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2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 25 books toward her goal of 175 books.

Guest Post: Love and Kisses from My Padded Cell by Ellie Katz

Today I’m very pleased to introduce you to the phenomenal Dr. Ellie Katz, an amazing and inspiring figure in the field of holistic psychotherapy. I have her books very near the top of my To Be Read pile, so you will get reviews on those soon, but in the interim, I wanted to make sure you were aware of her and her work so you could check it out on your own. Enjoy!

Love and Kisses from My Padded Cell
by Dr. Ellie Katz

In my books and blog posts, I often reiterate the notion that addictions, habits, and irresistible urges tend to be rooted in the desire to produce an underlying result: to become calm, or to become excited; to fill up a void, or to seek relief in oblivion from physical or emotional pain.

One motivation I haven’t discussed much is curiosity. For example, a bored individual may check out the darker sides of the internet, whether it be in the realm of sexuality or violence. This activity may have a slight tinge of the dangerous, which gives the viewer a thrill, or it may simply be catchy, colorful and entertaining. The next time, they already have some degree of familiarity and expectation. They’ve convinced themselves that what they’re doing is okay and that they can handle it. No harm done.
Continue reading Guest Post: Love and Kisses from My Padded Cell by Ellie Katz

Book Review: Season of Talium by Jennifer Arntson

WOW. To think, I had to be talked into reading the first book in this fantastic series… (teehee)

It’s true – the author, the eminently talented Jennifer Arntson, reached out to me last year and requested a review of Season of Atchem, the first novel in this new five-book series (pentalogy just sounds funny, even if it’s technically correct). I hemmed and hawed and made her send me a sample and finally agreed to take a look, but frankly wasn’t sure what I’d find. I’ll tell you what I found – an excellently crafted, utterly original world populated by marvelously detailed characters and intricately interwoven plot lines that pulled me in much more deeply than I imagined possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was looking forward to seeing what came next.

Then came Book Two. And now I’m hooked for good… Continue reading Book Review: Season of Talium by Jennifer Arntson

Book Review: The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

What the heart loves, the will chooses and the mind justifies.

The epigram appears as a chapter heading, but is as good a description of the substance of this highly original, utterly fascinating bit of alt-history as any I could come up with… In Robert’s world, women have all the strength – the philosophical, magical, strength. Or so common parlance understands things – and the world spins accordingly. Or does it? This is an absolute delight of a story, full of power struggles and personal growth and difficult relationships – and magic. Lots of cool, magically realistic, magic. And the magic isn’t *just* the kind that lets Robert and his mother fly – it’s also the literary kind, which allows the reader to fly right along with them… Continue reading Book Review: The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

Hereafter by Terri Bruce

Honestly, I’ve finished and I feel like there’s a lot to talk about but I don’t know what to say… I’m going to do something I don’t normally do and start with the negatives. I did NOT like this protagonist. In fact, I can honestly say that I found Irene Dunphy one of the least sympathetic, most unlikable characters I’ve come across – and not because she’s so spectacularly evil or horrifying but because of the banality of her selfishness, which I think is altogether emblematic of the current ME ME ME culture. Because I disliked her so much, I struggled with the book. A lot. Which is a tragedy, because there’s a surprising amount of very thoughtful and intriguing stuff going on around Irene. There were a number of points where I got so sick and tired of her whining and complaining and using everyone around her that I almost closed the book – she was THAT bad.

So enough about her.

Let me now bring you the highlight of the book for me – Jonah. Continue reading Hereafter by Terri Bruce

Book Review: Playground in My Mind by J. B. Tischendorf

I had a very difficult time with this one. I started reading it and went back at least three times to the book description, because for at least 20% of the book, the story being told bears literally NO relation to that description beyond the oblique references to a song title that happens to match the book title. The characters don’t share names, attributes, or plot elements; it is literally a different story. Then that section wraps itself up and another begins. That one does reflect the description, but I got to 50% of the book and still see absolutely zero connection to the first portion of the book. At that point, I gave up… Continue reading Book Review: Playground in My Mind by J. B. Tischendorf



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