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review 2017-12-05 00:15
The Search For The Meaning Of Life
Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In - Anjali Kumar

The author, a successful business person and mother, came to the decision that she had to find the answer to THE BIG QUESTIONS in order to explain them rationally to her young daughter. The four big questions of life. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? What happens when we die? And is there a God? Shouldn't be hard for a rational, driven, very intelligent person to answer, right? One should be able to do it in less that a year. I really like her reasoning on why she had to search. "Religiously and spiritually speaking, nothing I had experienced thus far was a perfect fit. I was walking barefoot, so to speak. Not because I wanted to, but because I had a closet full of uncomfortable shoes."
Kumar gives it her all. She examines SO many different religions and beliefs, traveling all over the world in her search. And it takes longer than she initially thought, years longer.
She tries faith healers, Wiccans, sweat lodges, crazy hallucinogenic drugs, yoga, even the Burning Man festival. And, rather than finding the "right" answer, she finds a little bit of knowledge in each one. To quote her again, "I started thinking about how one of the big product attributes of religion is that it gives us hope. That hope is firmly embedded in the thought that if there is more, then we actually matter." Combining all her findings, she comes to a sense of peace.
In the end, she comes back to one of her original religions, Jainism. Which states that no single person can have ownership or knowledge of absolute truth. You have no choice but to respect differences. And respect for differences leads to greater harmony.
I like that. And until the time we come to the end of our lives and find out what, if anything, is next, that is a good principle to live by.
I received this book from NetGalley, in return for a fair and honest review. This one was easy. Out of a hundred or so books that I have read and reviewed this year, it is absolutely in my top five. And it will be sticking with me for a long, long time!

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text 2017-10-27 21:17
Double Bingo Oct 27
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch
In The Woods - Jessica Mallory,Thomas Washburn Jr
Stalking Jack - Madison Kent
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) (Volume 1) - Mona Hanna
The Werewolf Whisperer: ¡Feliz Navidad! (A Werewolf Whisperer Novella Book 1) - Bonita Gutierrez,Camilla Ochlan

I'm sure they'll all fall fast and furious now, but it's fun anyway. Diagonal top left to bottom right and 5th row down!

 

 

Just two more squares to call!

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text 2017-10-01 12:23
September wrap-up 2017
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Symphony of Ruin: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel - Christina Lay
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins
Cabal - Clive Barker
Children of Chaos - Greg F. Gifune
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
A Latent Dark - Martin Kee
Helltown - Jeremy Bates

Wow. I finished 16 books this month! That's not a lot to some of you speed readers, but it is for me. I average 4-6 books a month usually.

 

I'm also very close to finishing 2 more. :D

 

Just one of this month's books was a Netgalley read, Symphony of Ruin. The others came out of either my A-list or my free books slush pile, or were sourced from Amazon's daily freebies or in the case of Classics, from Gutenberg.

 

I didn't read any samples all month. I had about a dozen saved up before Bingo started, but the pile has been growing from all the books I see from others' Bingo reads! I'm not going to tackle that folder until November. It will be interesting to see how many collect up!

 

So, for October, Bingo continues. Once I hit blackout, if I manage it, I'll try the other books from my free books slush that I put aside for back-ups in case some of my choices turn out to be duds. It will give me a start on cleaning out the free books backlog!

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text 2017-09-24 00:56
Reading progress update: I've read 125 out of 250 pages.
Stalking Horse - Collin Wilcox

as Sherlock Holmes once said, in some bad fanfiction, "there's something pretty friggin' weird going on here, eh, Watsy, old bean, old bird, old hen? got a clue?...cuz I don't know what the hell's goin' on.". (non-canonical).

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text 2017-09-23 15:02
Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 250 pages.
Stalking Horse - Collin Wilcox

I've read this series out of order, and over many years--but every time Ann's ex-husband shows up making trouble, I sort of wish Frank would just shoot him and say it was self-defence. meanwhile, a Senator--the man behind the US Prez--has recently had a heart attack, and can't be allowed to know he is getting serious death threats, but amidst total secrecy during the protection-and-investigation, Frank has to make sure no harm comes to the politician. seems like a tense, entertaining entry in this series.

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