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review 2017-11-18 19:55
Your Body's Many Cries for Water - Fereydoon Batmanghelidj

Probably the single most important thing we can do for ourselves when we are unwell is drink more water.


You are not sick, you are thirsty.”


But not only when we are unwell. We need water, lots of water, to keep us well, says Dr Batmanghelidj in his best-selling book Your Body’s Many Cries For Water.


Read it, if you can get hold of a copy. But in brief, he tells us that our bodies require an absolute minimum of six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. And that means water, not coffee or tea, or fruit juice, or any other beverage. Water, plain and simple.

These six glasses would ideally be drunk as follows: one half an hour before each meal, and one two-and-a-half hours after each meal.


But that is the minimum, remember. We should also wash our food down with some water, and drink more water whenever we feel thirsty. Not only when we feel thirsty, though, but also when we feel hungry for a snack outside our regular meal-times: the body, especially as it grows older, becomes incapable of distinguishing thirst from hunger. While young people, who do know when they are thirsty, tend to quench that thirst with rubbish instead of water, many older people don’t believe they are thirsty at all and if given a glass of water just sip at it, merely wetting their mouths and throats and convinced that that is all they need.


As simply as dehydration will in time produce the major diseases we are confronting now. a well regulated and constantly alert intention to daily water intake will help to prevent the emergence of most of the major diseases we have come to fear in our modern society.”

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review 2017-11-09 19:01
Dead in the Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River) - Denise Swanson

I don't know how this happened, but this is my first book by Denise Swanson. I see her books everywhere.

I am glad to say that I really liked this read. I sped right through and the ending had my heart beating very fast. Especially when the tornado was hitting everywhere, and I mean everywhere.

Good character development with lots of twists. 

I will definitely be reading more Denise Swanson books in the future.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-11-06 22:09
Spirits in the Water (Elements of Untethered Realms #4)
Spirits in the Water (Elements of Untethered Realms Book 4) - Catherine Stine,Gwen Gardner,Jeff Chapman,M. Pax,Angela Brown,River Fairchild,Simon Kewin,Christine Rains,Meradeth Houston,M. Gerrick,Cherie Reich

This was a pretty cool book. I enjoyed the different stories. Some took a whole lot of imigination to come up with. Some needed more to the story and some should be turned into full books. 
I really enjoyed the story Extraordinary by Angela Brown. I would love to read a full book on this story. In the story Angelique's whole life about to changing. She just hit puberty and begins to "Phase". This means she is able to merge through doors, she can turn into a puddle of water and more. She also learns about her birth and the mother who died when she was born.  When a tornado takes her house and her father figure she phases in front of a person she though of as a brother, he does not understand and tells her to leave. Now she is on her own after loosing everything and learning the secrets of her life. 
Another story that was pretty good but really need a bit more background was The Folding Point by Cherie
Reich. In the story Aimee and her brother Xavier are Pager Magic's. They can fold paper into birds then write some magic words on the paper and it will fly like a real bird. They can also form other things like weapons.  In the story Aimee's mom has been arrested for being a Paper Magic.  Paper Magic has been banned.  A group of other paper magic's are going to try and break all the arrested paper magic's out of jail. 
I did not find one bad story in the book. Each is about a different subject. This book is really not ghosts and goblins but it was a great Halloween read.

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review 2017-10-28 15:52
Into the Water is All Wet
Into the Water: A Novel - Paula Hawkins

Trigger warning: rape


After "The Girl on the Train" I should have passed on reading this. But I figured I would give Paula Hawkins one more try. This book was all over the place with too many characters and motivations to keep straight. The writing was not good, nor was the flow. Also I picked out who did it straight away so that wasn't even a surprise. There is a lack of descriptions of people and the setting through the whole book. It doesn't even reads taking place in England by the way. Just some faceless town that sounds way too "American". Also there's barely any dialogue between characters. Enjoy reading inner monologues all over the place. 


"Into the Water" is supposedly about a woman named Jules, called back to a summer place she and her family stayed at while growing up. Jules sister Nel is found dead, an apparent suicide. However Jules doesn't believe her sister committed suicide. Be prepared though for Jules to not really do a thing about that and spend the majority of the book "talking" to her sister and relieving a traumatic event that caused her to cut her sister off from her as an adult. 


There's about 10 other character POVs we get in this one by the way. Besides Jules we have her niece Lena, Lena's friend who committed suicide younger brother Josh and his mother Louise. We have the local police (two of them) the local policeman's wife and father. Lena's school teacher, and a local psychic. I feel like I'm blanking on someone, but I can't even recall at this point. That's way too many people to track while reading. There's absolutely no development since each chapter POV is around 3 pages long. Just know everyone but Josh is terrible in some way. 


Ultimately we have Nel's death leading to consequences for a lot of characters in this book Nel seemed hell bent writing a book about the local swimming hole that had a lot of deaths attached to it. When a young girl who was best friend's with Lena dies, many blame Nel's research as making suicide fascinating to teens. 


The writing was not great. I can see why each chapter needed the character name since after a while all the characters sounded the same. We also get excerpts from Nel's book in between some chapters that also makes things confusing. The flow was non-existent since jumping every few pages to another character makes it hard for the plot to progress. 


The setting of this book is some English town though at times I thought I was reading about some town in New England. I don't know why but when I think of witches being drowned which is about one of the stories that Nel is writing about, I automatically think of Salem. It doesn't help that we don't really get a sense of the town or the place or anything else because none of the character seem to pay attention to anybody but themselves. It's just disappointing because I think there was a very good glimmer of an idea in this book that just got lost because there was way too much going on. 


Ultimately I think that just maybe this book was a bit too rushed that people were trying to build on the success of "The Girl on the Train." I mean I'm one of those few readers that thought that book was just overblown hype and wasn't as good as everybody else kept talking about. And I definitely don't think this book is good at all. If you're going to read it I suggest you get it from the library and you don't waste your money on on this. There's better thriller books out there I think that are going to be worth your time.

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