After surviving the flu this month, I'm grateful to have read any books at all. As the snow falls outside on this last day or March (Are we getting three inches or two feet? No one seems to know.), I'm very much looking forward to spring.
1. These Broken Stars
I really enjoyed this book and once I started it was hard to stop. I am basically obsessed with anything set on a spaceship. This starts on a spaceship but ends on an alien planet. There's a compelling and interesting romance between the two main characters and a really intriguing mystery around the alien life forms they encounter. I feel like young adult writers are where it's at in sci-fi right now and I look forward to reading more from these authors.
2. A Thousand Pieces of You
As you can see, after my first book this month I discovered the fabulous YA section in my local library. I didn't love this one as much as These Broken Stars but I enjoyed the unique take on time travel and the multiverse. There's an interesting love story with an unexpected ending. Because of the complexity of the multiverse concept, there were a few sections that didn't make logical sense to me but the story was interesting enough that I was able to let that go and keep reading. If you like YA sci-fi, it's worth reading.
3. The Kybalion
Some of you may be familiar with the philosophy of, "As above, so below. As below, so above." This book describes its source, the Hermetic teachings. If you are interested in yoga and philosophy, you'll enjoy this book. There are some powerful ideas here about the nature of existence.
4. Dead Letters
I loved the premise of this book about a dead twin who maybe isn't dead after all. As a reminder, I really don't finish books that I don't enjoy and I did finish this one, but I didn't love it. Some of the dialogue is just completely out there and drew me out of the story. There's also not one likable character in the mix to root for. But it was a bit suspenseful and the desire to find out what had really happened kept me reading.
4. Wheels of Life
If you're interested in the chakra system, this is the definitive guide. But it's not for casual readers. This really is almost a textbook on the chakras. It's very dense with a ton of information, so prepare yourself for an endeavor. I read this to help me prepare for the chakra workshop I hosted this month, which was so much fun. If you're looking for a powerful system to help you transform your life for the better, I encourage you to learn about the chakras.
5. Astrology: The Next Step
I try to read at least one astrology book each month. I had seen this one recommended for students of astrology. This book is not for beginners. I'm sure that the author is able to apply her system to help her clients, but I found it to be utterly confusing and completely overwhelming.
6. The Hormone Cure
The gist of this book is that we have a crisis in women's health care in this country and in particular, no one is talking about the impact of aging on women's bodies, minds, and spirits. Dr. Gottfried's takes a holistic approach to hormones, health, nutrition, exercise, and sex. I love that she's not only a Harvard-trained doctor but also a yoga teacher. Lots of great recommendations here.
7. Every Hidden Thing
I loved this book, which I've seen described as a cross between Indiana Jones and Romeo and Juliet. Right? The main characters are relatable and interesting. The female protagonist is strong, logical, and ambitious. The setting and storyline around being the first modern people to discover dinosaur fossils is a lot of fun; imagine being the first person to dig up a T-Rex? This is a quick read that was satisfying and life-affirming.
What did you read this month? Comment below!
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