Readathon reviews

Arithmancy

A: A non-fiction: A Practical Heathens Guide to Asatru by Patricia M. Lafayllve ****

This is a very informative guide to the religion of Asatru and the general definition of Heathens. While I found some of the text repetitive I enjoyed reading about the origins of various practices and modern day adaptations. 

E: Ends on an uneven page number: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ****

I thought this book was a real page turner. I cannot wait to read Testaments in the coming months. Although I will say this is one of the few times the adaptation may have the edge on the source material. 

O: Book with 269-299 pages: The Wereling Book One: Wounded by Stephen Cole ****

This book was much more action packed than I anticipated, which made it an easy book to read in a few hours. While it is not my favorite werewolf novel of all times I look forward to finishing the trilogy. 

Astronomy

A: Star on the cover or in the title: Star Wars the Original Trilogy Graphic Novel Episode 1 

This will be reviewed in total under episode 3. 

E: A Science Fiction: Star Wars the Original Trilogy Graphic Novel Episode 2

This will be reviewed in total under episode 3. 

O: One of the biggest books on your TBR: Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan ****

I really looked forward to this book but it really felt like a filler before the real action begins (hopefully) in the fourth book. While it was not the best of the first three books I will be continuing the series. 

Herbology

A: Flower on the cover: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melisa Bashardoust ****

I loved this book even if it was a bit predictable at times. I particularly enjoyed the LGBTQIA theme. Thank you so much Leila for recommending this read and buddy reading with me. 

E: Might be Impactful: Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters by Karen C.L. Anderson 

Due to the nature of the book and its relation to my field I have made my review into an individual post. 

O: A book longer than those previous read: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan Audiobook ****

Lost Heroes is a book I have been trying to find time to read for a few years now. I enjoyed the new characters and the book really pulled me in, I finished it in two days. The addition of the Roman pantheon to the world Rick Riordan has built is amazing. 

Potions

A: Sky on the cover or in the title: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi *****

I absolutely loved this book! So much so,I went straight to Barnes and Nobles website after reading it and bought all the sequels digitally. The stark contrast of the two cultures represented in the books along with the twists and turns really made this a page turner. The romantic aspects along with the action were perfectly balanced. 

E: Author’s name begins with “D:” The speckled band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ****

I listened to this via audiobook. It was lovely but I would like to read it on paper as well. 

O: Book over 450 pages: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan Audiobook *****

I was happy to see Percy come back in this book and genuinely pleased by the variety in the new characters added to the world in this book. The contrast between the Greek and Roman camps was lovely and I felt the Roman camp was actually a better set up. 

Transfiguration

A: Animal on the Cover: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins ****

The beginning and middle of the book were so intriguing for me. I loved the portrayal of the capitol after the first war. This prequel built on the world started by the hunger games. However, by the end of the book Snow was so narcissistic it was frustrating and I was glad the book ended when it did. 

E: Dragons or fire on the cover: High School DxD by Ichiei Ishibumi *****

I made it through the manga in twenty minutes, and I really enjoyed it just as much as the anime adaptation! I want to pick up the rest of the books to read through. There are more details in the manga that help build some of the female characters. 

O: Hardcover: Star Wars the Original Trilogy Graphic Novel Episode 3 *****

The art in the book was wonderful! The graphic novel actually helped me build my knowledge of the Star Wars universe.

Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters by Karen C.L. Anderson Review

Hello All, 

I felt this book needed it’s own review post as it was an interesting if frustrating read for me. I picked this book as a book that may be impactful as I am a daughter of a narcissistic mother. While this book had some good activity ideas for licensed therapists to use, I felt the angle of coaching being more helpful than therapy rubbed me the wrong way. 

The writer goes on to explain how she uses pop psychology and various pop psychology works to help her coaching client. In ways that a therapist may not, which I found insane since all of the techniques in the book have a basis in various therapy techniques ranging from person centered, humanistic approach, and CBT. 

I feel the writer was trying to make a quick and somewhat simplified approach for people who after years of a traumatic relationship need somewhat intensive therapy to work through the root of issues mentioned in the book. 

Rather than a self help book this book could be a tool for therapists. 

As the book is written I give it ** 

As a tool for therapists or an inspiration for therapists I give the book ***

As an impactful book * 

Overall average of my feelings- **