The Aromatherapy Garden (Kathi Keville)

I enjoyed this book more than the last one I read about aromatherapy. It was published much more recently (2016 vs 1995) so the information and studies referenced are more up-to-date. And the author is clearer about what information is anecdotal and what came from a research-based scientific study. Not that personal experience isn’t valid, but it’s important to understand and clarify the difference, especially when it comes to putting foreign substances into your body.

Title – The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing fragrant plants for happiness and well-being

Author – Kathi Keville

Page count – 257

Rating – Borrow to see if it interests you. I’ll probably buy a copy at some point because I enjoy structuring my garden designs around fragrant plants and want to reference some of her ideas. Continue reading “The Aromatherapy Garden (Kathi Keville)”

Aromatherapy (Kathi Keville and Mindy Green)

This book is a good starter for people wanting to learn more about essential oils and aromatherapy in general, especially if you’re (justifiably) skeptical of the information put out by Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) companies. I wasn’t completely satisfied with parts of this book, as you’ll read below, but it is a decent starting point.

Title – Aromatherapy: A complete guide to the healing art

Authors – Kathi Keville and Mindy Green

Page count – 214

Goodreads rating – 3/5 (liked it – some parts were 2/5 but majority 3/5)

This book is split into four parts: Theory, Therapy, Alchemy, and Materia Medica. Continue reading “Aromatherapy (Kathi Keville and Mindy Green)”

The Blind Man’s Garden (Nadeem Aslam)

I’m always interested to figure out how a book’s title will manifest itself in the story. Is it simply based on one of the characters or a phrase someone utters? (Like Harry Potter or The Color Purple) Or is the meaning more hidden, something the readers have to tease out for themselves? Without giving away spoilers, this book is sort of a combination of the two.

Title – The Blind Man’s Garden

Author – Nadeem Aslam

Page count – 367

Goodreads rating – 3/5 (liked it)

On its surface, this book is about the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks and the effects they had in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s a fictional story (as far as specific characters and events go), but the struggles, turmoil, and loss are very real. Continue reading “The Blind Man’s Garden (Nadeem Aslam)”

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck (Sarah Knight)

So this book uses the “f-word” a lot. If that bothers you, no judgment, but this probably isn’t the book for you. Or maybe it’s exactly the book you need to read right now (so you can learn how to not give a f*ck about it). I don’t know your life. While I’m not typically someone who swears (out loud), I will be using that word sans asterisk from now on so again, if that bothers you, go check out some of my other reviews instead. 🙂

Title – The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do

Author – Sarah Knight

Page count – 192

Goodreads rating – 3/5 (liked it)

This book is a parody of the popular self-help book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. That one is still on my to-read shelf so I can’t make any direct comparisons. All I can tell you is that this book was both helpful and funny. Continue reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck (Sarah Knight)”

I’ll Give You The Sun (Jandy Nelson)

This is a bit different than my other reviews because I actually listened to this book on CD instead of reading a hard copy. I’m not usually a fan of listening to books on CD; most people I know listen to them in their car, but I get distracted too easily, miss sentences, and feel like I lose too much of the story. I’ve been having trouble getting my hands on a physical copy of this book so I decided to give the CD form a go and…holy cow. This kept my rapt attention; there were even times I sat in my car for upwards of an hour after I got home because I could not. stop. listening. I would have to read it again to know for sure, but I think this is one of my favorite books I’ve read ever.

Title – I’ll Give You The Sun

Author – Jandy Nelson

Page count – 371 (13 hours, 3 min)

Goodreads rating – 5/5 (it was amazing!)

**NO spoilers – this beautiful story needs to unfold all on its own** Continue reading “I’ll Give You The Sun (Jandy Nelson)”

The World Will Follow Joy (Alice Walker)

As promised in my review of milk and honey, I will continue to read more poetry this year. Here’s a lovely little collection from the legendary Alice Walker.

Title – The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness Into Flowers

Author – Alice Walker

Page count – 189

Goodreads rating – 3/5 (liked it)

(As a side note, I sometimes worry that if I give a book “only” three stars out of five, it will be seen as a negative review of that particular book. I’m especially conscious of that with this book because I also gave a 3/5 rating to Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. For me, a 3/5 rating means that while I don’t necessarily want to read it again – if I did, that would merit a bump up to 4/5 – I am definitely glad I read it and would likely recommend it to a friend.)

This collection of poems started off a bit slow but grew on me as I got further along. Walker uses her spirituality and politically progressive voice to write about the collective human experience, about the good that comes from treating each other with empathy and the terrible consequences of forgetting to see our own humanity reflected in other people. Always in the background (and sometimes the foreground) is her grounded spirituality and love for the earth. Continue reading “The World Will Follow Joy (Alice Walker)”

Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

The one complaint I have about this book is that the paper isn’t cut straight across. It’s that sort of roughly ruffled edge that makes it hard to quickly flip the pages.

That’s it. That’s the only fault I can find with this book.

Title – Americanah

Author – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Page count – 477 (A relatively hefty read, but the pace never drags)

Goodreads rating – 5/5 (it was amazing)

There’s a reason this book has been recommended to me by so many people. As I said in my review of Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck, she has a way of using words to engage all your senses and transport the reader into the moment of the story. And Americanah is no exception. Continue reading “Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)”