This is a fascinating look at Transcendental Meditation and enlightenment. I don't know much about meditation other than the most basic knowledge, so This is a fascinating look at Transcendental Meditation and enlightenment. I don't know much about meditation other than the most basic knowledge, so I was interested in reading about how a child grew up in the culture and returned as an adult, learning how to cope and how to grow and change, both as a mother and as a women and a wife.
Since the book is a memoir, there is obviously some information about her family history, but the book is mostly about the TM movement and its founder, but it's also to a certain extent a coming of age story. There's a lot of suffering here, but mostly it's about Claire's loneliness, something I think we can all relate to.
While this is a great memoir and is very well written, I did have a few issues with it. I felt Claire really skirted the truth about a lot of issues - she brought up some subjects / controversies, but really didn't dive into them - again, this book is a memoir and not a tell all, but in books like this I always say the same thing - why bring up the subject at all if you aren't going to delve into it?
I also didn't care for the ending, where Claire really glosses over the last few years of her life, only very briefly mentioning her time with her father / late teen/early adult years. Considering this book was supposed to be a contrast between her youth and her adult years, this was disappointing.
All in all, an interesting read about a subject I knew little about.
- received book from author as part of a book tour...more
Silver is really starting to mature, to turn into a leader, but she still has her moments where sheThe final book!
Definitely my favorite of the three.
Silver is really starting to mature, to turn into a leader, but she still has her moments where she's just a scared kid who is way over her head.
This book was much more intense, definitely a little darker, much more thrilling, and much more of a roller coaster ride.
The author, Wilkinson, does a great job with the pacing of the plot, intertwining all of the characters and the storylines, drawing you in, and then throws curveball after curveball at you.
In fact, it's rather difficult to write a review because of the curveballs... I don't want to say anything and ruin the book.
I'm going to get killed for this, but I did not like the very last scene. Again, I can't say too much without ruining it, but I didn't like how the last scene was written, though I understand why - for dramatic purposes, of course - but the sudden change for only the very last scene basically told me what the ending was going to be, when before I only suspected what the ending was going to be. Anyone with any sense in them is going to know how the book ends if one only thinks about it for two seconds, so why the sudden shift?
There's also a LOT of similarities to the Hunger Games series, as I mentioned when I reviewed the first book. If you enjoy the genre, then you'll enjoy this series, too, but the similarities - and the fact I didn't like how the ending was written - is one reason why this book only gets four stars from me.
This is the second book in the Silver Blackthorn trilogy.
It begins immediately after the first book, with only a little recapping, which was nice becaThis is the second book in the Silver Blackthorn trilogy.
It begins immediately after the first book, with only a little recapping, which was nice because I started this one immediately after finishing the first one, and it would have driven me nuts if there was a lot of recapping.
This book is more about the friendship and the relationship between all the teenagers, their families, and the other people in this world.
It's pretty similar to most other dystopia trilogies; in this one, not much happens. It's more character and world building, and setting the scene for the final book.
There's a love triangle that's pretty unnecessary, especially since Silver is just dishonest with both guys which is really out of character. It almost feels like the love triangle is there because there's always a love triangle in these books....more
I signed up to read the third book in the series - review to come very soon - so you'll see the review for book 2 very soon, too!
So let me start my reI signed up to read the third book in the series - review to come very soon - so you'll see the review for book 2 very soon, too!
So let me start my review off by saying this book - and the series in general - has a very similar feel (at first glance) to the Hunger Games, and even in small part, Harry Potter. The Reckoning, for the first few chapters, will definitely feel similar to the Hunger Games - the reckoning to me is very similar in feel to the lottery in the Hunger Games. After that though, the Silver Blackthorn series has a feel all its own. It's similar to Harry Potter in that you are routing for a small group of characters to survive against evil that is just not understandable (which is usually the case when someone is crazy, after all). The world and characters are well written, Silver's a great heroine type figure without being over the top, and I enjoyed the book except I did feel the ending was a little rushed, but it was well written the way it was done so the ending still works. - book received by author as part of a book tour...more
This beautiful book begins with a gorgeous cover, and is filled with photos of handspun yarn and various items knitted from handspun yarn.
The book begThis beautiful book begins with a gorgeous cover, and is filled with photos of handspun yarn and various items knitted from handspun yarn.
The book begins with the usual introductions, and of course talks about the various types of wools. Naturally you'd expect that in any handspinning book. The book also talks about spinning with intention, which I think made some interesting points. The book also covers preparing fiber for spinning, and talks about the importance of twist, types of plying, finding balance, etc; again, with photos that can't help but inspire you (and makes me wish I was a much better spinner, with an actual spinning wheel and not just a hand spindle!)
Then there's a lot of information about color, color theory, etc., followed by finishing your yarn.
Lastly, there's a small, but nice, section of patterns specific to handspun yarn, by well known designers.
All in all, I think this is a must for any hand-spinners library, especially those that may not be spinning for a long time....more