60 minutes is all I was told it would take to read the books offered to me that share facts on historical figures and topics.
The two I managed to read contained viable information but it only took me about half an hour to read each book.
These books make for great references but are not good reading unless you enjoy reading biographies for leisure.
They left me feeling like I learned something but reading felt like more than a chore.
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Written in vignette-style sections and sonnet-like eloquence, “Love In Between” showcases strong writing from a young author who also makes a statement about young love being very real, and practically unavoidable.
With themes of young love, unrequited love, and torturous heartbreak, even loving someone who pines for someone else, Mercy’s poetry gives me still the same “you aren’t alone,” calm sensation that I have while reading the work of International best-sellers like Lang Leav.
Mercy’s poetry overall will leave you falling in love with the writer behind the few but powerful words.
CALLING ALL POETS and MICROPOETS! April is National Poetry Month and as always, I celebrate all month long by showcasing a new poem every day on my social media pages and by reviewing primarily poetry books all month long. So if you are a poet who knows it, and you have a book already out or about to come out, please email me by March 26, 2018 to be featured for the month of April. And yes, you get to skip the wait list line for free due to the high demand!
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So much love,
The Smart Cookie
I don’t know about you but one thing I never realized was what was actually in my food. Read any ingredients label and you find some strange terminology. Even organic products are always 100% natural.
This caused me to want to read Food Forensics by Mike Adams.
Despite the textbook-like feel of this book (which the author warns you on from the first page) there is a lot of information that anyone would and should be aware of especially those who are trying to eat cleaner.
- For example, did you know there is ARSENIC in most brand name apple juices?
Dr. Oz is even noted within this book as showcasing it on his show a study he did that revealed this somewhat disturbing truth.
- Mercury is a key ingredient used in CFL flourescent light bulbs.
- One fact that I directly was intrigued by is the hidden way aspartame appears in food under the name phenylalanine. It is fine in small doses but too much can lead to chemical imbalances in the body over time which leads to a decrease in the body’s amount of serotonin. Serotonin affects moods and also regulates sleep, appetite, and muscle contractions, and it even affects memory and learning abilities.
Despite the science and nutritional jargon, this book was incredibly in-depth and could be used as a reference for anyone who really wants to know what’s in your food. Chances are though, if you didn’t read Fast Food Nation like I did in high school, you won’t read this.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss until it makes you sick.
Mental Illness carries much of a stigma even though it is 2018. Finally, people are deciding to be open about it whether they themselves struggle with it or someone they know and love.
I believe it should be openly discussed so that those who struggle with it can get the help and healing they deserve.
And so began the reason I couldn’t say no to reading Ava St. Pierre’s memoir.
She’s this prestigious beauty queen who was a pretty big deal in Texas as well as the ability to dapple in the VIP lifestyle because of her Mrs. Texas America title.
Yet, her story is definitely one for the books which is why I was glad her daughter Sheree sent it to me.
Growing up in a family of seven children, they lived a cool, calm, and collected existence. That was until the storm hit.
By storm, I am referring to her mother’s fits of rage that caused a severe accident with one of Ava’s younger brothers. These fits of rage were eventually diagnosed as amnesia, paranoia, and schizophrenia, and her father decided to raise the children as a single parent which left Ava’s birth mother to remain homeless for most of her life.
One thing I loved about the memoir is how easy it was to read despite the heaviness in topic and themes, and how Ava remained positive and used her story to showcase that no matter what anyone goes through in life, they can either sit and feel sorry for themselves or they can share their story to encourage others.
And Ava succeeds at the latter, and her story will provide hope that life gets better no matter the severity of the storm and the after effects that remain.
I am putting together a testimonial video and would love to feature YOU if you’ve been positively affected by this community.
Whether we’ve worked together directly because you are an author or musician, or you are just an avid reader of my posts here, and supporter of this community, please send me:
- A 1 minute video telling everyone how the Smart Cookie Philes provided you with a sense of community
- OR a quote about The Smart Cookie Philes.
Email either option to email@example.com and you could see yourself in my video or your kind words.
Deadline for this testimonial is March 16, 2018.