Friday, December 30, 2011
Cover2Cover Book Club
Today I'm linking up with Ashley and Crystal for their first bookclub post.
This month we read How to Be A Hepburn in A Hilton World by Jordan Christy.
1. What do you think is the most important piece of advice that Jordan Christy gave in this book?
I think the best advice given in the book was in Chapter 2. The quickest way I lose respect for people is when they have no respect for themselves. They were the tiniest pieces of clothing, constantly post on their facebook's saying how wasted they got, how much they regret what they did the night before and yet they constantly do it anyways. People these days have no respect for themselves, and if you have no respect for yourself or your image, how can I? Jordan Christy says in the chapter that the quickest way for us to gain and lose respect for someone is through their image. I completely agree with this statement. No matter how you act as an individual, if you go completely crazy or have one too many pictures of yourself getting wasted I can only lose respect for you.
2. What do you think is the most obnoxious “Stupid Girl” characteristic?
I think the most obnoxious characteristic of the "Stupid Girl" is that everyone gives them so much attention. Since they receive all this attention for the dumb and ridiculous things they do, they continue to do these things to continue having your attention. It doesn't matter its good or bad reasons for gaining your attention, they still have it and they will do whatever it takes to focus your attention on them.
3. There were SO many great quotes in this book. Do you have a favorite?
"You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius...the great charm of all power is modesty." -- Louisa May Alcott
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” --Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
4. What do you hate most about how our modern day media portrays women? Which celebrity do you dislike the most?
It really annoys me when our media shows women who aren't the perfect proportionate woman, the day of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show every girl from high school to college age is posting "oh man I need to go to the gym after watching that" and when tabloids post pictures of tiny little imperfections on celebrities or how they really look in real life and not in the photoshopped pictures of them. Whoever decided that the perfect women needed to be a size 2 and have the perfect body? The best part about each and every women is that they are different then the next one and not completely perfect.
My least favorite celebrity would have to be either Lindsay Lohan or Brittney Spears. They have the power to reach such a huge amount of women in a positive way and change their thinking and instead they decide to show them all the stupid things they have done. They are in my opinion the worst role models young girls could have.
5. Jordan Christy said that one of the best ways to cultivate a healthy self-image is by celebrating your positive and unique qualities. If you have the time, take the “9 Types” Personality Test here: http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/dis_sample_36.asp Did you discover anything new about yourself? Which type are you? Which traits do you feel are most representative of you?
The perceptive, cerebral type. Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation. At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an entirely new way.
The easy-going, self-effacing type. Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually grounded, supportive, and often creative, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent and emotionally distant, simplifying problems and ignoring anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness. At their Best: indomitable and all- embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.
6. What are the top 5 things on your Smart Girl list? (goals to become a more articulate, knowledgeable, and well-rounded person.. see Jordan’s list on page 62)
1. One day open my own Bakery/Cafe and run it successfully
2. Be extrememly knowledgeable about my field (pastry arts)
3. Learn and be able to speak French
4. Be debt free
5. Get an internship at Flour Bakery
7. 7. One of Jordan’s suggestions for staying out of a rut with your group of friends is to travel together to your “signature cities.” If you have time, take the signature cities quiz here: http://www.testq.com/career/quizzes/84-whats-your-signature-city You will have to make an account to get your results, but it’s definitely worth it. What’s your signature city? Have you ever been there? Do you ever see yourself visiting your signature city in the future? Would you ever consider traveling to your signature city with your group of friends?
My signature city is Savannah. Although I have not been there, I have thought about visiting it. I would love to visit it one day with friends.
8. Overall, what did you think about the book? What was your favorite part of the book? Least favorite?
Overall I thought it was a good book. I think it is something that teenage girls should really read. I think they can learn a lot about the role models they have and how to become a civilized, young lady and not the crazy wild child they idolize. It gave me great insight as to where the future generations of young women are headed.