Archive for April, 2013

Adele Griffin- All You Never Wanted
Book Reviews

Adele Griffin- All You Never Wanted

“I’d take all those beautiful things in Alexandra. Her dreaminess, her eyes. Then I’d add your fun. Between the two of you is the perfect Parrott. And you know what? I’d marry that girl.” –Alex’s boyfriend Joshua to Thea Alex and Thea Parrott are sisters who love each other deeply […]

Blog Highlight: Peeps I find Interesting
Encouragement

Blog Highlight: Peeps I find Interesting

I had to reblog Ionia Martin’s shout out to me 😉 http://readfulthingsblog.com/2013/04/21/blog-highlight-peeps-i-find-interesting/

Gary Caruso- Our Souls to Keep
Book Reviews

Gary Caruso- Our Souls to Keep

                  Seventeen-year-old Wake’s life is in turmoil. His father is abusive, his mother is an addict, and his younger brother looks to him for guidance. Wake finds his strength through faith in the Catholic Church. However, after his mother commits suicide, Wake […]

Oliver Burkeman- The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
Book Reviews

Oliver Burkeman- The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

What if everything we’ve been taught about obtaining happiness is wrong? Is our “constant effort to be happy” counterintuitive? Instead, should we “embrace failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty?” These are the questions Oliver Burkeman explores in The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. I spend a good chunk […]

A to Z Stories of Life and Death- D. Biswas
Book Reviews

A to Z Stories of Life and Death- D. Biswas

“I wonder sometimes if I’m as dirty on the inside as I feel on the outside. But the X-ray shows I’m merely broken.”- from X for X-Ray. Twenty-six bite size stories comprise A to Z Stories of Life and Death by D. Biswas. In just a few paragraphs, Biswas manages […]

Katherine Gotthardt- Weaker Than Water
Book Reviews

Katherine Gotthardt- Weaker Than Water

Poetry resonated more with me during high school and college. In fact, Weaker Than Water, a poetry collection by Katherine Gotthardt, is probably the first poetry that I’ve really connected with since I completed graduate school (and that was years ago). From Gotthardt’s first poem, I was hooked! Here are […]

Jason Vale- Kick the Drink…Easily!
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Jason Vale- Kick the Drink…Easily!

I’d recommend “Kicking the Drink…Easily!” by Jason Vale to anyone who’d like to either cut back on their alcohol consumption or cut it out of their life altogether. Vale makes many valid points such as: “Alcohol is the only drug in the world where when you stop taking it, you […]

Eat: A Guide to Discovering Your Natural Relationship with Food- Linda R. Harper, Ph.D.
Book Reviews

Eat: A Guide to Discovering Your Natural Relationship with Food- Linda R. Harper, Ph.D.

I would recommend that anyone with an unhealthy food relationship read Eat: A Guide to Discovering Your Natural Relationship with Food, by Linda R. Harper, Ph.D.  Eat is an easy, quick read that focuses on a five step guide to healthy eating which includes: goal replacing, uncovering, informing, deciding, and […]

Black Heart on the Appalachian Trail- T.J. Forrester
Book Reviews

Black Heart on the Appalachian Trail- T.J. Forrester

I’d recommend Black Heart on the Appalachian Trail by T.J. Forrester to anyone who enjoys a gritty, dark, compelling tale. And to anyone who ever questions whether or not they have free will. The Appalachian Trail runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin, Maine; 2,160 miles total. It takes […]

What Middle School Students Are Reading Now
Encouragement

What Middle School Students Are Reading Now

I’m a counselor at a middle school (grades 6-8, approx. 1,600 students) and I often ask students what they’re reading. This morning I asked our librarians for a list of the most popular books that kids are checking out now. Here are the top 10 books that have been checked […]

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