Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been curling up on the couch with. Well, curling up with these, a big grey cat, and a hot mug of Earl Grey tea.
I am in the mire of Life Coaching class number three, taking a class on Feminine Power, working full-time, planting all sorts of seeds, have already mowed the lawn twice, and life keeps hurtling forward into summer. It’s been a challenge to even think about hitting the keyboard to write. Still, I’ve been able to squeeze a few books in here and there. How about you?
The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, MD. There’s a twenty-question self-assessment on page 14, and I said yes to eighteen which Orloff designates that as a full-blown empath. I like Orloff’s casual writing style, and down-to-earth advice. Are you an empath? Some of the questions:
- “Do crowds drain me, and do I need alone time to revive myself?” Check.
- “Do I prefer one-to-one interactions and small groups to large gatherings?” Check.
- “Do arguments and yelling make me ill?” Check.
- “Do I react strongly to caffeine or medications?” Yes, why do you think I like caffeine so much and stay away from medications?
- “Do I prefer taking my own care to places to that I can leave early if I need to?” Oh, definitely, always have a book and/or an escape plan.
- “Do I absorb other people’s stress, emotions, or symptoms?” Yep.
Transformational Life Coaching by Cherie Carter-Scott and Lynn U. Stewart. I wrote a 3 1/2 page book report on this for class, and recommend this for any up-and-coming life coach. Good stuff. If you’re not a life coach, you probably aren’t interested.
Banana Creme Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. Yep, it’s yet another in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series with tasty recipes included. This is the Hannah Swensen I enjoy. It’s fluffy, it’s friendly, and I really want to make some of the Orange Marmalade Bar Cookies, or the Peach Muffins, or maybe the Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce. No matter, it’s a delicious series, with fun characters, and the writing is back on form. Yum!
The Aztec Heresy by Paul Christopher. On one hand, this was a predictable treasure-hunters-do-good-deeds thriller. On the other hand, it was an exciting romp in the Central American jungle hunting for the mysterious lost treasure of Cortez. Throw in deep sea diving, sailing in the Caribean, Vatican and billionaire tycoon vengeance, plus a former Russian submarine captain, Cuban involvement, and a crazy rebel dictator, and it’s a fun read and even has a misplaced nuclear bomb. What more could you want? Bonus points for the Star Trek reference on page 257 comparing mutated jungle ants to The Borg.
The Mapmaker’s Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker. Painstakingly researched, this is the very true story of an upper-class Peruvian woman who travels along the Amazon river to meet her husband in 1769. Sounds simple, except it isn’t, and she has 3000 miles and an untamed Amazonian wilderness to traverse. We learn what leads to her decision to travel, along with the tragedy and triumph of the journey.
The Why Did I Bother
The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg. I really wanted to like this book. A couple of friends enjoyed the small novel and passed it along to me. I read it and wondered why I’d bothered. It’s all very convenient and contrived: rich lady decides she’s had enough of her life and goes on a road trip to discover herself. She writes letters home to her husband every day and tells him things she can’t say. While the descriptions of reaching middle age and menopause ring somewhat true, the premise leaves me lonely.
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