Sundays are for book reviews: 04/30/2022

I will tell you a joke.

There were a family of tomatoes walking down the street. Mommy, daddy, brother, and baby.
As they walked the baby kept dawdling and being, well, curious. The father kept coming back and saying “Come on little tomato, keep up with us”
Over and over this happened until the father, furious, walked back and stepped all over baby tomato smashing them to little pieces and said “Baby tomato, Catchup!”

I am trying to catch up my reviews and Goodreads after traveling and being on site at work for a while. I have a stack to enter and started today. I will “catchup” next week and give some good recommendations! Hope everyone is super!!!

Sundays are for book reviews: Week Ending 02-12-2022

A slower week than I have had so far as I write and catch up on a few projects. I am sitting down now and will finish a few books in the next several days.

My reads for the week ending 2-12-2022 are:

Paradoxes by Gareth Southwell – **** Review on Goodreads

The Universe Doesn’t Make Sense: The Absurd Humor of The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn – *****

Emotional Intelligence: Managing Emotions to Make a Positive Impact on Your Life and Career by Gill Hasson – **** (This was tough and the review is on Goodreads, I would have given lower as I don’t agree but agreement does not decide a books worth) Review on Goodreads

52 books so far this year. 7 in progress right now.

You may wonder about that. I find myself reading multiple books at the same time always and have for a long time. The reason is simple, sometimes I get tied up digesting some of a book and want to think about it and change gears. No, I don’t lose my place, it just allows me to make sure I get the authors point or lets me consider a point of view. Of course this depends on the book. Some I stop as I get a spot I am not as interested, or are too interested. It is a wild ride. Anyway, usually I am 2-3 at a time. Right now I set my reading on Goodreads so I know which I have bought and are queued up and ready. (So a few of mine are not started yet, but will be this week.)

Sundays are for book reviews: Week Ending 01-30-2022

A fun week in the middle of another world. My books for the week:

The Success Code: How Ordinary Habits Can Produce Extraordinary Results (Self Help Success Book 1) ****

Wit’s End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It ****

Poseidon’s Arrow (Dirk Pitt, #22) ****

Free Will: A Divinely Curious Novel *****

Sahara (Dirk Pitt, #11) *****

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth ***

Interested in more or eventual full reviews, check out Goodreads!

Sundays are for book reviews: Week Ending 01-16-2022

A week in review in this strange year of challenging myself.

The books and ratings from this week:

7 Seconds to Connect: 3 Steps to Engage Your Audience with Confidence : ****

Sex, Lies & Pearls (Sex and Lies Book 3) : *****

Tinderella Diary Volume 2: Going Deeper : *****

DreamWalker : *****

A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) : *****

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

Unleashing Your Greatness: Five Keys to Being Extraordinary : ****

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams: ****

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders: *****

Sex, Lies & Leather (Sex and Lies Book 9) : ****

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It: ****

Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men: The Trial of Jean Grey: *****

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers : *****

It was a good week with lots of fun reads. What I have found is some series have to be read in order, and that authors grow as they write a series. (I knew this but it pointed it out heavily)

I also found (That I knew already) that many “self help” or “inspirational” books do not offer much new, they just try to point out things you may know already. I find that most books mean something to me and I don’t like leaving less than 5 stars as there is a redeeming quality in most.

Enjoy your week!

Sunday Reviews: Transcendence

Sundays are for book reviews!- Transcendence by Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D. ☆☆☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

I had high expectations for this book, and they were not met. Still, for most people this would be an amazing treatise into the need for TM, and for the proof that it does make a difference. As I read it restated items that I had researched long ago, and I wondered if others felt similarly about the book.

As I went to Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Goodreads and confirmed what I already thought. This was an opener for some, and a sales article for many others. To me it was the latter.

It is true, I enjoyed the proof pointing to an obvious end, but there was no outcome for the reader or myself as I found nothing more than what I already do. There was no prophetic voice for anyone who already understands the benefits of TM except agreement. After reading I could have easily turned to the end and looked up the site, which I did, connected, and learned about the course costs to learn the techniques not described in detail in the book. Overall I was not super impressed with the book except for the sales pitch, and that was very good. I would say most people who had not studies or practiced any type of TM would be engaged, but many who are more advanced would be left with a hollow feeling. To me this is why about 42% gave the book 3 stars and under out of 5. I fit right in that group.

3 stars for good writing and a great introduction into the art and science of TM.

Sunday Reviews: The Books of Earthsea

Sundays are for book reviews! – The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin ☆☆☆☆☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

I have a tendency to read a lot and did so again with this book. I could also write a lot about it. The first three books in the series opened my mind to the possibilities of who I was, as well as entertaining me with an amazing character, and a vision of a fantastic world. For many years I had the phrase “arw sobriost” in my mind as a dragon tries to talk to a man in the old tongue, and cannot get a man-child to understand.

The careful crafting of worlds by Le Guin was punctuated by characters that could have walked off the page, and I was mesmerized and amazed at the same time, lost in the world, and lost in the possibilities in my mind.

Only a few weeks ago I learned she had written 3 more books. My tattered three box set not from misuse, but from age sits behind me always, and here I had been missing out? I could not help but buy the 6 book volume and was not disappointed. The book has minimal illustrations and I was glad as my imagination needed no help to once again get lost in a world of magic and reality fused with careful wording, and all to realistic process.

The 3 additions are actually woven into the previous stories somewhat and though that is true, they still have the flavor needed to make them a fun and exciting part of the read. Ged returns, and I love the idea of one who has known such power, but sets it aside to live a simpler life as the timeline progresses. The world as defined is both believable and fantastic and takes a much different view of dragons, as part of the lineage of man, and immortal and wise. There are so many fantastic thoughts and dreams lost in these tomes that I can think of no better place for me to have it than behind me reminding me of the lessons taught by a writer.

In this blog I speak over and over about living every day to its fullest, about fear, and about the edge of life as it is, and I believe some of this may stem from an early lesson in the first of this series, that we are all good and evil, and that as we see that, we can become one and are better for it.

5 of 5 stars for , well, just wow.

Sunday Book Review: A Bookstore Instead

I usually write about books and have read several this week, but I wanted to take a moment and remind you for Christmas that books are a super gift. In a world where imagination is slowly being robbed from people, a book can open a mind to possibilities and even potentially remove bias.

A few bookstores that you should consider:

Michigan Area:

Bookman – Grand Haven Mi
Book Nook and Java Shop – Montague Michigan
Epilogue Books – Rockford MI

Huntsville AL Area:

2nd and Charles – Madison AL

Lexington KY Area

Joseph Beth Bookstores – Lexington, Florence and others

If you know more that I should add, and there are a lot, post a comment here. It will not approve, but I will add it.

Amazing authors…

Last night was an author jamboree. If you can try out local authors all you can, reviews will resume ASAP. I finished 8 books last week and did not write a single review,oops.

Life is like that sometimes.

Please keep reading and I will catch up when possible!

Book Reviews: A question for all

Sundays are for book reviews, but not today.

Today I was in Kalamazoo selling books. Sundays are always unpredictable. Sometimes they are busier, but often they are less engaged. I did well, but not near as well as I would have liked. As I sold I considered the books I have read this week and have a few questions. Help me out here:

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With that in mind I wonder about honesty or avoidance.

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Thanks for any help that you can give. I appreciate it!

Sunday Reviews: THE MAN FROM BURNT ISLAND: A Novel

Sundays are for book reviews! The man from burnt island: A Novel : Wendy Sura Thomson ☆☆☆☆☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

I have to start by saying this isn’t the type of book I normally would read. It was enjoyable and there were places, situations, and people, that were a lot of fun. It is always great when you look at historical fiction or in this case semi historical fiction. That being said I enjoyed the book because of the characters. There were pieces of it that were awkward and difficult, like in real life. This added to the story works well.  They awkwardness comes from complex situations with people and difficult situations.

The book is a sign of its time and obviously a time when men nearly ruled over women and where women often did not get the recognition that was necessary or deserved. The book achieves exactly what it set out to do as the reader is filled with multiple emotions. As they experience the lives inside the story struggling, they can often feel the pain. I enjoyed parts of the book because it gave me unique perspectives and allowed me to grow in many ways. It is a book that will open your mind and as you read there are parts that will make you smile, make you laugh, and potentially make you cry.

In the end I do not give away too much about anything I read because I find people who give spoilers make my day a little sadder. If you read “The Man from Burnt Island”, and I suggest you do, I think you will find a unique story about life, immigration, and another view of the American Dream.

5 of 5 stars simply because the book taught me something. Take your time and enjoy the read.