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review 2016-04-08 09:34
Live Your Dance
Brave and Awake: A Story of Authentic Becoming - Beverly Molina
We have come here to dance. We have come here to dance the dance of our dreams. Shall we allow it to unfold before us? Come, beautiful stranger, let us dance.

Brave and Awake: A Story of Authentic Becoming is the author's own story. But it is my story, your story, our story, too. The book itself is divided into three parts, three big steps in our journey to awakening. The author shared with us her personal experiences which made it easier to comprehend some ideas, to truly understand the purpose of it all. The main theme is self-discovery--awakening to ourselves, to who we really are deep inside and thus creating our own happiness. It is a very insightful guide for us to always have the courage to let ourselves shine, to make our inner diamond free of this world's dirt and see it for what it is, to scratch beneath our human-body costumes and beneath all our additional costumes for all our roles in this play called Life.

This book really spoke to me. I felt inspired. It took so long for me to read it because I tried to somehow implement these things in my life, try them out... From the first chapter I knew this was for me. It was not a coincidence--coincidences don't exist anyway. I knew all these things. I have had most these thoughts before and still have, but it was still an exciting experience to read thoughts that resonate with me and about things that I think about a lot, which actually shouldn't come as a surprise. I think this would resonate with a lot of people, because when it comes to this, I believe we're all pretty much the same.

I think this is something all of us need. Unlike most kinds of self-help books, I assume, the theme of this book is something everyone can relate to, because everyone wants to be happy. Everyone. That is something deeply ingrained in us. I want to be happy, too. And I was reminded that it is up to me. My happiness is in my hands and your happiness is in your hands, too. I am grateful I read this book. I'm grateful for all the circumstances leading to me reading it. I still feel inspired. It really was an informative, interesting and uplifting read. I will surely return to it frequently to check some "Tools of the Trade" or read some sentences or paragraphs I marked which stood out to me, which I thought I should always have in my mind.

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text 2016-01-22 19:35
January 2016 Must Read Books

My Reading List for January 2016 

 

 

2016 has started with fireworks, "top of the line" selections.  I am quickly making my way turning the pages, and enjoying the variety of talent.  From newfound, debut, to highly anticipated, and the much loved favorite authors.

 

Playing catch up writing reviews this weekend, with our South Florida rainy, thunderstorms, and cozy 71 degree temperature. (sorry Northern book friends and authors, stuck in ice and snow).  

However, we love snow and long to see some white flakes.

(hence the main picture). 

 

In the meantime, enjoy your weekend, and pick a book to curl up with. 
 

 

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON

Elizabeth Strout   
Jan 12

 

THE FORGOTTEN ROOM

Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig  
Jan 19 

 

THE THINGS WE KEEP  
Sally Hepworth  
Jan 19 

 

THE WHISPERING HOLLOWS
Lisa Unger   (Novella)

Jan 4 

 

THE EX:  A NOVEL

Alafair Burke

Jan 26

 

BESIDE MYSELF

Ann Morgan

Jan 12

 

FINAL ASSIGNMENT  (Novella)
Linwood Barclay  
Jan 12

 

ORPHAN X  
Gregg Hurwitz  
Jan 19

 

3 TRUTHS & A LIE
Lisa Gardner  
Jan 5  (Novella)    

 

 

THE GUEST ROOM  
Chris Bohjalian  
Jan 5 

 

THE WINTER GIRL

Matt Marinovich  
Jan 19

 

SUMMIT LAKE  
Charlie Donlea
Jan 26


 

THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN
Brandy Purdy
Jan 26

 

THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE

Melanie Benjamin
Jan 26

 

STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD
Susan Meissner  
Jan 5 

 

THE BITTER SEASON
Tami Hoag  
Jan 12

 

THE GOOD GOOD-BYE  
Carla Buckley  
Jan 12

 

THE NEWSMAKERS
Lis Wiehl
Jan 19

 

THE GIRLS SHE LEFT BEHIND
Sarah Graves  
Jan 12  

 

WHAT WAS MINE

Helen Klein Ross 
Jan 5 

 

THE VIEW FROM PRINCE STREET
Mary Ellen Taylor  
Jan 5

 

MOTHER'S DAY 

Renee Knight 

Jan 5

 

UNHINGE
Calia Read
Jan 12

 

WHAT SHE LEFT

T. R. Richmond
Jan 12

 

THE RESTAURANT CRITIC'S WIFE

Elizabeth LaBan

Jan 5 

 

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

Paul Kalanithi

Foreward: Abraham Verghese 

Jan 12  

 

THE CURE:  A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body
Jo Marchant 
Jan 19   

 

 

BLACKOUT

David Rosenfelt

Jan 5 

 

AN INVISIBLE CLIENT
Victor Methos
Jan 26

 

BEFORE I FORGET
Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's
B. Smith, Dan Gasby,Michael Shnayerson  
Jan 19 

 

ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK  YOUR HEART 

Ed Tarkington

Jan 5  

 

ANGELS BURNING
Tawni O'Dell
Jan 5

 

RIVER ROAD

Carol Goodman

Jan 19

 

                                  

EARNEST
Kristin von Kreisler  
Jan 26  
 

THE BLUE LINE

Ingrid Betancourt

Jan 26

 

 

A Few Days Remaining. Blog Tour Jan 26.  Don't Forget to ENTER HERE 

 

           

   JDCMustReadBooks 

 
 
Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!book-stuff-/c9rf
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review 2016-01-13 15:48
The Assassin and the Healer - Sarah J. Maas

 

 

Celaena Sardothian, whom I now call Selena the Sardothian for no other reason that I can (Maas thinks as highly of Celaena as Calaena does - her full name is almost always used), is just an all around humanitarian in this one.

Oh, uh, spoilers here.

First, she decides to save a barmaid from 4 mercenaries (or maybe it was 5, I really don't know -- mercenaries come out of the wood work right and left in this)
Then, she trains the barmaid in some self defense. Later, Celaena takes on 5 more mercenaries while barmaid takes down, like a 1/2 of one.
Finally, she gifts the barmaid with a huge chunk of her money and pretty little ruby broach so that barmaid can get to healing school and come back a healer to help save the world.

This all takes place in a taproom basically, the same type of taproom that the last novella took place in with almost the exact same description.

So, this was a disappointment over all. I guess maybe barmaid Yrene has a place in the larger book series? Because otherwise, the switch to her POV was not only pointless, but boring. There was no characterization beyond the very superficial (physical description) and hardly any emotion in this one at all. I'm not even sure that this has any place in the larger plot arc!

Maybe I jumped the gun falling in love with that first novella, thinking they'd all be on-par.

So, in review, nothing happened in this novella. Maybe this is a story to introduce a 'healer' character and give Celaena a couple of gold stars to counteract her chip-on-her-shoulder attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-01-08 00:17
*Rubs hands together* This is going to be good...
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord - Sarah J. Maas

I looked around to see if I should read this before embarking on "Throne of Glass". It seemed like a good jumping off point, being a prequel and all, but you never know with prequels as sometimes they make less sense without knowing the future story. Go figure.

 

And a prequel is a good test run for writing style.

 

I really, really liked this and can't wait to read the prequel sequel (there are three prequels?). Calaena, though she comes off as spoiled, judgmental and arrogant, feels like she's going to become this very awesome character. I don't think I've ever thought that of any character (as in, I didn't really like her but know that I will). She just has some growing up to do, and I feel like we have to get to know her better. She doesn't wear her life on her sleeve, Maas is going to make us do the time to unravel her secrets.

 

Fortunately, the time is easily spent as the storytelling is pretty great.

 

But one thing, how do you say Calaena? How? I have a wavered between two different variations in my head, and I just can't have that.

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review 2016-01-07 02:04
"The car goes where your eyes go"
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

 

Heartrending? Yes. Worth it? Yes. 

 

 

Enzo, our narrator, is a dog. He's loyal and smart and flawed. He offers you a story of his owner Denny, of  Denny's tragedy and triumph(s), but mostly perseverance in the face of desolation.  He offers, in hopes that you'll be inspired by it. And all the while, Enzo reminds you that this is still a dog tale, with his dodgy crows, dancing zebras and obsession with thumbs.

 

Enzo wants to be a human, and in the wanting, he ponders the curious ways that humans behave and endeavors to exemplify the best attributes that we have at our disposal. Unconditional love, empathy, compassion. 

 

From the first page, you know that Enzo is dying. Stein doesn't come in sucker punch you, he lays out pretty early and often that there be trials ahead. But it's okay.

 

This is one of those books that hurts, but also gives hope. I reveled in the hope, I reveled through big, fat, ugly tears. Reveled.

 

P.S. This might be the best, most fitting, most wonderful title for a book ever. Good on so many levels. Two barks, people.

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