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review 2017-10-14 06:25
good book and characters
How to Mend a Broken Heart: An emotional, uplifting page turner about love, loss and friendship - Anna Mansell

Kat was a nurse and had just been dumper by her boyfriend of five years that she thought she would marry. Kat is also acting as acting Ward Sister. Kat was also dealing with the break up and has to find her way and place in life not that she is single again after so long. Then Kat gets Susan as a patient and she won’t say a word. Susan had been hit by a motorcycle and ended up in the hospital and as Kat’s patient. There was some question if Susan had been attempted suicide, Susan was a broken lonely woman of fifty six who had lived with her parents until recently. When going through Susan’s purse they saw a piece of paper with Rhys’s  number on it  Rhys was the only person they could find with any kind of connection to Susan.Rhys is a plumber an Rhys’s  brother David  had committed suicide over six months ago and Rhys is having problems dealing with the loss and why David decided to kill himself.. Rhys gets a call from the hospital and was told by Kat that they had found his number in a purse of the patient. Rhys  thinks his mother got hurt and rushes there. Susan had given up until she sees Rhys. Rhys sees a lom=nely lost woman when he sees Susan and Rhys felt if he could help Susan maybe he could find some answers as well as closure. All three people are suffering from heartaches, loneliness and loss. As time goes on they learn from each other and start to heal.

I did enjoy this book but it did have a lot of pain and loss so I am not sure if enjoy is the right word. I am very happy I read this and it kept my attention all through the story’ I did choke up at times. Many emotions are portrayed in this book. There was so much covered in this book: Loss, adoption, suicide, love, and forgiveness to name some. I felt this was fairly realistic. I didn’t want to put this down. I liked the plot but didn’t really care for the ending. The pace was a little slow for me at times but not enough that I didn’t want to finish the story. I am glad I read this. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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text 2017-10-12 19:12
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days By Kerrelyn Sparks $1.99
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

s one of the Embraced—one born with magical powers—the beautiful, innocent Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away on the Isle of Moon. Now, nineteen years later, her father has returned with a frightening request. He will be executed unless Luciana returns to the mainland and marries a man feared throughout the land: a terrifying brute known as the Beast.

 

Luciana accepts her fate and agrees to wed the Beast—Lord Leo—in order to save her father. Soon she learns that her betrothed is also one of the Embraced. With the ability to wield lightning, Leo’s immense power strikes fear into the hearts of men. . .and his mere touch can put an end to a woman’s life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them. How can she resist the man who scorches her soul and makes her feel intoxicated with desire—even if surrendering to him could destroy them both?

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review 2017-10-11 14:37
Good if you need a brush up or don't know much about it.
Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother - Libby VanderPloeg,Jeremiah Tower

Can't remember why I wanted to read this but I needed a "light" book after reading a rather heavy one. It's what it says on the tin: table manners in the modern world. Covering everything how to eat certain items to how to handle different types of gatherings to when it's okay to use your devices, etc., this can be a handy guide.

 

That said, how helpful this is to you will probably vary on what you already know, where you are eating, etc. If you're someone who has probably navigated similar gatherings I'm not sure you'd get much out of this. But if you're say a graduate (high school, college) who has to navigate the non-school world of parties, gatherings, etc., someone who is new to the US (the author lives in Mexico and while I'm not very familiar with non-US dining customs there is a section on tipping, doggie bags, etc. that I don't think are very common outside of the US) and so forth. 

 

That's about it. It's a relatively short book so it'd probably make a really good graduation/going away gift. Would recommend the library otherwise, unless you need a brush up.

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review 2017-10-11 03:13
Am I allowed to call this thought-provoking?
How to Think - Alan Jacobs

I haven't read any of them, but over the last few years I've seen a pretty good number of books about human thinking processes -- how it works, how it can/can't be changed, and how this can/may/should change the way we approach decision-making, etc. (it's not that I'm uninterested, there's only so much time). Unlike me, Alan Jacobs has read many of these -- and one thing he notes, that while these books are great on the <i>science</i> of human cognition, there's also an <i>art</i> to it. Enter this book.

 

The sub-title is "A Survival Guide for a World at Odds." Now, while it's clear that our society is quite divided, I honestly don't think that the world is really all that much more divided than we've been before -- even in this society. However, I think it's safe to say that we're much more open and aggressive about the divisions that exists, and far less inclined to listen to the other side(s). Jacobs' writing can help his readers bridge some of the divisions with those they interact with (not every one will want to, I'm sure, but they could try if they want to). I almost think that this book could be called <b>How to Disagree</b> instead, because so much of the book (but not all of it) is about how to disagree with others like civil, empathetic, adults, looking to change minds (or have our own be changed); not simply to attack someone or win an argument.

 

Jacobs begins by showing what strategies, devices, etc. we all already use in our thinking (taken largely from common sense/experience or all the science-y books mentioned above), and then as we're aware of these, he shows how we can improve them. Building on ideas from one chapter to the next and showing how something we learned already can inform what he's discussing now, these are not individual essays, but a cumulative case. I find it difficult to give examples for just that reason -- his is a carefully laid out argument, and summarizing some of my favorite components would do little justice to those parts and not work that well out of context. So, I'll keep it vague. He addresses how the idea of "thinking for oneself" is impossible, how it's problematic to have an "open mind" always, the importance of waiting, of not having to address everything, and how it's vital to keep a diverse selection of thoughtful people in your life.

 

Jacobs doesn't only draw from social sciences and philosophers (but he does, and frequently -- in an accessible way), he cites and draws from Robin Sloan, Walter White, C. S. Lewis, George Orwell and many others. He does so in a way that illustrates his points, strengthens and furthers his arguments. (I point this out, because I just finished a book that seemed only to do this kind of thing to lengthen chapters -- no light was added, just space taken up). While readers from High School on up can feel as if the ideas are stretching their minds, the writing will not -- Jacobs (as always) is good at convincing the reader they can handle bigger ideas.

 

Frankly, I wish this book (or one much like it) was required reading for anyone wanting a social media account -- I've been telling all sorts of people to read it for a few days now, and I probably won't stop anytime soon. <b>How to Think</b> is helpful, insightful, entertaining, wise, and -- dare I say? -- thought-provoking. Go get it.

 

<i><b>Disclaimer:</b> I received this copy from a Goodreads Giveaway.</i>

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/10/10/how-to-think-by-alan-jacobs
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review 2017-10-04 01:35
Great Story and Characters
How to Marry a Marquess (Wedded by Scandal) (Volume 3) - Stacy Reid

Lady Evie Chesterfield has been crazy about Lord Richard Maitland, Marquees of Westfall, her brother’s best friend, since she was 16. Over the years, they became close friends. Evie became someone Richard could rely on and go to. When his reputation is destroyed by his final act of defiance on society’s expectation by claiming the illegitimate daughter he didn’t know he had, he pulls his friendship away from Evie.

I really loved this book. The characters had me absolutely engrossed in the book. I couldn’t put it down until it was done. I did find myself mad at Richard several times throughout the story for his ignorant treatment of Evie, but forgave him by the end:) I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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