Back when I started traveling solo in 1999, it was tough to find guide books strictly for solo female travelers. I had read plenty of travel memoirs,Back when I started traveling solo in 1999, it was tough to find guide books strictly for solo female travelers. I had read plenty of travel memoirs, but resource guides for women were few and far between. Online resources for travel and for women travelers didn't exist back then.
Kristin Addis's new travel book, Conquering Mountains: How To Solo Travel the World Fearlessly takes the most stressful parts of traveling solo and streamlines it into an easy to follow format for anyone to use. This is a fantastic book for first time travelers who are looking for that something extra to help them get over the fear of getting started and following through on their journey.
Kristin has compiled a complete how-to travel guide based on her three years of solo travel. She has also included 15 other established female travelers to contribute advice to her book AND 6 in-depth case study interviews from female travelers.
In her book, she includes advice on learning how to get over the fear of traveling alone, building self-confidence and dealing with critics, tips for saving money for your adventure, additional advice for making money while you're on the road, and banking advice.
She has also included a great section on planning for your trip, covering everything from ticketing and budgeting advice to healthcare, safety advice and packing lists.
Conquering Mountains: How To Solo Travel the World Fearlessly is a terrific resource guide that will take you all the way through to the end of an amazing and successful solo journey.
This is the book the Kristin wished had existed before she started traveling solo three years ago. If you're looking for a great resource guide that offers loads of tips and advice on everything you'd want to know as a woman on the road, buy it and read it. You won't be disappointed.
"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you're afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that, that's what life is: You might be really good. you might find something out about yourself that's really special. And if you're not good, who cares? You've tried something. Now you know something about yourself." - Amy Poehler
The Girl on the Train is the hot new summer bestseller that everyone in Hollywood is talking about. I read it because Reese Witherspoon mentioned thatThe Girl on the Train is the hot new summer bestseller that everyone in Hollywood is talking about. I read it because Reese Witherspoon mentioned that it was a summer thriller for her and she couldn't put it down.
I thought it was a fun read, but it's very similar to Gone Girl and I'm not a huge fan of this type of literature.
The story begins with Rachel, a raging alcoholic who has lost her job and her husband. Each day, she takes the train into London and she pays careful attention to the people who live in the houses that her train passes by each day. She is obsessed with the people who live on Blenheim Street, and she has even gone as far as to name the people living in these houses and to come up with stories for them. In particular, Rachel is obsessed with the perfect lives of Jess and Jason, but one day, she sees something that disturbs her. She can't shake the feeling that something bad has happened, and she won't rest until she finds out what it is.
Anna and Megan enter as narrators shortly after Rachel's story begins, and the book jumps back and forth between these three damaged women.
The Girl on the Train is a creepy and unsettling book that is full of secrets. None of the characters are likable, and in this sense, I think Paula Dawkins has done a fantastic job with her character development. It's a good story that is well written and it will keep you guessing until the last page.
A good friend recommended that I read Daughter of Smoke & Bone at the beginning of the summer. I was a little slow getting to it this summer, butA good friend recommended that I read Daughter of Smoke & Bone at the beginning of the summer. I was a little slow getting to it this summer, but I've just finished the first book in this trilogy and she was right, I really liked it!
The story is about a young blue-haired girl named Karou who was raised by demons amongst the human world. She was adopted by a demon named Brimstone at a young age, and he has been mysteriously sending her on missions to collect teeth for as long as Karou can remember. Karou doesn't know who she is, but despite not knowing where she comes from, she loves her demon family.
One day, a beautiful angel named Akiva tracks Karou down in an alley in Marrakesh. They fight and Karou manages to escape, but after her escape, she can't help feeling that she is being watched constantly.
How does this strange angel know her and why is he following her? The answer is not what you're expecting!
If you're a fan of fairy tales, I'm sure you'll like Laini Taylor's tale of angels and demons.
Joanna Lander is a medical researcher that specializes in Near Death Experiences (NDEs). She conducts research to find out how the brain constructs NDJoanna Lander is a medical researcher that specializes in Near Death Experiences (NDEs). She conducts research to find out how the brain constructs NDEs. Her partner, Richard Wright, is a brilliant scientist who has figured out a way to induce NDEs in healthy subjects.
Joanna and Richard know that the brain suffers irreversible damage within four to six minutes of dying. They want to know how some people manage to come back. Joanna decides to experience an induced NDE for herself, and she discovers that death is both familiar and unfamiliar, and it is very unsettling.
Overall, I thought this was a solid story. My chief complaint is it was far too long. I think Willis could've wrapped things up in 400 pages instead of 590+. It was a bit of a time investment for a storyline that was 'alright'. I thought the most interesting character in the book was 9-year-old Maisie. The rest of the characters were a bit dull.
With all of this said, I am looking forward to reading Connie Willis's Doomsday Book. I've heard great things about it.
Inside the O'Briens is a heart wrenching story of a family slowly being ripped apart by Huntington's Disease.
Joe O'Brien is a 44-year-old police offiInside the O'Briens is a heart wrenching story of a family slowly being ripped apart by Huntington's Disease.
Joe O'Brien is a 44-year-old police officer from Charlestown, Massachusetts. When Joe starts experiencing involuntary movements, temper outbursts, and bouts of disorganized thinking, he attributes his symptoms to his stressful lifestyle as an officer. It doesn't take long for his wife and four adult children to notice that something is very wrong. At his wife's insistence, he agrees to see a neurologist. Their lives change forever when they learn that Joe has Huntington's Disease, a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no cure. Furthermore, each of Joe's four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the disease. A simple blood test can reveal whether they have the disease or not, but as the family learns how insidious the disease really is, will his children decide that they are better off not knowing if they will develop the disease?
Lisa Genova perfectly describes the O'Brien's descent into Hungtington's hell. A neuroscientist and bestselling author, Genova excels in writing about neurological diseases that we have all heard of, but have very little understanding of. I hope that this novel brings some much needed awareness and research funds to finding a treatment and eventual cure for this horrific disease.
I love a good story about Lucky Santangelo and her crazy family. Jackie Collin's excels at mindless and entertaining reading. This book lacked lusterI love a good story about Lucky Santangelo and her crazy family. Jackie Collin's excels at mindless and entertaining reading. This book lacked luster though. It was her daughter Maria's time to get kidnapped, make a dramatic escape, and then they all had to deal with another Bonnatti relative looking for revenge. Eh.
Judy Blume's newest novel, In the Unlikely Event, is a fictional story based on the plane crashes in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the early 1950s.
Three pJudy Blume's newest novel, In the Unlikely Event, is a fictional story based on the plane crashes in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the early 1950s.
Three plane crashes in one city over the course of 58 days is incomprehensible, but this is exactly what Blume witnessed as a young girl. This turbulent time in history becomes the backdrop for her new novel and she does a fantastic job of weaving historical facts into her tale of life in the 1950s.
The story is based on a period in time when air travel was new and unknown, and it tells the stories of three generations of families and friends. The story begins with 15-year-old Miri Ammerman, who witnesses the crashes first hand and who has fallen in love for the first time. It ends with her revisiting her hometown 35 years later to commemorate the crashes.
I was expecting to like this book much more than I did. It was well written, but I had a hard time getting involved with the characters. The story is told from multiple points of view and it was difficult to keep track of each storyline. It was a bit of a sleeper read, and there wasn't much action, although Blume still knows how to write about first love and the fears and insecurities of being a teenager. She also perfectly captures what life was like during the 1950s.
The citizens of Elizabeth were told that the likelihood of three planes crashing is extremely improbable, as was the likelihood of it ever happening again. Blume didn't tie in the title to her novel until the last pages, but when she did, it all came together. The strongest writing in the book, in my opinion, came at the end.
"Life is a series of unlikely events, isn’t it? Hers certainly is. One unlikely event after another, adding up to a rich, complicated whole. And who knows what’s still to come?”
Sienna Nealon has discovered her talents (or curse) as a metahuman. She now needs to learn how to control her powers, along with the Wolfe inside herSienna Nealon has discovered her talents (or curse) as a metahuman. She now needs to learn how to control her powers, along with the Wolfe inside her head. She is still searching for her mother who went missing at the beginning of Book One.
In Book Two, Sienna meets Aleksandr Gavrikov, a meta human who is very pissed off with the Directorate and who has the ability to destroy entire cities. She also meets another meta human named Iron Man. Meanwhile the Directorate is trying to recruit Sienna as an agent. Sienna isn't fully sure if she can trust the Directorate, but she knows she needs to make some alliances soon.
I started this series because my sister recommended it and because I got the first three books for free on Amazon. The author is now on Book Nine, and there don't seem to be any plans for this series to draw to a close. I'm counting on lots of action for Book Three as well as a little more character development, especially with the other meta humans at the Directorate, like Kat, Scott, and Crane.
Sienna seems to be growing up a bit, and I like where her romance with Zach is heading. I'm not sure if Robert Crane has created a strong enough story line to keep me engaged for nine books though. Nevertheless, I'm interested to see where Book Three takes us!...more