January 2015 reads for 2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

January

✔1. Kafka on the Shore
✔2. Pretty Monsters: Stories
✔3. My Sweet Audrina
✔4. Crashed
✔5. Blood Red Road
✔6. Girl Walking Backwards
✔7. Master of the Moor
✔8. Mystic River
✔9. Full Moon Rising
✔10. The Thief
✔11. Skin
✔12. The Raider
✔13. The Essential Criminology Reader
✔14. Swoon
✔15. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women
✔16. Power and Seduction
✔17. Yoga for Anxiety: Meditations and Practices for Calming the Body and Mind
✔18. Naturally Clean: The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe & Healthy, Non-Toxic Cleaning
✓19. Hands-On Healing Remedies: 150 Recipes for Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments & Other Topical Therapies
✓20. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
✓21. Bringing Yoga To Life
✓22. Independence Day: Novelisation
✓23. The Perfect Manhattan
✓24. New Moon
✓25. Devil’s Fire, Love’s Revenge
✔26. Congo
✔27. Hostage
✔28. Poems from Prison
✔29. The Book of Goddesses & Heroines
✔30. Totems: The Transformative Power of Your Personal Animal Totem

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Dragonbride by Raani York

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Rating: ★

The post that started this. I’ve never even heard of this author or this book before this blew up.

Thanks for posting the whole novel as the blurb, dear author, I don’t even NEED to read the book now. 😀

Note: This is about the BLURB not the AUTHOR. 😀

The author (allegedly) deleted her original blurb, so here it is:

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Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Trilogy #1)

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Rating: ★★★★

It took me a little bit to get used to the format of narration. A friend compared it to Beverly Hillbillies, and I agree. It works for this book and the main character. Makes me think I should re-try some DNFed books for this reason. Maybe if I read more I might get into it.

The world-building was intense and sucked me in.

The characters were amazing as well. I found it compelling, even if you hated a few of them, you hated them but loved them at the same time. If I’m making sense. 😛

My main nick-pick is that there was a love story. I’m tired of the constant tru luv in YA fiction. It’s over-used, imho.

Ostara: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Spring Equinox

Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

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Rating: ★★★★

Expected Published Date: 1/8/2015

I really liked the fact that this was not just a Wiccan book, and that it focused on Neo-Paganism views on the holiday as well.

I liked how some of the recipes were vegetarian friendly.

There was a little bit of everything for everyone.

I wish there was a bit more advanced information, I felt like I didn’t learn anything I didn’t read before or researched before.

I recommend this as a good starting place for new neo-pagans, since it feels like a compilation of information in one book.

Also, the cover is cute. It really stands out among other witchy books.

Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

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Rating: ★★★★

This was an interesting book. The writing itself was not that good, but that did not detract from the experience of reading this. I think Drain needed to write this, for herself: to vent, to rationalize, and it was a form of therapy for her. I respect that narrative.

I will say one thing about the WBC, it does not deserve our attention, our outrage, because they feed off it. They almost get off on it, to be crude. They, in my armchair psychologist analyst, have a collective martyr complex. They are emotionally-stunted as a collective. This is a dying cult, it will be dismantled or die out in the next few decades. We should ignore them, that will be the ultimate form of suffering for them, and it will rob them of their collective identity if no one reacted to them at all.

I hope that Drain will seek out a therapist to deal with all the crap she had to put up from not only the church, but her father and mother.

Being part of the ONTD community, there was a time while reading this that I enjoyed the spilling of the truth tea. The shading of members and the pastor, and sometimes not so subtle dragging. It was like reading a WBC tell-all.

I think Drain, and the Phelps girls who have also left the church after Drain, have a long way to make up for the damage, hurt, and pain they caused. I feel sympathetic towards them, but many won’t and I can understand why. I never had to deal with this cult first hand, so it’s easier for me to forgive them. (For those that don’t know, I am a lesbian).

I look forward to reading more memoirs from the ex-members of the WBC cult.

Also huge trigger warning for physical and emotional abuse.

Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships: Design Your Living Space for Love, Harmony & Prosperity

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Should be Published on: 1/8/15

Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

Rating: ★★½

I am going to state right away that I do not know that much about Feng Shui, and this is my first book about the subject. I am still pretty skeptical.

I think Classical Feng Shui is for rich people, who can afford to design and build their own houses. They can afford to renovate their houses, they don’t necessarily live in apartments with no control over how the apartment is constructed. At least we get some tips/advice on how to fix the bad energy flow based on construction design errors if you can’t afford to do all those other things.

The author is an expert on her field and I give her props, but she has some quite out-dated views on gender and sexuality. She also references Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars book, and I’m like LOL No.

This might be relevant to you, but it wasn’t to me.