Many Books Reviewed 4

Norman Vincent Peale – The Power of Positive Thinking
Most of Peale’s book is derived from eastern ideas and this book precedes mindfulness (which is now – white hot). Everyone should read at least a few books like this. You can’t just read fiction all the time. I mean, what would you learn from that. Fiction is just escapism. You need to balance that with poetry and non-fiction. So read it. 

Augustine Martin – Soundings: Leaving Certificate Poetry.
This book was the the text we used for our final exams in school. There are some notes in the books expanding on the poetry. The poems are classics. I burnt mine after school in a white magic spell, but I found another one in a second-hand shop about ten years ago – before it became cool again! (And no, the spell didn’t work (yet).)
W. B. Yeats – The Collected Poems
I have two books by my bedside. One of them is the current book I’m reading. The other is The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Have you ever started and ended your day with a poem? Gosh, it’s pretty sad if you haven’t. My mom and dad use to read me stories, sing songs or tell me ghost stories when I was a child at bedtime, and now I like to pay homage to that ritual with poetry. Look after your soul and mind with some poetry. 

Sally Nicholls – Ways to Live Forever
I reckon that Nicholls is one of the best in kid’s lit. Her stories have a slight touch of fantasy but are so based in reality that it makes them 3-D. This is a beautiful book about a sad story. And her voice, oh my goodness, her voice is audible on the page. Shhhh and listen.

Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ
So many times we forget about our emotional side. We cram in facts and escape into fantasy  This book is good to aid in the revaluation of our EQ and it places an emphasis on having a balance in our lives. I’d recommend you all to read it.

Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha
This book played out like a movie in my head with an Asain lady narrating it. I was utterly shocked when I found out that….Oh wait, I never slip spoilers. I loved this book, and I plan on rereading it.

Kate Thompson – Annan Water
(OK, just breath, try to play it cool….oooohhhhh.) I love this book. It is a sort of retelling of a poem and this poem, Annan Water, is quoted throughout the book. The way Thompson does that adds to the galloping rhythm of the book. It’s about horses too you see, so this repetitive rhythm is tantalising  The story is tragic in a glimmering diamond way. If you haven’t read this book, I’d advice you to man up and dive straight in. You will cry. Not many books have been beautiful or well written to make me cry…but this bad boy; phew.

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