This is a fantastic read for first-time patients who are new to chronic illness and who aren't sure how to best utilize their health care appointmentsThis is a fantastic read for first-time patients who are new to chronic illness and who aren't sure how to best utilize their health care appointments. As someone who has been chronically ill for more than 20 years, I can attest that everything Ricky writes about in Taking Charge: Making Your Healthcare Appointments Work for You WILL help you to organize your health care appointments and get the most out of them.
His book is well laid-out and it is full of great tips and advice. There is a resource section at the back of his book for spreadsheets and other tips that you can make great use of. The resource section alone is worth buying this book.
I personally prefer to use a paid phone app now to track my appointments, medications, pain levels and other things, but prior to paying for this app, my health resource spreadsheets were very similar to what Ricky White has provided, and I promise you, they will be a wealth of information for your medical team and FOR YOU.
You will start to see patterns emerging with your health if you keep up with his resources for tracking what happens with your appointments and with your health.
The only reason I moved to a paid app is because I live in Taiwan and Taiwan has a universal health care system that is digitalized, which means my whole medical team (This includes my dentist!) can see prior appointments, doctor's notes, and they can add my app notes and recordings right into their database. (Cool, huh?)
I hope other countries follow suit with this system, but honestly, if you aren't using a phone app for the reason I mentioned above, you can't do any better than the resources Ricky has provided. I have my doctors print out a copy of all my tests and I file my notes the same way that Ricky suggests in his book. This means I am always well prepared and everything is in chronological order, which makes it easy for new doctors to understand.
Ricky's resources are fantastic and you will be amazed at what you learn from your own notes after you've been tracking your appointments for even a few months.
Another benefit to using Ricky's tips and resources is that these resources will provide you with a trail of paperwork that may assist you in the future should you need it, especially if you plan on filing for disability at some point. (You can never have enough paperwork and notes on record when it comes to this.)
When you add Ricky's experience as a nurse to his own story about having a chronic condition (Ankylosing Spondylitis), you really are seeing both sides of the story here, and that is why this book is so important. Ricky's writing is solid and easy to understand, so you don't need to worry about long and wordy medical passages that take time to decipher.
Buy this book. Read it. Use Ricky White's resources. You will not regret it.
This was a very quick and easy read and it was the perfect book to start 2017 off with because I really do adore everything that Michelle Obama standsThis was a very quick and easy read and it was the perfect book to start 2017 off with because I really do adore everything that Michelle Obama stands for. Her speeches are simple and easy to follow, and although the book is a mere 132 pages, it was an inspiring read that made me realize that she really understands what Americans are going through, especially American women.
Michelle and Barack started out poor. They were community outreach workers for years on the South Side of Chicago. They have never really sought the limelight, and they have both worked tirelessly on many campaigns to improve the lives of Americans in many different ways - together, and in their own separate ways.
Now that I have read Michelle Obama: Speeches on Life, Love, and American Values, I am even more impressed with the Obamas than I was before. When Barack Obama was elected, I read both of his books as well, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.
I am going to miss this family so much.
This book is positive, compassionate, and it will resonate with me throughout this year. As one of the most inspirational women in America, it was my pleasure to read about Michelle's own beliefs and upbringing. Some of the topics that she touches upon in her speeches remind me very much of the beliefs and values that my own parents instilled in me and my siblings when we were young.
As Michelle continually says throughout her speeches, we all need to be better citizens and we need to serve the world as we serve ourselves. We should also encourage people to serve their communities and their neighbors. That is what being a global citizen is all about. This is why I respect her so much.
Here are some of my favorite passages from her book. I'm not going to lie. I highlighted almost everything she said, but these were my favorite passages that I wanted to share with you:
"You learn that you treat people with respect and decency, even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them. Because that’s the right way to treat your neighbor."
"We learn that there is nothing more important in this life than commitment to your family and your community."
"Things like truth and honesty matter in life, all the time. Your word is your bond. When you say you’re going to do something, you do it to the best of your ability. And that when you’re a working class kid in this society, you don’t feel entitled to anything."
"We need leadership. We need people with judgment. We need decent people—people with common sense, people with strong family values, people who understand the world."
"As people talked to us about it, the question that came up again and again, the question that people were most concerned about—they were afraid. It was fear. Fear again raising its ugly head. During one of the most important decisions that we would make—fear. Fear of everything. Fear that we would lose. Fear that we might get hurt. Fear that this would be ugly. Fear that it might hurt our family. Fear."
“We’re at a point in time in society where life has gotten increasingly harder for folks. I think because of that, it is difficult to reflect on life and to think through these issues because we’re all struggling so very, very much just keeping our heads above water. At least regular people are."
City of Thieves is a wonderful read of friendship, adventure, and survival.
The story is about a young teenager named Lev who is arrested for looting dCity of Thieves is a wonderful read of friendship, adventure, and survival.
The story is about a young teenager named Lev who is arrested for looting during the Nazis' siege of Leningrad. While in jail, he meets a remarkable man named Kolya, who seems to be able to charm almost anyone with his good looks and unwavering optimism.
The camaraderie that develops between these two men is unreal. I was astonished at times by their conversations, which were deep and meaningful while being full of truth, hope, and despair.
Lev and Kolya expect to be executed, but instead, they end up being given a near impossible mission to find a dozen eggs in a war-ravaged and starving country to use in a wedding cake for the daughter of a powerful Soviet colonel.
And thus their adventure begins, and what an adventure it is!
In a beautifully written story that is funny and terrifying at the same time, we learn about the ravages of World War II, the meaning of true friendship and courage, and the perseverance it takes to never lose hope and to never give up.
**I loved this book and I received it through a Facebook International Book Exchange. To the person who sent it to me, thank you so much. It was the second best book I read in 2017 and I have already sent it off to another person in another book exchange who is waiting anxiously for it to arrive. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did.
I received this book through an online international book exchange on Facebook and I am thoroughly impressed with Megan Kruse's Call Me Home.
This isI received this book through an online international book exchange on Facebook and I am thoroughly impressed with Megan Kruse's Call Me Home.
This is an unforgettable story about family and siblings, and it is still resonating with me even though I finished it a few weeks ago. The story is told from three perspectives: Amy, a young mother of two who leaves her hometown with a man she barely knows, only to end up in an extremely abusive relationship, and her children Jackson and Lydia.
At 18 years of age, Jackson leaves home and finds work with a construction crew in Idaho, where he ends up falling in love with his boss, while his 12-year-old sister Lydia stays with her mother and seeks refuge with Amy's parents in Texas.
Jackson and Lydia are connected in many ways despite their difference in age, but what is most apparent is that they have both been completely traumatized by their parents' relationship and the choices they have made.
When Patrick Rothfuss gives an author a five-star review, you know it's going to be good. And when the book opens with a Foreward from Joss Whedon, weWhen Patrick Rothfuss gives an author a five-star review, you know it's going to be good. And when the book opens with a Foreward from Joss Whedon, well, you just keep reading. Because that's what 'geeks' do.
I'm sorry to say that I didn't know anything about Felicia Day until my friend Jason suggested I read this book. (No doubt because he is a huge Patrick Ruthfuss fan and obviously he's a Felicia Day fan too.)
This was a really fun memoir about a quirky woman who has never been afraid to be herself.
Self-professed Geek, Queen of the Internet, Queen of the Geeks, Gamer, whatever you want to call her, I say good on you, Ms. Day, for knowing yourself and for being brave enough to put out an honest, funny, incredibly relatable and slightly heartbreaking memoir.
Felicia's writing is clear, precise, and utterly charming. It's like she's right in the room talking to you, and that is what I liked about it. What I REALLY liked about it is her ability to get down to business and talk honestly about the parts of life that went downhill. Like how you can get so sucked into a project or into a game that it ends up messing up your life for certain periods of time.
If you liked Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened or Furiously Happy, I'm certain you'll like Felicia Day's You're Never Weird on the Internet. (Jenny Lawson endorsed this book, by the way. So did George R.R. Martin and a few other fantastic authors, so it has already received its seal of approval.)
Ms. Day writes about her childhood and being homeschooled. She writes about her gaming addiction, being a female gamer in a mostly male-dominated world, her arrival in Hollywood, the roles she played on TV and how it affected her personal life, and how she created The Guild and all of her other creative endeavors. (She has done A LOT.)
Best of all, she writes honestly and with utter vulnerability about her lifelong struggle with anxiety, depression and her struggles with mental illness. She writes openly about how much pressure she puts on herself and how hard she is on herself all the time.
Thank goodness it's not just me! I'm not alone.
So, now that you know all this, you're probably wondering if you should read this book.
This was an excellent read. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but I'm so glad I read it because once I got started on The Book of Murder, I couldn't put it dThis was an excellent read. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but I'm so glad I read it because once I got started on The Book of Murder, I couldn't put it down.
Guillermo Martínez is an Argentinean author that excels in murder mysteries, which are not my favorite book genre, but I am enticed to read his other works now that I've finished The Book of Murder.
What especially appealed to me about this book is that it was written by an Argentinian author, which appealed to me for a year-end book for 2016. The translation work was fantastic. (Well done, Sonia Soto!)
This is a tight, concisely written story with a fantastic plot line about two writers and a young secretary who worked for both authors. The secretary is still deeply embroiled with Kloster after a decade.
I love books that have no room for spare words. Every single word counted. No more, no less. The ending was a divine tragedy.
The narrator of the story is an up-and-coming author that is acquainted with a famous author who goes by the name of Kloster. I don't want to give too much away with my review, but the biggest question to ask yourself when reading The Book of Murder is, 'Can words really kill?'