Ebook Rider by Cassia Cassitas Review

This book, of course is about an athletes, so I wasn’t sure that I would be able to really get into it, but since I just started working out a lot and really focusing on bettering myself, this book really spoke about the drive to do what it is that you have set your mind to. The focus that it takes to win the prize, whatever you have decided that your desired prize is. This book is well-written and has a flow to it that keeps you reading and wanting more. That is huge to me, because if a book can’t keep me interested, I won’t continue to read. I think this book has a lot to offer anyone seeking to improve themselves, not just necessarily athletes alone. I think the fact that this is a series of short stories lends to keeping my attention in this book too. I really enjoyed reading this and think that most other people would too. This book would be a terrific gift for an upcoming high school or college athlete. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it.

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True Medical Detective Stories Book Review

This is another great book by Cliff Meador, M.D.! It does get to be rather repetitive to the other book of his, but there are some new stories in there and his style is easily identifiable in this book. He has a clear concise way of writing that allows even the most simple of people to be able to understand his writing. That is a pleasure as I am surely no doctor. This book flows well and you are left wanting to know the ending of each story. I am sure there is a time or two in my life where I would have been proud to call this man my doctor. He seems to have a pleasant bed side manner and did all he could for his patients. This book gives tons of examples of that, but I am reviewing the book not the man. This book is great, easy to read and you just might learn a thing or two, which is always great for me. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Symptoms of Unknown Origin Book Review

This book is a compelling look into the mind of a doctor that is trying to figure out what others couldn’t, in a time that those doctor’s didn’t have the knowledge and access to testing that is now popular. This book is written from the doctor’s viewpoint and shows us a picture of what suffering can look like and how that suffering can be put away. This doctor does a fabulous job of telling his stories in a way that lay people have no issues in understanding. I think I may have had to look up two terms in this book for definitions and that is pretty great in itself. Sometimes when doctors become authors they forget that regular people don’t know all these medical terms. This author does a great job in not using those terms or explaining them for us. This is a well written book and comes from a very knowledgeable viewpoint. I enjoyed every chapter and word. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Sorry I’m Not Sorry Book Review

This book is terrific! No only is it a nice, smooth, well-worded book, it’s actually great for teenage girls or younger to read and truly get a grasp on why bullying is so harmful. This unique view of bullying turned around on the bully, is eye opening and brings into focus the things that we should be teaching our children and how they see things first hand through us, their parents. We can no longer turn a blind eye to our own actions, as they are being observed directly by our children and then repeated outwardly back to other children. Kylee in this book suffered the same torment that she gave to others, only then realizing that what she was doing was, indeed, very harmful to all concerned. This is a fabulous teaching book! Now I have to go read the other 2 in this series! I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it.

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The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly Book Review

This book was such a great read! Dr. McCarthy had his trials and tribulations and still made it through. It is an inspirational book on that end and also gives us an intimate peek into the makings of a doctor. No one is born into any position and no one becomes anything over night, and I think that some how we believe that doctors should have always known everything and it is clear from this one person’s personal account that it is harder than it appears to the rest of us. It is work and this book clearly explains so many emotions and feelings that go into this “job”. Dr. McCarthy’s writing style is refreshing, knowledgeable and honest. The whole world could do with a great dose of honesty. Great book! I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it.

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The Ballad of a Small Player Book Review

balladThis book is a fascinating look into the mind of a chronic gambler. The life that started out as a gamble and continues in that vein forever. I am not sure whether I was getting a glimpse into mental illness or aging or chronic addiction, but this book was wonderful. I felt transported into another place, devoid of the rationality of other well functioning people. I found that I couldn’t simply put this book down until I was done reading it. It simply took me elsewhere. Being snowed in, that was a great thing. I could identify with both the main characters of the book. This book didn’t put a pretty spin on things, but a real one. I loved it from front to back cover. Even the pages were really neat, cut to different widths and gave a feel of disorder to the book.

The author has written several other books and is great a short stories that have appeared in a lot of different publications all over the place. His name is Lawrence Osborne.

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It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell Book Review

This book is called, “It Was Me All Along” and is written by the well-spoken and beautiful Andie Mitchell. This is a book that touches me very deeply, as it sounds similar to my story. She tells of her childhood and how she bottled every emotion into eating. Happy? Eat. Sad? Eat. Mad? Eat. and so on. This is often how I explain my issues with food. She tells of how she came to grips with the reasons she was eating and what she did to change not only her mind, but her body too. She tells things that generally the outside world wouldn’t know, unless they felt it too. She states things in such a way that it helps others know that they are indeed not alone in this fight. She has opened my eyes and allowed me to know that I am not the only one that has had this relationship with food. It is a battle, a non-stop, on going life long battle. But all along, that person was her, and this person is simply, me. I received this book from Blogging for books, for the purpose of review.

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Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D. Book Review


This book is full of useful information in an easy to read format. You don’t have to be a psychologist to understand this book at all. The criminal mind is outlined and reviewed in depth, with dozens of great examples for each issue. As a studying psychologist, this book is of a particular interest to me as several of my past classes and upcoming ones are delving into this issue. Also, on a personal level with the history of criminals that I have been around, this book makes my understanding them much simpler and allows me to better understand them and understand how to help them. This book also very clearly explains that the things we have heard for years that will change a criminal, in fact will not. This book has historical value as being an edition that spans back years to encompass a broader range of criminal minds that have been documented and evaluated. This author really knows his stuff. He give legitimacy to his words throughout the entire book. You are never left to question whether you are reading just randomness or factual information. This book is factual, statistics are used through out to lend to the credibility of the information as well. I fully expect to use this book as a reference in the future. (Properly cited of course.)

The author bio is as follows:
“STANTON E. SAMENOW PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has spent 40 years as a researcher, clinician, consultant, and expert witness specializing in criminal behavior. He has also served as an independent evaluator in adversarial child custody disputes and has been appointed to three presidential task forces on law enforcement, victims’ rights, and a drug-free America. Among numerous other national venues, he has appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, Good Morning America, and Larry King Live. In addition to Inside the Criminal Mind he is the author of Before It’s Too Late and Straight Talk About Criminals.”

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Jack Templar, Monster Hunter Book Review

When I first agreed to review this book, I thought, “Well, I love to read and this will be a fun story for me.” What I had not bargained for was the 7 hour road trip with two little boys. I had a thought. I would read this book to them, they won’t like it but maybe they will be quiet and listen at least. My son needs all the reading comprehension practice he can get, so this was a great way to do that. (without the two, my son and my nephew, driving absolutely crazy going down the road.) The kids absolutely were riveted by this story, my boyfriend was too! Then upon reading more of the story to them all in my aunt’s car, she became enthralled too. So, lets say that this book piqued interest in generations from age 5-70! That is so impossible, but yet this author did just that with the story of young Mr. Jack Templar! The story is just scary enough to make the kids want to listen without being so scary that they have nightmares. The story is well written and very descriptive, allowing your imagination to draw in the pictures for you. The cover is amazingly artistic and wonderful enough to draw kid’s attention to it on the shelf. My son took this book to school to share with his class, that is how awesome he thought it was. I begged the author for more! You really must go get this book and share with the ones that you love, really what better quality family time can you have? I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

(There will be more installments of this review to come as soon as I have the chance to read them to my family, the author is so amazing!!!!)

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Coffee Dates from Hell Book Review

I never write a review this quick, but this book is amazing! I received it 2 days ago and picked it up and could NOT put it down! It is hilarious! The author included a note to me that was equally funny, so I was set up to read this book, but was still surprised with every page that I turned. Now granted you won’t be as brilliant as Einstein when you are done reading it, but you will be thoroughly entertained! The author adds in a great mix of really could have happened events in with fantasy events. I have not laughed this hard in a very long time! #543634634564 thumbs up! The front cover is adorable and the book itself is well written, but nothing competes with the humor found inside! Love it! Here is what the author says,

“When two single people meet for the first time, they often arrange a “coffee date.” Coffee Dates From Hell is a humorous fictional account of several very bad coffee dates. Many of these dates are disasters from the beginning. Others are destined to be train wrecks if the two people ever see each other again. The coffee dates include several famous people such as Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and J. Edgar Hoover. You’ll also meet a range of colorful characters including a psychic, a cross dresser, and even a cannibal. The coffee dates include many funny twists and surprises. The humor is often silly, irreverent, and politically incorrect.”

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