Saturday, January 26, 2019

2 quick reviews

AUTHOR: Michael Roizen, MD and Michael Crupain MD
PUBLISHER: National Geographic
PUB. YEAR: 2019
FORMAT:  - print (library)
RATING: 3.5/5 stars

I saw this book on the "new books" shelf and it seemed like a worthy choice to start 2019 off on the right foot. I liked that it was written by (2) doctors and although I loved the way the book was organized, much of the information was not new to me.

In this book you will learn how to use various foods to increase your longevity and improve the way you feel. The authors claim that out bodies are designed to eat more in the morning and less in the evening for optimal effectiveness. They recommend eating only in the daylight hours if possible and consuming all your food intake in a 12 hour period - ie: 6a.m.-6p.m (no snacking afterward).  We adopted this type of eating style 3.5 years ago when I retired and I lost about 12 lbs without dieting. 

This is definitely not a weight loss book, it's full of ideas for healthier alternatives and better food choices.  I liked the way the book was organized and, that the book has different step by step suggestions for different lifestyles. I do admit to skimming sections where I didn't feel that the info was new or relevant but, overall, it's a book worth checking out (if your library has a copy)


TITLE: The Lady with the Purple Hat (162 pages)
AUTHOR: Otilia Greco
PUBLISHER: iUniverse
PUB. YEAR: 2017
SETTING:  Switzerland and an English Village
FORMAT:  - print (library)
RATING: pass

I saw this slim book on my library shelves and decided to give it a try.  It's about a woman in the midsts of a divorce battle who wants to be a widow not a divorcee.  Her mission is to see that her husband dies before their divorce becomes final (they've been battling it out for 10 years).  As the story opens her husband is in a hospital bed dying of cancer, but his death is not coming fast enough for Daisy. She decides to speed things up, donning a huge purple hat she heads to his hospital room planning to poison him, but, her plan doesn't work out as she had hoped.

The story goes back to the time when the couple met and paints Daisy as a money hungry, status seeker from the very start. She's not a character you could ever like or sympathize with and, although she tries to reinvent herself in the end, by then, I just didn't care what happened to her. A very quick read, I was actually surprised to find something like this on the library shelves. I just can't recommend this one, sorry.


  1. Bummer, not a great reading selection for you. I hope the next book is fantastic!

  2. Well, I do like the hat and that book about eating sounds pretty useful!

  3. Diane,

    What to Eat When sounds very good. I wish I could have dinner earlier than I do on most nights.

    Have a terrific weekend!

  4. The problem with healthy eating books is they change their minds on what's healthy every few years. That only eating during daylight sounds like a new diet program that's out right now.

    I think I'll take a pass on both books. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Dr. Roizen was Dr. Oz's co-author of his first book. I think we've naturally moved to a "daylight hours eating plan" in the last few years. It works - and definitely worked for you!

  6. The doctor who wrote your health book writes books with Dr. Oz. I like to hear what they have to say, but truthfully so much is just common sense or tips I pick up from reading/watching on my own. Thanks for your thoughts.

  7. Sorry but I don't like anyone telling me what to eat or why anymore. Just a current quirk of mine. But the novel sounds funny to me.

  8. I checked to see if my library has The Lady with the Purple Hat and they do so I placed a hold on it. I think I'll like it.

  9. There is a book out about eating that I want to give a try but it's not so much a manual as it is a discovery on what works best for your body. It's called Eat What You Love. I think that's what it's called.

  10. Bummer about What To Eat When. I was thinking about picking it up.


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