Wine Wednesday: The House by the River Review

Do you recall two weeks ago when I did a review on 2 books for World Book Day? Well, here’s the third book’s review that I got during those days of free e-books and super cheap audiobook versions because I have the eBook version.

My two books for World book day were Last Train to Istanbul and A River in Darkness. Go check them both out, on top of going to my World book day post, if you want my opinions on them.

I’ve truly fallen in love with audiobooks lately. My “day job” is so dull, and to listen to podcasts and books make my job more bearable. I’m aiming this month, to decrease my spending, and get more income, through working with people who may lower my costs of things I can enjoy, and things I can’t dodge paying (mainly the electric bill, for now…stay tuned for that!).

Anyway, let’s get into this review for ya’ll. It’s been too long since World Book Day, and I told you I’d read/listen and share my thoughts.

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This little love story is the story of a woman’s 5 girls who all left her, 4 out of love for a man, that would each take them to different places outside of their small town, and their house by the river. The last girl went out on her own journey, as she went after her passion instead of love like the other sisters.

Going through the book, you take each girl’s journey, and like the girls, you almost forget about the mother, who lost each one of her children, until they get into a situation where they miss and feel the need to go back to the house by the river, but are too ashamed to go back to there.

You can see most of their struggles, and see where they should’ve gone back, or at least dove deeper into their adult relationship with their mother.

This book is a perfect lead up/reminder for Mother’s Day (at least those who participate in it). As someone who only knows the daughter side of things, and only seeing my own mother a handful of times in the almost decade, this is such a reminder of what my mother might see things.

With some of the girls’ struggles in their personal lives, I’ve also seen where my own relationships could go. The advice that the girls’ mother, let alone the influential people they meet along the way, is everything a young woman needs to hear, let alone reflect on.

If you’re interested in the book, visit:
physical copy
ebook
audio version

Try audiable if you aren’t sure about it, or haven’t yet! It’s great for long commutes (personally, over a half hour each way), or if your job is as dull as mine is, and you can at least somewhat get away with audio books. Each book you get, you keep, regardless if you keep your membership. I’ve paused mine a couple times, and enjoy re-listening to some books.

A lot of my older books were cheaper since I had the book in my kindle app, and I only had listened to so much of the book, versus reading it. Half the time, if I can’t get into a book, but want to finish it, I’ll grab the audio version and listen to it at work and it’s made the world of difference!

What fiction books have you been reading lately? Do you like reading books (physical or ebook) or do you like audio books better? I’d like to hear, so I can read/listen, review, and share on here!

See all the books I’ve read or listened to below:
House by the River
A River in Darkness
Last Train to Instanbul

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April Book Review: 101 Secrets for Your Twenties

This month was an easy-styled read for me, since I’ve been struggling with the reading bandwagon. I know with my “reading” of the World Book Day books I got from Amazon, it seems like I’m rocking it this month. Well, I guess I have, but in the same time, sitting down to read a book is so challenging sometimes.

But hey, most of it’s me, who procrastinates on taking a shower in the morning, even though I know it helps my morale, going from working that night, to whatever I have set aside for myself during the morning.

For April’s read, I had penciled in 101 Secrets for Your 20’s, which hey- if you didn’t know: I’m a 20-something! (no really, I am). I loved the format, from the moment I took a look into it, earlier this month.

Each secret is its own chapter, and sometimes, it’s just even the secret itself! Just from what I’ve said, plus given the title, it’s a very straight-forward read.

One of my early on favorites was the rule of “Don’t cram your plot line into someone else’s story”. Grant it, we’ve heard a variation of this before, but I love the language he used for this.

There’s not much more I can say about this book, other than go read it, if you want to have a good laugh down memory lane (if you’re past this 20’s phase), or need some good ol’ tips, during your twenties, if you’re struggling (or not….I don’t know).

If anything, you can surely grab a few tips, and shove them down a friend’s face when they need it!

Book Review: The Universe Has Your Back

This month I failed you guys. I could barely get through half this book. Let me tell you why, though. I noticed that I got burned out on these styles of books. Thankfully the next handful of months are going to be a little bit different reads.

Now, I will do a review on the half I did read, and if/when I get back around one day to finishing the book, I’ll do a more proper review.

The Universe Has Your Back was written by Gabrielle Bernstein in 2016, so it isn’t that old of a book. Even though I didn’t read the whole thing, it was a nice read. A lot of it I had heard from the other books I have read, regarding self love. It’s nice to see her way of how she does things, and learning about her journey, over the years.

She started out as a “hippie esc” daughter, where her mother taught her how to meditate. She drifted from her upbringing for awhile, and eventually came back around, and made her own journey out of it.

For a self love book, this is a very light take on most concepts we all know and love, let alone need to hear time and time again over our lives. This would be a great introduction book into self love, if you’re just diving into it all. It would also suit those who need a light, fun (and sometimes funny) refresher, when you’re going through a rough patch, and need re-centering.

I don’t want to give away too much of the first half of the book for you, but if this is your sign, this is the time.

Monthly Book Review: The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

So during January, I read through the Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav. I’m going to be very blunt/honest right off the bat. One: I should’ve listened to this, instead of read it; two: this shouldn’t have been the one to start my year. But oh whale (pun…haha), too late, and I read it, and it was my first book of the year.

I do want to say this though, as a follow up right after that: It’s a good read. Just for myself, and where I was at the time, I had a LOT of resistance to read this book. I wanted to finish this book by the last Wednesday of the month. Did I finish this book by the last Wednesday of the month? No. But I did finish it in January. And that is the main goal. A book a month, and I read this book within my deadline.

Now you’re wondering my comments on this book. Well, here we go, because it’s very simple.

Unfortunately this is not a book where I can spoil a lot (or withhold a lot, to make it more interesting). The Seat of the Soul is a very straight-forward book, and it took me awhile to get into it. Most of it, I believe, was my resistance to reading it for whatever reason.

There’s several good points in the book that are worth noting, especially the farther you dive into the book. The concept of the personality versus the soul is a good one, where things like a split personality, and other issues with the personality are where the soul needs to learn, be in tune with, and mend, while the soul and personality have different aspects to them.

Think of personality, consciousness, and the soul as a multi-layered cake. Yes, I just thought of that myself. The higher you get on the cake, the closer you get to the sweetness of the soul, and higher consciousness.

My suggestion is to read this (or really grab the audio version), and see for yourself, what you can pull from it. Let me know if you’ve read it, and what you’ve gotten from it. Or, after you read/listen to it, tell me what you think!