Quick review for a quick read. I actually enjoyed “By Your Side” in it’s own right. It’s a light, fluffy read for the most part, despite having some rather harrowing conflicts in tow. The story starts with Autumn hanging with her friends, getting separated and ending up locked in a library over a holiday weekend. This wouldn’t be such a bad scenario (because let’s face it: being locked in a library would be every bookworm’s dream, mine included) if Autumn didn’t have an anxiety disorder and didn’t have access to a phone.
Quick review for a progressive read. Katie Cotugno’s “Fireworks” was a struggle for me to read in places, but in the end, I’m glad I read it, especially considering the turns it took in the story. The ending was bittersweet and not quite the impression and direction I thought it would go given the beginnings of the story. Yet even saying that, I’ll admit I struggled to hold interest in the novel for a while.
All right, I’m going to preface this review with a notation: if you don’t know katakana or hiragana characters before reading this book, it would be wise to get another resource that deals with it directly either before or for studying alongside this book, because it may be confusing for those who are very new to the Japanese language.
That said, my reason for picking up this book explains part of my absence from social media in the book world: between reading, working on my WIPs, studying for a certification exam in my field of study AND being busy with life events and work, I’ve been self-studying Japanese. Meaning I’ve been engrossing myself in both the written and verbal facets of the language for a number of weeks (well…more like months. My passion for learning Japanese dates back to when I was in high school but it’s only been in more recent years that I’ve actually had the time to really dedicate to learning it.). This was one resource that was recommended to me to pick up for study and I found it at my uni’s bookstore.
One of the reasons I picked up “Advanced Fitness Assessment” was because it’s an updated version of a textbook I used when studying exercise physiology at my undergrad uni. (It was a graduate level class). I’ve found it to be a thorough resource on the topic of exercise prescription, and one that immensely helped me (even in previous versions) study for my respective certification. The illustrations, examples, topic expansion all were very clear cut, accessible, and provided a text I know I will use as a reference for years to come. Recommended for those studying for American College of Sports Medicine certification or those who are interested in exercise prescription, sports medicine, or exercise as medicine concepts.
Overall score: 4.5/5 stars.
I’m doing the review for this book knowing that it has the same name and publisher as the copy that I own, but the cover features a different cover (orange sunset with flying bird and full, non-crooked tree) and tagline (“Live in the moment and feel liberated”). I’m pretty sure this is the same book, though.
“The Pocket Book of Mindfulness” is a collection of quotations organized in six sections. It’s main goal is to be an inspiring set of anecdotes and reflections on the mindfulness practice. The six chapters in order are:
1. What is MIndfulness?
2. Becoming Who You Are
3. Everyday Mindfulness
4. Mindful relationships
5. Adversity & Acceptance
6. The Joy of Mindfulness