2019: trying something new

Since we already into week two of 2019 I thought it wise not to name this post anything relating to a New Year Resolution. But it is something of a resolution – something I want to do more of this year and going forward hoping to make it more of a habit.

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Book list: 2018

So 2018 was a lot of things but it was not my year for reading books.

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Review: Cross and Burn

Someone is brutally killing women. Women who bear a striking resemblance to former DCI Carol Jordan. The connection is too strong to ignore and soon psychological profiler Tony Hill finds himself dangerously close to the investigation, just as the killer is closing in on his next target.

This is a killer like no other, hell-bent on inflicting the most severe and grotesque punishment on his prey. As the case becomes ever-more complex and boundaries begin to blur, Tony and Carol must work together once more to try and save the victims, and themselves.

Novel by Val McDermid

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Review: A Parcel for Anna Browne

The gift of a lifetime?

Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn’t exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more…

When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift – one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be. As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her – and her life starts to change.

But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why?

by Miranda Dickinson

 

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Review: Things I want my daughters to know

How do you cope in a world without your mother?

When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they’ll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. But how can she leave them when they still have so much growing up to do?

Take Lisa, in her midthirties but incapable of making a commitment; or Jennifer, trapped in a stale marriage and buttoned up so tight she could burst. Twentysomething Amanda, the traveler, has always distanced herself from the rest of the family; and then there’s Hannah, a teenage girl on the verge of womanhood about to be parted from the mother she adores.

But by drawing on the wisdom in Barbara’s letters, the girls might just find a way to cope with their loss. And in coming to terms with their bereavement, can they also set themselves free to enjoy their lives with all the passion and love each deserves?

This heartfelt novel by bestselling author Elizabeth Noble celebrates family, friends . . . and the glorious, endless possibilities of life.

 

Things I want my daughters to know by Elizabeth Noble

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Books I have read in 2017

My goal for 2017 in terms of reading was to read more books than I did in 2016 : A grand total of six non-fiction books.

In my mind I thought it would be closer to twenty five but looking back that seems to have been a bit unrealistic. I did however manage to read a total of 11 books; 8 non fiction and three of more of the self help / spiritual variety.

Reading really is a great means of escapism for me especially since I don’t watch all the latest and greatest Netflix and Showmax series that everyone else is always talking about. Related: I have only ever watched 5 minutes of a Game of Thrones episode. I love reading and think this year I will try read a bit more in terms of variety (maybe less of the violent nature).

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Review: The Spiritual Power of Empathy

Discover your innate empathic abilities with popular author Cyndi Dale as your guide. With this hands-on training course, you’ll learn how to comfortably use empathy for better relationships and healing the self and others.

The Spiritual Power of Empathy presents this often-unrecognized ability in accessible ways, allowing you to discover an expanded awareness of what empathy is, how it works, and the myriad ways it manifests. Develop deeper connections with your loved ones, use specialized techniques for screening and filtering information, and gain insights on how to overcome the difficulties empaths often face. With the power of empathy, you’ll transform the way you live and connect with the world around you.

The Spiritual Power of Empathy by Cyndi Dale

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Review: The Shack

Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!

The Shack by Wm Paul Young

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