Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Sweet Treat

The Chocolate Diaries:  Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life by Karen Scalf Linamen

Ladies, if you are looking for that perfect gift for a BFF, look no further.  This part self-help, part memoir would make a great gift . This would be a helpful and encouraging book to those going through divorce, depression and physical challenges.   The only disappointing part was the lack of really ooey-gooey chocolate recipes.  I don't know why I expected a cookbook, self-advice book but something about the title had me flipping through looking for a "Better than Sex" Chocolate Cake.

It was a new kind of book for me.  While I do love nonfiction, I had never delved into the self-help bucket before.  In the beginning, I felt like I didn't really need the help-to-self advice but I really enjoyed reading the author's stories.  She has a very funny and engaging style that will appeal to a lot of different kinds of readers.  Each chapter tells a little more about the author and how she overcame personal obstacles, mostly having to do with men and heartbreak.  Interspersed are motivational stories from her blog and other interviews from readers and fans.

After I started reading, I realized that many of the stories and advice really did run pretty close to home.  We all have our ow personal difficulties and seeing how another person totally made the same mistakes I did made me feel better.  Misery loveth company!

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