Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer Series Obsession🌞📚❣

Written in Red (The Others, #1)Written in Red by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I finally have a job where I can listen to audiobooks while I work and this series is my absolute new obsession for the summer. So glad I waited so that I could read them back-to-back! I'd go cray otherwise lol.

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 This book was a library copy.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Over-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires

Over-Scheduled AndrewOver-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven't seen a book for young children on the topic of over-scheduling and the importance of down time before this one. And Over-scheduled Andrew perfectly explains with cute illustrations and story, and shows how trying to do everything and be everywhere at once is not possible. When little Andrew gets excited and joins too many activities he starts getting tired and it begins to affect not only his schoolwork but also his friendships. He hardly has even 15 minutes free to hang out with his best friend! But slowly he realizes that having almost every minute scheduled isn't any fun and not working out for him so he starts paring down his extracurricular activities to just the ones he really loves, and life gets back to being fun and having free time to play with friends again:)
I think lots of kids will relate to Andrew and either be able to tell their parents they too feel over-scheduled or see how maybe wanting that third, fourth, or whatever-number activity might not be what they really want. This is a simple but important picture book for today's busy little kids.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Quantum Change by William R. Miller

Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary LivesQuantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives by William R. Miller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Started out great, but then lost steam. It focused a lot on addiction which I wasn't expecting since I wasn't familiar with the author. I thought it would be broader on different aspects of what people dealt with and have more of their specific personal narratives. Regardless, it was still interesting and one of the few books I've found that discusses this subject with scientific/psychology foundation.

This book was a library copy.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

Bug in a VacuumBug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my gosh, I love this book SO much! It's a beautifully simple explanation of the five stages of grief, known as the Kübler-Ross model, told through the story of a little fly that gets swept up into a vacuum. Readers go through all the stages with him: denial, bargaining, anger, despair, and acceptance. The artwork showing the little fly's experiences are gorgeous and silly enough to keep the deep messages being shared lighthearted and accessible for children. I'd recommend this for anyone wanting to talk with children about death or feelings in general, since we really all should be so lucky to learn about these common stages of emotions which we all have to deal with when facing a life-changing event. Thank you LibraryThing and Tundra Books for the opportunity to win & review this book!

Thank you to LibraryThing & Tundra Books for the review copy!

Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Max the BraveMax the Brave by Ed Vere
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is perfect for a bedtime story. It's short and simple, yet funny and the cat is very cute. He's a bit of a scaredy cat that wants to be brave too, so that helps as a nice little segue for little ones needing to build up some bravery and comfort before bedtime in their own beds lol.

Thank you to Sourcebooks for the review copy!

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Galludet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language by Jean Gordon

The Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign LanguageThe Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language by Jean Gordon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Colorful and well formatted for easy perusal, and locating signs by English words, alphabetically. It's difficult for anyone to learn ASL/signs from a book, since it's a visual-spatial language that requires precise movements, and that is not completely possible to convey in a book. However, the signs pictured have illustrated movement signals that are helpful and about as clear as you can get in 2D format. I truly believe this would be a great resource for ASL students that are in classes learning the language and then sometimes needing a reminder for vocabulary signs as they learn more ASL and sentence structures etc. But for the average hearing person or child with no background in ASL whatsoever, it might be challenging to recreate signs with just this dictionary, not mention proper syntax and conversational ASL. Regardless, this is probably my favorite signing dictionary so far, with its simplicity and colorful illustrations.

Thank you to Galludet University Press & NetGalley for the review copy!

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships by Esther Hicks

The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative RelationshipsThe Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships by Esther Hicks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn't know there was such a thing as...well, whatever it is Esther Hicks does. It's a very strange concept and I'm not entirely sure I believe that everything she says is from trance-like messages from spirits. However, I did watch some of her sessions on YouTube and I can see how the whole experience could be really compelling for someone experiencing it firsthand.
I'm open to reading anything, and since I'm looking to learn all I can about relationships, I checked out this book since it focused specifically on love and relationships. Esther Hicks does this connection thing with a collection of spirits or energies that she calls Abraham. Abraham answers questions about human issues and about how we can reach a "higher vibration" in life. The reason for doing so is because of the Law of Attraction, which states that like attracts like, so if we have a nice, positive, high energy then we will attract high energy/positive things into our lives. Things like good relationships.
The idea that we are all energy and that our energy vibes at a certain frequency does make sense to me. I can see how our emotions and daily experiences would affect our energy. After all, it's obvious depression visibly slows people down to the point of sleeping a lot.
Overall though the book was a lot to take in. The ideas of things like us all having a "vortex" and that everything we ever desired is in it, is something I'll have to chew on some more. There are lots of new (to me at least) terms and concepts that take a certain level of acceptance before the rest of the information can make any kind of sense, or be helpful. It also came with a CD that had recordings of Abraham discussing these things further.

Bottom line: I'm not sure what I think of "Abraham" or the book, but I'm open to hearing/reading more. Some of the YouTube vids are fascinating.

This book was a library copy.