How I did it: After six years spent reading books assigned to me by professors, I went through a period where I lost the desire to read anything... which is pretty sad for an English major who used to love reading.
This year, I was determined to remember what it's like to read for fun. For a while I really had to force myself to turn off the TV or log off the computer and actually read (or at least, keep a book next to the TV so I could read during commercials), but the more I read, the more I remembered why it was fun. Read how I did it… 16 months ago
How I did it: Found an author who has written a series of books: Diana Gabaldon and found another trilogy. This makes it easier to keep reading.
Also, I found a book swapping site that has been helpful to get new ideas for books:
www.readitswapit.co.uk Read how I did it… 17 months ago
This was a fascinating read. I do not have cancer, just concerned about getting it in the future. This book has loads of info on what kind of therapies exist. More importantly, the author talks about lots of ways to prevent and heal cancer through diet and exercise. There is a lot of emotion in it against organisations, so it can detract from the reading, but overall I feel that I got a lot from it that makes sense.
I got a free download of the book (3rd edition, not the latest edition):
http://www.wyocare.org/wyocare_static/images/Cancer-StepOutsideTheBox3rdEdition.pdf 17 months ago
Not sure if this could be classed as a book and more a guide to Dr Schulze’s products. The stories are very interesting. So I enjoyed the read and he has some thought-provoking theories that seem to make sense. What it makes me think is that people who do not succumb to cancer and disease must have very strong detoxing capabilities in their body. And the folk that do succumb maybe are not so good at eliminating toxins.
I got a free download of the book:
www.herbdoc.com 17 months ago
This was an interesting read and some useful exercises at the back. There are several stories of Mums who have made very successful businesses and been able to have the flexibility to be there for the kids. My feeling is that it takes a lot of work to set up a business and for me, I am happy in my corporate job with annual leave and part-time working. I may change my mind in due course but it works for me at the moment. I’ll read this again if I start not to enjoy my job. 17 months ago
Science Ink – Carl Zimmer
My sister got me this book for Christmas. In addition to lots of pictures of cool science tattoos, there explanations are nicely written, and include a lot of the history of whatever science-related thing is being depicted. 17 months ago
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – J. R. R. Tolkein 17 months ago
I am cheating a bit here as I only read the first few chapters and the last chapter. But I got the value I needed out of it. It is a shame that my company does not follow the guidelines of successful companies. This book advises that companies can cultivate talent within with the current staff rather than look for extraordinary talent outside the company. It gives some very clear principles which make sense eg having clear values that all managers demonstrate and sharing information across the company. Very helpful guidelines but a bit intense in the middle with a lot of detail on each of the model companies. 17 months ago
This is the last book in the trilogy. I really enjoyed the first two books but this book was painfully slow and really lacked interest for me. I was so pleased to be finished with it. A real shame as the first two really were good reads and fun with some historical interesting pieces and the paranormal and spirituality. 17 months ago
I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down until I found out what happened. The story involves time travel and experience of the plague in the middle ages. A really interesting read and one of those books that makes you feel like you have just experienced a lifetime somewhere else. 17 months ago
I need to finish three more books in the next three weeks in order to meet this goal. I’m almost there! 17 months ago
I have had this book, both paperback and audio CDs for a very long time and finally decided to put the CDs in the car and listen to it. I was very pleased I did as it had a very calming effect and also made me observe myself better. It is great to have the concept of not only how to deal with the ego but to somehow distance oneself from it. It was very thought-provoking. I was sorry that the book came to an end. The last chapter was good with the advice to do everything with either acceptance, enthusiasm or enjoyment. 18 months ago
This is the second book in the trilogy and it was a fun read. 18 months ago
Having finished all the books so far written by Diana Gabaldon of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon recommended this trilogy. It has a different feel to it – I miss the time travel element. But it is nice to go back in time and get an understanding of what it must have been like to have been a female growing up in the middle ages. 18 months ago
It was great to pick up a Dean Koontz book again after so long. They are so quick to read. This one had some nice twists and I enjoyed it. Although scary, there seems to be a karmic tone. 18 months ago
I have read Mark Forster’s other 2 books and really enjoyed this one. It was a very quick read with some very straightforward tips. I have brought these tips into my daily routine at work and it has made me really notice the interruptions that really mess up my day – mostly from my manager, I notice!! 18 months ago
This was a very light read. I listened to the audio book in the car. It had some nice tips but not too deep. 18 months ago
The seventh book in the series. A nasty cliffhanger at the end and the next book won’t be finished until end 2012 so not good…. 18 months ago
The sixth book in the series – still a very addictive read! 18 months ago
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – J. R. R. Tolkein
This may be my favorite part of the story, because I like Rohan so much. (That may have been influenced by Howard Shore, because the Rohan theme from the soundtrack is the best.)
I sort of don’t like the organization of this section – the first book follows the assorted remnants of the fellowship and the second book focuses on Frodo & Sam. I found the first book to be more interesting – there is a lot more going on – and then having to switch back to Frodo and Sam boringly wandering in the wilderness was a bit rough. It also makes it hard to get a good picture of what’s going on when, since you read forward and then jump back. Of course, that is how you would hear the story told by the characters – they had no way of knowing what the other group was doing at the time.
Whatever, it’s still awesome. And somehow took me two months to read. Oy. Clearly I won’t be reaching 20 books this year ;) All I have planned are the final volume of LOTR and a book about the Riot Grrl movement that a friend lent me. 18 months ago
I thought this is one of the best books I have read in a while. It was very philosophical. It questioned reality, learning, society, and humanity in general. It views the world through Freudian perspectives. It gives a lot of value to dreams and the subconscious aspects of the human mind. The book describes how the human mind develops from childhood to adult hood and the obstacles/experiences that mold a human being. Some may view this book as anti religion, however, I think it is a book that enables you question religion and find answers within your own intellectual capacity. I disagree with some key factors that Hess presents. He states that people have a point (Destiny) that they are meant to reach and no matter what path they take they will end up in the same place. I think we have a larger capacity, that we have the power to shift that point, change it, and create the reality that is around us and not be subject to any form of destiny. Also, Hess replaces the concept of religion with another form of perception that intertwines science, the subconscious mind, and some special level of human awareness that few can attain. This perception involves seeing the world in a completely different light. He makes this perception seem so cold, lonely, and not in tune with the world. “He argues that you are in tune with the world”. Overall, the book is good! I would have loved to read it when I was shaping my own philosophical ideas on the world. I feel that the way I perceive the world has already been formed. But I am always learning and tweaking my perception. 19 months ago
I felt that the first half of the book was not that good. I did not think that the Marquez described the characters or the culture of this town very well. Then the book became extremely good in the last half. It depicted honor, passion, and the Spanish culture very well. The murder scene was so vivid! It made me feel vulnerable! Overall, a pretty fast read and a very unique ending! I would rate about a 7.5 out of 10! 19 months ago
Another Heningway book that ends bitterly. Done deal! 19 months ago
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – J. R. R. Tolkein
Yes, yes, I know, he didn’t consider them seperate books but for the sake of this goal I do.
Anyway, I read these back during my formative years (i.e., middle school) and I am sure they had a pretty major impact on me. But I realized last month that I hardly even remember them, so I decided to do a re-read (unusual for me). It’s been worthwhile so far.
I wonder how I had envisioned the characters before the movies came out, because now all I see is Viggo Mortensen running through my head (totally fine with that). 21 months ago