It may sound weird but Scientology is one of my favorite topics to read about. You may have noticed a trend in my reading that has to do with cults and escape stories, and it’s true, I’m a sucker for reading about people who find themselves in incredible and disturbing circumstance and are able to make their way out of them. It also doesn’t hurt that Scientology is essentially bat-shit crazy, and therefore makes for endlessly engrossing reading. It’s hard to believe that a ‘religion’ that abuses its adherents to the degree to which Scientology does could continue to survive, but the brain washing perpetrated by the ‘church’ on its believers is so complete it’s hard to understand.
My very first post on this blog was a Scientology book list, and it has proven to be a very popular post. I thought I would dust it off with extended versions of the 3 original reviews plus new reviews of 3 more books that were in the original book list, but that I hadn’t read or reviewed yet at the time. These are Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman, Ruthless by Ron Miscavige and Blown For Good by Marc Headley, and they’re included at the top of the post. At the end I’ve also listed four more books I’m thinking of tackling next once I feel the need for a little more Scientology madness. You can be sure they’ll also deliver.
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Since I’ve been on a bit of an unplanned blogging break for the past month or so, I’m a bit behind on my Book Of The Month posts. I’m going to start getting caught up by reviewing the books I received for my February 2017 delivery, which were Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Before The Fall by Noah Hawley and All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead. I ended up liking all three, but in particular absolutely loved Pachinko. I would highly recommend it. Keep reading to find out why!
(My blogging break came about because I realized I was no longer enjoying blogging as much, I think as a result of putting myself on too strict of a schedule. Because this is really just a hobby for me, I want to make sure that I’m enjoying every minute of it. This most likely will mean that I’ll be posting less frequently, but I’m still planning on sharing as many of my favorite reads as possible with you!)
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Amanda Steinberg is the founder of the website Daily Worth, a mecca for all sorts of financial advice specifically targeted to women. Recent posts include Childcare And Taxes: Five Things You Should Know, Is Pet Insurance Worth It and How Your Health Affects Your Long Term Wealth. The site even has a post for book lovers like us on the 10 Best Finance Books For Women.
Steinberg decided to recently publish her own manual on how to take control of your financial life called Worth It. It was one of the books featured on my February 2017 Book Releases list and I was lucky enough to get a copy from the publisher to review.
I’ve read my fair share of personal finance books, and I think what Worth It has to offer that others books I’ve read don’t do as well is a framework through which to reflect on your current financial practices and money personality. Steinberg is dead honest in the book about her own past financial mistakes and introduces topics like investing, buying a home and cash flow through the experiences of other real life women just like her. If you’re looking for detailed advice on investment vehicles, types of mortgages or budgeting strategies, this isn’t the right book to turn to. It’s the right pick for someone who wants to start to re-evaluate their relationship to money and rethink their attitude towards managing their finances.
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I’m hoping to read a total of 40 Books in Spring 2017. That includes 16 Nonfiction titles (some centered around booklists I’m planning on World War II and China), 13 Contemporary Fiction books, 4 Historical Fiction books and 7 Classics (including 3 for an Author Spotlight on Virginia Woolf that was pushed to this season). In addition I’ll be reading 3 books that are not included in this post for my April 2017 Book Of The Month package, which I will be selecting in the future.
For full disclosure, since Spring technically started on March 19th, I’ve actually already read and even reviewed a few of the titles on this list, like Cannibalism by Bill Schutt and Before The Rains by Dinah Jefferies.
Of course plans change, as is only too obvious by the fact that some of the books on this list are carryovers from last season that I didn’t end up getting to. I think A Little Life, Lonesome Dove and House Of Leaves may actually have been carried over twice now, so those are definitely on my must-get-to list. I like to plan out my posts for the blog on a seasonal basis because it gives me a framework within which to work and also by which to measure my progress. If I don’t end up getting to all of them and pick up something else instead, that’s okay.
Hope you find some inspiration for your own TBR list from mine!
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I’m back in the swing of blogging this week! (though not back in the swing of responding to comments on my posts or reciprocating when people share my posts on Twitter, so bear with me on that).
This morning I took a trip with a friend to Antelope Valley just outside of Los Angeles to see the fields of orange poppies that bloom at this time of year in the area. I had so many errands and chores planned for this weekend, but when my friend texted me on Friday to invite me for this little excursion, I decided to hit pause on the must dos and do something instead just for the fun of it.
I took some gorgeous pictures of books laying in fields of hundreds of bright poppies that I’ll be sharing on my InstagramInstagram over the next several weeks (make sure to follow me if you haven’t already). But more importantly I had time to catch up with a friend, immersed myself in nature and took some time to ‘smell the roses’. Hope all of you are having a great weekend as well!
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I know what you’re thinking. What’s up with this girl that she chose to read a book all about Cannibalism? Or maybe if you’re a science geek like me, you’re just as fascinated by the topic. Believe it or not, whether you’re so grossed out about cannibalism that you would never choose to read about it or not, cannibalism is a natural part of the animal world. We, as humans, are kind of aberrations for having mostly abandoned it (though I’m pretty thankful that no one is planning to eat me).
When I included Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History in my February 2017 Releases list, I RAN to Net Galley to make sure I could score a copy, and I devoured the whole thing (no pun intended) in a couple of days. It’s everything that I love in books about a specific scientific topic – filled with disparate and enthralling examples, wide-ranging in its scope and yet super easy to follow, and most importantly, concisely written. If you love learning about science and about weird aspects of the life that surrounds you like me, pick this one up.
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