Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail If you regrettably, saw the film before reading the book, you will be pleased to see that it stays mostly true to the story. From heartache, abortion, drug use, and death, the author recounts every …
From Dark To Light Belinda’s personal story reads part psychic drama meets Hollywood horror movie. Our suggestion, is that Ms. Belinda immediately secure rights to a screenplay and sell it immediately. Otherwise, if you’re curious about chakras, and how to heal them, this is a …
31 New Years Resolutions For The Uninspired
No frills, no fuss and exactly what the title states it is… 31 resolutions of ideas that every person can hope to achieve. If you’re looking for something life altering this isn’t the title for you, but if you can approach this book with a sense of humor, nay irony you’ll laugh at some of the suggested resolutions. And yes… I do resolve to lay in bed and do nothing all day long, because why the hell not?
Milk and Romance
If you’ve had an active dating life in your younger years, get ready to take a hilarious trip down memory lane with this selection of poetry. Everything from terrible habits to horrible experiences in the bedchamber. A quick read in one sitting, and perfect to hit a reading goal.
Apparently this is the “new personality thing” among many groups, including Christians. You take a quiz, and find your results – life changed! Initially I was impressed with my result as the “enthusiast” but as a “fact-finding” measure I took another test online. This is where the discrepancy starts. Based on the longer quiz online I’m type 4 wing 5 otherwise known as the “bohemian.” After more research, there doesn’t seem to be a standardized format, with the exception of paying certain “societies” to determine who you are. Where this book loses it charm is with the sub-types. I absolutely could not understand which sub-type I was based on my scoring. Perhaps I read too fast, or was supposed to “feel” who I was, but I’m more confused than assured with this one. Maybe that’s what makes me a bohemian type after all.
Apparently California had a crazy idea of making a “list” to find the perfect mate. Yes a list… like a shopping list of the qualities you’d hope for in a partner. Simply write it out, and boom! The person appears and you wander off in blissful union. For a bit, as we find out. Is this list witchcraft? Or “law of attraction?” The author explores both ideas and the idea of finding the perfect mate. Still think this is a rubbish idea? It made the news, and you’ll find a list of articles in the back of the book referencing the idea. Here’s something to ponder: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-use-love-list-find-your-ideal-romantic-partner-ncna847641.
The Butterfly Garden
Interrogation of a victim uncovers a horrifying tale so gut wrenching, it will leave you reeling. Can we label this one horror? Crime? Political? Activism? All? It’s everything. This book should come with a trigger warning as it’s a discourse on the sexual objectification of women, abuse, rape, and the expectations of being “beautiful.” You’ll never look at a butterfly the same way again.
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November Book Haul The Princess Saves Herself In This One Broken into three parts, Lovelace shares the experiences of growing into a woman from a complicated childhood. Poetry revealing the trauma-filled relationship with her mother, society’s expectations of her as a female, losing love, finding …
October Book Haul
Stories, we all tell them, not just to our friends, but to ourselves. These “stories” stem from the unresolved hurts of our past, which eventually manifest in our adult lives. It’s a no-brainer how this happens. This book is about what “triggers” us, and how we respond both in the workplace, and at home.
Academic, yet simple, Dr. Brown explains every typical “trigger” response in easy to understand language. I confess, I’m guilty of every response she mentions. What’s notable is her suggestion to use journaling as a self-introspective solution. I for one, do not like her journaling method, and prefer the use of my own. However, I see the validity in her reasoning and find myself asking “what’s the driving force behind why you feel this way?” in daily interactions now.
Mercy Like Morning
I previewed this before it’s official release with feedback provided to the publisher. Part personal memoir, and part Christian instructional handbook. Jane’s personal story towards motherhood is gut-wrenching, yet one I personally cannot relate to. I’ve simply, not felt the overwhelming urge to reproduce. There were times I felt “annoyed” by her anguish and I had to remind myself that this was her dream as a wife, not mine.
Jane’s story (all of it, there’s more) is inspirational, and I argue that it could have been a stand-alone, yet I understand that her faith, and her studies kept her moving forward. I wish the editor had separated this book into two parts: memoir, than her biblical studies. I also felt too many examples were used when attempting to explain how she breaks down biblical word translation. However, for students of the Bible who wish to have an in-depth analysis, a textbook approach to this process, Jane does a wonderful job.
Crazy Rich Asians
A plot known to everyone, used again and again, and will be used… again. Normal girl meets rich boy and falls in love, then drama, some drama, more drama and OH drama, this time with an Asian flair. The family history is in-depth (be prepared), and there’s plenty of characters to identify with.
I personally liked Astrid more than the main character and although she is a side-note, she has her own heartbreaking story, her own layer of “cake” in the overall plot. I promise I won’t spoil it for you.
I’m not sure if I will continue with this series, however I am interested in seeing the movie. If anything, read this for the ending. The mother’s story is very relevant to the issue of immigrants/immigration in the United States. It’s revealing, nay thought-provoking how someone would leave everything, and everyone one behind to start a new life.
Look life hurts, it sucks. We don’t win all the time. Not happy? Do something else. Stop doing things that serve you no purpose and do what you want to. But be realistic.
Brutal honesty that’s in your face. Frankly, I want to throw this book at so many people, and not in a lady-like way. This isn’t a law of attraction book, this isn’t a simple solution. This is a rude-wake up call if you haven’t sat down to look at yourself, like really look at yourself and your desires.
For the most part, I discovered most of what the author talks about after I returned to college as an adult. I confess I felt a lot better about my experiences in that process of “finding myself” after reading this book. The major take-away for me, was the reminder that everyday is a choice. What are you NOT willing to accept? What do you NOT want in your life. We spend so much time focused on what we want to achieve, we forget sometimes to ask ourselves, what we simply won’t put up with.
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