Sunday, January 22, 2017

On My Reading Table


WHAT’S ON MY READING TABLE

This is the first one of these for the New Year. I hope your year is off to a great start and that you have lots of great books to read.

The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharaoh's Cat Novel  by Maria Luisa Lang

The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter. The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him. The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera.

Altar of Bones by Philip Carter

“They didn’t have to kill him…He never drank from the altar of bones.”  

Cryptic dying words from a murdered homeless woman in present day San Francisco unlock a decades-buried secret that changed history.  Now a pair of ruthless assassins are sent to cut the few living "loose ends."  And a young, resourceful woman on the run encounters a determined man with his own connected past and vengeful agenda.  Forced to partner for survival and answers, a fast-paced and deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, taking them across the globe from the winding streets of Paris to the faded palaces of Budapest to the frozen lakes of Mongolia...where destiny, passion, and further betrayal await them.  

The Altar of Bones has it all: The Russian mob.  KGB spies. Presidential assasination. A doomed Hollywood legend.  Deathbed confessions.  Corrosive power.  Shattered families.  Guardians of an ancient religious icon housing a secret others will kill to possess.The dark promise of immortality. And it delivers on its ambitious premise to leave you stunned and breathless at the end.

The Dream of Reason by Anthony Gottlieb

Already a classic, this landmark study of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages. This landmark study of Western thought takes a fresh look at the writings of the great thinkers of classic philosophy and questions many pieces of conventional wisdom.

That's what's on my reading table, what's on yours?

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Monday, January 9, 2017

My Challenge

Hello everyone,

  Hope your New Year is off to a great start. I have set a challenge for myself this year. I am reading harder and learning new words to add to my vocabulary. The book that is giving me that challenge is Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco. His books are challenging and difficult, but he was a master of words.
  Here are a few of the words I've found to add to my vocabulary.

Inverts-another name for homosexuals

Parvenu- is a person who suddenly acquired wealth or importance, but doesn't appear that way in their mannerisms, dress, etc.

kirsch- fragrant, colorless brandy made from fermented cherries

  I challenge my readers to read harder and share what words they've learned in their reading.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Nest Review






Nest   by Terry Goodkind

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Skyhorse Publlishing

Source: Sent by publisher for review

Book Description:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind reinvents the thriller with a provocative, page-turning walk among evil.

Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes.

Trying to grasp the implications of this revelation, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with shadowy connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, hot on Jack and Kate’s heels are a force of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers who will stop at nothing until Kate is dead. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t sure if Jack is really her salvation, or another killer coming to slaughter her.

An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark new novel from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind, and a complete reinvention of the contemporary thriller. Travel with Goodkind on a dangerous journey to the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human.

Review:

I've heard of Terry Goodkind and his fantasy series, but I've never read him until now. This is a nail-biting, heart pumping thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Kate is a strong woman and learns how to be a stronger woman who can protect herself against deadly assassins who want the money that's on her head, just to fulfill a game of cat and mouse.

Along the way, Kate and Jack discover the part of them that they've closed off and let love in. I loved this book and loved Kate and watching her struggle with her gift and coming to terms with the fact that her life will never be the same again.

I received this book from the publisher and highly recommend it to everyone.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year




I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year and lots of good reading for 2017!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Holiday Greetings



I hope everyone gets books for Christmas and has a safe and happy Reading 2017! Let us know what goodies came in your Christmas book gifts. I will be taking time off to enjoy my reading and holiday and will see everyone in 2017!

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Call of the Cats Review






Call of the Cats: What I Learned about Life and Love from a Feral Colony   by Andrew Bloomfield

Genre: Memoir

Publisher: New World Library

Source: Sent by publisher for review

Book Description:

When aspiring screenwriter Andrew Bloomfield moved into a bungalow in Southern California he soon discovered that he shared the property with a large colony of feral cats — untamed, uninterested in human touch, not purring pets in waiting. But after a midnight attack by predators that decimated yet another litter of kittens, Bloomfield decided to intervene. He began to name and nurse, feed and house, rescue and neuter. Drawing on his time living in Asia among spiritual teachers, he takes us on the contemplative, humorous, and poignant journey of saving these cats, only to find it was they who saved him by revealing a world of meaning beyond his unrealized Hollywood dreams.

Review:

This was an interesting look at a feral colony through one man's eyes. Andrew wasn't a cat person, but quickly became one when he decided to take care of a feral colony behind his house.

He talks about what he learned about himself, the cats, and how it made him feel to protect these cats that most people would steer clear of. If you're a cat person or just an animal lover you'll enjoy this book.

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Lost Masters Review






Lost Masters: Rediscovering the Mysticism of the Ancient Greek Philosophers   by Linda Johnsen

Genre: Spirituality

Publisher: New World Library

Source: Sent by publisher for review

Book Description:

Ashrams in Europe twenty-five hundred years ago? Greek philosophers studying in India? Meditation classes in ancient Rome? It sounds unbelievable, but it’s historically true. Alexander the Great had an Indian guru. Pythagoras, Empedocles, and Plotinus all encouraged their students to meditate. Apollonius, the most famous Western sage of the first century c.e., visited both India and Egypt—and claimed that Egyptian wisdom was rooted in India.

In Lost Masters, award-winning author Linda Johnsen, digging deep into classical sources, uncovers evidence of astonishing similarities between some of the ancient Western world’s greatest thinkers and India’s yogis, including a belief in karma and reincarnation. Today ancient Greek philosophers are remembered as the founders of Western science and civilization. We’ve forgotten that for over a thousand years they were revered as sages, masters of spiritual wisdom. Lost Masters is an exploration of our long-lost Western spiritual heritage and the surprising insights it can offer us today.

Review:

This was a very enlightening book for me. I find philosophy fascinating and this book introduced me to philosophers I've never heard of.  These lesser known philosophers helped shaped how we think about God and spirituality.

One of the philosophers was Heraclitus who believed the beginning and the end are the same. He taught that we should live by thinking clearly, speaking honestly, acting wisely, and deepen our awareness. The one way to achieve that according to Heraclitus was "the need to cleanse ourselves of our sense of self-importance".

You'll also meet Democritus who refined and popularized atomic theory.  He believed that "Tranquility comes from contentment".

Epicurus is mentioned as well and his philosophy was "The only purpose of life that makes any sense is to enjoy ourselves".

Plato and Socrates and Aristotle are mentioned, but they are not the only ones talked about in this book. This was a book that makes you think and opens you up to a new way of thinking. I highly recommend this book.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving































I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  Hope you have time to curl up with a turkey sandwich and a good book!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

L'art de la Simplicity: How to Live More with Less Review





L'art de la Simplicite; How toLive More with Less   by Dominique Loreau (1-3-17)

Genre: Self-help

Publisher: St Martin's Griffin

Source: Good Reads win

Book Description:

Discover the magic of simplicity in this international bestseller, available for the first time in English.
Dominque Loreau is the master in the art of de-cluttering and simplifying. Now her groundbreaking L’art de la Simplicit√©, a huge bestseller in her native France, is translated into English for the first time. Loreau’s principle of “less is more” is set to change your life forever.
Living in Japan and inspired by Asian philosophy, Loreau takes you on a step-by-step journey to a clutter-free home, a calm mind and an energized body. Free yourself of possessions you don’t want or need; have more money to spend on life’s little luxuries; eat better and lose weight; and say goodbye to anxiety and negative relationships.

Review:

This was a great book, it is simple steps we all can do to have a more fulfilling life and how to live with less stuff. We all have clutter and this book will help you clear out the clutter in your home, but in your life as well.

One of the things that stuck out to me was when Dominque tells us that,

"One of the most effective ways to make the most of effective ways to make the     most of each moment is to take charge of yourself. Try to do as many things as possible, by yourself, for yourself."

She says that you should show gratitude for the day ahead and what matters most is not what's ahead, but what you make of the day.

One of the ways to do this is by taking a break. She points out that "changing gear", is the best way to get out of your normal routine and living each moment with intensity. She also believes in mindfulness.

"Mindfulness opens the doors to immense reserves of creativity, intelligence, determination, and wisdom. Living mindfully means keeping your spirit open and free.

She gives useful advice on everything from your outer beauty to your inner beauty, with simple easy things to do. She helps you to live a more fuller life by finding the meaning In every moment.

This book will help you to be happier and live with less stuff. She says,
  "Living in true happiness means seeking to come close to perfection. To be happy, live simply."

I highly recommend this book as a gift to yourself and those you love.



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