Saturday, December 11, 2010


This is a fictionalized account of Buddha and how he became enlightened.0060878819.01._SX140_SY225_SCLZZZZZZZ_ When one envisions the enlightenment phase one tends to think that the people who have attained came to it easily. It is ones personal struggles that seem insurmountable. As this story illustrates however, this is not the case.

Buddha in this story started out life as a wealthy prince. He had every imaginable luxury. Yet he was still unhappy so he abandoned that life and became a holy man. What follows next is his journey to become enlightened. It is fraught with danger and risks that most humans would not take in this lifetime. He is rewarded when one night he finally breaks free of this world and awakens.

This book was well written and encompassed the philosophy of Buddhism. If you are just coming to Buddhism then you will have a difficult time of realizing where he is demonstrating a concept. If you have a basic understanding the this book provides a wealth of information. I have to say that I learned a great deal from this book. For example I think problems are to be defeated. I hate when something stands in my way. He describes that once you let  of the issue and just let it be then it will most likely resolve itself. It also illiterates that Buddhism principles are easy to learn but hard to follow through which is why so many fail to attain enlighten.

There was a previous book by this author that I reviewed, Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. That book I didn't like much but after reading this book I am tempted to go back and reread the first one. This goes support my theory that you should never give up on an author on the first try.

Literary Blog Hop

What is one of your literary pet peeves?  Is there something that writers do that really sets your teeth on edge?  Be specific, and give examples if you can.
One of the things that I hate the most is authors going on and on and on in pretentious language that seems to serve no other purpose than to show how many words they know.One example for me would be Steven King. I mean how many ways can he describe a scene that is essentially some one going crazy and committing a deranged crime. I know I may be stepping on some toes here but that's the way I feel. I fell his editor could do a better job of editing and cut some of that crap out.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Booking Through Thursday


Do you ever crave reading crappy books?

Yes I read crappy books. I will admit it. I am hopelessly addicted to self-help books. I still cant fathom why. Every time I see one I think, maybe this is the one that has the answers to life in it.

It is sad to admit but even at my age of 30 I am still easily moved buy peer pressure. Left to my own devices I generally stick to literary fiction. If every one else and their mother is reading a book though, I must read it too. After all, I don't want to be the loser at a party who has never read Twilight. I hated that series, yet I stuck through all the books just to see what everyone else was raving about.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Salon

sunday salon

Yesterday I heard we was supposed to get a lot of snow so I risked going to the library to stock up on some books. Not that I needed to but going to the library always makes me feel better so off I went. I had originally planned to get only 2 books but came back with this:


Which was good because I woke up to this



And it is STILL snowing!

So I have enough books to last me until next year.

As I announced yesterday I wanted a place where I could share the rest of my thoughts and stuff but I wanted to keep this strictly for book reviews. I created a tumblr account. You can see it here. If you have a tumbr account feel free to add me.

On the book review front I reviewed Super Sad True Love Story which I loved. I also did a semi review of Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. That book is just OK to me. However I recently finished Buddha the path to enlightment but the same author and I liked it better. Look out for a review this week.

I am now finally reading Room. I think it will live up to its hype.

I am off to do some reading.. What are you reading today?

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