Books

Weekend Reading

You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by [Dispenza, Dr. Joe]

All week I have been reading a fantastic book called You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Joe Dispenza. WOW, it’s a great book but its a challenging read for me. Its dense with detail and lots of science which is fascinating but takes a lot of concentration. I’m really enjoying it and the idea that your thoughts are so powerful that they can create a new reality for yourself, including better health, is something everyone should become familiar with.

Here’s a seventeen-minute video of Joe talking about rewiring your brain:

You can find his videos on YouTube and his many books on Amazon.

 

I’ve been a fan of author Catherine McKenzie since her first book and she just gets better and better. Her books have gotten more thrilling and intense and its fun to see an author grow in her work. Great job, Catherine!

Now she has a new page-turner called The Good Liar.

Here’s what you need to know:

Can you hide a secret with the whole world watching?

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

 

 

I haven’t read She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop yet but I am looking forward to starting. I am eight books behind my Goodreads challenge of reading 100 books this year so I need to power through the books on my to-read list!

What caught my attention with this one is the mention of glamorous cousins, New York, a wealthy family and a “glittering world”- sounds like something I will love!

Here’s the synopsis:

In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long-dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, She Regrets Nothing is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.

 

 

I just started Millard Salter’s Last Day by Jacob M. Appel. From the description, it sounded like the quirky kind of story I absolutely love. A plot I’ve never seen, and an interesting main character with a fun supporting cast. Take a look:

In an effort to delay the frailty and isolation that comes with old age, psychiatrist Millard Salter decides to kill himself by the end of the day—but first he has to tie up some loose ends. These include a tête-à-tête with his youngest son, Lysander, who at forty-three has yet to hold down a paying job; an unscheduled rendezvous with his first wife, Carol, whom he hasn’t seen in twenty-seven years; and a brief visit to the grave of his second wife, Isabelle.

Complicating this plan though is Delilah, the widow with whom he has fallen in love in the past few months. As Millard begins to wrap up his life, he confronts a lifetime of challenges during a single day—and discovers that his family has a big surprise for him as well.

 

Gabrielle Bernstein is a fantastic writer, I’ve read many of her books and get some wisdom from each. Her newest book is called Judgment Detox, I knew right away that its something I need to read. How many times do we judge others as well as ourselves? Not a very enlightening, positive way to live. But is it possible to live without judgment?

Judgment—both being judged and judging others—is the core of our discomfort. While it’s powerful, judgment isn’t complicated. It’s simply the separation from oneness. The moment we see ourselves as separate we detour into a false belief system that is out of alignment with our true nature. That separation, often a reflection of our own insecurities projected onto others, keeps us feeling alienated and alone.

The Judgment Detox is an interactive process that calls on spiritual principles from the text A Course in Miracles, Kundalini yoga, meditation, EFT, and metaphysical teachings, allowing us to release the beliefs that hold us back from living a better life. Gabby has demystified these principles to make them easy to apply and commit to.

The six steps include:

-Witness your judgment without judgment
-Honor the wound
-Put love on the alter
-See for the first time
-Cut the cords
-Bring your shadows to light

This step-by-step process offers a path to true healing, oneness, and a deeper connection to the universe and those around us.

I am so excited to read this book and learn the six steps she describes!

Like I’ve mentioned many times, I absolutely love a good mystery. An epic story that keeps me on the edge of my seat is my favorite way to spend time, besides being outside with my camera.

Kathryn Croft’s book, Silent Lies, sounds perfectly creepy and suspenseful.

Take a look:

Five years rebuilding your life. Five words will destroy it again.  Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter, Freya. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students, Josie Carpenter, vanished.

Five years later, and Josie is still missing but Mia has finally found some happiness with new boyfriend Will.  Until one day when stranger Alison walks into her life and tells Mia that her husband didn’t kill himself.  Desperate to find out what really happened to Zach, Mia is forced to put her trust in Alison. But she soon discovers that Alison has her own agenda behind exposing the details of Zach’s death. Can Mia really believe anything Alison says?

Mia must decide how far she is willing to go to uncover the truth – even if she risks losing everything she loves.

The Blondes of Bel Air by [Docker, Kristen, Bokma, Cindy]

And if you haven’t read our book, The Blondes of Bel Air, you can get the hard copy or ebook version on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!