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review 2017-11-14 01:12
Review of the Soul of Leadership by Deepak Chopra
The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness - Deepak Chopra

I had heard a lot of good thing about Deepak Chopra, but to be honest, this book did not have many great insights for me.  I felt like much of what was here was simply an organized way of looking at basic leadership skills.  I most enjoyed the two stories at the end that were used as examples of leadership and wish there were more of those in this book.

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url 2017-10-12 12:01
Peace humanity highest potential is waiting
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Chanting Mantras with Best Chords - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Mental masturbation overload that led to wars...

Peace humanity highest potential is still waiting

 and Free Mind Article

by Nataša Pantović

Can TV, radio, Internet or Music kill more of the neurons they stimulate? And why are we so attracted to this most amazing form of expression?

Peace humanity highest potential is still waiting...

peace humanity highest potential is waiting by Nataša Pantović
Source: artof4elements.com/entry/200/peace-humanity-highest-potential-is-waiting
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text 2017-08-27 15:42
Indiana - Progress update: I've read 34%.
Indiana - Sylvia Raphael,Naomi Schor,George Sand

Raymon is not only a creep, he's also a cad and a calculating jack-ass.


I hope Sand makes him suffer later in this novel, but something tells me he might get away with it all. 

Raymon felt that with a little skill he might deceive both these women simultaneously. ‘Madame,’ he said, going down on his knees before Indiana, ‘my presence here must seem an outrage to you; I am on my knees before you to beg forgiveness. Grant me a few moments in private, and I’ll explain . . .’

‘Say no more, Monsieur, and leave my room,’ cried Madame Delmare, recovering all the dignity of her position.

‘Go openly. Noun, open that door so that all the servants can see him and all the shame of such behaviour fall on him.’

Noun, thinking her situation had been discovered, fell to her knees beside Raymon.

Madame Delmare, saying nothing, looked at her with amazement. Raymon tried to grasp her hand, but she withdrew it indignantly. Red with anger, she got up and, pointing to the door, repeated:

‘Go; go, for your conduct is infamous. So that’s the means you wanted to use! You, Monsieur, hidden in my room like a thief! So it’s your habit to get into families like this. So that’s the pure attachment you were swearing to me yesterday evening!

That’s how you were to protect, respect, and defend me! That’s the way you worship me! You see a woman who has helped you with her own hands, who, to bring you back to life, has braved her husband’s anger. You deceive her with feigned gratitude, you swear to her a love worthy of her, and as a reward for her care, as a reward for her credulity, you want to surprise her in her sleep and hasten your success by some indescribable infamy. You bribe her maid, you almost sneak into her bed like an already accepted lover. You’re not afraid of letting her servants into the secret of an intimacy which doesn’t exist. . .

Go, Monsieur, you’ve taken care to open my eyes very quickly.

Leave, I say, don’t stay another moment in my house.

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text 2017-08-19 20:33
Halloween Bingo: Possibilities for squares

I have been playing a disgusting amount of Stardew Valley lately. I started a new farm a couple weeks ago (technically two new farms, but I quickly realized that while I love Stardew Valley fishing, I didn't love it enough to put up with the fishing-focused map). Now my little farmer is well on her way to marrying Sebastian. Although she's probably going to make friends with as many people in town as possible before actually marrying him...


Anyway, I need to rip myself away from Stardew Valley and try to remember how to write reviews and read for extended periods of time. I saw a few people's posts about what they might read for certain squares, and, although I originally figured I'd wing it, I decided it might be fun to come up with my own lists. So, here I go. This will mostly focus on things currently sitting in my TBR/e-TBR.


In some cases I've listed certain books more than once, since I couldn't decide which square they'd be best for. One thing has become clear to me after putting this post together: I'm going to have to dust off my e-reader.


In the Dark, Dark Woods:

- The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman  (I found a blog post that indicated this includes a creepy forest, but I don't know for sure that it counts. I borrowed this book from someone so long ago that I wince just thinking about it.)


Amateur Sleuth:

- A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder - Julie Anne Lindsey  

- Designed for Death - Jean Harrington  



- Gil's All Fright Diner - A. Lee Martinez  (apparently this has zombies, a vampire, and a werewolf)

- Vampire Vendetta - Alexis Morgan  

- Keeper of the Shadows - Alexandra Sokoloff  (according to a GR tag)

- I could also reread some of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books for this and a few other squares, but that'll probably only happen if I'm desperate.


The Dead Will Walk:

- Gil's All Fright Diner - A. Lee Martinez  

- Devoured - Jason Brant  

- World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks  


Romantic Suspense:

- Shield of Justice - Radclyffe  (I'm pretty sure this is f/f romantic suspense)

- Tell Me Why - Stella Cameron  



- I could reread one of Terry Pratchett's witch books, but it'd have to be a library checkout because I don't own any of them.


Serial/Spree Killer:

- Death Note: Another Note - NisiOisiN 

- I could also reread a J.D. Robb book for this one.


Cozy Mystery:

- A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder - Julie Anne Lindsey  

- Never Buried - Edie Claire  

- Designed for Death - Jean Harrington  

- You'll Be the Death of Me! - Stacia Wolf  (I think?)



- Death Note: L, Change the World - M,Takeshi Obata,Tsugumi Ohba  (I say the death notes and shinigami count as supernatural)

- Demon Dog - Ally Blue 


Diverse Voices:

If Japanese authors count for this, I have a ton that would work.

- Spiral - Koji Suzuki,Glynne Walley  

- Parasite Eve - Hideaki Sena  

- Captcha Thief - Rosie Claverton  (technically - the author discusses her discomfort with labeling herself a "diverse voice" here)

- Seniors Sleuth by J.J. Chow (I seem to have picked this one up for free a while back, although it's now $2.99 - it can be found here)


Haunted Houses:

- The Banshee's Walk - Frank Tuttle  (this one's a maybe - the description makes it sound like it involves a haunted house, but I'm not 100% sure)



- Gil's All Fright Diner - A. Lee Martinez  

- Hunting Ground - Patricia Briggs  (I think I read this one but never reviewed it)

- Secrets Of The Wolf - Karen Whiddon  (this is apparently the fourth book in a series, and I haven't read the other three - ugh)

- Howling Moon - C.T. Adams,Cathy Clamp  (OMG, another fourth book in a series where I haven't read any of the previous ones)

- Keeper of the Shadows - Alexandra Sokoloff  


Country House Mystery:

- The Twelve Clues of Christmas - Rhys Bowen  (I think this counts, and I suppose I could relisten to it. It might be better to just check something out from the library, though.)


American Horror Story:

I am probably going to have to check something out from the library for this one. All I can think of at the moment is Stephen King, who I stopped reading after Cujo, because that book depressed me.



- The Left Hand of Justice - Jess Faraday  (One GR review mentioned that the main character searches for "demons" - no clue whether this one actually has demons in it, so it only potentially works for this square)

- Alexey Dyed in Red - A.M. Valenza  

- Demon Dog - Ally Blue  (maybe?)

- The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox  

- Taming the Demon (Harlequin Nocturne) - Doranna Durgin  (one of the main characters wields a "demon blade")


Genre: Horror:

- Spiral - Koji Suzuki,Glynne Walley  

- Parasite Eve - Hideaki Sena  


Chilling Children:

- Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake 

- Game - Barry Lyga  (GR has "horror" as one of the top tags for this)


Terrifying Women:

- The Forbidden Game: The Hunter; The Chase; The Kill - L.J. Smith  (I may have to check out a library book for this square, because I think this is the closest thing I have to horror by a female author, and my vague memories of it say it probably doesn't count)


Darkest London:

- Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch  (the other books took place in London, so my guess is this one does too)


Murder Most Foul:

I'll probably have any murder mystery I read that I can't use for one of the other squares count towards this one, since I have quite a few that would work.

- The Bishop's Pawn by Don Gutteridge (historical murder mystery - it can be found here)

- City of Stairs - Robert Jackson Bennett  

- Lessons in Love - Charlie Cochrane  (this one would be a reread)

- Death by Silver - Amy Griswold,Melissa Scott  


Locked Room Mystery:

- Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Detective Mitarai's Casebook) - Soji Shimada,Shika MacKenzie,Ross MacKenzie  (This isn't in my collection yet, but it's sitting in my Amazon shopping cart, so it's either that or ILL)

- The Mystery of the Yellow Room - Gaston Leroux  (not technically in my collection, but it can be downloaded for free via Project Gutenberg)

- Greenthieves - Alan Dean Foster  (the description makes this one sound like a sci-fi locked room mystery)



- Drumbeats - Neil Peart,Kevin J. Anderson  (Surely one of the stories in this anthology has monsters?)



This square won't be a problem at all. I own so much sci-fi with aliens.

- I could continue on with C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner series.

- One of James White's Sector General books

- Chanur's Venture - C.J. Cherryh  

- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers  (I stalled on this one ages ago - I've been meaning to give it another shot)

- Halo: The Flood - William C. Dietz  

- Good Luck, Yukikaze - Chohei Kambayashi  (Yukikaze was so good, so it was a surprise that this one didn't work for me. I've been meaning to give it another shot, and it's been long enough since I read Yukikaze that maybe I won't be as prone to comparing the two. The aliens in this one are called the JAM.)

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text 2017-08-03 23:13
The Crowns of Croswald - D.E. Night

I tried to read it, a couple times but it was a struggle to get into it and I didn't even get good into the second chapter. I won this on a Booklikes Give-a-way and I had hoped I liked it but was nervous about it while I still tried to get past how I was feeling but there was just something about it that kept screaming: "No! Not for you!".


I can't sit here and tell anyone else how to feel about it because we all have different tastes, it's just not in mine.


It just seems a bit too young for my tastes, almost middle grade. Maybe it is and maybe that is why I can't get into it. Middle grade for me is hit or miss, mostly miss. There are some here and there that I read, get through & enjoy, some, I've even loved (i.e. Zorgamazoo, I loved! I think a lot of it was the narrator but if the story wasn't worth anything, not even the narrator could have saved it. Right now, I am also on Harry Potter, I do like the books but prefer the audio-books to just sitting and reading it, but, I'm off the topic of this book).


I am doing my review here because on Goodreads, I'd have marked it as read in order to put it down as DNF'd and it wouldn't be fair to mark it as read if I didn't even make it past chapter two. For me, to mark it as read, although I didn't finish it, I'd have to have gotten at least half to three-fourths of the way through it. 


So, I will just take it to my local used book store and hopefully there will be a young person who will find it and Fangirl/Fanboy all over it.


Best Wishes to this author, I hope you have much success in the world of writing. :-)

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