2012 Book List

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Some of the books I got for Christmas, waiting to be delved into!

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More delights just longing for attention!

I actually got started in blogging through my now-defunct book blog. And, I used to keep a running list in a notebook of books I read each year and then transcribe it at the end of the year. That was a pain. So, I eventually I realized I could use Goodreads as my booklist AND save myself a lot of work and energy by copying and pasting from that list, rather than typing it all up by hand. Go, me! I usually read between 100-150 books a year. This is mainly because I have had a nursling for nine years now and I read at naptime and bedtime every day. I also naturally read very fast and always have. My reading was down this year though because I got an ipad last January and while I do use the Kindle app on it to read books, I also am much more likely to start poking around on the internet instead. This is something I’d like to change in 2013! I’m noticing my personal pendulum swinging back more to print books rather than digital books and at any one moment I have at least three stacks of books-in-progress, dotted around the house.

At the beginning of December I noticed that my 2012 book list at Goodreads only had 95 books read on it! Yikes! So, I picked up the pace and read five more, bringing my yearly total up to a nice, even 100 by the end of the year :)

Here’s my list! If there is an associated review already published here, that is noted in the review column. What were your favorite reads of 2012?

cover title rating review/notes date Down_arrow
Women's Medicine Ways: Cross Cultural Rites Of Passage
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Dec 27, 2012
Mother Wit: A Guide to Healing & Psychic Development
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Dec 26, 2012
Desert Priestess: A Memoir
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Loved this book! Beautifully written in a very honest manner the narrative includes her self-doubts and follies as well as her priestessly moments. My heart is yearning to take a pilgrimage to the desert now, as well as to further deepen and refine my own priestess path.
Dec 26, 2012
Woman's Magic: Rituals, Meditations, and Magical Ways to Enrich Your Life
didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing
Mediocre.
Dec 25, 2012
Voices of the Goddess: A Chorus of Sibyls
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Very good!
Dec 25, 2012
Living Goddess Spirituality, a Feminine Divine Priestess Handbook
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
This is a wonderful book! Lots of good resources and thoughtful commentary. Some critiques in that some of the print is extremely tiny, some material is repeated from the previous book, there is quite a bit of repetitiveness, and not all suggestions are fully developed (I.e. for each goddess there are multiple “workshops” suggested which include things like making various items. However, no further information or instructions for most of these things are included).I don’t usually connect strongly with individual goddess imagery, but the way in which this book was written brought in the significance of many different goddess images and I found myself learning and thinking about specific goddesses in different ways. I also loved all the different chants, ritual outlines, and invocations included. Really great pictures and some beautiful art enhance the book.Great circle resource and good resource for Priestesses!
Dec 23, 2012
Mothers of Thyme: Customs and Rituals of Infertility and Miscarriage
didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing
This book wasn’t what I expected or hoped for. It is all obscure historical and cultural “rituals” like eat three raw eggs mixed with bat dung while standing under the banana tree on the new moon, types of things. Some things are really interesting to read about from a historical perspective, but there is nothing of relevance to creating ceremony/acknowledgement for mothers today. It is definitely a history/anthropology book more than a miscarriage resource.
Nov 20, 2012
Sacred Circles: A Guide To Creating Your Own Women's Spirituality Group
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
I’ve read this twice. It was the first book I bought on women’s spirituality/women’s circles and despite much MORE reading and training since originally buying the book, including ordination as a priestess, i still discovered new insights on second reading. Contains great quotes from various other authors also and good bibliography. My only critique is that the section on example rituals could use a lot more detail.
Nov 11, 2012
Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum, #8)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Listened to audio book version.
Nov 08, 2012
Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum, #10)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Listened to audio version. Evanovich books are perfect for audio–light and fun enough to keep you entertained on a commute and you don’t have to “waste” serious reading time on them, just already-wasted in the car time! These books are like “dessert” for me after all the nonfiction and academic reading I do. So, they’re a fun treat and I love Lorelai King’s reading of them!
Nov 08, 2012
Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum, #11)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Listened to audio book version.
Nov 08, 2012
Ecofeminist Philosophy: A Western Perspective on What It Is and Why It Matters
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Read for Ecofeminism class.
Nov 08, 2012
Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Read for Ecofeminism class.
Nov 07, 2012
Feed (Newsflesh, #1)
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Read for book club.
Nov 07, 2012
Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Read this aloud to my boys, ages 9 and 6. The six year old’s attention wandered during it, as did my own, and it took a long time to finish–the book has lots of, IMO, unnecessary description and repetitiveness. It was an interesting story overall though with a variety of twists and lots of action. The nine year old voted five stars very enthusiastically though saying he “loved it!”, so I told him that’s what I’d put in!
Nov 07, 2012
Casting the Circle: A Women's Book of Ritual
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Loved it! Great resource. Includes words to a variety of chants as well as outlines for a number of rituals for a variety of purposes. Differentiates between Women’s Spirituality and Wicca in a way that some pagan books seem to miss/ignore, though assumes more overlap/congruence between the two than I, personally, have experienced or perceived.
Oct 14, 2012
The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Excellent resource! Empowering, insightful, and creative.
Sep 20, 2012
Shamanism: Guide for Life (New Life Library (Southwater))
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Short and basic.
Sep 16, 2012
Grandmother Moon
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Sep 14, 2012
The Queen of My Self: Women Stepping Into Sovereignty in Midlife
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Sep 09, 2012
Walking an Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Sep 03, 2012
Ethics & Professional Practice for Neopagan Clergy
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Aug 29, 2012
Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights Movement
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Book Review: Pushing for Midwives
Aug 27, 2012
The Goddess Celebrates: An Anthology Of Women's Rituals
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Very good resource!
Aug 27, 2012
The Power of Ritual (Omega Institute Mind, Body, Spirit)
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Basic, but interesting and well-written.
Aug 20, 2012
Living In The Lap of Goddess: The Feminist Spirituality Movement in America
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Read for a class.
Aug 18, 2012
Rituals for Our Times: Celebrating, Healing, and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
There were some good things about this book about the meaning, value, purpose, and role of ritual in family life. I lost interest about halfway through and ended up skimming the second half. While it does contain some planning lists/worksheets for considering your own family rituals, the overall emphasis is on short vignettes of how other families have coped with challenges or occasions in their own lives. Also, the focus is on very conventional, mainstream “ritual” occasions–birthdays, anniversaries, holidays–rather than on life cycle rites of passage and other more spiritual transitions in one’s life.
Aug 18, 2012
Walking Your Walk: A Woman's Guide to a Spirit Filled Life
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Totally forgettable.
Aug 16, 2012
Awakening To The Spirit World: The Shamanic Path Of Direct Revelation
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Great that it comes with a CD! Tedious towards the end and I found myself losing interest/skimming. Not as readily practical as some other shamanic books.
Aug 14, 2012
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Read for book club. Extremely interesting book covering a subject I had very little to no prior knowledge of–written in a conversational style that is paced like a novel.
Aug 11, 2012
Ariadne's Thread: A Workbook of Goddess Magic
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Loved this book! Accidentally found it after accidentally finding Shekhinah’s cool Womanrunes system. Enjoying reading older books on Goddess spirituality lately. Lots of great stuff to be gleaned from less well-known works.
Jul 31, 2012
Sacred Ceremony: Create and Officiate Personalized Wedding Ceremonies
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Excellent resource for officiants (couples too). Jumps right into the basics of wedding ceremonies (no long intro or background, immediately to the meat of the book). Clearly and concisely written. Contains “spiritual” (actually, Abrahamic religion oriented) and “non-spiritual” (humanist) examples for each segment of a wedding ceremony (I.e. opening words, declaration of intent, vows, rings, closing blessing…).
Jul 30, 2012
Joining Hands and Hearts: Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations: A Practical Guide for Couples
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Good resource with many ideas for couples and officiants. Skimmed second half which has examples of specific traditions/ceremonies.
Jul 30, 2012
Wedding Blessings: Prayers and Poems Celebrating Love, Marriage and Anniversaries
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Short collection of primarily quotes/readings for use during weddings. Only one real example of vows/ceremony. Useful for browsing for love/marriage/anniversary quotes, not very useful for actually planning a wedding ceremony.
Jul 28, 2012
The Midwife of Hope River
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jul 27, 2012
The Heart of the Fire
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Read for book club and have mixed feelings–could take it or leave for roughly first 200 pages and then got more enraptured and couldn’t put it down by the end. A bit erratic (and eccentric–is supposed to be the author’s past-life experiences) and sometimes extraordinarily romance-novel-esque what with all the heaving and bodice-ripping
***Spoiler warning***For those who, like me, prefer to avoid horrible scenes of brutal rape and torture, I suggest skipping pages 466-490, at minimum.
Jul 10, 2012
Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, #7)
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Listened to audio version. Hated the narrator of this one (different than the first six and the following books–obviously, I’m not the only hater). She also pronounces Eddie’s last name as “DeCooch,” which I found distracting.
Jul 07, 2012
New Age and Armageddon: The Goddess or the Gurus?: Towards a Feminist Vision of the Future
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Very interesting look at the incompatibilities between “New Age” philosophies and thoughts and feminist spirituality and Goddess perspectives.
Jul 07, 2012
Laughter of Aphrodite
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Subtitled, “reflections on a journey to the Goddess,” I was anticipating a more personal, chronological narrative. Instead, this is mainly a collection of essays/papers/presentations about various aspects of Goddess spirituality. Many of them are interesting, some are from other sources. I discovered a lot that was worthwhile in this book, but it wasn’t what I was anticipating reading and so I ended up feeling disappointed also.
Jun 29, 2012
Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: From Kabbalah to Quantum Physics
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Jun 17, 2012
Goddess Matters: The Mystical, Practical, & Controversial
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
About half of the material seemed recycled from previous books?
Jun 17, 2012
The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jun 15, 2012
Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jun 12, 2012
Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jun 11, 2012
Janet Evanovich: High Five, Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, #5-6)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Fun to listen to audio book versions on my commute!
Jun 07, 2012
Our Stories of Miscarriage: Healing with Words
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Very good book. I wish I had read it when my miscarriages were in process rather than now, in retrospect. This is a collection of personal stories, essays, poems, and reflections about miscarriage and stillbirth (mostly miscarriage). Most of the stories are written by women and there are a handful written by fathers. The stories of other women reaching out across the page and across the years is a beautiful gift to all the women to follow who find themselves joining the same, unwanted “club.” I identified with the closing journal entry reflecting on, “all the women who comforted me with stories…a sorority of sorrow, these women, and now myself among them, moving past the pain to find a jagged peace in comforting another suffering sister.” (Edgren, p. 184)
Jun 04, 2012
Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jun 03, 2012
Goddess Meditations
didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing
Jun 03, 2012
Beloved
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Read for book club. Kind of hated. Should have done two stars.
Jun 02, 2012
Relationship Status
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Clever short story. Amusing and scary look at social media of the future–takes on a life of its own!
May 25, 2012
The Sidhe Princess
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Didn’t realize it was a short story and was very caught off guard when it suddenly ended. Good character development in such a small size. Interesting story that kept me turning pages!
May 25, 2012
Semper
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Really enjoyed this fast-paced YA dystopian novel. The main character is sometimes frustrating in his inaction/puzzlement, but overall it was a great read. Very quick with pacing–sometimes hard to keep up with everything that is going on. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning pages. Two great female characters and an interesting secondary character I didn’t expect to see continue as part of the action.
May 21, 2012
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Enjoyed listening to the unabridged audio edition in the car with my boys.
May 19, 2012
Moon Time
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Delightful resource for the empowered woman! I read this one twice this year.
May 19, 2012
This Mother's Life
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
May 16, 2012
The Memory Palace
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Read for book club
May 09, 2012
To Err is Common
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
May 06, 2012
Threads That Bind (The Havoc Chronicles)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Interesting, fast-paced, and with some twists. Unresolved ending setting you up for book two.
Apr 29, 2012
Asenath
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Apr 29, 2012
Minimalism: Essential Essays
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Apr 27, 2012
Night of the Purple Moon
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Apr 27, 2012
Latitude 38
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
I found this book very engrossing, suspenseful, and well-written. It is not a feel-good tale though. Pretty gruesome, violent, and ultimately hopeless/depressing. Don’t wait for a happy ending! It reminded me of Hunger Games in overall tone and structure, but was more depressing.I agree with other reviewers who have noted that you don’t find out any more about what is happening politically than you read in the Amazon description (which gives you actually more info than the book itself about the domestic situation).As a Missouri native, I enjoyed the element that Missouri is the line between the two halves of the nation and it is familiar Missouri topography that must be navigated on the characters’ flight from the oppressive half of the divided US. The implication is that it split along political lines, with the conservatives holding one half and the secular/liberal side holding the other half. Since we never actually spend any time in the secular half, we never know if it is really doing as good as they hope it is, but the conservative half as it evolved in this tale is certainly not a state that I would ever want to live in!
Apr 25, 2012
Goddess Initiation: A Practical Celtic Program for Soul-Healing, Self-Fulfillment & Wild Wisdom
didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing
Did not like at all. Sounded cool. Was not.
Apr 18, 2012
Pagan Family: Handing the Old Ways Down
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
I don’t really consider myself to be pagan, but I have been looking for ideas for family-friendly rituals and seasonal celebrations. This book was a good resource with a variety of ideas, readings, and rituals as well as some instructions for craft projects.
Apr 15, 2012
Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness, #1)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Listened to unabridged audio edition during my commute and loved it. Kept thinking about the story in between drives. I was a huge fan of Alanna as a kid (my own daughter is named Alaina, actually!) and Aly is also an enjoyable character. As I listened, I kept being curious about the spelling of names, thinking that, based on hearing them pronounced, they’d certainly be difficult to decode while reading–from other reviews, I think I was right! Semi-predictable, but with some twists and intrigue and interesting characters galore!Some familiar Tortallan characters make small appearances, but don’t expect to spend too much time with the Lioness or anyone else from Alanna’s books.**I think the item description is supposed to say “impressive heritage,” right?! George and Alanna might have been hard on Aly, but they weren’t “oppressive”!
Apr 09, 2012
Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creation
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Great resource!
Apr 08, 2012
On the Right Path: Walking Through God to Get to
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Interesting personal memoir of the author’s spiritual journey. Good insights into a model of Christianity that doesn’t work (for her) and to a solitary Wiccan path that does. Writing style is a little erratic/uneven and some of the anecdotes were a little “out there.” The author is clearly very committed to her spiritual development and watching her progress was interesting and engaging.
Mar 31, 2012
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing
Read for book club.
Mar 30, 2012
Fire of the Goddess: Nine Paths to Ignite the Sacred Feminine
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book overall. The first half was stronger than the second, but it picked up again by the end. Fire of the Goddess explores 9 goddess archetypes and includes visualization/meditation exercises for each, followed by an illustrative story, and then a combination of exercises/assignments/ritual. One of the best things about this book was that the ideas for activities were very creative and interesting and not just a rehash of other ideas. I enjoyed the visualizations, but did not find myself connecting with the goddess stories meant to illustrate the archetypes. The sections about the Dark Mother and the Priestess were especially good. High quality, original, useful, and informative, I think anyone interested in goddess spirituality would enjoy Fire of the Goddess and take away some practical ideas.
Mar 30, 2012
Sacred Groves: Creating and Sustaining Neopagan Covens
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Read for a class.
Mar 30, 2012
Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
A favorite this year!
Mar 24, 2012
Earth Prayers: From Around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Lovely collection of readings, poems, and prayers with a ecological emphasis. Some really spoke to my heart, others did not (mostly those that use traditional Judeo-Christian language), but it is such a large collection that there is something for everyone. I appreciate how many of the readings brought a sense of the sacred, a touch of the holy, to everyday, natural events and concepts. i.e. “thanks to the spirit of evolution…” Personally, I like the idea of “every day sacred” and I felt like this book put that feeling into words.I read this book over the course of a year, little-by-little, as I sat at my home altar each afternoon. A blog post I wrote inspired by one of the readings is here: http://talkbirth.me/2012/03/23/300-th…
Mar 24, 2012
More Than a Midwife
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Mar 21, 2012
Gone (Gone, #1)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
YA dystopian fiction.
Mar 15, 2012
Talking to Goddess
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Nice collection of different readings, poems, prayers. Lots of voices are represented and some are more appealing than others–most will find something that speaks to them in this collection. Quality is somewhat erratic.
Mar 14, 2012
The Sex Club (A Detective Jackson Thriller)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Fiction, mystery.
Mar 13, 2012
Goddess Wheel Of The Year
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Read for a class.
Mar 10, 2012
Way Back Home
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Mar 04, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Mar 04, 2012
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Read the first one for book club in January.
Mar 02, 2012
Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories by Women
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
I read this book piece by piece over the course of the year during my morning meditation time. Some very beautiful and meaningful poetry and prose. Highly recommend!
Feb 24, 2012
Nobody Girl
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Feb 24, 2012
I Am Woman by Rite: A Book of Women's Rituals
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Unimpressive.
Feb 19, 2012
Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Read this for book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. Little slow to get started, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. It was gripping! There was a very, very disturbing scene and I agree with other reviewers that I’m not sure why fantasy books always have the heroine suffer so grievously :(
Feb 13, 2012
First World Problems: 101 Reasons Why The Terrorists Hate Us
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Needed something lightweight and fun to read and greatly enjoyed this collection. A quick read that had me laughing hard enough that I experienced the first world problem of needing to wipe laughter-tears from my eyes on my pajama shirt.
Feb 10, 2012
Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks (Nightmare, #1)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
I read this aloud to my 8 year old. His verdict: amazing, awesome, and all the stars. I enjoyed it also and we both laughed out loud on multiple occasions. Very funny and unusual tale about a human girl raised by monsters who is called upon to help the survival of both human and monsterkind. Ending was slightly weak, mostly because it was prepping for book two, rather than a story resolution.
Jan 31, 2012
Witchcraze: New History of the European Witch Hunts, a
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
An intense read that is not for the faint of heart. Important topic, but very difficult to read about. The violence against women was intense and profound. Deeply disturbing, but important to recognize, particularly the ongoing legacy in contemporary culture. Read for a class.
Jan 30, 2012
Dear Heart, Come Home: The Path of Midlife Spirituality
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jan 30, 2012
Meditation Secrets for Women: Discovering Your Passion, Pleasure, and Inner Peace
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
I spent a whole year gradually reading through this book. I highly recommend it to any woman who has felt like there was something “missing” in traditional approach to meditation and to a Zen living approach. Maurine clearly explains how traditional approaches are some antethical to woman’s natural ways of relating to the world and that traditions that encourage “transcending” the body, actually may mask hostility to the female body. This is a very earthy, grounded, practical, insightful book with a lot of great content.
Jan 18, 2012
Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Much of the content was familiar and there was some repetition, but it lit my fire to get back to decluttering–closets, shelves, wardrobe, brain, and life commitments/schedule. I needed the reminder to choose the best and ditch the rest!I like the term “minimalist”–less cumbersome than “simple living advocate” and less confusing/potential bizarre than, “simple liver.” I immediately decluttered my stash of scarves, winter hats, and gloves. I like her idea to get rid of one thing every day. Could be a great 2012 challenge project! Friendly, clear writing style.
Jan 17, 2012
The Walk
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jan 15, 2012
Breathless (Jason and Azazel, #1)
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Jan 15, 2012
Unknown Book 12391297
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Still can’t remember what this one was–Goodreads deleted it from their library and since I was using Goodreads as my way to remember, of course, now I’ve forgotten!
Jan 14, 2012
Unfriend Yourself
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing
Christian book about disconnecting from social media.
Jan 14, 2012
Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways (Rhiannon Godfrey, #1)
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Forgettable fiction.
Jan 13, 2012
Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Jan 13, 2012
The Grimm Curse (Once Upon a Time is Now)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jan 13, 2012
Samael's Fire (Apocalypto, #1)
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jan 13, 2012
Space Junque / Spiderwork (Apocalypto 1 & 2)
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Jan 13, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

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