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Hello, my name is Kelly and I welcome you to the Bookend Diaries book blog. I created this blog to share my own reviews of existing and new books, to discuss with other readers what we’re currently reading, update you on my book club picks, and of course, to ultimately support the work of the authors we all enjoy. I am addicted to reading and I thought this would be a great way to reach out to other readers who are as obsessed with books as I am.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Breakfast At Tiffany's Nail Polish


Just in for the Christmas Holiday's Season a collection of nail polish dedicated to, "Breakfast at Tiffany's." How exciting is that? Audrey Hepburn, would just love all these beautiful shades, made just for her. Hope you all get a chance to check them out and then pick your favorite. This set also includes, famous quotes from Audrey, which makes it even more special. This would be a great stocking stuffer for "St. Nick's Day."

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Young Victoria


Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort, Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle, William IV's rule. Her German cousin Albert is encouraged to court her for solely political motives but, following her accession at age eighteen, finds he is falling for her and is dismayed at her reliance on trusty Prime Minister Melbourne. Victoria is impressed by Albert's philanthropy which is akin to her own desire to help her subjects. However her loyalty to Melbourne, perceived as a self-seeker, almost causes a constitutional crisis and it is Albert who helps restore her self-confidence. She proposes and they marry, Albert proving himself not only a devoted spouse, prepared to take an assassin's bullet for her, but an agent of much-needed reform, finally endorsed by an admiring Melbourne.

Comment:

This was a beautiful historical version of the life of Queen Victoria and her reign, I really enjoyed watching it and I am sure you will as well. Emily Blunt did a wonderful job in her role as Victoria. The love story between her and Albert was amazing. So until the series comes out in January this will give you something to sit back and relax and entertain you till then.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Victoria: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen: Official Companion to the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS


by Helen Rappaport (Author), Daisy Goodwin (Foreword)

The official companion to the Masterpiece presentation on PBS, Victoria delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England’s greatest monarchs.
From the producers of Poldark and Endeavour, ITV’s Victoria follows the early years of the young queen’s reign, based closely on Victoria’s own letters and journals. Now explore this extensive collection in greater depth, and discover who Victoria really was behind her upright public persona.
At only eighteen years old, Victoria ascended the throne as a rebellious teenager and gradually grew to become one of the most memorable, unshakeable and powerful women in history. The extensive writings she left behind document this personal journey and show how she triumphed over scandal and corruption. Written by author and Victoria historical consultant, Helen Rappaport, and including a foreword by Daisy Goodwin—acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter of the series—Victoria details the history behind the show. Revealing Victoria’s own thoughts about the love interests, family dramas and court scandals during her early reign, it also delves into the running of the royal household, the upstairs-downstairs relationships, and what it was like to live in Victorian England.
Full of beautiful photography from the series and genuine imagery from the era, Victoria takes you behind the palace doors and discover the girl
behind the queen.

Comment:

Even though this hasn't been released as of yet, it is a must for any Downton Abbey viewer. I wanted to give everyone the heads up on this since, it will be coming out in January on PBS in a series so that everyone can mark their calendars. This companion book is gorgeous and amazing to have while you watch this series. So I hope you all preorder it, so you receive it in time as you watch the show.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Happy Birthday to Audrey Hepburn

 
 
 
I was born with an incredible desire to love and passionate need to give it...
By: Audrey Hepburn

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Pretty Happy By: Kate Hudson

In almost every interview she gives, Kate Hudson is asked the same questions: What do you eat? How do you stay so fit? What workout do you do? What’s your secret? Well, the secret is that the sound bites the media loves so much don’t tell the story, and the steps you need to take to have a healthy, vibrant and happy life can’t be captured in a short interview. The key to living well, and healthy, is to plug into what your body needs, understanding that one size does not fit all, all the time, and being truly honest with yourself about your goals and desires.Like everyone else, Kate is constantly on the move, with a life full of work, family, responsibilities and relationships. In Pretty Happy, Kate shows how she honors her relationship with herself through exercise, making the right choices about what she eats, and constantly going back to the drawing board and starting fresh, instead of holding herself to unrealistic standards of perfection and giving up when she falls short. Focusing on the Four Pillars of Health to enhance her well-being, Pretty Happy shows the benefits of:
  • Cultivating an Intuitive Relationship With Your Body
  • Eating Well
  • Awakening Your Body through movement
  • The Miracle of Mindfullness
Full of questionnaires to help you assess your Body Type and your stress levels, advice about cleanses and keeping your diet and body balanced, and plenty of interactive Drawing Board exercises, Pretty Happy is a beautiful, insightful, and personal look at health from the inside out, an authentic plan for an authentic life from a woman who truly lives what she speaks.

This is a book that I think every woman should read, it is a wonderful guide to shape your life. It has a great format and loads of useful tools to help achieve the goals in living a healthy lifestyle. Mind, body and spirit are all covered with lots of exercises that are not very time consuming and gets great results. You will want to do everything she suggests including making your own drawing board to pull from. I think this is a great book to start the new year with and your journey for a richer life in the coming year. It would also, make a great gift for all your girlfriends to enjoy.