While I have never battled an addiction before, I can see how this journal can help individuals get to the root of their issues. The journal encourageWhile I have never battled an addiction before, I can see how this journal can help individuals get to the root of their issues. The journal encourages deep self-reflection by asking probing questions. As the journal progresses, some questions are repeated to encourage the reader/writer to consider how far they've come in their journey to recovery. The questions are guiding but leave plenty of room for individual interpretation, making this a versatile journal across many different types of addiction.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is working through a deep-seeded issue, or someone who wants to explore their innermost thoughts....more
Things You Save in a Fire tells the story of Cassie Hanwell, a tenacious female firefighter, as she battles her past, deals with trials in her career,Things You Save in a Fire tells the story of Cassie Hanwell, a tenacious female firefighter, as she battles her past, deals with trials in her career, and confronts abandonment issues with her mother.
The novel is well-paced and the characters are relatable and likable. The main character didn't fall into any overused tropes, either. For example, she is a firefighter and dresses for her job. She never refers to herself as a "tomboy". When she dons formal attire for an event later in the book, you'd expect one of those dramatic makeover moments that are so overused in both books and movies. I LOVED that, instead, the character thinks, "I'm not 'better', just different". She doesn't have the typical transformation moment wherein now that she's dressed "feminine" she realizes she was beautiful all along. She acknowledges the difference and moves on.
Another marking of a good novel is one that introduces you to a world you wouldn't otherwise be aware of. This novel contains interesting passages and explanations regarding the work of a firefighter without being overly technical.
This novel has suspense, mystery, emotion, romance, and humour...I can't recommend it enough.
RELEASE DATE: August 13 2019.
Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for sending me the ARC of this book! ...more
My mind is still reeling from this novel! Blake Crouch has done it again. In this novel, Helena Smith is a neuroscientistWow. Just...wow.
My mind is still reeling from this novel! Blake Crouch has done it again. In this novel, Helena Smith is a neuroscientist who sets out to create a device to allow those with memory loss to experience their preserved memories over and over again, in light of her mother losing her memory to dementia. Barry Sutton, a NYC copy, is investing a new illness called False Memory Syndrome, which causes its victims to suddenly remember entire lifetimes that they never experienced.
From the first page I was immediately hooked. While it became a little confusing when the story jumped around multiple timelines, the root of the story was in humanity and the desire to change the past if you had the option. It addresses the dangers of such abilities falling into the wrong hands and, how humankind can't handle that type of power. No spoilers, but the ending of the novel was beautifully written, philosophical in nature, surprising and I was completely satisfied by the conclusion. With sci-fi novels like this I find that the conclusions tend to be either predictable or disappointing, but Recursion exceeded all expectations.
Thank you to Net Galley for sending me an ARC of this book!...more
Ah, Don Tillman. He is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. The author, Graeme Simsion, does a wonderful job at writing the perspectiAh, Don Tillman. He is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. The author, Graeme Simsion, does a wonderful job at writing the perspective of someone with autism. His writing puts the reader in Don's shoes and allows the reader to view the world through Don's perspective. It's seamless in that the reader can determine what is really happening in a scene, and compare it with Don's interpretation.
The Rosie Result catches up with Don and Rosie who now have an eleven year old son, Hudson. The novel has a different tone than the prior two novels, as it covers important issues regarding identity, addressing mental health issues and growing up in a more accepting, diverse world. Don grew up without a diagnosis and has to determine if he should have his son formally diagnosed. He tries different methods in determining whether Hudson is on the spectrum but ultimately just wants his son to be happy. Don's primary concern is Hudson having to go through the tough things that he experienced growing up, such as social isolation, loneliness and difficulty "fitting in".
The Rosie Result is laugh-out-loud funny but also tender and heart-wrenching, giving all readers a fresh perspective on autism-spectrum disorder. I'm completely satisfied with the conclusion to this trilogy and I recommend the entire series to all readers. ...more