Sunday, 29 May 2016

Book Review: Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy

What's it About?
It's The Hills star Lauren Conrad's 2009 book about 19 year old Jane Roberts who moves to L.A. to intern for an event planning outfit but somehow, becomes the star of a hot new reality tv show ( talk about a mjor career change!).
Where I Got It From?
Ok, this is also from the library at school. But I can see from the back cover that it's available on and  also on Amazon.
Whats On The Cover?
I must admit, it has a very attractive cover. The heart-shaped candies ( I'm guessing thats what they are), is a perfect way to appeal to the teens and young adults that the book is intended for. The trick worked with me anyway. I liked the cover very much.
What I Think.
Can I just get this out if my mind quickly? I loved the chapter titles. In fact, after reading the first two or three, I actually paused and read ALL of them before continuing with the rest of the book. Good job Lauren, this one certainly wins the Up Close and Literal 'Book With The Coolest Chapter Titles' award. That said, the book was shallow in some places and forgive me but I don't think Lauren had to work that hard to write a book like this as she was already on a 'reality' tv show herself. Get my point?  It offers very little suprises but is suprisingly enjoyable. Plus, Sharp tongued- Scarlett's scarcasm kind of lifts it up and  provides some degree of humour.
Not so terribly awful for a first effort but it was really heartless of Lauren to tease me with a sneak peak of the sequel Sweet Little Lies. Now I can't wait to get my paws on it.

Keys to ratings:
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Where has this book been all my life? It's excellent!
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Really good book, deserves a place on every bookshelf.
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹:   Not too bad, I've seen worse books.
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹:  This author needs to go back to Writing School, this one is really not good.
πŸ’‹: Can't believe I wasted my time reading it.
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Monday, 23 May 2016

Book Review: Ben Carson's Take the Risk

Whats it About?
It's doctor  Ben Carson's 2008 book about 'Learning to identify, choose and live with acceptable risk.

Where to Get It?
Well, I kind of nipped this one from a friend. I'll return it immediately after writing this review. I promise. But it's available on if you'd like a copy.
What I Think About It?
It was quite easy for me to decide to read this book. First, because it's a motivational book and secondly because when a man who drills  into people's brains for a living writes a book about taking risks, the wise thing to do is to pick it up and read it. Which is what I did.
The book is quite  enjoyable and contains several examples which show how the  Best/Worst Analysis (B/WA) Framework which he came up with, has helped him make tough decisions both in life as a neuro-surgeon, a public speaker and a husband and father. I know you're itching for me to elaborate more on the B/WA thing but I will not. It's not because am lazy, I promise. I just don't want to give away too much because I'd like you guys to read the book yourselves.
I liked book so much that I have already started practicing what It teaches. I have already made a number of very important decisions using the B/WA (such as whether to stay in bed or get out and watch my favorite fashion show). Just kidding.
And oh! I have also been using my brain more, because I have got one.
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Five Things You Should Never Do When Am Reading A Book- Like Never Ever

Believe me, it's not like am a cranky person or anything like that.  But when am engrossed in a really good book, the last thing I need is an interruption. But sometimes it seems like there are some people whose sole aim in life, is to put an end to my enjoyment. So for that reason, have put together a list of five ( for now. I might increase the list later) things you should never do to me when am reading. Thats if you want us to remain friends. Enjoy.
1. Call My Name
Ok, it's like this: each time you see me holding a book, it's not me your really seeing cuz am not there. I have most probably been transported to another world far, far away (kindly multiply this statement by 100 if I happen to be reading a super interesting book. Thank you very much). So you'll likely have to repeat my name about twenty times to even get my attention. And kindly be informed that my response will be non-verbally, maybe with an irritated grunt or my personal favorite - a death stare.  And now that you have my attention, it's going to be for a very short while so say something important like ' Chiomaah you just won 50 million dollars' or 'This house is on fire!' To prevent me from starnglung you for wasting my time. You have been warned!
2. Interview Me
What's the book about? Who wrote it? Is it any good? These are just a few of the classic  annoying-as-hell questions that people ask me when am reading. And am most irritated by the fact that most of the people in this category, hardly ever  read tyemselves. It's like they want to know as much as they can about the book without actually reading it. How selfish. And while we are at it, no. You can't borrow it when am done.
3. Ask me if Am an English-Literature Student
I know this one's third on the list but believe me, it's actually almost the most annoying. How come I never knew there was a rule against non-Eng-Lit students reading interesting books?
4. Give Me a Lecture
 A short, straight-to-the-point 'You like reading, that's very good' is fine. After all everyone appreaciates a commendation once in a while. But please do not start telling me about how you used to love  books, how many books you read when you were in primary School but can no longer do so because you are  such a busy executive with lot  of responsibilities, blah, blah, blah. I mean, I really have to finish this book because thousands of readers on Up Close And Literal are waiting for my review. Thats if you don't mind.
5. Snatch The Book From My Hand
I repeat: do not try to 'Bring my back to the real world' by snatching the book from my hand and running away with it or holding it high above your head to stop me from reaching it (why am I so short?)  This will only make me hat e you the more. I mean, some people spend hours with thier eyes and hands glued to their cell phones and no one bullies them. Why can't a girl just read a good book in peace? The injustice!
See you guys later.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Book Review: Alex Haley's Roots: The Saga of an American Family

What's it about: it's Alex Haley's 1976 novel about his 18th century ancestor Kunta Kinte who was captured and sold into slavery.
Where I got it from? I got mine from the school library. But it's an old and very popular book so it shouldn't be hard to find either from your local book store or online.
Is it any good? I still don't know whether to regard it as a work of fiction or not. I know it was written after gathering records and doing  a lot of research but then, the writer wasn't there when the events he describes took place so his account can't be 100 percent accurate. But still, he has a rich imagination and the book is really entertaining.Plus, I admire his courage because I wouldn't dare talk about my great-great-great-grandfather's foto like that.
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹
Keys to rating:
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Where has this book been all my life? It's excellent!
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹:  It's a really good book. It deserves a place on every bookshelf
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Not bad, I've seen worse books.
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: This author really needs to go back to writing school.
πŸ’‹: Can't believe I wasted my time reading this book.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Lets help Mr. Haley find his roots.

So, after making those changes to the blog, it's only natural that we kick things off with a bang. It's one of the most famous books ever written, especially about slavery so I hope you like it.
See you later.
   And oh! Will you be tuning in to watch the remake of the mini series which premiers Memorial day on the History channel?


First of all, am really sorry for staying away for so long. But I can assure you it wasn't for nothing, I was busy thinking of cool ways to make this blog better for all you book worms out there. And thats why starting from now, you will notice some changes.  You've probably noticed that I hardly write reviews. Well, thats going to stop. From now on, I'll write an honest (even if I've received the book for free. Lol) review about it and then rate it on a scale of one to five.
Here's a key to the rating system:
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Where has this book been all my life? It's excellent.
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Really good book. It deserves a place on every book shelf.
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: Not bad, I've seen worse books.
πŸ’‹πŸ’‹: This author  should go back to writing school. This one is really not good.
πŸ’‹: Can't believe I wasted my time reading it.
I really hope I never have to award one kiss to any book. Anyway, this doesn't mean we'll stop having the discussions though. Infact, if you were to cross a book club and a book review blog, then what you'd get is Up close and literal.
I hope you like it.
Stay blessed.
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