Review: Think, Learn, Succeed

My husband, Jared, watched a video some months ago in which Pastor Steven Furtick conducted an interview featuring Dr. Caroline Leaf who spoke about her 21-Day Brain Detox. Her program is meant to help people eliminate toxic thinking and retrain their brains. Dr. Leaf teaches that in three 21-day cycles, people can reprogram their brains […]

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Review: Ender’s Game

In the future, six-year-olds are recruited to protect the world from alien “buggers” who threaten to annihilate the human race. Brilliant little kids with all the promise in the world are rigorously tested and thoroughly vetted. If they qualify, they are sent into space to be trained at battle school. Hopefully, when the time comes, […]

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Review: Uprooted

Naomi Novik’s Uprooted feels like an old familiar fairy tale, but it’s different than any you’ve heard before. In a quiet, ordinary little village, at the edge of the Wood, lives a plain, ordinary teenage girl. Only neither the village nor the girl are truly ordinary. The village, Dvernik, is nestled between an enchanted, evil […]

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Review of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is set in rural nineteenth-century China, where women spend most of their lives confined to the four walls of upstairs women’s quarters. They are bound by customs and rules in silent subservience to fathers, husbands, and sons. They cannot travel, they cannot receive a formal education, they […]

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Review: Whole Body Barefoot

In keeping with the spirit of New Year’s resolutions and self-improvements, the first book I started in 2019 was a book on health and fitness.   Whole Body Barefoot, by biomechanist Katy Bowman, is a quick, simple read, but the implementation of her ideas is rather less so. I read the book in three days, […]

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Review: Mr. Dickens and His Carol

I finished Mr. Dickens and His Carol on Christmas Eve, and it still isn’t sitting right with me…kind of like Scrooge’s imaginary “undigested bit of beef.” I honestly cannot decide if I liked it or or not. It isn’t often that I feel that way about a book.

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Review: The Map of Salt and Stars

I carried our memories all this way, the story of what happened to us. It was heavy on my shoulder this whole time, but I didn’t fall down. ….. The Map of Salt and Stars, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar’s debut novel, is a stinging lungful of air and a gut punch that took my breath away. […]

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