The Chronically Unhappy Narcissist (Transcend Mediocrity Book 314)

written by: J. B. Snow, Narrated by: Anneliese Rennie

I don’t know what I expected from this book, but I did not expect it to be what basically seemed like a pity party for the narcissist.  I doubt that is what the author intended, but I also question the author’s credibility regarding psychological issues.  Apparently she has written hundreds of books about narcissists and egocentric behavior, but the subject of this book is not even necessarily someone suffering from true narcissistic personality disorder.

The “poor narcissist” that is chronically unhappy in this book was raised by narcissistic parents (or at least one of them) and is surrounded by other narcissists and co-dependents, consciously or unconsciously conspiring against him and causing him unhappiness in a myriad of ways.

The book describes how his actions and the actions of those he is close to undermine him. There is no mention of how to deal with him successfully, and barely any detail included on what causes an individual to become a narcissist, other than being raised by one.

On a more positive note, though the book was written by someone who appears to be churning out inauthentic psychological information like a mill, the narration is quite animated.  That’s the best thing I can say: the narrator does well with the material she has been given.

I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.

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Education From Infancy (Part 1: An Early Start)

This book is the first in a set of 4 and contains a clear and well thought out plan that the author used to educate his grandson from infancy.  He used math concepts extensively because the early concepts are easy to grasp and encourage logical thinking.

This book could be used at any age and doesn’t need to be strictly adhered to.  It would benefit anyone hoping to prepare their child for pubic school, as the basis for a homeschooling effort, or for anyone needing to learn basic math concepts in a low-stress, non-threatening way.

Excellently organized start to early educational concepts.

I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

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How We Use English to Communicate: An Introduction

by Kenneth D. Chastain

english.jpgThe author explains the rules of English grammar in easy-to-understand language and includes worksheets for learners, but he proposes that what students have trouble with are the terminology.  I would disagree.  I think the explanations and worksheets are extremely useful and there is no need to scrap the conventional terms.

I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

I, Parrot: A Graphic Novel (Paperback)

by Deb Olin UnferthElizabeth Haidle (Illustrations)

i parrot What an interesting way to convey a story filled with difficult situations and emotions!  The graphic novel format illustrated in shades of grey is perfect for Daphne’s struggle and belies the bits of (unintentional?) humor of her situation.

It’s a glimpse into a short time in her life, but still manages to pull you in and make you understand the depth of her character.

I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Nocturnals

The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals
Nocturnals

 Written by Tracey Hecht & Rumur Dowling, Illustrated by Waymond Singleton

Cute and silly illustrations, written for children grades 1-2.  Simple story, but… (spoiler alert!), on page 44 one character introduces another without ever having been told their name and…I’m not sure all of the creatures and fruit featured in this book actually exist in the same geographical areas naturally.  I could be mistaken, and maybe it shouldn’t even matter in a book geared for young children.  Perhaps I am taking the magic out of the story.  There are fun facts in the back of the book also.  If I had to describe the book in one word it would be: adorable.

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

The Old Indian

the old indianwritten by John Isaac Jones, narrated by James H Kiser

For a short story of only four chapters and 25 minutes long, it is amazing how chock full of stereotypes it happens to be.

There is a moral to this distasteful story, but it’s as equally disappointing as the narration.

Two thumbs down.

I received this audiobook from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

readersofbrokenwheelThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by  Katarina Bivald

This book was an absolute delight to read and I adore the cover design as well.

When Sara arrives in the lazy town of Broken Wheel, Iowa, she is startled to discover that the pen pal she traveled all the way from Sweden to meet and stay with has passed away.

The town inhabitants make it their duty to make sure that she enjoys her stay, despite the unfortunate circumstances.

Sara needs something to keep her occupied and has the brilliant idea to use the books that she and her friend Amy had bonded over and an empty storefront to start a bookstore–with the town’s approval, of course.  She is thoroughly convinced that there is a book out there for everyone.  Some people just need more convincing than others.

We get a front row seat as Broken Wheel changes Sara, and Sara changes Broken Wheel.