book collection. There's something here for everyone to appreciate, to learn from, to be encouraged to do in their life. As Oprah shares stories about some of the lessons she's learned over time, her "Aha" moments, it's clear that we are so much bigger than ourselves and once we can truly grasp that, there is so much we can achieve for ourselves and for others. This is a wonderful book about being the best person we can be without being preachy or self help like. It just is. As the leaves fall in this new season, let the rest fall away from you and let this book which is such an encouragement, be almost like an anchor to change and growth and progression. After all, isn't that why we're all interested in picking up this book?

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey is available today.

365 Style Releases Today!

Today's the day!

365 Style by Nicky Hilton with Allie Kingsley has released!


As I mentioned in my review for the book last month, in honor of the book's release, I'm going to challenge myself and document my style on instagram for 365 days using the 3-6-5 method. This is probably the scariest thing I've ever done. But I'm very excited about it! So be sure to follow me along this hot mess of a journey! If you want to join in, be sure to take the #NH365Challenge as detailed here. And congrats Nicky Hilton on your first book!

Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine Releases Today!

Right Kind of Wrong, a New Adult contemporary romance and the third book in the Finding Fate series by Chelsea Fine releases today! As you know, I read and loved Best Kind of Broken. It feels like just yesterday I read that! Now, the third book in the series is here! To celebrate, check out the excerpt and giveaway below!


Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Forever
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 9781455583171
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Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . .

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.



EXCERPT:

Padding my bare feet back into Jack’s bedroom, I start riffling through his drawers like a wet raccoon, searching for something that can pass as pajamas. I try on four pairs of basketball shorts and two shirts before finding items small enough to fit me without being obscene.

I’m not a small person—not at all. I’m average height, average weight. It’s just that Jack’s a giant who, apparently, wears size 100 in everything. Twisting the shirt around my middle so it hangs properly, I absently inhale and smile when I catch Jack’s scent.

What? No. Don’t smile about that, you idiot.

I unclench my fists from his shirt and smooth out the wrinkles I created clutching it to my nose. I’m not like a wet raccoon at all. I’m worse. Raccoons would be ashamed of me.

My inner dialogue—I’ve just accepted that I’m certifiable, at this point—comes to a halt when I hear an engine in the front yard.

Jack.

My first instinct is to run outside and smack him—you know, violent tendencies and all—but I regain my composure and choose a more mature tactic.

I stand perfectly still in the dark living room and wait for him with a scowl.

Through the window, I watch his dark figure stumble out of the car and slowly climb the front steps all hunched over. What did he do, go get drunk? Great.

I cross my arms, scowl still poised to kill, and wait as he opens the door and quietly steps inside. He flicks on the living room light and I ready myself for the shit storm I’m about to rain all over his ass. But my words, my anger, my bitter intentions fall away the instant I see his face.

“Jack.” It’s more of a gasp than a word as it leaves my mouth.

He pulls his eyes up from his bloody and torn hand, and sets them on me. “Jenna. What the hell?” Several emotions cross his eyes. Anger. Fear. Relief. Anger.

I pull a face. “Don’t ‘what the hell’ me. You’re the one who stole my car and drove off into the night.”

He screws his face up. “So you waited up to yell at me?”

“Well…” I pause.

Is that why I waited up? Well, crap.

“Yeah,” I finally say, not particularly proud of my answer.

“Typical,” he mutters. “Listen. I’m not in the mood to bicker with you right now so if you don’t mind rescheduling this bitch-out for tomorrow, that would be great.”

He brushes past me, his shoulder lightly sweeping mine, and halts at the touch. Facing me, he softens his husky voice. “I’m sorry.”

Long eyelashes lower over his storm-gray eyes as he searches my face, and the wicked wildfire inside me instantly reignites as his gaze drops to my mouth.

The thick frustration that filled the room just moments ago thins into a sweet trepidation, curling around us with a daring charge. So delicious. But so dangerous.

I carefully step back and clear my throat. Jack does the same. We’re masters of avoidance.

Without another word, he moves past me and marches down the hall. That’s when I spy the blood running down the back of his shirt from a large gash between his shoulder blades.

My heart stops.

“Jack?” I say, staring with wide eyes. “What happened to your back?”

He looks over his shoulder and frowns. “Oh. That.” Turning back around, he continues striding down the hallway. “Knife wound.”


ABOUT CHELSEA FINE:
Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

TV Talk: Face Off Episode 7.06 "Wizard of Wonderland" Review


Photo Credit: Brett-Patrick Jenkins

Last week on Face Off, host, McKenzie Westmore brought the contestants to Sony Pictures Studio to tell the artists about their latest spotlight challenge which celebrated the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. The contestants had to bring some of the iconic book characters to life as though they've fallen down the rabbit hole and into Alice in Wonderland. A whimsical mashup! What! Talk about the most imaginative challenge yet!

The character that George & Drew had to transform? The wicked witch of the west. Dina & Stella got the winged monkey. Cig & Damien got the scarecrow. Rachael & Keaghlan got the tin woodman! And finally, Sasha & Jason got the cowardly lion.

During this challenge, Sasha finds herself in a similar situation as last time where her partner is not quite focusing on what's expected from them for the challenge. Once again, Michael Westmore, checking in, notices that this team is off course. Sasha knew this would happen. She knew what to do from the beginning but was shut down by Jason and doesn't like confrontation...so...at this point, it was clear that this team would make bottom looks because they are not on one accord. Thankfully, the judges saw that Sasha had a vision but drowned in Jason's and Jason was eliminated this week. It's a shame we couldn't see what Sasha had in mind for this challenge but hopefully she'll knock the next challenge out of the park and we can move past this.

The best mash up hands down goes to Dina & Stella. It's no surprise they came out as the top team. Congrats Dina on being the winner of this challenge! No surprise there. We know she's a favorite of mine so I expected nothing less. I also loved the feel for Cig & Damien's design but as judge, Lois Burwell said, it was too busy. I really enjoyed Drew & George's design but I was highly anticipating what they would take from Alice in Wonderland so I was a bit disappointed when it appeared to be all bout The Wizard of Oz. Also worth noting, I really loved Rachael & Keaghlan's design! Overall, this week was fantastic. Probably the most fun challenge to watch come to life so far this season. I can't wait to see what the contestants deliver next!

Face Off airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Syfy.

September 2014 Releases On My Radar


September 2, 2014
Books
* Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Add it to Goodreads)
* Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes (Add it to Goodreads)
* The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Add it to Goodreads)
* Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine (Add it to Goodreads)
* Showrunners: How to Run a Hit TV Show by Tara DiLullo Bennett (Add it to Goodreads)
* What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey (Add it to Goodreads)

TV
* Doctor Who The 4th Series, Part 2
* It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season Nine
* Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Tenth Season
* New Girl Season Three
* Person of Interest The Complete Third Season

September 9, 2014
Books
* Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (Add it to Goodreads)
* Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley (Add it to Goodreads)
* Blood Of My Blood by Barry Lyga (Add it to Goodreads)

TV
* The Vampire Diaries The Complete Fifth Season
* Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Complete First Season
* Supernatural The Complete Ninth Season
* Homeland The Complete Third Season

September 11, 2014
Books
* Beautiful Ever After by Katie Piper (Add it to Goodreads)


September 16, 2014
Books
* The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (Add it to Goodreads)
* In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken (Add it to Goodreads)
* Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang (Add it to Goodreads)
* I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Add it to Goodreads)
* Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither (Add it to Goodreads)
* The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien (Add it to Goodreads)
* Made For You by Melissa Marr (Add it to Goodreads)
* Living Courageously: You Can Face Anything, Just Do It Afraid by Joyce Meyer (Add it to Goodreads)
* Jackaby by William Ritter (Add it to Goodreads)
* Day 21 by Kass Morgan (Add it to Goodreads)

TV
* Castle The Complete Sixth Season
* Arrow The Complete Second Season
* The Big Bang Theory The Complete Seventh Season
* Grimm Season Three

Movies
* The Fault in Our Stars
* Think Like a Man Too


September 23, 2014
Books
* Rooms by Lauren Oliver (Add it to Goodreads)
* In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis (Add it to Goodreads)
* Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (Add it to Goodreads)
* Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant (Add it to Goodreads)
* The Fires of Calderon by Lindsay Cummings (Add it to Goodreads)
* The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts (Add it to Goodreads)
* Remember Me by Romily Bernard (Add it to Goodreads)
* Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann (Add it to Goodreads)

TV
* Scandal The Complete Third Season
* Nashville The Complete Second Season
* The 100 Season One
* Defiance Season Two
* Royal Pains Season Five
* Law & Order: Special Victims Unit The 15th Year
* Modern Family The Complete 5th Season
* Mom Season One
* Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season One
* How I Met Your Mother The Ninth and Legendary Final Season

Movies
* Neighbors


September 30, 2014
Books
* Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (Add it to Goodreads)
* The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond (Add it to Goodreads)
* Unmarked by Kami Garcia (Add it to Goodreads)
* Winterspell by Claire Legrand (Add it to Goodreads)
* Schizo by Nic Sheff (Add it to Goodreads)

TV
* 24: Live Another Day

What new releases are you anticipating this month?