When I saw this book on my library's bestseller shelf I thought, 'ooo, did Rowling come out with a new book I wasn't aware of?' The moment thereafter,When I saw this book on my library's bestseller shelf I thought, 'ooo, did Rowling come out with a new book I wasn't aware of?' The moment thereafter, realizing it was a book of her 2008 Harvard commencement speech, my thoughts dove into the well of negativity, saying, 'why is it that every time someone gives a commencement speech they feel the need to use resources and make money off of it?' Not a completely invalid statement but, nevertheless, I faced my own hypocrisy, grabbed it off the shelf and read it in a few minutes. And here is what I realized, or should I say was reminded of, which is ... words have power. But they have different powers in different forms.
I do remember watching that speech years back but, as she mentioned and like with all commencement speeches, I forgot it. The written word, though, has a certain longevity and permanence to it, affecting you in a way that the audible never will. And for that I realized the benefits of having both. And for that her messages on fear and imagination will stay with me for quite some time now, reminding me to drop my incessant perfectionism, allow myself to suck, and dream, never pushing away those thoughts and imaginings, deeming them irrelevant, but instead giving them light and reality. And, as a result, living a 'very good life,' my life, my dreams and the lessons learned from my failures....more
My thoughts consume me, day to day. Ideas that could fill notebooks. But as the one and only Buddha once said, 'An idea that is developed and put intoMy thoughts consume me, day to day. Ideas that could fill notebooks. But as the one and only Buddha once said, 'An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.' Ideas are a dime a dozen, but 'action expresses priorities' (Gandhi). This book, written by the idea and action behind Toms shoes and, more importantly, the One to One movement, explains how to take that step, how to make that thought dancing in your mind a reality and, even more importantly, how and why to make sure it matters. To make sure it matters not just to yourself but beyond your bubble of a world, for we are all connected.
That is where my headspace has been lately. To do something that matters, something with meaning and impact beyond myself. For I've been taught all my life how to take care of myself, and naturally, and unfortunately, I often first think selfishly and not selflessly. I think, I should save that penny and not give it. That's not to say I'm not a giving or caring person. I am. But I just wish to alter my way of thinking slightly, amp it up - if you will, to encompass the reality that I am not alone in this world. We all matter, no one life more important than the other, and each of us is capable of using the unique skills that we have individually to give more than we receive, to make an impact. To not make 'me' a priority but 'we' a priority because when we do that we all benefit.
If you are at all interested in living a life that matters, a life of giving beyond yourself, then pick this book up and be introduced to a way of thinking and doing that benefits the greater good....more
... feel compassion for others, human and non-human. ... want to make a positive difference in the world. ... worry aboutThis book is for people who...
... feel compassion for others, human and non-human. ... want to make a positive difference in the world. ... worry about the environmental state of the planet, the future of their families. ... wish to live a healthy life that allows them to not just survive but thrive.
Heck, this book is simply, for everyone.
I want to buy multiple copies of this book and hand it out to everyone I know and don't know.
When I think of people I admire most, people I call heroes, I don't think of 'celebrities.' I think of people like Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Mr. Gene Bauer. People who have not just changed my life but have saved lives by educating, advocating and being a helping hand to others and the world. They are the real heroes.
In this book, Gene presents everything so eloquently and kindly as to why a plant-based diet is essentially the solution to all major problems of the world and the individual. He doesn't judge or criticize those who still eat animals. He comes solely from a place of compassion and passion. And that is why I feel this particular book is one to be read by everyone.
Plus it's beautifully done. The photography is lovely, the randomly inserted stories are sweet and sure to spark a tear, the facts well laid out and the following recipes in the second half of the book look divine!
Below are the recipes I've tried thus far and loved (I"ll update this review every time I try one):
- Jambalaya - Soooo good. I made my own cajun seasoning by finding a recipe online and mixing the herbs I had. It was the perfect flavor and I can see many options with this jambalaya to try it in different ways, using the same base. This will surely be a staple in our diet.
*Read it. Read it again. Pass it around. Donated it. And start with you. Remember, you can make a difference ... in your life, in the lives of others, in the world, in everything. ...more
Originally published in Dangerous Women, this story was rereleased this past month for Kindle on its own and I just had to have it. I've been in a bitOriginally published in Dangerous Women, this story was rereleased this past month for Kindle on its own and I just had to have it. I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. The kind where everything you pick up just isn't to your taste, your interest quickly fading. And so I've put a lot of books down, hoping to find that one that will draw me back in, reminding me why I love stories so much. And I find short stories and novellas, if well done, to be a great means of getting 'back on the horse.' And honestly, you just can't go wrong with anything Sanderson writes. Can I also say, that freakin' cover is breathtaking! And the story inside measures up quite well.
I loved the intro to the story, Sanderson's discussion about women and the stereotypical 'dangerous' woman. As stated by Sanderson, they are often found in two varieties, the 'femme fatal' or the 'I wear black leather and kick demon butt.' That's not to say that those women aren't a hell of a time to read or that they aren't ever written well. But Sanderson's take on 'dangerous women,' with the small cast of women in this little tale, is fresh, haunting, and a devilishly good time. I loved these women and I loved this story. It might be a new favorite of mine from him.
Here's to hoping he writes more in this world because I would really like to read more stories like this, with not only strong creatively written women as the main role but a whole cast of them. It's down right refreshing!...more
Are we sure he's human? This Sanderson guy. I mean, has anyone actually checked? Seriously, how he keeps putting out such quality and kick ass work isAre we sure he's human? This Sanderson guy. I mean, has anyone actually checked? Seriously, how he keeps putting out such quality and kick ass work is just baffling. It has to be the workings of a machine, ya? No human could tell such a damn good story, consistently and no matter the word count. You know, he said this newest work of his was different. He was not wrong, but the man also doesn't know how to disappoint.
You know what inspires me most? People who have a deep, in their bones, unrelenting passion for what they do and they share that passion with the worlYou know what inspires me most? People who have a deep, in their bones, unrelenting passion for what they do and they share that passion with the world. It oozes off of their being and into the lives of others, inspiring them in turn. Scott McCloud is one of those people.
Before this I'd only read one book by McCloud, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, and that book was enough for me to see his passion. I wanted to hand that book to every person who's never read a comic, a graphic novel, and say, 'Here. This! This is what it's all about. This is what's so special about the medium.' Every medium has its own reasons for existing, that when a story is done well you know it could have only been done in that medium, utilized in that way, to speak to the audience in that way. And Scott McCloud is a master of understanding the medium of comics, of what they're capable of, and The Sculptor is proof of that.
Honestly, I can't even write a review (though I'm not sure if this 'qualifies' as a review and I don't really care) without tearing up. This story is just so profound. So beautiful. So tender. It's no surprise it took McCloud five years to write and no surprise he got a blurb from Neil Gaiman stating it to be the best graphic novel he's read in years.
It just spoke to me. I didn't want it to end and I did because I wanted to see how it ended. I connected so much with this story, with the characters, and... it just...I'm am at a loss for words as to how it made me feel.
I'll just say, read it. Take your time. Reading isn't a contest. It's not a race. In the end it doesn't matter how much you've read. What matters is what you've read and how it's played a role in your life. Let each story take its time to seep into every fiber of your being. Let it breathe into who you are, forcing you to dig deeper within. For that's what story is all about. Connecting. Looking. Reflecting. Being.
Read it. Don't read what it's about, just read it. ...more
Who knew one could become so attached to a crippled torturer? A barbarian? A bald old wizard?
What can IThese characters. These. Freakin'. Characters.
Who knew one could become so attached to a crippled torturer? A barbarian? A bald old wizard?
What can I say, I like my characters a bit rough around the edges, as flawed and as fucked up as can be. Our flaws are what make us humans interesting after all.
Even in the moments where the plot lagged for me, I still wanted to know these people. Hell, I could read a chapter on Glokta eating his porridge if it meant learning how he ticks, why he is who he is, and what more there is to that poor bastard. Even the pathetic nobleman, Jezal, has me hoping and wondering that maybe there's more to him, that only he'll find out by leaving his pristine status for an uncertain and dangerous future.
Fuck, I guess I have some more reading to do .... book two.
I've been wanting to read a Chuck Wendig book since coming across his blog and laughing my ass off at his excessive, but never redundant, explicit remI've been wanting to read a Chuck Wendig book since coming across his blog and laughing my ass off at his excessive, but never redundant, explicit remarks and/or jokes. Call them what you will, they're hilarious. And this book was no exception to his love of the word motherfucker, and man does that fucker know where to place those mothers.
This isn't a book to pick up if you've read other books on writing and are looking for 'new and exciting' tips to help unleash your inner writing beast. This book is to remind you of the things you should know, while laughing enviously at how Wendig so easily writes such witty content. His tips both beat around the bush (take that how you wish) and get to the point with such brevity. Now maybe I'll getting around to reading his fiction, especially with him being selected to pick up the newest upcoming Star Wars books. Fuck ya!...more
Just one of those books that felt a bit overhyped for something a bit undercooked. I love a good bit sex in my books, when done well, but this one, weJust one of those books that felt a bit overhyped for something a bit undercooked. I love a good bit sex in my books, when done well, but this one, well, what's the saying, if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all......more
I've only recently given audiobooks a chance, this one being my third. I much prefer the experience of reading the written word, but when it came to dI've only recently given audiobooks a chance, this one being my third. I much prefer the experience of reading the written word, but when it came to driving 44 hours cross country in 4 days, I figured a good audiobook would be a great way to alleviate the exhaustion. So, wanting something a bit familiar, I decided 'Veronica Mars' would be a treat to listen to, and boy was it like hanging out with an old friend - especially with Kristin Bell narrating it. For that I couldn't help but enjoy it. For that I might give audiobooks more of a chance, especially now living carless and soon using public transportation to get around. But I'll still have one a many paperbacks at my bedside to curl up with. :)...more
A beautifully written, delightful little tale, highlighting the spirt, wonder and imagination within all children. A bit of Narnia, Willy Wonka and thA beautifully written, delightful little tale, highlighting the spirt, wonder and imagination within all children. A bit of Narnia, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and classic fairy tales, with a heavy dose of whimsy. An oddball of a story tied up in the most delicate orange bow. ...more
A quick and entertaining story set between Steelheart and Firefight, showcasing a showdown between Epic, Mitosis, and, Reckoner, David. A nice setup fA quick and entertaining story set between Steelheart and Firefight, showcasing a showdown between Epic, Mitosis, and, Reckoner, David. A nice setup for the next book, while still giving itself importance in the story as a whole....more
A clever and exquisite work this is. It's clear and concise, transcendent and touching, but mostly, beautiful. I loved this story so much! It's no wonA clever and exquisite work this is. It's clear and concise, transcendent and touching, but mostly, beautiful. I loved this story so much! It's no wonder it's a Hugo Award Winner and no surprise that when asked what are some of his proudest works, Sanderson lists off 'The Way of Kings' and 'The Emperor's Soul.'
To think, I couldn't find it anywhere. My local library devoid of its presence, nearby bookstores sold out. Instead I must thank the good old world wide web for this grateful little purchase.
Sanderson writes some of the best female characters in fantasy that I've ever read and Shai is now one of my favorites. I could list all of the many descriptive things about her that I love but what I love most about her is her ability to see, to see people, to see things. To read into them, beyond their presentations, but instead seeing their underlying truth. Gosh what a capability. What a gift.
Ugh I just want to hug this little story, from beginning to end, including Sanderson's insightful 'postscript,' providing a bit of history into his writing of this story. Oh what a delight this was.
*Additional note: Be sure to follow this book up by reading 'The Emperor's Soul Deleted Prologue: Imperial Fool' on Sanderson's website, here* ...more
A devout supporter of abandoning books one isn't enjoying for those more enjoyable (because life is too short), I had put this one down after about 10A devout supporter of abandoning books one isn't enjoying for those more enjoyable (because life is too short), I had put this one down after about 100 pages in. But because I had already ordered a book (The Emperor's Soul) set in the Elantris world I figured I should probably finish reading Elantris before diving into 'The Emperor's Soul.' I'm glad I did.
Granted, the issues I had in the beginning I still had later on, but on the same token I enjoyed myself overall. I don't know if I'll ever read a Sanderson book and give it less than three stars (three stars on Goodreads meaning 'liked it') and that's why I'll continue to pick up the rest of his books. It is interesting to read some later works of an author first and then read their first work later, or in Elantris' case, his first published work (though his sixth written novel). You can see his growth, as a writer, in Mistborn since Elantris - which I find pretty cool, to see the 'beginnings' of an author and where they've come since. I wouldn't recommend this as a first book, for those wanting to get into the writings of Sanderson, but I'd still recommend reading it.
And while the magic system wasn't as fleshed out, vital or interesting as Mistorn; the premise/main conflict (of converting all to said religion or otherwise conquering if not converted) wasn't my cup of tea, and, like with the later Mistborn books, there was too much repetition of fact and/or description and dragging at times (and a bit heavy handed in the politics, for me), what got me to enjoy it were the side characters. This was the first time I've read a book where the side characters were those I connected most with, rooted for, loved and made me laugh. That and I thought Elantris, its mystery, its history and the idea of it is pretty fascinating. Worth it for those latter reasons. ...more