The Alchemist

AlchemistWe follow a boy, Santiago, who is searching for his personal legend. His search takes him to Egypt and to many other physical and character destinations along the way. The main idea throughout the novel that really struck a chord with me was that when you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Santiago learns this through reading omens, listening to his heart and dreams, and learning from those he encounters.

This book surprised me. More notably, this book really made me think about the universe and my own personal journey and where it has been, is, and is heading. It had me thinking of dreams, God, love, and having the courage to listen to the universe.

The quote in the image above was my favorite from the novel. “The hills of Andalusia were only two hours away, but there was an entire desert between him and the Pyramids. Yet the boy felt that there was another way to regard his situation: he was actually two hours closer to his treasure….the fact that two hours had stretched into an entire year didn’t matter.” “This.” I thought as I read over it for the third or fourth time. “I need to remember this.” I tend to beat myself up over where I am “supposed” to be or what I “should” be doing. I am my worst critic. But this offers grace, it offers peace. I may not be where I want to be yet, but that doesn’t matter because, if nothing else, I am closer.

Pick up The Alchemist, who knows, maybe the universe is conspiring to get you to read it.

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What We See in the Stars An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky

What We See in the Stars

What a beautiful and interesting book for people of all ages. When I received this book I was pleasantly surprised at the large amount of research, fun facts and gorgeous art in it. This book has it all, constellations, the moon, the sun, planets, and very easy to understand explanations of each. There is such a plethora of information in this book that it will keep both kids and adults entertained and intrigued for hours.

I have mine sitting out on our coffee table and I don’t intend on moving it because it is such a hit around here. I am learning a lot from this book and will continue to refer back to it and read it again and again!

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.

13 Reasons Why

After watching the Netflix version of 13 Reasons Why I wanted to read the novel by Jay Asher it was based on. The story revolves around Clay Jensen, a young teenager who finds a mysterious package containing cassette tapes on his front porch. He is curious until he starts playing the first and hears the voice of Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide in their town just weeks ago. The tapes have 13 reasons why Hannah decided to commit suicide. Clay spends the night following the tapes and Hannah’s voice around town and through the events leading up to her death. His name is on one of the tapes, but which one, and why?

This book is creative in terms of writing style and voice. We hear the tapes while alternating with Clay’s thoughts and real time events going on as Clay listens to the tapes. The subject is heavy but a topic that is often pushed under the rug. This book brings it to the forefront of conversation and I think that is important. Recommended read but make sure to be ready to deal with some hard topics.

The Tapping Solution

The reality of chronic pain and the blocks it can put in your life are all too real. It can lead to less activity, strained relationships, depression, financial issues and so much more. Now, I understand that there are a lot of books out there for chronic pain and a lot of different approaches for tackling it. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised with the emotional depth and positive effects Nick Ortner’s The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief  displayed.

Tapping, or the emotional freedom technique, is a method for working through chronic pain or emotions by taking little steps, journaling and tapping on certain parts of your emotions and on certain parts of your body to help reduce or eliminate pain. The stories shared in Nick’s book are so incredibly powerful and the steps are simple to follow.

I think this book is useful no matter how big or small your pain is. If you are willing and ready to try something new to address your pain and heal then I highly recommend giving this book a read. I am definitely glad I now have it in my library.

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path

Proverbs

Proverbs is one of my favorite books to read so I was really excited when I saw this book. Liz Curtis Higgs has a writing style that is easy to read and a voice that is easy to relate to. 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path is a refreshing book that puts you on a daily journey to learn each verse word for word and then apply it. The One Minute, One Step section was also a great addition to the book. It allows you to put into practice what you just read about and really apply that verse in the here and now.

I enjoyed reading this book and will certainly revisit it often. I recommend it as a daily devotional, gift, or book to read with others for a study. Please click on the links below to learn more about the author and book:

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.

The Halloween Tree

I was first mesmerized by the The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury when I was younger and saw the cartoon special on tv a few days prior to Halloween. At the time I loved the exciting adventures the kids went on, the colorful cartoon scenes, and even learning a little about the history of Halloween. As I grew up I found that my love for this film did not fade, instead, I became even more fascinated by the novelty of such a cartoon Halloween movie. Simply put, I thought it was genius.

One year I discovered the film was actually based on a novel by Ray Bradbury. As an avid fan of the film I cannot believe it took me this long to read the novel. It was strange, to be certain, as you would expect from such a writer but it was also engaging, educational and, honestly, a little creepy (which I loved). Without giving too much away, the story is about a group of boys who, one Halloween night, find themselves in search of their friend Pipkin who has been swept away into a variety of different places. The boys meet a guide of sorts, Mr. Moundshroud, who is aghast to learn that the boys do not know where their Halloween costumes came from or what they mean. Thus, they find themselves on a wild adventure to find Pip and learn more about what they are celebrating and why.
The novel was a treat to read and was full of plenty of tricks along the way as well. I highly recommend it, especially this month since Halloween will soon be upon us.

Morning Star (Red Rising Series, Book 3)

What a great conclusion to a strong series. The battle to change the hierarchy of the oppressive society that Golds have controlled for as long as anyone can remember is in motion and the stakes are high. Darrow has lost a lot and has so much more to lose but equally as much to gain if he and the Sons of Ares can win and invoke change. This book has action, love, friendship, sacrifice, hierarchy and tons of twists. I highly recommend it!