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
I don't review many books five stars but I'd give this one six if I could.
I'm not a runner, but a friend introduced me to the conceptReview:
I don't review many books five stars but I'd give this one six if I could.
I'm not a runner, but a friend introduced me to the concept of ultramarathons a few years ago and I admit to be a bit horrified and fascinated by the concept. I enjoy zombie books as well, so combining the two was such a novel idea, that I was super excited to read this one. I devoured it. I seldom finish a book in under a week's time - not because I don't read quickly or a lot, but because I have a short attention span and I'm often reading 5, 6, 7 books at a time... look at how crazy my sidebar "current books" list has gotten at time (fairly recently I was up to 9; at the time of writing this review, I think I'm down to three, which is rather rare for me, but that's only because most of the books in my pile right now are all rather similar dystopian young adult novels).
Anyways, the premise of the story is a widowed mom trying to rescue her son, along with her best friend, from the zombies. The new world, filled with zombies, is shown slowly, which doesn't seem to happen too often in books (and is actually a pet peeve of mine; I don't think zombies will take over the world in 30 seconds, I think it'll take a day or two at least! It should take at least a page in a book too, shouldn't it?). Kate and Frederico are in denial about the truth, but accepts reality quickly enough and gets down to business: running 200 miles to rescue Kate's son.
You can imagine the rest of the book if you've ever read a zombie book before, but the book is nicely done and there are some well thought differences which make this one stand out from the genre.
I hope there's a sequel! - book received from author as part of a book tour...more
So Cargo is the first in a series, and it's definitely written that way. A lot of books start off as stand alones and then because they are popular, tSo Cargo is the first in a series, and it's definitely written that way. A lot of books start off as stand alones and then because they are popular, they end up as a series, but this is written as just the beginning. I almost feel like it's a pre-quel because there are just so many unanswered questions and a lot of open plot holes (for example, there is a lot of talk of aliens/ETs/are they human? But that's never explained in any detail and we never meet anyone who isn't human as far as we know. So that drove me crazy because why mention them at all?)
Cassidy, our main character, I did not like at all. I read a lot of dystopian books so I'm used to the same dystopian tropes, and this one had most of them, but at least the main character usually grows on me if I don't like her at first. I never really liked Cassidy at all. Even though she's living in a tough world, because she's so sheltered, she's extremely spoiled (in my opinion) which makes her really immature. She whines throughout a third of the book how she misses the nuns and the world she's living behind. I'm sure any of us in that situation (being dragged/stolen from everything we know) would whine constantly about our family and homes left behind, too, but in a short novella, the constant "I miss my friends" got really old.
The book does move at a good pace, and there are certainly things that happened that make me wonder what else is going to happen. I didn't really like where the book ended, and because it's a novella, it really left me wanting more. I've been reading a lot of "chunksters" lately so this just felt like a short story in comparison - refreshing, really, the shorter pace, but still felt really short.
-- received copy from author in exchange for my review...more
Alex drove me crazy for the first few chapters - to the point where I thought I was going to have to drop out of tAll in all, I really liked this one.
Alex drove me crazy for the first few chapters - to the point where I thought I was going to have to drop out of the book tour because I thought I was going to have to write less than a four star review. But Alex really begins to grow as a person, and by the end I actually really liked her, though she wasn't my favorite person.
I did wish that there was more time spent in the prison system in this dystopian world, and less time spent on Alex's and Will's travels to Elder Gray prison - the book was spent about 50%-50% evenly.
There were some other minor things that drove me crazy - there's talk of technology, yet there aren't any vehicles or other forms of transportation, that just seemed off. There's talk of Alex being in a hospital, but no explanation of why, but that's how her father finds out she isn't really her daughter (but why did it take her father so long to find out the truth, when her mother's been dead all these years? What changed? I thought there was going to be more to the story, but nothing...). The whole bit about the hospital just seemed thrown into the story line so that Alex's father can find out he isn't really her father.
It also drove me a little crazy that they made the outback seem so scary and so dangerous (and the chances of surviving so few), and then the author talks so much about the "drifters" that were vampire-like creatures, yet the journey wasn't really that scary and the drifters you meet were much nicer, friendlier, and personable then the humans, with one exception.
All in all, however, I really liked the world that the characters were living in, and I did really like the story line, the pacing and the character development was great. Even though I did have some issues with the book, overall I really enjoyed this one, especially about a 1/3 of the way in and the whole rest of the book. I did feel the ending was a bit rushed, but maybe that's also because I was upset that the book was over?...more
Resilience is book one of the Regina Shen series, which takes place in a dystopian-type world. Though I was initially put off by the book covers, theResilience is book one of the Regina Shen series, which takes place in a dystopian-type world. Though I was initially put off by the book covers, the premise behind the series intrigued me enough that I was thrilled to sign up for the review tour.
Regina, of course, is our hero. She's a teenager, as they always are in dystopian books, and has a younger sister and a mom, both of whom we see little of in this book.
Regina has courage, is portrayed as smart, and is certainly loyal to her sister. Much of the book is spent on Regina's mixed relationship with her mother (which I can sympathize with); however, I did feel as if a lot of time was spent obsessing over Regina being mad at her mother for abandoning her and her sister, even though Regina (in the same breath) complains about how her mother was never there for them.
We never really get to know Regina's family, as book one focuses mainly on Regina's search for them. I was honestly bored at times because I didn't really care about her family.
That being said, the world the author creates is great. I do love the setting, and could imagine this future, alternative world rather easily, though the author's continuous descriptions of the setting also got a little old.
Regina herself is an interesting character - I'm not sure I like her, but I do applaud her spirit, her spunk, her "gumption" if you will. She is frustrated throughout much of the story, and grows as a person and begins to turn into an adult a little more. There are a lot of questions in her life that remain un-answered, and it'll be interesting to see how Regina will continue to grow as the series unfolds.
- book received for free as part of a book tour...more