Book Review: Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife by Leslie Kean

I’ve always been fascinated by the science involved with consciousness, in all its aspects, so I was highly intrigued by this book. Kean absolutely did her research on this topic, and had a lot of evidence that suggests that consciousness resides outside of the body and therefore continues to exist after bodily death. I even had a friend read this after me, who is also into learning more about this subject. She agreed that this book appeared to have some great evidence suggesting there is truly life after death.

I give this book a solid 10/10. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in reading a book on different levels of consciousness!

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Book Review: David Bowie Retrospective and Coloring Book by Mel Elliott

Right off the bat, I was excited to get this book, as I’m a huge Bowie fan! What’s fun about this book is that it contains photos of many of his signature looks, along with a synopsis of each one. It’s smaller than a “typical” coloring book (usually 12″ by 12″) at 8″ by 8″, but that was not a negative point with me. For me, the hard part will be deciding between coloring the pictures exactly as they were or experimenting as David Bowie did throughout his life!

I give this book a solid 10/10. A perfect gift for any Bowie fan!

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Book Review: Wee Alphas

This will be a different kind of post, because this isn’t a “typical” book post. Wee Alphas is a collection of postcards with letters shaped like animals, in a very child-friendly way.
I used these for my classroom, and turned them into a decoration, since I have a “woodsy,camping” theme in my room. The students thought they were very cute!

I give this collection a solid 10/10. It fits in perfectly in my Kindergarten classroom!

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Book Review: The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington

This book certainly speaks to people in our culture today-always on the go, trying to fit as many activities as they can in one day, and not prioritizing their sleep. I used to have that lifestyle myself, but over the last few years have learned to slow down and make sure to get enough sleep in so I can function the next day.

Huffington’s book shows she’s done her research. There’s research and advice on so many topics–from what to wear to sleep, to what to eat/not to eat before bed, to something I struggle with-caffeine intake and when to stop using it.

I give this book a solid 10/10. One of my favorite personal topics to read about, as well as talk about with my friends. A friend of mine is currently borrowing my copy and loves it so far!

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Book Review: TOX-SICK:From Toxic to Not Sick by Suzanne Somers

First off, the name caught my eye because I recalled borrowing some of my mom’s copies of Somers’ older books a LONG time ago, and really enjoyed them. I was also intrigued because of the description of the book. Several friends, as well as I, have been transitioning to more natural ways of living and healing ourselves.

One thing I really appreciate about Somers is how well researched her information is; it’s not a bunch of “fluff”. However, Somers essentially states that no matter what we do, we will always be surrounded by toxins, thus will have them in our system. Which makes sense! Also, some of the recommendations may be outside one’s means.
Basically just do what’s within your means, and try your best.

I give this book a solid 9/10. I highly recommend it for people seriously looking into eliminating toxins from their system.

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Book Review: It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell

Hmm…..where to begin on this one. I think expected different things out of this book than what I had heard and from what I typically read on the author’s blog. It certainly wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, but certainly a little disappointing.

I could definitely relate to her in some ways, and appreciate her honesty, but didn’t exactly care for her whiny attitude when she got older. Especially when she got to college.

I give this book a solid 5/10. Some of my friends may appreciate this book better than I did, but I (surprisingly) was not a fan like I had hoped to be.

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L.I.A.L.: Links I Adore Lately

Although I enjoy sitting down with a great book, lately it seems I haven’t had time to really devote to them.

What I do love doing instead is reading great blog posts or articles. Wisdom, if you will.

Here are some I’ve enjoyed lately. You can see what’s inspired me lately, and hopefully it does the same for you.

On the day I die. This hits home, with me being a worrier/planner. Moreso, with so many loved ones lost too soon.

Why We Struggle with Change. Brilliant! Educators, this is a must read.

10 choices to make today that you won’t regret tomorrow. Simple, fabulous read.

“You Make Me Like You” by Gwen Stefani. New Stefani sounds like classic No Doubt. Love it!

You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things. Interesting p.o.v.

Book Review: Hipster Animals by Dyna Moe

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(photo via Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Hipster-Animals-A-Field-Guide/dp/160774791X)

Oh my! This book was a perfect find!I was in the mood for something humorous, and this was right up my alley. I think it’s hilarious that with just about every animal I read, I can think of at least one person I’ve met/or know well that fits the exact description.

What I LOVE and also discovered was that there’s a tumblr with additional characters . http://hipster-animals.tumblr.com/ (I’m the ahistorical omniperiod chronologist, haha!)

I give this book a solid 9/10, only because I give my top tier, top favorite books a 10. It’s hilarious! My husband, parents, and sister (who was the inspiration for choosing this book) got a kick out of it. It’s fun to see if yourself or anyone you knows “matches up” with any of these animals. I recommend this book to anyone up for a good laugh, doesn’t take themselves seriously, or knows someone that would enjoy this great book!

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Book Review: The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher

To start, this book combined many of my personal interests into one–magicians, the spirit realm, and the 1920’s! The history behind the “Spiritualist Movement” was really fascinating to read, and it made sense, with families losing so many to the Spanish flu and World War I.  They desired to have some sort of contact with those who’ve passed.

Without giving away much, the author talks about how magician Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, were great friends until the “Spiritualist Movement” came in between them. They had widely opposing viewpoints which eventually drew them apart,publicly no less.

The most fascinating part of this book, of course, happens to be the about the “witch” of Lime Street-Mina Crandon. Throughout the book, readers will struggle to determine if she is the real deal or one of the many phony mediums of the time.

I give this book a solid 10/10. It’s one I’ve been looking forward to reading, and am looking forward to reading again!

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Book Review: The Navy SEAL Art of War by Rob Roy with Chris Lawson

I have been a bit busy with my new position, but have been slowly trying to make time to read in the process.

The Navy SEAL Art of War by Rob Roy with Chris Lawson, first of all, was something I wouldn’t normally pick.I’m more of a realistic fiction type of reader, so It was nice to go outside of my comfort zone for a bit. It’s a fantastic leadership book, but not one without flaws. The author refers numerous times to leaders being male, and repeatedly mentions that there’s no room for error. Reality is not perfect, so any expectation of that, I personally believe, don’t think will ever be met.

I give this book a solid 6.5/10. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but gained some interesting tips from it, some even applicable in my profession.

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