My New Reading Project: All Is One by Ren Koi

Consciousness fascinates me. How on Earth did humans manage to become aware that they are and are stones or chicken aware too? Just because they communicate in different ways (yes I assume even stones communicate somehow) and we do not understand their communication doesn’t mean they aren’t conscious. So when this book crossed my path on NetGalley All is One by Ren Koi I thought I’d give it a go and learn something. Unfortunately, I read it on my phone and the format is a little like a pdf file which makes reading rather difficult. The writing is small and Read More

I May Be Wrong By Bjoern Natthiko Lindeblat (eARC review)

I thank NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Title: I May Be Wrong Author(s): Bjoern Natthiko Lindeblat (Caroline Bankler & Navid Modiri) Publishing Date: 17 February 2022 Genre: Memoir, non-fiction, self-help, Health, Mind & Body  Rating: 4 Lemonades Great Read Book Summary: Bjoern Lindeblat always felt that there is more to life than just to earn money. He also had different experiences of spiritual awakening. And he listens to his intuition which leads him at the age of 26 to a forest monastery in Thailand. He spent several years there as a Buddhist forest monk, after Read More

What Are You Currently Reading?

Hello, reading folks out there. How are you on this lovely afternoon? I thought today I share with you what I am currently reading and invite you to share what you are reading. Many moons ago I took part in a meme called “Teaser Tuesday” where people shared one sentence of the book they were reading. No idea, if it still exists. I did google it and followed a couple of links but they didn’t seem to lead anywhere. I loved it because it made me curious about the books that were shared. So I thought I might start something Read More

For each beginning bears a special magic (Herman Hesse)

Hello out there, how are you today? I very much hope you and yours are well and if not that you find all the support you need. Yesterday, I wrote about the magic of sudden change and the week before about the magic of Mondays. This morning I was pondering both posts and remembered a poem I read many, many years ago. It is by German/Swiss novelist Herman Hesse who some of you might know from books like “Siddhartha“. His parents and grandparents were Christian missionaries to Asia. India mainly, I think. His poetry and novels speak of deep humanity Read More

To Own Or Not To Own, That Is The Question!

Hello and happy Friday, despite everything. Do you like to own or borrow the books you read? This question is a lot on my mind currently because the husband and I are downsizing our home. And we have many, many books. So many, in fact, that we jokingly call our front room “the library”. Many of them are given to me by my family and are old but not particularly valuable. Owning these gives me a connection to my family both those who live far apart as well as those who have passed away. It makes me feel at home Read More

My Three September 2021 Reads

Hello out there, how are you today? I hope this new week and the new month brings only joy and support into your lives. My life is busy with several projects about which I can’t say anything yet. On top of that, my reading motivation is a bit low. I prefer audiobooks, but the titles I have chosen for September are not available as audiobooks. So no new review just yet. I am going to work my way through three books this September and thought I tell you a little about them. The first is “Managing Depression With CBT for Read More

Do you read poetry?

Hello dear readers, how are you today? I hope you and yours are well and if not that you find all the support you need. Today I want to tell you a little about my relationship with poetry books. A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you my “Three Go-To Books When Life Gets Rough“. One of them was a poetry book by Erich Fried. Poetry is something I love to read and write. Even though I am not sharing too much of it yet. And recently, I made it a habit to read one poem a day. At Read More

Gertrud Observes A Grief

Gertrud sat in her living room, the picture of a little blond girl in her hands. She did not feel the comfort of her Laura Ashley sofa with many beautiful roses. She just looked at the picture. “C.S. Lewis is right,” she thought. “We start to make up images of our loved ones once they are gone”. Gertrud could not take away her eyes from the picture. The low glass living room table only had a small and round lace piece and C. S. Lewis’s “A Grief Observed” on it. The sun shone directly through the huge window from behind Read More

Exploring Yourself & Life with “The Gratitude Explorer Workbook” by Kristi Nelson (e-ARC review)

I thank NetGalley and Storey Publishing for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Publishing Date: 23rd November 2021 Rating: Five Lemonades  I was so excited when I got my first NetGalley read “The Gratitude Explorer Workbook”. Its beautiful cover in different shades of orange, yellow and purple with little sparkles drew me directly to it. This is such a beautiful book for diving into the adventure of gratefulness with journaling prompts, meditations and self-exploration questions. Its colourful design and many motivating quotes make it a treasure to have on your bookshelf.  First impression of “The Gratitude Explorer Workbook” Read More

One Book To Conquer Low Self-Esteem?

Hello, all you lovely people. How are you? I hope you are well and do not live with low self-esteem. But if you do, try out this book to conquer and rise 😉 . Title: Believe in Yourself ~ Boost Your Self-esteem and Feel Good in the Skin You’re in.  Author: Jasmin Kirkbride Published: 2016 via Summersdale Publishers Ltd Genre: non-fiction, self-help borrowed via Libby & local library Rating: 4 Lemonades Book Summary: “Believe in Yourself” by Jasmin Kirkbride is a concise book in 9 chapters. It starts with an introduction on why it is so important to have healthy self-esteem. The first chapter explains the Read More