Month: July 2017

Bluebeard – Journeys Through Bookland

Bluebeard – Journeys Through Bookland

Today’s story has a real nasty villain. There is no information about the authorship of this story. Runtime is about 13 minutes.

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“In A Different Key” by John Donvan & Caren Zucker

“In A Different Key” by John Donvan & Caren Zucker

The Story of Autism

“In A Different Key” presents the history of autism from the first diagnosed case to the status of research and the community today. The movement to create awareness of autism and learn more about its causes and treatments has been largely parent-driven and this book walks the reader through all of it. From the triumphs to the tragedies you will come away with a greater understanding of what autism is, and is not, and the challenges faced by the caregivers who live with it every day.

The authors have done a very thorough job of collecting the stories of autism families and autism science and presenting them in an easy to read format. Chapters are broken down by decades with some focusing on the scientific research aspect and others focusing on the work that parents were doing to find treatments for their children. There are successful stories and not-so-successful stories, but all of them help to further the readers understanding. The writing in this book is so approachable that at times it almost reads like a novel. Anyone who has even a passing interest in the subject of autism should read this book.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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Discreet Hans – Journeys Through Bookland

Discreet Hans – Journeys Through Bookland

Today’s story features Hans and Grethel (not to be confused with Hansel and Grethel) and is written by Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm.

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About the Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm, Jakob and Wilhelm, were very learned German scholars who lived during the first half of the nineteenth century. They were both professors at the University of Gottingen, and published many important works, among them a famous dictionary. In their own country it is, of course, these learned works which have given them much of their fame, but in other countries they are chiefly known for their Fairy Tales.

Most of these they did not themselves write; they simply collected and rewrote. They would hear of some old woman who was famous for telling stories remembered from childhood, and they would present themselves at her cottage to bribe or wheedle her into telling them her tales. Perhaps the promise that her words should appear in print would be enough to induce her to talk; perhaps hours would be wasted in trying to make her grow talkative, without success. At any rate, the Grimm brothers finally collected enough of these stories to make a big, fat book. – Excerpt from Journeys Through Bookland

Weekly Round-Up 7/16/2017

Another Sunday has arrived and that means it’s time to check in with the TBR. So this week I finished one book and I DNFRd one book. I also acquired one book, which leaves the TBR at 276. My NetGalley score moved up a notch to 76%. I continue to be behind by 2 books on my Goodreads challenge. I was so hoping to get ahead over the summer, but I’ve been reading a lot of long books so I’m not moving through the list as quickly as I had hoped.

Coming Up – I am currently reading “In A Different Key” by John Donvan & Caren Zucker. This book traces the history of Autism in the U.S. If you’ve been following me for a while you know I like books about the brain and mental illness and this one I’m really enjoying because the way it’s written it almost reads like a novel. In A Different Key

And another psychology book coming up is “On Edge” by Andrea Peterson. This is the author’s story of her struggle with anxiety. On Edge I’ve also got 3 more narrations in the works for this week.

So that’s it for today. We are having a heat wave this week in North Dakota and I will be spending most of my time indoors and hopefully that will mean lots of reading time. Have a good week everybody!

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“Mindset” by Carol Dweck – Audiobook Book Review

“Mindset” by Carol Dweck – Audiobook Book Review

Narrated by Marguerite Gavin

Are you having trouble feeling successful? It might be because of your Mindset. In this book the author discusses the differences between the Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset. I found this absolutely fascinating and easy to relate to. The author has written in a very approachable style making the psychological concepts easy for the casual reader to understand. There are tons of real-life examples of how the Mindsets play out in people’s lives used throughout the book and different chapters focus on sports, business, teaching, etc. Included are snapshots of well-known people who have struggled with a Mindset or used one to reach their full potential. There are some great insights for the average reader on how to change your Mindset in order to help reach your goals. I also really appreciated the amount of focus the author placed on how to foster a healthy Mindset in children, whether you are a teacher, a coach, or a parent. Finally, I found Marguerite Gavin’s narration to be really enjoyable to listen to. Psychology buffs should really enjoy this book.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!

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“Two Nights” by Kathy Reichs

“Two Nights” by Kathy Reichs

I think this is the first time I’ve said this, but there’s a strong possibility that if you don’t read this book you will regret it. It’s that good. That being said, this not at all what you are used to from Kathy Reichs. This is a stand-alone story and has almost nothing to do with forensics. What this story does do is introduce us to a fabulous new character in the person of Sunday Night. She is former military, former cop, injured on the job, who has become rather reclusive. Then she can’t help but get drawn into the case of a missing teenager who may have kidnapped by a radical religious group after the murders of her mother and brother. Her grandmother enlists Sunday’s help in finding who is responsible for the deaths and whether her granddaughter is still alive. The story will take the reader from South Carolina to Chicago, L.A., Washington D.C., and Louisville, KY as Sunday tries to track down a band of radicals. Along the way she is joined by her brother Gus and encounters an assortment of law enforcement officials. Perhaps the most difficult part of this job for Sunday is that the circumstances she encounters bring up the demons of her past which she would rather keep suppressing but finds that is no longer possible.

Tough is an understatement when describing Sunday Night, she can be as ferocious as a mama bear, cautious almost to the point of paranoia, and as tenacious as a dog with a bone. I loved her! She operates right on the edge of the rules but always on the side of the victim. Her brother Gus is not as fully fleshed out as a character but he serves as a counterbalance to her tendency for knee-jerk reactions and he always has her back. The bad guys in this one are really bad and as a reader I felt that they got what they deserved. I found this book to be well researched and carefully crafted, nothing less than what I am used to from this author. There are plenty of thrills and the story moves along at a pretty rapid pace. Next time I’m in trouble, I’m putting Sunday Night on speed-dial. Don’t let this thriller pass you by!

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“Watch Me Disappear” by Janelle Brown

“Watch Me Disappear” by Janelle Brown

A captivating family drama! Olive and her father Jonathan are trying to come to terms with the death of Billie, their mother and wife. The 1-year anniversary is coming up and Jonathan is trying to get the courts to declare her legally dead so he and Olive can move on. The problem is no body was every found. Then, out of the blue, Olive starts seeing visions of her mother and becomes convinced that not only is she still alive but that she is in trouble and they must find her. Jonathan is writing a memoir of Billie and finds himself very conflicted when he discovers things about his wife that seem to indicate she may have just run off. At the same time, he needs the money from the sale of the book in order to keep going. When Olive starts skipping classes, and Billie’s best friend starts hitting on him, everything seems to be spinning out of control.

I wasn’t sure at the beginning if I was going to like this book but I ended up not being able to put it down. I confess I was the one at the 4th of July concert who was glued to the e-reader the whole time. The first couple of chapters seemed a bit slow to get going but when the story took off, it took off in a big way. I was totally sucked into Olive and Jonathan’s world and the emotional tug-of-war that each was going through as they learned more and more of Billie’s secrets. Olive is a very likable teenager, going through the usual teenage things when she starts having visions. She believes in her visions but at the same time tries to understand them in an adult way. Jonathan has lost the love of his life but is trying his best to carry on for the sake of his daughter. As he discovers the truth about Billie’s past he runs the gamut of emotions from betrayal to devotion. At the same time, he’s facing the possibility of financial ruin and must change his view of what it means to be a family. I found both of these characters to be very well written. Their internal and external dialogues are totally believable as are the circumstances they find themselves in. I also really enjoyed that the story is set in Berkeley, CA since I am familiar with the area. Overall, this is a great piece of fiction and a beautiful story.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

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