Category Archives: Inspirational

Yoga Girl by: Rachel Brathen

Yoga Girl

This was a fairly short book about how Rachel came to the yoga lifestyle.  She had gone through some things in her childhood that made her act out in her teenage years.  She does talk about that time and then how she came to find yoga and what it did for her life.

This book is interspersed with photographs of poses, instructions, and recipes.  Rachel began posting her photos on Instagram @Yoga_girl and earned a huge following of people.  She not only posted photos of her doing yoga but she also wrote a lot about her life struggles.

This was a good read and I gave it 4 crowns.

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What We Have: A Family’s Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survival by: Amy Boesky

What We Have

I picked this book up at the Dollar Tree and then found it on Overdrive to listen to in my car.  I had no expectations going into this book since I had no real idea of what it was about.

This is a story about a woman who grew up in a household in which all of the past generations of women on her maternal side have dies early due to cancer.  Amy has always known that she was a high risk for ovarian cancer and had a plan to have children and remove her ovaries by a specific time in her life.

This sounds like a morbid book but it really was more about the familial bond and the love and survival skills that each woman in Amy’s family have.  Yes, it was heartbreaking but it was also empowering because each woman could decide for herself what the best thing for their family would be.

I liked this book and it was well written and entertaining.  I know that sounds weird to say that a book about living with a cancer risk is entertaining but it wasn’t all about that.  It was about life.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Park Bench by: Christophe Chabouté

park bench

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this.  It is strictly images and roughly drawn ones without any words.  However, as you turn each page the stories that are told are magnificent.  You see the lives lived and only constant is this one park bench.   I absolutely love this graphic novel and the more I think about it, the sweeter the story is.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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Yoga Bitch by: Suzanne Morrison

Yoga Bitch

This was a fun read.  Suzanne has a way of bringing the reader along with her on her journey.  I could imagine the scenes that take place in Bali and I can feel the tension and then release of it after a good yoga session.

It reminded me a bit of Eat, Pray, Love but had more humor and less food.  This was a good read but to be completely honest, I don’t remember too much about it and I finished reading it exactly 1 week ago.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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Page by Paige by: Laura Lee Gulledge

Page by Paige

After moving to a new city pretty much unwillingly, Paige decides that she has the unique opportunity to really work on the way that she views herself.  Her secret passion is Art and she is slowly able to make some friends and open up to them about who she really is.

It is hard to put yourself  out there to be judged by others and Paige takes a leap of faith and finds that it’s ok to take that chance.

The artwork in this graphic novel is beautiful.  The images are a story themselves.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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El Deafo by: Cece Bell

El Deafo

This is an adorable middle grade graphic novel about a girl who becomes deaf and grows up as the only deaf girl in her class.  She is embarrassed about the large hearing device with microphone that she has to use but then come to realize that it makes her a “superhero”.

This story was heartwarming and the illustrations were adorable.  I highly recommend picking this up.  This is based on the author’s life and slightly fictionalized.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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Yiddish Yoga by: Lisa Grunberger

Yiddish Yoga

I recently purchased a bunch of yoga related titles from Bookoutlet.com and this was one that caught me eye.  It seemed like it would be a quick and fun read and I was right.  As I was stuck in bed one day with sciatica pain, I was able to read and laugh my way through this book.

This is the story of a widowed, Jewish grandmother and her experience with participating in a year of yoga classes.  Her granddaughter purchased these classes as a gift to try and help her grandmother through the grieving process.

This was a heartwarming story that was full of laughs.  The author combines both Sanskrit and Yiddish and the imagery is hilarious.  There is an adorable dictionary of sorts at the end of the book to help you interpret both languages.

I highly recommend this little nugget to anyone who enjoys yoga and or needs a bit of humor in their life.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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