Saturday, June 16, 2012


Hello Book Lovers! 
I thought it would be fun to have another book giveaway contest!  
The book giveaway contest is open to anyone residing in the US. 
Here is how it works: 
The last person to make any post/comment about this contest on the Aventura Book Club group page on Facebook by June 16, 2012 at 11:59pm wins a book!
Here is the link to the Facebook group page:
Or click on the book worm on the top right hand corner of this blog page.
Happy posting! :-)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Interesting Book Fact

Interesting book fact: The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA contains 28 million books and has 532 miles of shelving.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

50 Shades...

Wow... it's been quite a while since I've last blogged...however, I haven't stopped reading and have quite a lot to share with you all!

Before I post about the past year, I want to update you all on the book, or shall I say books, I am currently reading. Can you guess what it is?? Everyone is talking about it now! Yes! You guessed it! 50 Shades of Grey.

I'm sure most of you have heard about this Erotic fictional story about, well, should I put this....a very wealthy and handsome, yet depressed and emotionally damaged man, who is CONSTANTLY horny and wants to dominate/take full control of a beautiful virgin by making her his submissive applying sexual tastes involving bondage, domination and sadism. 
Yes, you read that right! ...To quote my father "A desperate sexual idiot. I don't get the point of this ft-up story." haha! But, nevertheless, this ft-up story is such a hit and EVERYONE is reading it. I hear about it EVERYWHERE! The radio, TV, through friends, the net, ... you name it! I must say, I personally don't think it's such an incredible read.. however, I am quite entertained and am looking forward to seeing how it will end. 

QUESTION: Who else here thinks that the amount of sex Christian and Ana are having is just a tad unrealistic? I mean they're having sex on every single page! It's a little too much... thoughts?

I am however looking forward to the movie and I can't wait to see who they will pick to play the main characters. Here are my personal choices for Christian Grey (I know they're a little older than what Christian is.. but one can wish, right?)... what are yours?:

Bradley Cooper
Gabriel Macht
Christian Bale

And here are my choices for Ana Steele...thoughts?:
Mila Kunis
Nina Dobrev
Emmy Rosum

Monday, August 2, 2010

Aventura Book Club in the Miami Herald!

Hello everyone!
The Miami Herald posted an article about Aventura Book Club yesterday which I am very excited to share with all of you!
And thank you Kimberly Kanoff, Marissa Clarke, and Joshua Franta for your incredible comments!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kosher Sex

So last week I went to the Hadassa convention in Hollywood to see Rabbi Shmuley Boteach speak about one of his books called “Kosher Sex”. (Btw, for those of you who don’t know what Hadassah is, it is a women's Zionist Organization, a volunteer women's organization, whose members are inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in the US).

Wow, he is such a funny man and so extremely inspirational and wise.

In “Kosher Sex”, Rabbi Boteach discusses various approaches to sex, marriage, and personal relationships, drawing on traditional Jewish wisdom. He uses his experiences when counseling individuals and couples and in this book, he breaks down sexual taboos and openly, yet respectfully, discusses the meanings, emotions, and the hidden powers of sex.

Rabbi Boteach has a very unique anecdotal style. He really is such a funny man and it is such a pleasure listening to him. He illustrates each and every point, using real couples who have discovered the joys of "kosher sex"…sex based on love, trust, and real intimacy. He profiles the two most common types of couples, best friends and passionate lovers, and suggests ways of synthesizing the best that each type has to offer.

Everything is was talking about made so much sense and really helped me out in various aspects of my own personal relationship.

If you have not read any of his books yet, and he has many, I would recommend you pick up a copy of “Kosher Sex”. It truly is such a great book… not just for adults but for teens as well!


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I just didn't like it... at all...

So last night was ABC’s July meet-up where we discussed “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.

I’m sure most of you have heard about this book as it was plastered everywhere when it came out in 2005. The story is set in Nazi Germany, just before WW II and describes a young girl's life and relationship with her foster parents, friends, neighbors, and a Jewish man who ends up hiding in her home as the War begins.

The reason why I chose this book for ABC was simply because of the great reviews about it. Everyone I had asked about this novel told me it’s amazing and such an incredible book. Everywhere I read about it, only had positive things to say about the story line as well as the author’s writing style. That’s probably why it has won so many awards and was also listed on the New York Times Children's Bestseller List for over 100 weeks!

And yes, you have read it correct… CHILDREN’S BESTSELLER.

You see, this book was originally meant for children and teens which is very hard for me to understand because it is a very dark and tough book. It is about death (after all, DEATH is the narrator), it is about the holocaust and people dying, it is about suffering and starving… and after our meet-up last night, I also found out that I wasn’t the only one who had trouble understanding and following the book.

I must say that the very first paragraph and chapter of this book does grab your attention… It starts by saying: “HERE IS A SMALL FACT … YOU ARE GOING TO DIE”.
Not sure if that is the greatest way to start off a children’s book … but it grabbed my attention... For maybe 1 more page.

In any event, I happen to believe that in order to really understand this book and every single story that is described in it, you must read it at least twice! Only then will you really and truly understand it.

In my opinion there were A LOT of stories and chapters that could have been omitted. They were useless and a waste of time to me. I liked the idea of the story line and having death narrate it made it kind of interesting… but overall, I did not like the book. It was hard to follow, it was too drawn out, I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters, the writing confused me many times, and I can go on and on. And on top of that, I don’t think this should be a children’s book at all. There are many other better books for children that explain death and sorrow and how to deal with it.

What about you guys?

Has anyone read this book? Did you like it?

Please share your thoughts and comments… would love to hear them!


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