Freshly Brewed Book Reviews

The freshest book reviews from an avid bibliophile.

“As we practice mindfulness, we discover a natural sense of equanimity toward whatever is occurring in each moment. What arises is not negotiable; how we choose to respond to it is. In each moment, we have the opportunity to choose whether to meet our circumstances with acceptance or resistance.”

—   Charlotte Bell (Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life)

“Effort begets effortlessness.”

—   Charlotte Bell (Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life)
Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life by Charlotte Bell
This is a great read for any practicing yogi. Bell, a yoga teacher, makes Pantanjali’s eightfold path accessible to any practitioner (and any non-asana practitioner who’s looking for a bit of philosophy, although I wouldn’t recommend this as a first choice for a non-asana practitioner). There are many nuggets of goodness in this read, some that affected the current moment as I was reading, and some that will affect my asana practice for years to come.A yogini friend recommended this read to me, and I’m glad she did. I’ll readily recommend it to those looking to learn more about the teachings of Pantanjali and the Buddha, and how we can apply their lessons to our lives today.

Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life by Charlotte Bell

This is a great read for any practicing yogi. Bell, a yoga teacher, makes Pantanjali’s eightfold path accessible to any practitioner (and any non-asana practitioner who’s looking for a bit of philosophy, although I wouldn’t recommend this as a first choice for a non-asana practitioner). There are many nuggets of goodness in this read, some that affected the current moment as I was reading, and some that will affect my asana practice for years to come.

A yogini friend recommended this read to me, and I’m glad she did. I’ll readily recommend it to those looking to learn more about the teachings of Pantanjali and the Buddha, and how we can apply their lessons to our lives today.

“I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”

—   Veronica Roth (Allegiant)

“Then I thought of how strong I have become, how secure I feel with the person I now am, and how all along the way he has told me that I am brave, I am respected, I am loved and worth loving.”

—   Veronica Roth (Allegiant)
Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth
Well, that was hella depressing, slightly boring, a little bit confusing, and fairly messy (both in action and in cohesion for the trilogy overall). And then…the end.
Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth
The action picks up right where it left off in Divergent, hitting the ground running and not letting up until the last page. I had to move right on to Allegiant as soon as I’d finished. I won’t say more here, because I don’t want to give away spoilers; but if you liked Divergent, you’ll like Insurgent for sure.

transient, adj.
In school, the year was the marker. Fifth grade. Senior year of high school. Sophomore year of college. Then after, the jobs were the marker. That office. This desk. But now that school is over and I’ve been working at the same place in the same office at the same desk for longer than I can truly believe, I realize: You have become the marker. This is your era. And it’s only if it goes on and on that I will have to look for other ways to identify the time.”

—   The Lover’s Dictionary (David Levithan)

sacrosanct, adj.
The nape of your neck. Even the sound of the word nape sounds holy to me. That and the hollow of your neck, the peek of your chest that your shirt sometimes reveals. These are the stations of my quietest, most insistent desire.”

—   The Lover’s Dictionary (David Levithan)

only, adj.
That’s the dilemma, isn’t it? When you’re single, there’s the sadness and joy of only me. And when you’re paired, there’s the sadness and joy of only you.

—   The Lover’s Dictionary (David Levithan)