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The Story of Joseph – Journeys Through Bookland

The Story of Joseph – Journeys Through Bookland

I’m sure you have all heard of Joseph and his beautiful coat, but maybe you don’t know the whole story. This version is based on the biblical text and other historical texts related to Joseph.

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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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Weekly Round-Up 7/9/2017

Hello everybody, I hope you all got lots of celebrating in this past week or so, at least those in U.S. and Canada. We had beautiful weather for our 4th of July day out. Unfortunately, I fell a little behind with my reading and blog posting this week but let’s take a look at my numbers.

TBR – I added 3 books this week and finished 2, so the new total is 278.

Reviews – “Watch Me Disappear” comes out on Tuesday and my review goes up tomorrow. Also coming out on Tuesday is Kathy Reichs new book “Two Nights”. My review will go up Tuesday morning. This is not a Temperance Brennan story, so be sure to check it out. As usual, I will put links at the bottom of my reviews so you can find them quickly if you’re interested.

Goodreads – I’m still behind here and beginning to despair of every catching up.

NetGalley – I’m actually making some progress here. My score is now up to 75%!

Coming Up – I’ve got a couple of narrations scheduled for this week, “Whittington and His Cat” and “The Story of Joseph”. In books I’ve got “Watch Me Disapper” Watch Me Disappear, “Two Nights” Two Nights, and “Mindset” an audio book review. Mindset

Have a great week everybody! Happy Reading and Listening!

 

“The Twin Brothers” – Journeys Through Bookland

“The Twin Brothers” – Journeys Through Bookland

Whew! This is the longest narration I’ve done so far. I am definitely developing sympathy for the work that goes into making audiobooks. This is another story by the Brothers Grimm and it’s an interesting one. I know we consider these children’s stories now but I’m not sure if that was the original intended audience for this because of the violence. The runtime is about 48 minutes if you have time to listen to it all in one sitting. I hope you enjoy!

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“Mercies in Disguise” by Gina Kolata

“Mercies in Disguise” by Gina Kolata

A poignant story about unraveling the mystery of an untreatable illness. The Baxley family is a pillar of their community but a strange illness is taking family members at early ages. They consult with leading doctors but no diagnosis or treatment is in sight. As the youngest generation comes of age they must confront the prospect of the illness affecting them and make choices that could alter their lives forever.

In this book, Gina Kolata traces both the Baxley family and the science behind their family illness in expert fashion. This book reads more like a story than a case report and I think this is largely due to the structure she uses. The chapters alternate back and forth between the scientists working to decipher the cause of the illness and the family as they deal with its consequences. It moves at a really good pace and the alternating storyline keeps the reader engaged and wondering what happens next. This story is both poignant and tragic, and full of hope. I really enjoy a book where the author can take a very scientific subject and make it approachable for the average reader. I highly recommend.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!

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“Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills

“Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills

Looking for a little jaunt across pre-World War II Europe? Want a few thrills along the way? Then this is the book for you. “Where Dead Men Meet” reads like a spy story with lots of action and suspense. Luke is an RAF pilot who has been grounded and is stuck behind a desk in Paris. Pippi is a young woman, who along with 2 thugs, is smuggling Jews out of Germany. Ivan is an aging hitman whose job is to kill Luke, until he has a change of heart. Throw in some German military officers and a mysterious adoption story and the bullets soon start to fly.

Spy stories aren’t my usual thing but this one sounded like a good one and I was not disappointed. I took an instant liking to Luke and then to Pippi, and even though their first meeting was less than ideal, you could tell these two liked each other. Luke has a very mysterious past and suddenly it catches up to him and places him on the wrong side of a gun. Ivan has a suspicion about who Luke really is and decides to help him escape the men that are trying to kill him. This proves to be easier said than done. I was particularly impressed with the author’s descriptions of the various villages and cities where the story takes place. This story has lots of interesting twists but none of them feel contrived. There’s bad guys, and good guys, and some for whom it’s hard to tell. Bottom line: this is a great story that I highly recommend.

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

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