Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars – Juan Martinez

  5/5 Stars I remember having followed the proceedings carefully when they were airing and thinking how brilliant and clever Martinez was. I really enjoyed this and was happy to have some insight into his strategy and mindset. I loved seeing his tenacity in the courtroom and how hard he worked to not let Arias […]

When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits – Mary Ann Winkowski

4/5 Stars I have to admit that I was skeptical before reading this book, as I always am with such works, even given my own experiences, connections, and abilities with the spirit world. However, overall, I was pleasantly surprised and did find a lot of useful information here. Mostly, I had it reinforced that my […]

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

3/5 Stars Overall, I think this book was entertaining, and I do love a good philosophical read… however, it was slow to start and while I don’t mind meandering around across the US as well as in the main character’s mind, it became a bit excessive for me. After perusing some reviews on Goodreads I […]

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

  3/5 Stars. Overall, I found this to be a fast and entertaining read. I liked how John Green captured the essence of teenage angst and attitude. This comes through despite Hazel and Gus being sick and made the characters more realistic to me, but in some other ways they seemed sort of unrealistic and […]

Heartwounds: The Impact of Unresolved Trama and Grief on Relationships – Tian Dayton

3/5 Stars As a mental health professional, this was an easy and quick read. I could see myself assignment sections of this book to clients as well as the exercises in the back because it breaks down trauma in an easy to understand way, using simple language. I also appreciated the brief sections about dissociation. […]

Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

4/5 Stars. Pretty quick read. As usual with my experience of Hesse’s work, the plot lines and actual “action” seem relatively simple (as with Demian), but there is profound self-discovery, an internal “action,” which I think Hesse has a wonderful ability to describe. Very beautiful writing, but also complex. “When someone seeks,” Siddhartha said, “it […]