Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Travelling Cat Chronicles: a book review

The Travelling Cat Chronicles 

Written by Hiro Arikawa

Translated by Philip Gabriel

Published in English language: October 23, 2018

Published by Berkley

The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a wonderful story in translation about a man and his cat, or perhaps a cat and his man.

In the beginning of the story, we meet a stray cat who is approached by a man. The story begins with the cat as the narrator. The tone is delightfully exactly the sort of attitude you would expect from a cat.

The man, Sartoru, takes in the cat, names it Nana, which means seven in Japanese for the way his tail is crooked like the number. Then, we skip ahead a few years to follow Sartoru and Nana as they go on a journey to visit old friends.

The reason for the journey is somewhat obscure at the beginning. Sartoru is unable to keep Nana and hopes to find a new home for his cat. In the meantime, we learn Sartoru's life story as he visits friends from the past.

The novel alternates points of view between the the cat and omniscient flashbacks.

This is a sweet book that will likely evoke smiles and tears. It is fairly short at 288 pages and definitely worth a read.

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Body Mindful Yoga: a book review

Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship with Your Body 

by Robert Butera Butera and Jennifer Kreatsoulas Kreatsoulas

Published November 8, 2018

Llewellyn Publications

This is a great book about learning to be comfortable with your body. Through explanations, anecdotes, and questions, the authors guide the reader in learning about their body beliefs. I love that this book incorporates the philosophy of yoga. It is not, however, a yoga book that offers poses, so if that's what you want choose a different title. This book is about thought and changing belief systems. It is well written and easy to read.

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Everyday Enchantments: a book review

Everyday Enchantments

by Maria DeBlassie

Published: October 26, 2018

Moon Books

Maria DeBlassie and I have never met, but after reading her new book Everyday Enchantments, I think it might have been written just for me.

From the very first page, Maira DeBleassie’s words drew me in. I was not familiar with her before. I found this book as an advanced reader offering and selected simply because of the title. By page 4, I was already typing her name in Google. Who is this woman? Why have I not seen her words until now?

I clicked around her blog for a few minutes, then returned even more enamored to Everyday Enchantments. This collection of essays makes mundane experiences seem filled with magic and wonder. I am all in for that.

In this book of very short essays -- musings, really -- DeBlassie talks about tea, used bookstores, yoga, herb shops, rainy days, and pretty much everything I like. If you like these things, too, go get this book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Tarot Inspired Life: a book review

Tarot Inspired Life

by Jaymi Elford

Publishes: January 8, 2019

Llewellyn Publications

This is my favorite book that I have come across about tarot.

It explains the cards, arcanas, and suits with direct clarity and invites the reader to study the cards through different exercises to make their own observations and connections.

That is only the first chapter. After that, the author covers many uses for tarot, including creativity.

Although I received a free ebook copy of this book for review, I plan to add the physical book to my shelf as soon as it is available.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

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