Welcome to my world of wonderful books!
Monday, March 20, 2023
Random Things Tours: Forgotten Women by Zing Tsjeng
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Book Review: The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Rachel´s Random Resources: Ten Dates by Rachel Dove
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Bring on More Energy!
Spring is - finally - around the corner, and it is the right time to start cutting short the bad life and eating habits. Particularly during this time of the year, affected by the change of seasons and temperature is prone to various health challenges. Our modern life is rarely taking a healthy break and trying to get things done makes us often deaf to the urgent calls of our body to hear its needs.
Dr. med. Anne Fleck is close through her professional and family ties to the Kneipp movement, a German-bread health philosophy encouraging, among others a return to the rhythms of the nature and a balance between body movement, eating and finding the right work/life balance. Her book Energy! in 5 Minutes that I had access to in audiobook format offers tons of ideas and tips, including through self-assessment questionaries, aimed at taking the chronic tiredness at a different, self-care-oriented level.
Although I am on the skeptical side when it comes to the homeopathic/plants-oriented, anti-medicine of some medical schools of thought in Germany, I think that listening to your body and trying to understand - through the right medical consultation - what your body - and mind - needs, is important. As it is equally important to have the knowledge for making the right choices in terms of food and healthy life habits.
The book - as for now, only available in German - teaches the reader to identify, with the dedication of a detective, those factors that may affect one´s degree of energy - like dirt in the apartment or lack of sleep, but also how to prevent an chronical sickness to take over your body. As everything when it comes to the German mentality, prevention is key.
A recommended read to anyone looking to catch up some healthy habits and offer a well-deserved spring body to his or hed body.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Random Things Tours: A Psychic Subterfuge by JP Alters
Paranormal books are a very rare choice of lectures in my books. This genre was so much abused for very kitschy reasons that I am very cautious in terms of the topic and approach. But this year I want to give a try in terms of diverse topics and expand my literary realm and experiences.
Therefore, giving a try to debut author JP Alters - a pseudonym - and her first installment of A Psychic Subterfuge went hand in hand with my plan. There are so many interesting parts of the story that interested me: the character, Mary Jameson is a diagnosed schizophrenic and her attempts to dismantle a dangerous conspiracy do mirror questions about her sanity. Is she really serious or it is just the result of her troubled mind? This narrow distinction is fascinated to follow in the different episodes of the story.
Personally, I´ve found very entertaining and highly challenging the association between paranormal and thriller. Besides getting the best of both worlds, it also creates so many opportunities to build up suspense and tension in the most unexpected, (para)normal ways. Thus, even the most skeptical and cautious readers - like me - may feel caught into the web of stories and stop having second thoughts about the - almost compromised - genre.
For curious and open minded readers, as well as for thriller AND paranormal lovers, A Psychic Subterfuge is a pleasurable and action filled book and that left me curious to find out what gonna happen next to the main character of the book.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Disclaimer: Book offered as part of the book tour but the opinions are, as usual, my own
Compulsive Readers Book Tour: The Accident by Julia Stone
What would you do when while driving someone, a woman to be more precise, is falling down on your car, from a bridge? The woman dies while the driver is took to the hospital. The driver too, may not take any easy explanation for an answer. Plus she is a genealogist, therefore, may have some experience in terms of tracking difficult cases. This is the beginning of a long and complex story of lies and deceit.
The Accident by Julia Stone is a novel of psychological suspense, carefully built with characters with at least one hidden face. A great start for building a web of fragments of truth and as many lies. Slow paced but in an engaging kind of way, the story is taking the reader to the hidden mechanisms of lies and how they may bring us together and take over our lives, until the very last breath.
I really liked to be taken into this story, trying to figure out - guided by the book thread or just by myself - the mystery of the falling woman. The problemsolver-in-chief, Janice Thomason, is smart and relatable, able to smartly control her dark and bright sides.
Overall, a psychological suspense worth spending some hours with. The Accident is intelligent and carefully build up, a wandering through the shadows of untruth and secrets.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Disclaimer: Book offered by Compulsive Readers as part of the book tour but the opinions are, as usual, my own