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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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The Garden of Small Beginnings by: Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings Publication Date:  May 2, 2017

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

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May 2017 Indie Next selection
My Review:
I absolutely loved this book.  I am not a gardener by any means, in fact, last year I killed a CACTUS!  A CACTUS!  How is that even possible?!  Anyway, each chapter has a brief one page tidbit about gardening that is quite cute and sometimes funny.
The setting of the story, a gardening class, helps to bring all of the characters of the story together and leads to the underlying theme of nurturing yourself and tending to your own needs.
Lili’s story is one of heartache but then she starts to see glimmers of hope and happiness when surrounded by the new growth of the garden and the support of new friends.  I can’t say enough about this book and really do recommend it.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publishers through Netgalley.

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Home Safe by: Elizabeth Berg

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I have a collection of books by Elizabeth Berg that I have read many years ago and loved.  On a recent trip to buy some books, I came across an Elizabeth Berg book called Never Change and purchased it.  At work one day this week, I needed to borrow another audiobook from Overdrive because I had just finished the previous one.  I couldn’t remember the name of the book I had just purchased but knew it was a two word title.  I was convinced this was it, so I downloaded it.  What a pleasant mistake!

This audio book is read by the author (my favorite situation) and the story touched my heart so deeply from the very beginning.  I feel confident in saying that this book is one of my favorites that I have read this year if not the BEST of the year!

I loved every character in this story and will definitely re-read this book, and I don’t do that!  Helen is very down to earth and Tess, her daughter, is a typical daughter who tries to minimize her mother’s involvement in her life.  I absolutely loved this book and encourage you all to read it.

I should probably tell you that I already own a copy of Never Change and know just purchased Home Safe to add to my shelves.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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From Ant to Eagle by: Alex Lyttle

From Ant to Eagle Publication date: April 1, 2017

Synopsis:

My name is Calvin Sinclair, I’m eleven years old and I have a confession…I killed my brother.

It’s the summer before grade six and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He’s recently moved from a big city to a small town and there’s nothing to do. It’s hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother, Sammy, who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop. So Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin’s chores. And Sammy is all too eager – as long as it means getting a “Level” and moving one step closer to his brother’s Eagle status.

When Calvin meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not enough to change. At least not until a diagnosis makes things at home start falling apart and he’s left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey…

From Ant To Eagle.

My Review:

I devoured this book in just a few hours.  I loved Cal and Sammy and their very common brotherly relationship.  As the older brother, Cal is having a hard time doing things without his little brother tagging along and when a pretty new girl moves into the neighborhood, he ditches his little brother to hang out with her.

Seemingly out of no where, Sammy becomes very ill and is hospitalized.  The diagnosis: CANCER.  This is the story of the guilt of the “healthy” family members and a young brothers grief and heartache dealing with his little brothers prognosis.

Yes, I cried.  Yes, I smiled and laughed.  Most of all, I felt.  This is touching, moving, beautiful story and I can’t recommend it enough.  Even though its target audience is upper middle grade, everyone should read this.  Did you watch that television show Red Band Society?  My teenager daughter and I loved that show and this book had that seem feel but from the perspective of the non-ill sibling.  Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything was released in September of 2015 and the hype that followed was out of control.  The hype for this book needs to surpass that.

Even before it publication date the publisher has told me that “Kirkus, Booklist and School Library Journal have all given it glowing reviews. We got huge orders from Barnes & Noble and Indigo (in Canada) for national in-store listings and we’ve sent out a thousand copies to librarians and booksellers across the country. Indie booksellers have been really supportive, saying it belongs alongside Wonder and Out of My Mind.”  I AGREE!  

Get this book NOW!  I will have a copy of this book forever!

I give it 5 crowns but wish I could give it more!

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Side note:   It’s the debut novel by Alex Lyttle, a Canadian doctor who wrote the novel as a cathartic experience after working in pediatric oncology.  The medical aspects of this book are accurate.  The feelings are realistic. I can’t say enough about it!

 

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Big Magic by: Elizabeth Gilbert

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Book #77 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

It is no secret that I loved Eat, Pray, Love by this author.  I first read it at a time in my life in which I felt as if it was meant for me to read.  I have read some other works by Elizabeth Gilbert and they have been hit or miss.

I ordered this book when it first came out and hoped that I would enjoy it.  I listened to this book on audio because she reads it and I love her voice and narration.  I was not disappointed with Big Magic.

I found myself nodding my head in agreement and talking to Elizabeth while I was alone in my car.  I felt as if I was having a conversation with a friend.  Her thoughts on fear and creativity are so spot on.  I related to this book like I didn’t think I would.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is intimidated by creativity and held back by fear.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Mind Connection: How the Thoughts You Choose Affect Your Mood, Behavior and Decisions by: Joyce Meyer

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This audio book was a recommendation from my mom.  She has listened to and read many of Joyce Meyers books and has always enjoyed them.  She thought I would relate to this one and of course, she was right!

Joyce is a Christian writer and she does speak frequently about the God and the Bible.  In this book, Joyce explains how it is our thoughts that affect our mood and the way we relate and react to those around us.

It is so easy for me to think negatively about something and they act out on those thoughts.  That is not fair to those that are around me or to me.  Why shouldn’t I want to live a happier, less frustrating life ?!  I do agree with what the message of this book was and just wish it was a bit easier to do.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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300 Things I Hope By: Iain S. Thomas Illustrator: Carla Kreuser

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Description form Goodreads:

From the creator of I Wrote This For You, comes a collection of 300 things that the author, Iain S. Thomas, and artist, Carla Kreuser, truly and sincerely hope for you – from hoping that you always have a pen, to hoping that you’re never lonely, and everything in-between. This collection of hope will move you and remind you of what’s important in life as you live it. Or at least, that’s what they hope.

My Review:

This is a very cute book that would be perfect as a stocking -stuffer for Christmas, a Hanukkah gift or a just because present.  Each page contains one sentence of things that are hoped for.  It is a spirit lifter and something that makes you smile.  The illustrations are simply drawn and if you wanted, you could color them in (whether or not that was the intention).

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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