I read this book looking more for a cleanse than a diet--and something to help me impose a little more healthy structure to my daily eating. I reallyI read this book looking more for a cleanse than a diet--and something to help me impose a little more healthy structure to my daily eating. I really like the simple regimen this plan offers, particularly the rule of eating every 2-4 hours and the three different eating phases per week. Pomroy did a great job explaining the biology and science behind the plan. My only complaint is that some information seemed like it was cut and pasted throughout the book, whenever a topic came up a second or third time. I also hate reading reference books on my kindle. So annoying to not be able to flip easily between the pages. I would have much preferred to read the printed version.
If you go all out and cook every meal, this plan can definitely be overwhelming. But there are certainly simpler ways to stay true to the plan without slaving away in the kitchen all day. Although, I have to say that all the recipes for this diet are really delicious and very normal/accessible to all. They aren't diet food. Just good, wholesome, home-cooked meals....more
John Gottman is one of the most influential therapists in the past quarter century, is a professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of WashingJohn Gottman is one of the most influential therapists in the past quarter century, is a professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of Washington, and is one of the preeminent experts on the psychology of marriage. The Science of Trust is a very dense book written more for other therapists than for laypeople like myself. However, I found immense benefits and insights from reading it. I was fascinated by Gottman's scientific, and even mathematical, approach to relationships. This book seems like one of those that should be required reading for all (but skip the second chapter and the last chapter if you want, which are the most dense). We are such creatures of our environments and upbringings, and do so much potentially destructive stuff in our relationships without even realizing what we're doing. I highly, highly recommend this read to all. ...more
I feel like the conclusions of short stories are often a bit underwhelming. This one was so for me. This story tells of a house wronged and how the suI feel like the conclusions of short stories are often a bit underwhelming. This one was so for me. This story tells of a house wronged and how the surviving brother and sister (Clay and Weed) live to make amends as adults.
I liked the ambiguity introduced into the situation by Clay's and Weed's different takes on who the mastermind behind the betrayal was. Even Father Odren's (view spoiler)[killing of their mother, at the end, by hugging her and taking her over the cliff with him, doesn't clarify the issue of whether she was guilty or just a pawn in the whole situation because the stone Odrin embraces her. It's unclear whether he is embracing her for love or revenge. (hide spoiler)] I even like how (view spoiler)[Weed simply returns home after the deed is done. She doesn't take her place in the Odren Manor, but returns to her life as a simple farmer's wife. Because it wasn't about the inheritance. It wasn't about standing or power. It was only about setting things right in the world. (hide spoiler)] Yet the pacing or something about that very strong sense of ambiguity, and no clear right answer, at the end just didn't hit the spot for me....more
These Wheel of Time recaps are awesome. This first installment is a collection of blog posts about rereads of WOT books 1 - 4. Leigh Butler does a greThese Wheel of Time recaps are awesome. This first installment is a collection of blog posts about rereads of WOT books 1 - 4. Leigh Butler does a great job of recapping every single chapter in each book. I practically feel like I'm rereading the books themselves.
There are only a few downsides to this format:
One is that I wish some of the blog comments (from the original post discussions) were also included for each chapter. I'm sure the discussions were even more enlightening about the theories and some of the more nitty gritty details of this very complicated story. I definitely found myself wishing a few times that I might have the motivation to actually go onto TOR's website and scan through the comments for these posts. But wouldn't it be even better if someone else skimmed through for me and pulled out the best ones and published them in this book?!
Two is that some (okay, a lot) of the links to external websites referred to in Butler's posts are no longer online. I also wasn't very inclined to click on them because browsing the internet on my Kindle Paperwhite ain't all that much fun.
In a lot of Butler's posts, she laments how very long her recaps are. Since I'm reading in a book format and not on a blog, I wasn't at all bothered by the length. (After all, these recaps are much shorter than reading the actual chapters.) In fact, I found myself wishing that she would actually quote more from certain chapters, like about visions and prophetic dreams, etc. And delve deeper into certain hot-button issues. I feel like she often says, "But I'll wait to get into that more later," but then never really gets deep into the topic and then Poof! the book is done and where was all that promised discussion, huh?!
All in all, though, very enjoyable. Very good investment....more
This is a novella prequel to Milan's Brothers Sinister series, my first foray into Courtney Milan's novels, and maybe even my first time reading a truThis is a novella prequel to Milan's Brothers Sinister series, my first foray into Courtney Milan's novels, and maybe even my first time reading a true romance novel. I had Milan on my to-read list because she used to work where I work and several of my co-workers had told me about her foray into romance writing. I was definitely coming from a place of guarded hope but low expectation. For all that, I have to say that I was very, very pleased with The Governess Affair in all aspects.
The story is told from the point of view of Hugo Marshall, dubbed "The Wolf of Clermont" for his ruthless dealings on behalf of the financially challenged Duke of Clermont, his pseudo-employer. Hugo is a fixer of problems, but Clermont's latest problem seems a bit of a stumper. He has a young woman (the governess) loitering outside his house, refusing to go away and determined to sully Clermont's name for what he did to her. But what did he do to her? She will not say. And neither will Clermont. So Hugo is left to discover the source and resolve the conflict, while also battling his own growing attraction to the young woman and his growing reservations about the dubious morals of his employer.
This story hit gold on so many levels: writing, character development, plot, dialogue, and romance were all spot on. I found it highly enjoyable to read and had an immediate desire to pick up the next book in the series. My only disappointment was that the Brothers Sinister series is actually about the children of Hugo and Clermont, not about Hugo himself. I thought he was such a great character, I would have liked to read more stories about him. I'm sure readers coming from the other direction--having read the series already and now coming to the prequel--will enjoy reading about the history of the two brothers and how their situation came to be....more