Reading is Love

A blog about the love of reading and books.

Oola for Women

Title: Oola for Women by Dave Braun, Troy Amdahl, with Janet Switzer

Category: Nonfiction, Self-help

Review: I don’t really know what drew me to this book. I suppose I just thought I needed something to help me with finding balance as the book said on the cover. I really liked this book. It has a lot of stories from a lot of women about their successes where they were once in the dumps. I like that because it means I and other women can do anything if we set our minds to it. The Oola book and way as 7 F’s to focus on. Some include finance, faith, fitness, etc… The authors help you focus on these and other things in the book as well. It’s also written as if they are talking directly to you. I like that as well. If I am reading a self-help book, I do want to feel like the author is talking to me. Overall, I thought it was a very good book. I would suggest it to any woman out there.

Rating: *****

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Wizard’s First Rule

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Title: Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Category: Fiction, Fantasy

Review: I love this series and had started reading it when I lived back in South Carolina. Since I have books in SC, stored away, I decided to purchase the first two and read the series again. First, I want to say that I think Terry Goodkind is a really good author and writes very intensely. This is a very good read for any fantasy lover. It is intense and well written. This book is mainly about two people from two different worlds. Richard Cypher lives in Westland, which is a place without magic. When the book first begins, we find out that his father has been murdered. On the other side is Kahlan Amnell, who is the Mother Confessor and lives in a place where magic does reign. When she meets Richard, she is being followed by men and Richard helps her get rid of them. They then head to his friend’s house to see if they can find a wizard that she is looking for. Turns out that Richard’s friend is the wizard. While there over the next few days Richard is named The Seeker, which is a person of truth and seeks truth. The book is an adventure of Richard, Kahlan, and their friends overcoming a man named Darken Rahl who is trying to obtain three boxes to rule the world before Winter sets in. I won’t spoil it for you, but there is a lot of action, adventure, and interesting scenes in this book. It’s very emotionally charged in some parts. Don’t miss out on this book.

Review: *****

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I just want to thank all those men and women who have served our country and still are serving. Thank you so much for your sacrifices! You have no idea how much we appreciate you!

Serenity

Eating Mindfully

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Title: Eating Mindfully by Susan Albers

Category: Nonfiction, Health, Weight Loss

Review: One of the many problems that I face as an individual is weight loss. So many people face this problem, not just me. There are so many diet books and plans out there in the world and they are restrictive and tell you what to eat and what to do. This is a different type of book and different type of path. This basically is a book on how to re-learn about your body and why you eat the way you do through mindfulness. It has a ton of great techniques and suggestions in it. The author has put in a lot of exercises as well. The gist of the book and the practice of eating mindfully is not to punish yourself, but to be kind to yourself if you make a mistake. I find that I struggle with my relationship with food, however, since I have started reading this and a few others, I am improving my relationship with it and losing weight. If you want to improve your relationship with food and stop going from one diet to another, try reading this. It makes sense to me and I think it will to you too.

Rating: *****

The Book of Dog Magic

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Title: The Book of Dog Magic by Sophia with Danny Sargent

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Magick

Review: I was very happy to get this book and it didn’t disappoint. I am a dog person through and through, so it is nice to see a book just about dogs with information about the history of dogs and humans, spells, etc… This book covers many areas of dogs and humans lives together. It talks about how dogs and humans first came together. It then goes into different things like how to find a dog or puppy that is right for you, letting go of a deceased dog, getting a dog to return home, etc… What I liked was the history. She went over a lot of history in each chapter. Not just one specific religion. There was Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Japanese, and more. I also like that towards the end she mentions information about astrology. For example, I’m a Gemini, and she mentions what type of breeds would be best for me (as for the others). She also talks about the dogs and their signs. The book also has a great amount of spells and charms. I think it was well written. So if you are a dog lover and want to find something that will help you with understanding your friend, buy this book. It’s a wonderful read.

Rating: *****

Book Goals for May

Hello everyone,

So I know last month wasn’t exactly the best in reviews, however, since I am out of school I am hoping that this month will be better in reviews. I posted my first review today and hope that I will have a few more reviews before May is over. Here are my goals:

  • Fiction: 1
  • New age: 1
  • Nonfiction: 1

So I will hopefully be posting more soon. Have a good one.

Serenity

War World I

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Title: World War I by S.L.A. Marshall

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War I

Review: This book was a very good and detailed read. There was no information skipped over about World War I when reading this book. Everything is considered and talked about in the book, from the beginning of how the war was started to the end of how it was ended and it progressed on to helping Hitler start World War II. I was very impressed with the book. You don’t often find a book that is so informative on the issue of War World I. Most popular books are dedicated to the second war, and it is true that I am a War World II fanatic, but I wanted to learn more at the first war. So this was a good starter to the first world war. It goes through the trials and tribulations of the soldiers and their commanders. It also goes through the difficulties of the politics as well behind the war. If you have never read anything on the subject on War World I, I think you should pick this up. It is a very interesting read.

Rating: *****

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat

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Title: Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat by Michelle May

Category: Nonfiction, Health, Weight Loss, Mindful Eating

Review: I am now a big fan of mindful eating due to this book. In fact, I plan to get a few more books on learning more about mindful eating due to Michelle May’s book. Michelle May basically describes a process of why we have been abusing ourselves through food and what we can do about it. She tells stories (her own and others) throughout the book. In her book she finally helps us understand why the dieting cycle is so bad for our bodies and why we are not bad. She gives tips and tricks on how to be mindful while eating. How to reacquaint yourself with your body. This book has taught me a lot and I find it a starting point in my journey in mindful eating. I would definitely pick it up and stop dieting. Take a chance with it. Michelle May is a great author, a doctor, and had her own ups and downs with dieting as well.

Review: *****

Practical Magic For Beginners

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Title: Practical Magic For Beginners by Brandy Williams

Category: Nonfiction, New Age

Review: This is a well-written and put together book for those who are beginning the craft and those who have been practicing for years. The author focuses on creating a foundation for the student, meaning learning how to visualize, to ground, seeing an aura, etc… She also includes tips on creating a spell, including some of the basic correspondences. Not giving too much which will come later with practice. She also includes rituals of her own that can be followed by anyone who is not comfortable in creating their own just yet. I find that the beginning witch will like this book and it would have been nice to have when I started. Try reading it if you’re new to the craft, whether from the library or buying it from Llewellyn (they sell on deals all the time).

Rating: *****

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Hello,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I hope you have fun day! Unfortunately, I have to work, but it’s money. My nephew comes over, but I won’t see him until tomorrow because I will be at work then be at home about 11:00. 😦 At least on Sunday I will see him a bit. Anyway, have a good one!

Serenity

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