It's good sense, but the illustrations were too cutesy cartoonish for me. Like reading a book about my mental health in comic sans font.
I liked the c...moreIt's good sense, but the illustrations were too cutesy cartoonish for me. Like reading a book about my mental health in comic sans font.
I liked the core philosophy of separating from your thoughts and not letting negative thinking change your behavior or alter your life for the negative (distracting you from the things that count), but some of the suggestions for how to detach just don't jive for me.
I wouldn't say I "don't" recommend it, as I'd hate to turn someone away from something that clicks for them (after all, what is a little patronizing to me, might be funny to you), but to me it seems a great idea executed a little poorly.
AT any rate, it was enough to revive my curiosity about mindfulness and CBT and I did glean a couple good pieces of information from this book.
This is more or less a small textbook, with key points at the end of each chapter. I recommend skipping through and reading the key points before read...moreThis is more or less a small textbook, with key points at the end of each chapter. I recommend skipping through and reading the key points before reading the book, and deciding if you want more information from there.
There is some great advice in there about training, finding balance, and training properly... The advice is mixed in with some commentary that I think is meant to be tongue in cheek, but falls short...so it comes across like the author is being snarky and critical of some "types" of runner. Perhaps that's not his intent. Perhaps an editor should have said: "Richard, this is a bit crusty."
So, for example, if the goal is to get people out there and running and doing it 'right,' should we start out a book mocking a guy who is "slogging" down the street and having a rough day? So what if he's "over-geared" and miserable? Maybe he doesn't know there is a better place out there to get to...yet. Maybe that is what gets him through the run right now, and at a later point (like me) he'll start experimenting with less. Maybe he truly hates it and his doctor told him to...or maybe he is indeed a pitiful gadget-o-phile... either way, he's moving, and you're griping in later chapters about people ... how did it go? Something about rapidly expanding in size and excelling at being sedentary? Buddy, if you have a critical attitude about a guy out there getting through his run in a way you don't approve of, you're part of that problem.
The chapters are set up as counterpoints: train hard, but get rest, run distances, but don't run too many, etc. This is deliberate, just fyi - though it doesn't get clarified until about halfway through.
Overall it was ok. Not a keeper, but not a bad overnight library read.(less)
If you enjoyed The Rosie Project, you'll probably like this book: a nonfiction memoir of David Finch's nearly failed - and happil...moreI really liked this.
If you enjoyed The Rosie Project, you'll probably like this book: a nonfiction memoir of David Finch's nearly failed - and happily rescued - marriage after he discovers he has Aspergers.
First, whatever one might think about Finch, his wife is amazing; he makes this abundantly clear throughout.
His "best practices" are good touchpoints for any marriage and a reminder that anyone - not just a guy with Aspergers - can easily get caught up in the idea of how things should be, comparison to others, cherishing unrealistic expectations... mired in a particular worldview and trapped by selfishness.
Some of the things he does are "out there" in a way that'd make Sheldon Cooper proud, but I appreciate that he laid it out honestly, with self-deprecating wit instead of trying to conceal just how much of an ass he was in his marriage. I'm a big fan of unflinching honesty in a memoir.
On Aspergers, this is not so much "how an Asperger brain works" so much as it is "how an Asperger brain thinks."
Loved the humor, the quirkiness and really loved some of the humor/banter between him and his wife.
A quote from his interview on Oprah: "Everybody could benefit from learning how to manage themselves better in any relationship. The Asperger's thing informed the book, but really it's not a story about Asperger's; it's a story about marriage. I wanted to write something to give people hope. If you're sitting there feeling unhappy and stuck, there's probably a reason and you can get to the bottom of it."
I picked this up at the library while refreshing displays - I liked the idea of an ADHD main character.
I finally got around to reading it, after letti...moreI picked this up at the library while refreshing displays - I liked the idea of an ADHD main character.
I finally got around to reading it, after letting it get dusty on the nightstand, and I really enjoyed it. It's laid out the way an ADHD kid would think - almost a stream of consciousness narrative (maybe a lot less bunny trails, granted). I (all grown up with ADHD) could relate to the character - especially the little things she struggles with... missing or skipping steps when doing something that should be done in order, blurting out the wrong thing, etc. I could relate to her struggles with friends and getting into trouble in school, and I liked that despite this, she was still a good natured kid who tries. It was easy to cheer for Eliza, and want her to succeed. I really liked her family, loved that she's a character who reconsiders her thinking, and I loved the ending. One moment in there got me all choked up.
Great read for girls, particularly ADHD gals.(less)
First, I'll say that while I like reading about martial arts, it does get a bit heavy/dry on the technicalities of the sport. So, I didn't feel too gu...more First, I'll say that while I like reading about martial arts, it does get a bit heavy/dry on the technicalities of the sport. So, I didn't feel too guilty for skimming a spot here and there in order to enjoy the rest.
Some good leadership, anxiety, self control, and personal growth type themes in this memoir. Some great insight into popular mythology about women's safety, and moments of good wit, too. Apparently she writes for the Rumpus in a column called "Bitchslapped" - I'll have to check it out.(less)
I didn't realize this was part of a set and the story of side characters from the first book until I'd finished it. So that's great for fans of book 1...moreI didn't realize this was part of a set and the story of side characters from the first book until I'd finished it. So that's great for fans of book 1...which I haven't got around to reading yet.
In a nutshell: it's chick lit/romance/contemporary and a light beach/vacation read. Probably good for fans of Elizabeth Reyes' books. Reese might remind folks of an crankier Stephanie Plum.
I enjoyed the characters and their banter/relationship. I liked Ben's blunt honesty and lack of apology for his behavior or philosophy in life. I liked Reese's humor, assertiveness and impulsiveness and her later ability to be a little more introspective.
I did feel she could have been more respectful/appreciative of her former-stepfather's love and care for her, and it made her come off entitled and a bit obnoxious in that particular corner (within reasonable levels, at least), but I otherwise liked her.
Overall I enjoyed it. I can easily rotate Moore's books with Terry Pratchett for a balance of tongue in cheek dry humor (Pratchett) vs. absurd goofbal...moreOverall I enjoyed it. I can easily rotate Moore's books with Terry Pratchett for a balance of tongue in cheek dry humor (Pratchett) vs. absurd goofball humor (Moore). Both make excellent vacation or rainy day reading.
The ending was a bit lackluster - I've found the 2nd half of some of Moore's books just seem to drop you out in a field with no ride home, but everything up to the field is great. This seems to follow that pattern (along with Fluke).
Overall, plenty of snicker out loud moments (Coyote in Vegas, for example), so I'll give it 4 instead of the 3 the last few chapters made me want to give it.
(view spoiler)[ Calliope dying and coming back from the dead did nothing for me. I didn't really feel any sense of grief along with the character - the build up was too shallow to make that happen.
This and Coyote having to "die" to save her... ehhh. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Funny, adventurous, and by no means are the women in the books unassertive fainting damsels in distress. I enjoyed the story and the take on Arthurian...moreFunny, adventurous, and by no means are the women in the books unassertive fainting damsels in distress. I enjoyed the story and the take on Arthurian legends - particularly the end notes comparing the original story to the retelling.
My only dislike is Lynet's often verbally abusive behavior and inability to make an actual apology, first to someone she perceives is a kitchen hand, and later to her friend. I would like to give benefit of the doubt and say her behavior stems from concern for the character she's haranguing, but that's a bit muddy. My overall feeling is that it'd be repugnant from a male character and so it is also, IMO, from a female. I otherwise liked her pluck and self-reflection later in the book.
Loved the character Roger and the Pink Knight. There were some laugh out loud moments.
I'd recommend towards the 6th grade level for readers. There are a couple bits in there that might be a little mature for younger readers. (less)
This seems like a great book for those recently diagnosed with Celiac's or gluten intolerance and feeling down about their food options. It's about 80...moreThis seems like a great book for those recently diagnosed with Celiac's or gluten intolerance and feeling down about their food options. It's about 80% food porn, 15% memoir, and 5% cookbook. It's fairly sure to remind those who can't eat bread of all the other yummy options out there, and for that I think it's great.
NOT having Celiacs and not really showing any symptoms of gluten intolerance, the food porn got a little repetitious after a while. I never thought I'd pick up a book that is so very obviously food writing and get annoyed that it was doing exactly what it *should* be doing, but there you have it. I sense that if this girl were to go on a show like Survivor, there might be a midnight drowning.
This should encourage someone feeling like their newly gluten-free lifestyle is out of options. You are not out of options. You have a LOT of options and she's filled most of a book with them. It's a change she might get you fired up to actually enjoy...
For me, it fired me up to go buy fancypants olive oil.
I half expected another Chelsea Handler style book, and instead was pleasantly surprised to find this intelligent, funny and insightful.
Sure there ar...moreI half expected another Chelsea Handler style book, and instead was pleasantly surprised to find this intelligent, funny and insightful.
Sure there are a few TMI moments, but much less than I'd expected. She's likable and has some good reflection on her past and herself. I liked her travel partner rules...though I think I fail half of them. Good travel writing mixed in here. I will say I think she has some great luck with safety...
I can also see areas where her life experience has influenced her writing for Chuck & How I Met Your Mother (70's show, I more or less missed).
Overall, I liked it & feel this might be a great read for those who enjoyed Robin's character on How I Met Your Mother. (less)
Junior Fiction and a great introduction to Arthurian legend before moving up to T.H. White's Once & Future King. I really liked it.
Since I had a...moreJunior Fiction and a great introduction to Arthurian legend before moving up to T.H. White's Once & Future King. I really liked it.
Since I had a parent ask me for "Game of Thrones for kids," this is often on my mind when I pick up a JF book. This (along with the Ranger's Apprentice series) could be a good fit - plenty of knights and jousting and trickery and a little bit of evil. And even a Tyrion Lannister along for the ride (that, or Dwarves in medieval fantasy literature are all sharp witted snarkypants... while Dwarves in high fantasy are stubborn ale loving grumpypants...).
I liked Terrence's story and the portrayal of Sir Gawain. Morris felt that Gawain was a bit abused in certain tellings, so he made a point to give him a more noble, knightly demeanor in this series.
Edited to add: some good humor in the book as well. (less)
She claims lack of emotion, yet also claims rage and love. Given how tiny of a trigger set her off into a murderous rage early on in the book, I'd say it's more too much emotion rather than not enough, and all of it locked in and locked on to ego as both motivation and survival mechanism. We all lie to ourselves, but it seems sociopaths take it to a higher level and use it to bluster both themselves and others.
I do find it sad that the causes of Antisocial Personality Disorder/Sociopathy are muddy and unclear, and therefore there doesn't seem to be much by way of both understanding or rehabilitation for these people.
I could ponder over sociopaths a bit more, but really, I'm not interested. Their lack of empathy towards others seems to create a mirroring lack of empathy towards them. The only other conclusion I came to from this was: ask yourself "what do they stand to gain from this?" when someone who shows sociopathic personality traits suddenly cozies up to you, and then: grab the kids and run for the hills, and while you're at it, burn the bridge behind you.
This seems like pretty decent common sense, though, for sociopaths and any kind of destructive personality in your social or familial sphere.
Great book with some good humor, humanity and perspective. Some of her meanderings in spiritual philosophy are unusual to me, but it was interesting....more Great book with some good humor, humanity and perspective. Some of her meanderings in spiritual philosophy are unusual to me, but it was interesting.
I will say I liked Here If You Need Me much, much better. I think more because I loved the insight into her work with the Game Wardens and Search & Rescue.
So, personally, I feel I'd recommend HIYNM first, then let the interest in that book lead readers to this one. (less)