Monthly Archives: August 2013

Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon

Running BarefootRunning Barefoot by Amy Harmon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an unexpectedly wonderful story! Being introduced to two new cultures, while watching a young awkward friendship develop, going through the heartbreak of lives moving on, and those who get left behind. I even felt betrayed initially, but then there were so many emotions swirling around in me that I could not place them all. This book was thought provoking and beautifully written. The cover is a bit deceiving, but I’m so glad I read it!

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Bluff by Lenore Skomal

BluffBluff by Lenore Skomal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first, in what I hope to be many of Lenore Skomal’s books i will read. Having had this book in my library for a few weeks now, I just didn’t think an amazing book lay between the unassuming cover and (at the time) nondescript title. I started reading this book late at night and was spellbound within the first few paragraphs. The book tells the story of Jude, a sufferer of depression, and raised by an alcoholic mother. Jude is a loner, and very misunderstood. The story also develops into many other characters, each woven intricately into the life of Jude in strange and sometimes surprising ways. The title is so fitting, but only seems to makes sense once all the characters develop and show their true colors, much like in real life. When meeting new people showing our first impressions we all bluff our way into the fantasy we want others to believe our life is like.

This book touched me deeply as some of the things Jude and her mother went through felt like a word for word discussion I would have with my own mother about abandonment, being the unloved wayward child, and about always not being good enough, no matter how hard you tried. I read through these pages and I was amazed at the ability Lenore has to magically construct the thoughts and feelings into sentences I read in her book as… Continue reading

The Sea of Tranquility by Katya Millay a book review

This was one of the best written books I have read in the last two years.  It definitely makes my top 5!.

The Sea of TranquilityThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The sea of tranquility has been an amazing journey for me, rarely did I feel so drawn into the world I was reading about. The heartache is devastating, the love is forgiving and unconditional, just a fantastic read. This is one of those books I also want to own in soft back, I want to see it on my bookshelf, where I reserve space only for my very best books.

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Living with ADD as an Adult

ADD focusI was diagnosed with ADD when I was 35 years old.  I went to see my psychiatrist by referral due to my ongoing depression, and had no idea he was going to do anything other than listen to my sad stories and write a prescription for what I hoped was something to make the heavy stone I felt resting on my heart easier to bear.  He asked a few random questions about my home life, my marital status, my kids about my work, and of course how “I felt about all that”.

I did what I always did.  I rambled on.  I guess (like I always do)  I was trying to cram as much into my allotted hour as I could to paint the clearest picture of my life to him without leaving out any major or minor detail that could lead him down the wrong path of diagnosis.  I told him about all my successful  and unsuccessful jobs, even the jobs I tried out for only a few days before deciding to move on!  I told him about my horrible home life as a child, about my loss of love as a grown up, and how my life lead me down the path I eventually followed.  When I was done rambling an eerie quiet ascended over the room.

Now I never have been, or never will be uncomfortable with a quiet lull in a conversation, but this one felt… Continue reading

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