Category: Book Reviews

Sunday Post 9-16-2017

Posted September 17, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

 

Hello, Everyone!! Did you miss me? I was sick with the crud all last week. That is why I have been missing. I am feeling lots better now. I took it easy and just slept mostly. I did make it through one book The Preist Kings of Gor. The Goram saga is not for everyone I will admit but I am enjoying the series.

Guss what I got this week. When it finally arrived I was soooo happy. I waited a week for it t get here and it is finally here. You wanna know what it is? Here is a picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, I have jumped on the Young Living bandwagon. I was strolling through Instagram and I saw Danielle Laporte used Young Living so I, of course, had to have some so I ordered me some through a friend’s linky thingie.

I am really into the self-care thing now. My health is a top priority. I so don’t want to fall into the abyss of depression like I did the first half of the year. I have no idea if they work as a magic thingie but you know what? It makes me feel good. I can put some oils in my water and so far I have gotten allll of my 120 ounces in the past few days. I refuse to drink plain water. Ewwww I am giving up the coke zero habit. The oils help with THAT and if it makes you feel good and you are not harming anyone then why not? I almost always have the diffuser going. Can you tell I am in love with it? Lol

 

I am back on my gluten-free vegan diet. I gotta take care of myself if I am going to thrive and just not merely exist. I am also REALLY allergic to wheat so I am removing it from my diet to see if I feel any better.

Does anyone else think it is way too early to have pumpkin stuff out already? I mean it is only September Oct is two weeks away. I broke down and bought a gallon of Apple Cider. I told myself two glasses a DAY that is IT. We shall see how I stick to it.

I am getting back on a schedule this week. I am determined lol. Last week I took off cause I was sick. This week I am gonna crush my goals which are

  • Read three book dunno which ones yet
  • return to my
  • Return to my morning routine
  • Write.. A LOT I have a huge project so I need to get started on that. I use to have a routine but with my CI surgery then my depression I fell out of it.
  • Get started with Unfuck your Habitat. I bought cleaning products and a new vacuum cleaner so I just need to get my ass in gear.
  • Track what I eat in Myfitnesspal (i am purplemoonmyst on thre if u want to add me.)

In fact, i am gonna make me a print out and stick it above my desk so I will have a visual reminder of what I should be doing. I LOVE my new printer. Can you tell?

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

 

 

 

Currently Obsessed With

Posted September 9, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

 what i am currently loving right now

La Croix

I have wanted to quit diet coke for a while now, but I missed the fizzy feeling you get with soda. I have to admit at first I was like seltzer water? Ewwwwww and the first few that I tried I was all like gag then I found a few flavors that I liked, and from there I started drinking it by the gallons. In fact, it is the only thing that has saved me from going back to Diet Coke. I have heard it described as methadone for diet coke drinkers and it is. Has just enough flavor and fizziness to keep you off the diet soda and onto the path of optimum wellness.

Halo Top Ice cream

I first heard of this at a Weight Watchers meeting. I almost fell off my seat when I learned that the whole thing was only 6 WW points. In contrast, Ben and Jerrys is around 70 points for the whole thing. It is almost like having your cake and eating it too.

Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products

I detest traditional cleaning products cause I always end up feeling slightly sick with them when I clean. I saw this brand at the health food store and decided to try it. Then I saw it on Grove for 1.99 versus the 5 dollars at the health food store so now I get all my cleaning products from there. They clean even better than the traditional chemical ones, and they leave your apartment smelling AMAZING!

Young Living Essential oils

I am the kind of person that can’t sleep, and I am a very anxious person, so a friend sent me some oils to try out and fuck me the lavender didn’t put me right to sleep. I loved the other oils she sent and promptly bought me the starter kit. They got one oil that smells like Christmas. It and lavender are my favorite so far

My New Printer

I have had my eye on this fancy printer for a while, but I never seemed to have enough extra funds to purchase it. One day it arrived at my door. It turns out it was a gift from my mother. It is the perfect printer for printing out pictures and printables. I tested it, and it does print photos beautifully. You know how some printers the pictures come out all grainy? Not so with this printer. I want to get back into scrapbooking and this printer s the perfect one to do it with.

Book Review: Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

Posted September 7, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ISBN: 9780735221536
Book Review: Impossible Views of the World by Lucy IvesImpossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives
Published by Penguin on 2017
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary Women
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: publisher
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three-half-stars

A witty, urbane, and sometimes shocking debut novel, set in a hallowed New York museum, in which a co-worker's disappearance and a mysterious map change a life forever

Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan's renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with "a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist" is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Strange things are afoot: CeMArt's current exhibit is sponsored by a Belgian multinational that wants to take over the world's water supply, she unwittingly stars in a viral video that's making the rounds, and her mother--the imperious, impossibly glamorous Caro--wants to have lunch. It's almost more than she can overanalyze.   But the appearance of a mysterious map, depicting a 19th-century utopian settlement, sends Stella--a dogged expert in American graphics and fluidomanie (don't ask)--on an all-consuming research mission. As she teases out the links between a haunting poem, several unusual novels, a counterfeiting scheme, and one of the museum's colorful early benefactors, she discovers the unbearable secret that Paul's been keeping, and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life. Pulsing with neurotic humor and dagger-sharp prose, Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your brain and heart intact.  

Well…that was a letdown. I  had such high hopes for this book also. I loved the synopsis of it on NetGalley and couldn’t wait to dive into it. The book was pretty good I kept waiting for THE BIG THING to happen and I clicked on my Kindle and.THE END.

I at first thought maybe my copy was missing a few pages, but a quick check on GoodReads and nope that was truly the end of the book. O.K

I now can’t decide if  I liked it or if I am pissed cause it didn’t end the way I felt it should. I mean I am not the author, so I dont have any say in how it ends, but I did feel that the secret that was revealed was..lackluster. I wanted SCANDALS and ACTION and all of that.  Instead, all I got was a divorce and an affair.

Looking back I realize that this is more of how the main protagonist grows. It is a character story more than it is a plot driven story. I dont have a problem with that, but I went into this with an expectation of something more so that makes me somewhat grumpy that I did not get it.

As a character study though it was excellent. We see how Stella grows and changes throughout the novel. The book goes deep into her psyche, so we are in her head the whole time. There were times I thought she was dumb but we have all been in her shoes including myself. She was perfectly flawed as we all are. I found that I could relate to her. I have never been through a divorce but I HAVE been on the losing side of unrequited love, and I found myself nodding my head and going I am glad it wasn’t just me that was so blind even though it was only a fictional person that I was relating to. It is amazing how stories even fictional ones can make us feel less alone.

Again there was nothing I did not NOT like about the book I was just expecting more from it as the synopsis made it seem that more would happen and it did not. I think if I had lower expectations or knew that this was more of a character study then I may have finished it with different feelings.

 

three-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
two-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

Book Review: Get Rich Lucky Bitch Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Posted August 29, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9781478181491
Book Review: Get Rich Lucky Bitch Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Duffield-ThomasGet Rich, Lucky Bitch! by Denise Duffield-Thomas
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 19th 2013
Genres: Business & Economics, Personal Success
Pages: 283
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four-stars

Are you ready to break through your money blocks and finally make the money you deserve? In Get Rich, Lucky Bitch, you'll unlock your hidden potential for abundance and upgrade your life forever. Why do most women settle for pennies instead of embracing true wealth? It's not because you're not smart or ambitious enough. You've just been programmed to block your Universal right to wealth with guilt, shame, or embarrassment. Even if you're unaware of these blocks and fears, you're probably not earning what you're really worth. Join Lucky Bitch author Denise Duffield-Thomas on a journey of self-discovery so you can smash through your abundance blocks and join a posse of women all around the world who are learning to live large and become truly lucky bitches. Are you ready to get rich, you lucky bitch?

I have heard of Denise Duffield Thomas in my business groups. I have to admit I wasn’t very into what I call the woo woo stuff before. I was firmly logic centered but this year I have shifted into believing that it may hold the answers for a happier and better life. I saw this on Kindle Unlimited so I downloaded it and read it.

To be clear she is not a financial advisor. She is a mindset coach so don’t go into it thinking you are gonna get financial advice on how to get rich, that is not what this book is. Rather this book is about changing your mindset relating to money.

And after reading this I realized that I DO need to change my mindset. Growing up in Central Appalachia all the financial education I got is “there is never enough money”. Even when the mines were open and some dude was making 400,000 dollars a year as a foreman or whatever they always claimed poverty. I grew up with no matter HOW MUCH money there was in reality in my head I was always barely scraping by.  It didn’t help that no one in the mountains ever taught financial literacy to kids so we were all stuck in what is called the poverty mentality.

I am about to get all woo woo here so if you are against that just skip this part. The truth of the matter is you attract what you think about and put out. So if you act and think like a poor person then you will be a poor person. I read Ask and it is Given awhile a go and I wonder why that shit never seemed to work for me. After reading Get Rich Lucky Bitch I had my aha moments and I took a long hard look at WHAT I was thinking and guess what? I was stuck in the never enough mentality, and guess what? Most times it seemed like there was never enough of anything.

Denise Duffield Thomas suggests that if you find yourself in the never enough mentality to try and make small upgrades and when you are ready to make another small upgrade. you keep on going until you reach YOUR version of a fulfilled life.

I decided that I was going to try making tiny upgrades. The first one was my cleaning stuff. I knew that Grove had a good deal on organic cleaning supplies but yet most of my stuff came from the Dollar Store. I am conducting an experiment with doing UnFuck Your Habitat and I told myself that was going to get my stuff on the Grove website. I ordered them and you know what I actually kinda liked cleaning with these supplies. I am writing a whole blog post with this experience so check back for that post. Yes, It was just a tiny upgrade and at times it was even the same price or cheaper than the Dollar Store but you know what? I felt good using them and my whole mentality to cleaning changed.

If you are used to shopping at Wal-Mart don’t go and start buying out Macy’s. If you shop at Walmart then next go to Target and when that feels like comfy then you shop at the next level and I don’t even know what that is so I can’t help you there.

Denise Duffield Thomas also talks about manifesting what you want. She has had lots o success in this so she knows what she is talking about. I honestly LOVED reading her back story and how she manifested stuff.  I was all like I want to try all of this and you best believe that I took lots of notes.  My favorite part of the book was the end where she explains how to manifest money for a trip or a conference. The ebook on my kindle is all yellow cause I highlighted and took so many notes. I decided there is something I want to manifest so I started the process and she warned that problems would pop up when you stated you desire to the Universe. And you know what I put down on paper what I wanted, made a list of how I could pay for it and did all the things to start the manifestation process and the next day there were  the  family crisis, friend crisis, personal crisis. It got to where I was wondering if what I wanted to manifest was worth it but you know what? I am standing my ground till the Universe gives me what I ask for.

This is NOT  a get rich quick kind of book. I have read some reviews that people thought this was a get rich quick book and was disappointed when it wasn’t. This is all about aligning yourself to the life that you want. The important thing is the LIFE YOU WANT part. Don’t do something cause it is another person’s vision of success. That won’t make you happy.

One more thing. To attract the life you want you to have to be happy with what you HAVE NOW. If you are thinking shit I don’t have any money then soon you will subconsciously defeat yourself and you really won’t have money. You have to imagine how it would feel to live the life you want and to get in that mindset so that is what you attract. So many people stay trapped in the ” I don’t have enough” and soon they are really scraping by. You do not want that to happen to you RIGHT?!? So imagine how you would feel in the South of France making money with your writing and blog. Feel the tropical breeze and really imagine walking along the palm studded street on your way to the gym to have a killer workout. How do you FEEL and HOLD ON TO THAT FEELING EVEN WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN and the universe will find a way to make it happen for you!

 

 

four-stars
Rating Report
Writing
four-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

Sunday Salon /Post Aug 20 2017

Posted August 20, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

 

How is it that August is almost over?! It seems like I blink and another week goes by. I think I am gonna read lots and then bam it is Sunday again. On a bright note that means the holidays will be here soon!

I think My mailman is starting to hate me. For some reason, I have started to get unsolicited book mail from publishers. That is fine with me but on Friday there were like 10 of them and the look on the mailman dude face was priceless. What is really funny is that I have been listening to a lot of podcasts on manifestation. And I was all like I am open to alllllll the books. And the books started arriving. I get one almost every day. Knock me on the floor this manifestation stuff works. I know it sounds woo-woo but doesn’t knock it til you have tried it. I mean I got like 15 books last week ALONE so I am a big believer now. Now to see what else I can manifest.

And speaking of manifesting I am reading Get Rich Lucky Bitch and it goes into detail on exactly how to do the whole manifestation thing. Most people want more money and that is fine but she also says that you can use the steps to manifest what ever you want. In my case more books!

For those of you who work from home, I found the BEST Scheduling tool ever! It is called Focuster. I have been using it about a week and I have never been so productive in my life. You tell it what you want to accomplish and it looks at your schedule on google calendar and fits it all in. So if you tell it you want to work on a project for 25 mins it will find 25 mins in your schedule and then presto you have a schedule to follow! No more  wondering by looking at your schedule what you have time for as you will already know. And get this if you didn’t get to something today it will automatically put it on the next day’s calendar! It is genius! There is a 14-day free trial if you want to check it out.I put down I want to read at least 4 hours every day i figure if i put down reading every day  on the calender then I will be more likely to do it.

Last week I didn’t read that much. I seem to lose track of time on other projects but reading makes me feel good and I love to read so I like scheduled in some self-care stuff too. I only read one book and that  was Get Rich Lucky Bitch! I like it… I am going to try out her steps and get rid of my money blocks so I live the life of my dreams. I wanna laugh right now but that may scare the karma Gods away so I am keeping serious.

On my Focuster I put down I want to read every day for 4 hours. We shall see how many books I get through with that. It even has pop-up reminders to tell you when it is time to switch tasks.

Did y’all see my new fancy chat box at the bottom right of my blog? I found out about the software through my mastermind and I put it on my work blog and this blog. So anyone can put a message in it and it will go straight to my email if I am not online. If I am online you can chat with me!  if you want one for your own blog goes here clicky. They have a free version which what I am using.

Book Review: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss

Posted August 11, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

ISBN: 9781328684059
Book Review: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy FerrissTools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 6th 2016
Genres: Business & Economics, General, Self-Help, Personal Growth, Success
Pages: 736
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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three-half-stars

The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.  From the author:   “For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.   “This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.   “What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?   “I don’t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can’t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.   “Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.   “I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”

My first thought after I turned the page of this book was that was one long ass book. I am not sure why chunkers have been intimidating me as of late. It is like I see a book over 300 pages and I run the other way. Maybe I have commitment issues, who knows. I read the Book The 4 hour Work Week, and the publishers made this book sound like this is gonna be the book to solve all of your problems. Tim himself has talked to everyone and distilled all the advice in this easy to understand Value and some such bullshit.
I can’t say much cause I ran up to sign for it at the library and when my hold finally came in I ran to the library to pick it up. I brought it home and started reading. I was all ready to learn the secrets of the Universe. Secrets that would make be happy, healthy and wealthy beyond my wildest dreams.
I should have had an inkling when I read the body part and he was all like Low Carb is the way to go. Ummm no it is no.t I am Vegan. Animal products gross me out. I mean I feel sorry for the animals in a way, but that’s not the sole reason I won’t eat meat. To me, I am just all like ewwwwww dead rotten flesh. Gross. But nope Tim was like low carb is the ONLY way to do and u need ketones and all of that crap. Do not think so Tim.
Then I was like ok so we differ on the diet, and it seems to exercise. I am all like I will just run/walk on the treadmill for an hour, and he has all of these…routines..that I am again like nope.
I should have put the book down but alas this was TIM FERRIS There had to be SOME good in this damn book.
And there was..kinda. I did make some notes on my Kindle. Like I think six notes out of 700 pages. One thing that I kept wondering is how does he fit so many routines in a day. I mean he has a morning routine a breakfast routine and on and on. Don’t he ever just look at the day and goes nope…Not gonna do today and stay in bed with a book? Oh and the books that he professes to read. They range from the obscure the art of archery to some stoic philosophy. Personally, I thought the stoic school of thought was bullshit in college, and I believe it is bullshit now. If I am gonna take after an ancient civilization is gonna be the party loving Romans. But Tim was big on the Stoics. I am like really Tim. Your life is not very stoic at the moment. In fact, it sounds like a privileged white male who is attempting t glean something from nothing. Like why oh why do I feel empty? I know I will read a stoic philosophy and eat dead rotten animals and crawl backward on the floor! Now I have a whole new perspective! Maybe I am just jealous but that what I was thinking when I was reading all of this.
In fact, this whole books reeks of white male privilege. Usually, I can tolerate some in yo face kind of privilege, but this book was way way out there with the privilege aspect of it.
I had to giggle when I came upon his real world MBA. He alertly did not want to take math classes at Stanford, so he invested 160K into some start-ups. Some failed some didn’t. I am not sure why I found this amusing. Maybe it causes after you get your MBA you supposed to know how to migrate the risks but if you are a hands on learner his way would work also.

 

There were a few Gems in Tool of Titans. Like the Wealthy part. I enjoyed that part as I need to learn about stuff such as that. I found it helpful. There are so many people who didn’t get financial advice young that need it now. Especially people who grew up as I did in Central Appalachia. There is no talk of investing there. I try to read what I can so that I can make better financial decisions but some books are just so far over my head. Not this one though. I could pretty much understand the advice in this book. Which is saying a lot since I am financially illiterate.

I think for me I am much more jaded now than when I read 4 hour work week a few years a go.  This was when I had first started my freelancing.Back then I lapped up books like this. Now though it seems to be the same information told again and again. I was even hoping to find out some neat new tech toys (I have a MAJOR case of shiny object Syndrome) but nope all the programs that are mentioned I have already tried out for myself. I could even think f BETTER programs to use than what was in the book.

I kind of wish that I could get back the time that I spent reading this book. At least I did not shell out money for it. I got my copy from the library. So there is that.
If I had to do it all over again I would have DNFed it but ah well. At least I got some financial  advice out of the book. I would encourage you to get the book from the library, and if you like it you can buy it, but for me, I felt as if I already heard it all before.

 

 

 

three-half-stars

What I am reading August 7 2017

Posted August 7, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

 

What I am reading August 7 2017

I read a grand total of ONE book last week. Can you guess what it is?… Get ready annnnnd….

 

 

 

This doorstopper of a book was more than 700 pages. I feel it should count as more than one book but alas…A review is coming up this week so watch out for it. I have it scheduled for Thursday.

That’s right I got serious about this here blog and made myself an editorial calendar. It is easier to schedule in review copies that way. GUESS WHAT?! I figured out a way to hack Trello to keep track of review copies and stuff. There are still a few kinks to work out, but once I do, I will be sure to let y’all know. It all started when I came across this blog, and her automation and I started REALLY tinkering with Zapier. Once you know what you are doing the possibilities are endless.

I feel like I want some good Sci-Fi Next so Dark Matter it is!

Sunday Post/Salon

Posted July 30, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

I can’t believe that July is almost over! It is like half the year went by with out me. I want a do over. Since that is impossible, i am determined to make the last half of this year count. I got PLANS y’all. I will be telling you on August 1st ha ha

It has been sunny here thank God. All that rain was starting to get on my nerves. It will be winter soon enough here, so I want it to stay pretty weather for as long as possible. I even went out on the balcony to work this week. It has been cooler than usual though which makes me afraid that winter is gonna come early and it will be brutal.

I have been slacking off on the exercise. I told myself that I was gonna start again on the first and that way I can have a fresh start with a new month. I love how my brain works sometimes.

I must have hit it big in the book blogging world with out even knowing it. I got two unsolicited review copies in the mail this week. This is the first time EVAR that I got unsolicited copies. They are from Penguin Random house too. They are How To Change a Life and I can’t seem to find the other one. Will have to look for it.

I am still working on reading Tools of Titans. It has been hard to focus this week. The cat stole my ADHD meds and I just yesterday found them behind the recliner. It is a good thing he is cute. That kitten is a trip. Now that I have my ADHD meds back I am hoping I can make a dent in my reading and blogging this week.

I am REALLY sad about Coke Zero going off the market. I have decided to look at it as the Universe helping me stick with my Paleo Diet come Aug 1st. I don’t like any other diet pop expect Coke Zero, and I can’t have regular soda cause it makes me nauseated, so water it is. Sighhh it must be the end times.

Oh, Guess what mark your calendars for Aug 11 because I will be doing a take over of One Woman shop on Instagram! I am nervous and excited both!

I have been playing with Canva for Work, and I am in love! Now I too can have pretty blog graphics!

I have been listening to a LOT of podcasts. I have finally realized that I will never be “caught up” cause I could only really understand them in the past couple months and some people have YEARS of podcast episodes, so I am just listening to them as they come up on my iPhone. I am starting to have my favorites which I will tell about in a later post. If you have any podcasts recs leave them in the comments!

 

 

Book Review:Sci-Fi Junior High by John Martin, Scott Seegert

Posted July 26, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9781407180885
Book Review:Sci-Fi Junior High by John Martin, Scott SeegertSci-Fi Junior High by Scott Seegert
Published by Scholastic UK on March 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Humorous Stories
Pages: 304
Source: library
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five-stars

At Sci-Fi Junior High, everyone knows Kelvin Klosmo's scientist parents are geniuses, but Kelvin's own geniusness hasn't exactly ... kicked in yet. Can he keep his secret hidden, even when an evil scientist takes the form of a stuffed bunny and tries to conquer the universe? A hilarious illustrated story that's out of this world!

I first heard about this book on another blog, and at the moment I am craving some excellent Sci-Fi. Sci-Fi Junior High also takes place in space. A little kiddie space opera. This was right up my alley.

I read this when I was still depressed, and it was just the sort of story that I needed.something cheery, short and fun.

Kelvin is the new dude in school. His parents are a super genius, so that means he is also right? WRONG! He can’t let anyone know though. He like every other kid desperately wants to fit in and if that means pretending to be a super genius then so be it.

Kelvin then goes through typical middle school kid problems which include bullying, not knowing about things around him and trying to be cool.

Bullying is a hot topic at the moment, and I loved how the book handles this issue. There is no violence unless you count getting shoved into a space helmet violence, but seriously no guns, no shootings no deaths or anything like that. That was refreshing. I understand the need to face those topics, but I do get weary of reading about violence. I read to escape at times, and this book provided a much-needed escape from reality that I so desperately needed at the time.

I also liked the fact that he had a family in this book. Has anyone noticed that most books geared toward younger readers leave out the whole family aspect? It is like the kiddies just went BOOM and came out of nowhere. He also had friction with his family, and THAT was fun to see how he handled THAT.  I mean all kids have a conflict with their families, and they need a way to understand how to manage them and to know that they are not alone in the problems that they have. I could have used a book like this when I was in middle school.

I also LOVED the illustrations. This is a book imprint that is trying to get reluctant readers to read, and I feel that they do a pretty good damn job of it. It is short; the text is broken up, so it does not like it is a million words that no middle schooler wants to plow through. It had cute pics to help readers who may not have gotten to the full on “can read well” phase. I feel that this book will be a big hit among relucent readers.

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

Book Review: White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another

Posted July 17, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

ISBN: 9780997651409
Book Review: White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to AnotherWhite Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte
Published by VIRTUONICA on May 16th 2017
Genres: Self-Help, General, Self-Help, Personal Growth, Happiness, Motivational & Inspirational, Spiritual
Pages: 264
Format: ebook
Source: Scribed
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five-stars

Has your self-help become self-criticism? A wise and often hilarious exploration of the conflicts between spiritual aspiration and the compulsion to improve, from Oprah Super Soul 100 member, Danielle LaPorte. Like a wise girlfriend you can totally relate to, Danielle cheerleads you to own your wisdom and self-worth by having a good laugh (and maybe a good cry) at the ways you've been trying to improve on your self-improvement. Rooted in compassion, feminism, and spiritual activism White Hot Truth is an intimate and (hilariously) relatable account of self-help tales gone wrong, and very right. If you love Brene Brown and Liz Gilbert's authenticity, and Marianne Williamson's strong spirit, you'll adore how Danielle lays bare "Boundaries for spiritual people"; the "Discipleshit" that happens when we give our power away; a "Soul-perspective" on suffering; "over tolerance" and "foolish compassion" in relationships, sneaky self-loathing; spiritual glamour. And in her poetic and brazen way, she brings it home with the hottest truth of all: You are your own guru.

As anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE fan of Danielle Laporte. I stumbled on her about three years a go when I first read the Disiaire Map which broke me into a million pieces. Finally, I thought someone who GETS it. I am always nervous when a new book by a favorite author comes out. I mean will THIS be the book that flops? Has their magic run out? I found this on Scribed and I started to read and OMG this is her BEST book so far.

Think that it helps that I too am a New Age self-help junkie. I mean when my depression first hit this year I delayed in getting help cause maybe I was just working on some stuff. I was and am, but I also needed professional help, and I think that is where people like me run into problems we want to do it all ourselves, and sometimes we just need someone with the right degrees to point us in the right direction.

And Danelle GETS it she has been through therapy, worked with energy healers and the like. I love how she says that we need to craft our course of action to a program that fits US as a person.

I also learned a lot from this book. Like to stay away from shit you don’t fully understand. She tells of her stone story where she had some sacred stones in her apartment, and they started doing weird shit to her. She admits that she had no clue what they did exactly and thus ran into problems. Headaches that wouldn’t go away, a lump on her forehead among other things. People told her it was the stones, but she dismissed it til she no longer could. She finally got rid of them, and all the wired stuff went away also. That is an important lesson to be learned here if you don’t know 10000 percent how something works and can control it then stay far far far away. Power can be useful, but it can also be evil.

One major thing that I learned in this book is that there is something called a Functional Dr. I looked it up ad what do you know they have a clinic thingie at Cleveland Clinic. I am thinking about making an appoint if the take my insurance. The best that I understand it is that it is where East meets West and during my time in Africa I can tell you that unless you have Malaria or something that their traditional meds work a damn lot better than some of the shit that I have been given by traditional Dr’s. In fact apart from my audiologist and my shrink I try and stay far far away from Dr’s. You go in sick then you come out ten times sicker. My friend wasn’t feeling well, and she thought she just had bad allergies or something turns out she had Cancer. I have had several other friends who have had similar experiences.  And the shit traditional  Drs give you mostly just ends up making things worse. My mom has had antibiotics so much she has to take SUPER antibiotics when she gets sick now. I just wonder what she is gonna do when she becomes resistant to THAT.  Every time I felt bad in Cameroon, I would drink ginger, and that works soo much better than Zofran without making you sleep for 48 hours straight. Hmmph

I also like the chapter explaining what it is that everyone does. Like the aforementioned Functional Dr., I learned some neat things. Like what an energy worker is and how to use I love stuff like this so learning all of this is right up my alley. I also love how she keeps it real. There is no superiority complex with her that i have seen in other spiritual self-help junkies.

 

five-stars