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Books 25 through 30

Wow. Either it's been a long time since I posted book reviews, or I've been doing a lot of reading lately. I think it's a bit of both, actually. :)



#25 - Deltora Quest 1 - The Forests of Silence, by Emily Rhodda

It took a long time to get through this book at bedtimes, as we ended up reading a few others in between, but last week, my son and I finally finished it. I thought it started out a bit slowly (which is probably why we read others in between), but once we got several chapters in, it started to pick up, and I found myself being very interested to see what was going to happen next. It’s a fantasy story for children – probably above the level that my son could read to himself, but we’re enjoying it as a read-aloud. We’ve also gotten the companion book, “Guide to the Monsters of Deltora” (or something like that), which is great, because it has illustrations of all the creepy creatures that we’re reading about in the (non-illustrated) novel. 7/10

We started the second one this evening, and I’m already enjoy it.


#26 - "Working With Your Chakras" by Ruth White

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would, after just reading a few pages. It’s the first book I’ve read on the subject, although I have done some other Chakra studies in other ways. There’s a lot of info here, and I intend to work with some of the meditations and visualizations over the next few weeks. Worth reading, IMO. 8/10


#27 - Mr. Posterior and the Genuis Child, by Emily Jenkins

Finally got around to reading this (bookring! Ack!) book, after letting it lounge on my shelf way too long (Sorry, K!). Once I picked it up, though, there was no turning back. My attention was grabbed on the first page, and I read through this in less than 24 hours. I really enjoyed reading it. Wow, talk about a trip down memory lane in a lot of ways. The author really captured what it was like being a kid in the 1970s, right down to the playground rhymes we used to recite. (Although I sang about sliding down a "rainbow;" her version with the "razor blade" was rather disturbing). Of course, the book is supposed to be disturbing - it's about a time period when social mores were starting to change, but a lot of people's underlying attitudes hadn't quite caught up. There are also a lot of naked rear ends in the story. :)

I did find myself somewhat disappointed by the ending - well, maybe disappointed isn't the right word. Part of me wanted more of the story, and part of me would have liked a few things to resolve themselves in different ways. But that doesn't really take away much from my overall enjoyment. This really was a great book - thanks, syrinxkat! It's already on its way to the next bookringer. :) 9/10


#28 - "Random Acts of Kindness"

I believe this was the book that started the whole movement, and as such it deserves a lot of respect just for that alone. I enjoyed reading it, especially the quotes about kindness and love and things like that. Some of the stories were very moving – a few brought tears to my eyes. Others, though, didn’t move me that much. Still, it was an interesting book, and quick to read through. I’m going to release it somewhere through BookCrossing soon. 8/10


#29 - "Info-Fobia: How to Survive in an Information Society" by Matthew Lesko

This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting based on the subtitle. I thought it would be tips about protecting your personal information on the Internet, but it wasn’t. It’s about research, basically, and how to research efficiently and get the information you need. Trouble is, it was written about 10 years ago, and so is sadly out of date. Still, he has some good ideas about finding sources for the information, and some of that information is still relevant. 6/10


#30 - "The Higher Taste: A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet" by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

This was a really interesting book. I’ve had it for years and years – I don’t even remember where I got it, but it’s been on my shelf for ages. I’m really glad I finally decided to pick it up and read it, especially since I recently decided to go back to a vegetarian diet. The book discusses a wide spectrum of benefits to vegetarianism – health, economic, environmental and spiritual. It also talks about how to make eating part of a spiritual practice (by preparing food in a spirit of devotion, and offering it to Krsna before eating). It has made me think that perhaps I could incorporate some sort of mindfulness and spirituality to the way I prepare and eat my food. Then, there is a section of recipes, some of which sound really yummy. (I’m a bit intimdated by some of them though, like making my own ghee or curds. But we’ll see – maybe I’ll get adventurous). I’ll be trying some of these recipes very soon. :)

(The whole book made me think of you, btw, gail_b - what was that rolled up stuff you cooked while you were here? It was SO good. I might give it a try one of these days). :) 9/10
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