Books

Published December 2021 My first book, titled Of Sin and Soul.

Published by Atmosphere Press. http/www.atmospherepress.com

Here are some other titles by other authors I want to recommend heartily.

August 2021

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates.

This is a very readable though discomforting book on the open misogyny and sexism faced by females today. This book is recommended reading for all females and males with the courage to look deep within and recognize the monster lurking there.

ISBN: 978-1-47113-157-8

ISBN: 978-1-47113-158-5 (ebook)

September 2021

The Old Man and the Sea

by John Steinbeck

This month’s book is an absolute classic by anyone’s standard. American author John Steinbeck’s brilliant story is about an old Cuban fisherman’s struggle to land a huge marlin he has caught. It is not a long read, but it is one of the great ones. A bucket list read if ever there was one.

ISBN: 978-93-84225-48-3 Kindle edition

Copyright © Om Books International 2015

October 2021

The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield

This book is a compendium of Japanese Haiku poems.

Edited by Jane Hirshfield. The book deals with the origins of this renowned poetic form. It also gives many classic examples from the Haiku master: Matsuo Basho (1644 1694). In his lifetime Basho wrote many thousands of Haiku, and he is universally acknowledged as the undisputed master of the form. That said, I prefer the writings of Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828).

But that is just a personal preference.

The Heart of Haiku is an easily understood and very readable introduction to this ancient form.

Haiku translations by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani

Hirshfield, Jane. The Heart of Haiku (Kindle Single). Kindle Edition.

November 2021

The Hidden Power of Herbs by Holy Santo

We have all but forgotten how to use familiar herbs as a part of our general health regime in today’s world. This month’s offering is a delightfully illustrated introduction to the world of herbs and their myriad uses. This little gem of a guide is only thirty pages long, and it is worth having for the illustrations alone.

December 2021

God Needs to Go by J. D. Brucker

Why Christian beliefs fail.

Copyright 2015 J.D. Brucker Second edition

Published by Athiest Republic

Something a bit different this month. This is a concise, clear, and intelligent account of the author’s atheistic set of beliefs. Specially picked for the many of you out there who have the courage to think. For those willing to question.

January 2022

The Poems and Prose Poems of Charles Baudelaire

Baudelaire, Charles. Born in Paris, France, in 1821, Died in 1867, Considered a jewel in the pantheon of great French poets and essayists. This book is a brilliant introduction to the “mad genius” that was Charles Baudelaire.

With an Introductory Preface by James Huneker.

Kindle Edition.

New York BRENTANO’S Publishers 1919

February 2022

Wicca for Beginners

By Edith Yates

A guide to bringing Wiccan magic, beliefs, and Rituals into your daily life.

This month’s book is all about demystifying some of the commonly held mistruths about the followers of Wiccan beliefs and the practice of witchcraft. If nothing else, it is a thoroughly fascinating and informative guide to this subject.

Copyright 2015 by Edith Yates – All rights reserved.

March 2022

The Harvesting Book One

By Melanie Karsak

In “The Harvesting,” Melanie Karsak brings the reader on a fast-paced adventure in a time when our world and the spirit world come into close contact. The book’s heroine, Layla, must use all of her skillsets to try and survive in a new world order. Alternatively, dark and sombre, the book is also liberally laced with the clever witticisms of Layla’s character.

April 2022

Cunning Folk

By Adam L.G. Nevill

A Folk Horror Thriller from the Author of No One Gets Out Alive and The Ritual. Ritual Limited. Kindle Edition.

I.B.S.N. 978 8383789 2 9 (MOBI)

I.S.B.N. 878 8383789 3 6 (ePUB)

The horror begins within this classic horror story’s first couple of sentences. Tom, his wife Fiona, and their daughter Gracey have just moved to a very dilapidated old house deep in the English countryside. Almost from the moment they first move in, Fiona develops a sense of deep foreboding about the house. Written in a delightful and descriptive literary style by the author, this book will engage the reader quickly and immerse you in his horrific world.

May 2022

Watership Down

By Richard Adams

In his timeless classic work of fiction, author Richard Adams tells readers a vibrant and riveting story of the lives and upheavals of the rabbit warren of Watership Down in the south of England. We become immersed in the many adventures of Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, and all the other rabbits of the warren. I first read Watership Down as a twelve-year-old, and it was instrumental in helping me to develop a lifelong interest in and passion for the natural world and nature in general. I have reread it many times since and it still amazes me anew with each reading.

Adams, Richard. Watership Down. Oneworld Publications. Kindle Edition.

ISBN 978-1-78074-731-6

June 2022

Marine Biology

For the non-biologist

By Andrew Caine BSc.

Published by Andrew Caine

ISBN: 978-0-9933738-0-0

This month’s book recommendation is very relevant given the ongoing and increasing rate of global warming our planet is experiencing. The book is divided into easy-to-follow sections to discuss the very many different life forms found in our oceans and how they all fit together in the overall scheme of things. It is scary to think that over seventy percent of planet earth is covered in seawater, yet we know less about it than we know about the moon’s surface.

July 2022

This month’s offering highlights the importance of E.Q. or emotional intelligence in our lives rather than measuring only I.Q. It looks at the ways being in touch with our E.Q. can help us in our daily lives, business, in our relationships, and friendships, and understanding our emotions better.

Emotional Intelligence

By James W. Williams

Published by James W. Williams Copyright 2019, All rights reserved.

In this clearly written, well laid out book James W. Williams introduces the reader to the world of E.Q. I would heartily recommend it to anyone wishing to learn more about our emotional selves and the part it plays in our everyday lives.

August 2022

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

Based on the true story of Lale Sokolov

This beautifully written and, at the same time, harrowing book should be required reading in schools all over the world.

Lest we ever forget.

Published in the U.K. in 2018 by Zaffre. ISBN: 978–1–78576–366–3

September 2022

Ikigai

This is a Japanese concept that translates roughly as:

The happiness of always being busy.

The Japanese secret to a long and happy life.

By Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles. Translated by Heather Cleary.

Epub ISBN: 9781473539600

García, Héctor; Miralles, Francesc. Ikigai Random House. Kindle Edition.

I am generally not an advocate of self-help books but this marvelous exception caught my eye years ago and I have been trying to incorporate as many of its teachings as I can into my life ever since. The story is told in a straightforward style and is not preachy in the least.

The book takes a look at the inhabitants of a couple of Japanese villages where an unusually high number of those inhabitants live to over one hundred years of age compared to global norms. How does this occur?

Read this most engaging book and you will have the tools to live a longer, happier life.