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5 Books for Your Witchy Side

I love books, and I especially enjoy books on witchcraft and divination. I am gathering quite the collection of new books now that I get free books from the publisher for unbiased reviews (in fact, they say I don’t have to review them at all, and I still get them for free — that’s a great deal).

518h0PPcnBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This week I decided to focus on some of my favorite I’ve gotten in the past few months, beginning with Palm Reading for Beginners by Kenneth Lagerstrom.

I already have a few palm reading books and a friend who does palm reading — but there are some books you can never have too many of. Lagerstrom’s book is colorful, and I love the artwork. Instead of your basic line drawing graphs with all the life lines and such, this book opted for a more creative look.

This is an excellent beginner’s guide, and it’s incredibly affordable ($11.99 cover price USD). I love that it’s an easy-to-read guide, and the colorful insides keep your eyes happy!

51YsKIWy39L._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_If you’re a crystal lover (like me), you’ll love Karen Frazier’s An Introduction to Crystal Grids. Crystal grids are a new concept to me, so I was excited to get my hands on a book from an author I like.

I love that this book touches base on the importance of crystal shapes, not just colors and meanings. Frazier breaks the grids down into categories of what you might need them for, from public speaking engagements to increasing your creativity.

This is a must-have guide for all witches and healers if you’re working with crystals regularly!41xw4VYCisL._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_

The Complete Guide to Astrology by Louise Edington will surely help you better understand your birth chart and makes a great companion to Modern Astrology. I’ve had a passion for astrology and horoscopes since I was a kid, and both of these books from Edington have renewed my love of the subject and brought me into the world of birth charts. Birth charts are essential to really understand your astrological makeup — sun signs are just one small part of it!

No list of witchy books would be complete without some spells and rituals. Two amazing witchy books I recently got my hands on are The Spell Book for New Witches by Ambrosia Hawthorn and The Witch’s Guide to Ritual by Cerridwen Greenleaf. Both books are full of useful info for new witches and experienced folks in the craft.

The spell book is filled spells for everyday life, to help you deal with anything that comes at you. I love the spell descriptions, the creativity behind each spell, and that the instructions are easy to follow.

The ritual book is also excellent for novices and experts. It covers how to get started with a ritual, and many of the basic rituals you may want to do (from sabbats to moon phases). It’s a very descriptive book and has all you need to start practicing as a witch or Pagan!

 

 

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Vote For Me (Please)!

Squeeee!!! So, I’m a finalist in this writing contest for Writer’s Digest. Follow the link below, follow their instructions, and vote for the entry “I.” This is what it reads, so you make sure you vote for the right one – “Viv was the first in her coven to master the spoon trick but wasn’t sure how to wiggle her nose to cast the removal spell.”

It’s free to vote, and you’d be doing me a HUGE favor! Thanks in advance. Also, feel free to share and get your friends to vote for me as well ❤

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Your faithful book reviewer,
Yvonne Glasgow

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Minimalism Room By Room by Elizabeth Enright Phillips

41OPXgnnT+L._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_I’m not a minimalist, but I like the idea. I am a collector. If I don’t “collect” it, then I have minimal amounts of it. I am not the opposite either — I’m not a hoarder (though I am recovered). Letting go of things is easy for me, but I love entertainment (movies, music, and especially books).

I enjoy reading about minimalism and watching shows on the topic. I get tips. I’m reminded that living life is more important than filling our homes with stuff.

Minimalism Room By Room is a wonderful, comprehensive guide, to help with home decluttering. The book briefly explains the minimalist lifestyle but doesn’t waste a bunch of time on descriptions — instead, it delves into a room by room breakdown of what to go through. The goal is to keep the stuff you need and ensure everything has a place. The spaces things are kept are assigned “jobs.” Like the pantry is for food, the hall closet is for sports goods and coats, etc.

What I like even more than the room-by-room step-by-step layout of this book is that there are tracking sheets in the back of the book. You can keep track of how many boxes or bags of stuff you donate, for items you sell, and even a guide on making a capsule wardrobe.

This book was free from the publisher. It’s cool.

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6 Books to Help You Have a Better 2020

I skipped New Year’s Resolutions this year. I do that for some years. Resolutions fade within the first month or two of the year, and I’m left feeling like a failure. While failure leads to success, I decided that I’d be closer to success by working to be a better person, in general. Each lesson I learn this new year, I am taking to heart. And, each week, I check-in with my FB fam to let everyone know what positive things I’ve experienced and what lessons I’ve learned. I check-in in the hopes that my learning and growth will inspire others.

But, onto the “books” part of this blog. I love books. My husband and I have a library of almost 2000 books (and it’s always growing). While I don’t accept review requests anymore, I still do reviews for some publishers. I have a giant stack of books I need to catch up on this year, so I’m doing some round-up style reviews — Like this one.

Books can help you better your life, so why not read more in 2020? These six books are sure to teach you something, motivate you, and help you take better care of yourself!

5-minute Focus by Dr. Tiffany Shelton Mariolle

41GpJ0lTVDL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_Having trouble focusing? Not sure how to stay on task when there are so many distractions around? This book by Dr. Mariolle is just what you need. 5-Minute Focus is filled with short exercises to help you focus on the things that need your attention.

My favorite things about this book are that the exercises are easy to do, the results can be seen immediately, and the book is laid out in a way that makes it simple to find the right technique for your needs.

Learn to understand the effects of anxiety on your ability to focus. Learn to actually take a break from work on your day off. It’s all in here.

Relationship Reconnected by David Simonsen

41qsf1qOniL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Ready to rebuild your relationship with your significant other? This book, Relationship Reconnected, will teach you how to communicate with each other better and how to understand one another.

Simonsen is a licensed family and marriage counselor. His career and educational background make him an excellent person to listen to when it comes to relationship advice.

So, what makes this a worthwhile book to check out? Well, I like that the book starts out looking at your relationship, as it is. It follows that with looking at your relationship as you’d like it to be. Once you’ve figured these things out, you’re on your way to chapters about learning to understand each other’s feelings, how to express how you feel, and so much more. I recommend reading this book with your S.O.

The Juicing Recipes Book from Mendocino Press

Ready to juice your way to a healthier you? First, watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Then, read (and use) The Juicing Recipes Book.

51KtQp4UOAL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_While this book has nothing to do with that documentary, it’s still full of excellent recipes to get you on the way to a healthier body (inside and outside). Many of the recipes can be used to make smoothies as well.

The recipes you’ll find within this book range from sweet fruit juices worthy of replacing your favorite sugary junk foods to green juices that will boost your energy and immunity. Enjoy juices meant to help you look and feel younger, and even find juices the kids will love.

#dietGoals (Journal)

The #dietGoals journal was created to help you on your weight loss journey. If you want 51hz-Pim6sL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_to drop some pounds in 2020, this is an excellent journal to help you get on the path to a healthier, leaner body.

I’ve, personally, found that keeping track of at least some of my wellness tactics (for lack of a better word). I forget to record things often, which is why I say “at least some.” If you forget to track a meal or a workout a couple of times a week, don’t let it discourage you from your path to better health. Just get back at the tracking when you remember or have time.

The #dietGoals book has space for you to track what you eat all day, what activities you did (because not all exercise needs to specifically be “exercise”), how much water you drank (which is important for internal health and even your skin health), and a space to talk about how the day had you feeling. The pages aren’t dated and don’t even include the days of the week — which means you don’t have to feel pressured, and you don’t have to feel guilty when you miss a day!

The Path To Positivity by Caitlin Margaret

41Nmv7LK2pL._SX350_BO1,204,203,200_I am the queen of positivity (I just made that up, but I am a life coach and spiritual counselor, and I offer positivity counseling). Even though I’ve studied the Power of Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction, I still like to brush up on my positivity knowledge. The Path To Positivity is a great guide to help you get started on your more positive life.

Why should you pick up a copy of this book? Let me tell you…

This book will help you learn how to change the way you think. You’ll learn what positive living is not (it’s not avoiding reality or faking your feelings). To truly be positive, you need to accept that there will always be some negativity.

I love this book walks you through how positive thinking “positively” affects your brain, and how to make this new way of thinking part of your daily life.

50 Essential Etiquette Lessons by Katherine Flannery

51yHW5KeaaL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_The last book I want to share with you is one that might make you come off as a better person to all of the people you interact with each day. 50 Essential Etiquette Lessons is an interesting text. Broken up into categories, you can easily find the advice you need.

I like this book because it covers etiquette tips for at work, eating out, and even for online communication. It starts with some stellar tips on making an excellent first impression.

Want to be a better person? Each of these books has something to offer anyone who wants to make 2020 their year!

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There’s A New Year’s Journal for Everyone

It’s resolution time. Why not resolve to write in a journal daily? Have trouble coming up with things to write? There are plenty of guided journals out there, like the four I’m going to tell you about!

The 5-Minute Stoicism Journal by Matthew J. Van Natta

51akCiKED9L._SX350_BO1,204,203,200_Enduring the troubles of life isn’t always an easy task. This journal is meant to help you reflect on life and see the joy and positivity in things. I like that each of the entries is supposed to only take 5-minutes of your time. That means you don’t have to set a ton of time aside for your journaling.

Journaling is a great stress reliever. Not only does this journal give you guidance on what to write about, but it’s also filled with some great quotes that will motivate you and bring you joy.

Take some time to look at your choices. Get to know your fears and how to let go of them. Look at failure, and learn how failing leads to success.

A Year of Mindfulness by Jennifer Raye

513lq5EPH5L._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Mindfulness helps you be more present and focus more on now, rather than dwelling on the past or focusing on the future. We often put too much of our time into wondering what will happen. When will I get married? Will I ever find my dream job? What does tomorrow hold? Then, we look at the past and focus on the mistakes we’ve made.

With A Year of Mindfulness, you can spend each week of an entire year learning how to appreciate the present and cultivate a life of peace and joy.

There are seven guided entries for each week, so you can do one small entry each day. It won’t take much time to start living a happier now!

Everything Sucks – A Gratitude Journal by Tiffany Reese

41tmoiC0DiL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Ever feel like life just keeps shitting on you, and you’ll never clean all of the stink off? Well, there is a guided journal out there just for you. The Everything Sucks journal is a delightful romp into dealing with a shitty hand. I like that this journal has a rough attitude — it’s for sure going to make you chuckle and help you see the brighter side of things without being choked out by people telling you to “be grateful for what you have.”

Learn how to find inspiration in your more positive friends. Look back at more positive times in your life. Find the simple pleasures in life, like your favorite part of any given day.

You’ll find some great motivational quotes within these pages. They’ll help inspire you and remind you that you’re not alone in your struggles.

A Mindfulness For Beginners Journal

41uuQ8rtmpL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Need more mindfulness? A Mindfulness For Beginners will walk you through the steps of being in the present and living in the moment. Like all of the rest of the guided journals in this list, this is a quick entry book that will make you think but won’t take up a bunch of your time.

Learn to avoid self-talk, find joy in each moment, learn to focus on your present thoughts, and learn not to judge yourself so harshly.

Again, you’ll find a collection of inspirational quotes throughout the journal.

This is my favorite of the four!

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A Daily Dose Of Dad Jokes

51j9iKQYDCL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Sometimes I request free review books so I can pass them on to my husband. This is one of those books. I’m not a fan of terrible jokes, but they make me laugh when he tells them.

To be completely transparent, I didn’t read this book from front to back. I skimmed it well, and read a joke here and there. I wanted to save them so my husband can tell me his favorites once he reads it.

So, A Daily Dose Of Dad Jokes is a collection of 365 jokes to get you through a year of dumb jokes that will make most people shake their heads. If you’re a dad, or you like dad jokes, you’ll love this book.

My husband is reading it right now and told me a couple. He was even happy to see one of his favorites within the pages of this punny tome.

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The Self-Care Prescription by Robyn L. Gobin, PhD

51YaFQA75zL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I talk to people about self-care all of the time. As a holistic life coach and spiritual counselor, I can’t say enough about the importance of taking care of yourself. Whether you’re single and alone or raising a family, you matter. You matter to your family, your friends, your colleagues, and sometimes even strangers. When you don’t take care of yourself, it’s harder to find the energy to take care of other people.

So, onto this stellar book that I got for free from the publisher. I love it. I mean, I covered many of the things in this book in my now out-of-print Reconnecting With yourself, but all writers covering similar topics will look into things differently and give different insight. No matter how many self-care books and articles you’ve read, I can bet you’ll find something extra in Robyn L. Gobin’s The Self-Care Prescription.

Sel-care encompasses more than physically caring for yourself. You also require social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional self-care. All of these things are covered in this amazing book.

Each section has so many important tips in them to help you better your life and feel whole again. Did I mention I am in love with this book?

Social Self-Care: This section is all about the importance of healthy friendships, having fun, and taking time to unwind.

Physical Self-Care: Learn to eat right, take time for exercise, and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Intellectual Self-Care: Learning new things all of the time is so important. Even if you learn something simple. Find a hobby. Discover your passions.

Vocational Self-Care: Our jobs are an integral part of life. This section will help you take better care of yourself on and off the job.

Spiritual Self-Care: Whether you’re religious or not, your spiritual self-care will help with positivity, joy, and faith. Learn about meditation and self-realization.

Emotional Self-Care: Emotional health includes learning when to say “no,” identify your triggers, and don’t dismiss your emotions.

This book will change your life.