Friday, September 21, 2012

49. A Brain Wider than the Sky

A migraine diary. In honor/sympathy for my daughter, Megan.

This book is a personal story of a migraine sufferer and also a history of the migraine back to ancient days and the treatments used. He writes of how it comes on suddenly, how light is the "enemy", how any little noise makes your head feel like it is exploding, how badly you feel that your family doesn't get the best of you, just the leftover energy you have from fighting the pain. And how you feel like just an observer of the world, not a participant.

Truly heartbreaking! I have seen Megan suffer and I don't know how she does it. I have a little empathy after suffering with my frozen shoulder pain. But I really have no idea how she deals with the pain on a daily basis. Her own blog gives a peek at her life.

Family & friends- keep praying for complete and total healing for our dear, gentle, creative, strong and beautiful Megan! Amen!!

48. Eat that Frog

Okay this is my nerdy organizational side coming out.

Eat that Frog - 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time.

I heard about this book on a blog I read "Money Saving Mom".

It has been said for many years that if the first thing you do each  morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

Your frog is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don't do something about it now. It is usually unpleasant or time consuming or just really hard. And if you eat your frog first, the rest of the day is a piece of cake!! pun intended!

If you have two frogs to eat, eat the biggest and ugliest one first.

I really enjoyed this book and underlined a great deal of it. I highly recommend it. Ask me if you want to borrow it!

47. 77 Shadow Street

This book took me awhile to get into (all 556 pages of it)! It is kind of about a haunted house that gets transported in time every 38 years. It is now an upscale apartment building with several residents. So it takes a while to get everyone straight in your head. But basically when it gets transported only a few people live to tell about it.

There is a creepy malevolent force that is controlling everything. I couldn't figure out what it was until near the end. It turned out to be an A.I. (artificial intelligence) experiment gone horribly wrong. Don't they always?

Not my favorite, it took way too long to get to the meat of the story. But overall it was an interesting theory put into words.

46. Red Prophet

This is the 2nd book in the Alvin Maker books by Orson Scott Card. And as expected it was very good. I can't wait to finish the series.

To refresh your memory:
Come home to the magical America that might have been and marvel as the tale of Alvin Maker unfolds. The 7th son of a 7th son is a boy of mysterious powers, and ...

You get the picture. It is really good!!!

45. Knock Out

This is an FBI thriller book. I have read this author before and just remembered how much I like her characters: Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock a.k.a. as Savich and Sherlock. They are FBI partners and have been for years and apparently are now married with a 3 year old.

Anyway, this book has some magic in it! More like psychic magic. A weird cult is after 7 year old Autum and her mom. Come to find out Autumn's dad, who recently died, was a family member of the cult founders. And he ran away as soon as he was old enough and never looked back. Some of the family members have some psychic abilities, like being able to communicate to people long distance with just their minds, or being able to control people when they look directly in their eyes, etc.

So this is why they want the girl. They find out that she has some abilities at the funeral for her dad. So it is a great suspenseful chase book. I really liked it!