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.

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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.

Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl

Rating: ★★★★

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This book was really good.

This book gave me lots of feels, and made me think of things that I haven’t thought in a long time.

I am going to be speaking about religion/spirituality and my own thoughts on it. Feel free to not read it, because I know that can be upsetting/triggering to people.

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga

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Rating: ★★★★

This is a good basic guide to Yoga, including the spiritual aspects. Half of it focuses on the spiritual aspects (which I personally liked), and the other half focuses on the most basic and a few advanced asanas (poses). Also diagrams the Sun Salutation and Moon Salutation. This book also has some very useful tips and advice for beginners (and maybe for those more far along). Definite keeper. 😀

American Psycho

Rating: ★★★★

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Original review (2/8/2011):

This book was intense. It made me feel really uncomfortable. It’s hard to put it into words. Definitely not for the weak of heart. Great writing.

ETA 10/31/14 after watching the movie at least 10 times in the last two years:

The movie was a lot more palatable then the book, but still disturbing (at least for mainstream horror). The book and movie are a bit different in the fact that the movie feels more like dark comedy for me, and the book more horror.

I read a lot of horror, and this novel disturbed me and stayed with me even years later. I am debating re-reading it to see if it is as disturbing to me, still.

Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease

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Rating: ★★★★

Approximate Publishing Date: 9/30/14

This was a really interesting look into the ward of not only a teaching hospital, but a look into some puzzling neurological diseases and how they vary individually, sometimes nothing like the textbook case. I did find the author’s tone a little dry and condescending, but I am taking account that he is an older man. This was a pretty good book all-in-all.

Everlost

Rating: ★★★★  

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Read: 8/22/14

Recommended For: Adventure Time Fans?

This took some getting into. At first I thought this was a bit too juvenile for me, but I pushed through the first couple of chapters, and it was worth it. It was a cartoonishly funny yet dark. It was almost like watching an episode of Adventure Time but much darker (IMHO). I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.