3.5 Star Books · Book Reviews · LGBTQIA+ Books · Medical · romance

Love to the Rescue by Radclyffe | #BookReview #LGBTQIA+ #RomanceBooks

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Love to the Rescue by Radclyffe

 

Rating: 3.5 stars

Published: April 1, 2019

Publisher: Radclyffe

Pages: 240

Genres: Romance, medical, LGBTQIA+

Recommend to fans of: Radl

 

Synopsis:

 

The last time Brody Clark left the Rivers, she walked away from her life―her foolish dreams, her few friends, and the secrets she’d kept from everyone. For ten years she’d told herself there was nothing in her past she cared about―not the family who’d given her a home or the one girl she never stopped thinking about. But now she’s back as part of the new medevac flight crew, for at least as long as it takes to finally bury her ghosts.
Val Valentine, DVM, planned on a big city boutique vet practice with high profile clients, easy hours, and lucrative profits. All until the man who was more father to her than her own asks for her help, and she ends up back in the backwater where all she has are bad memories.
Brody figures cutting her ties to the past would be a hell of a lot easier if she could only avoid the woman she’s never been able to forget. Since Val never even knew she was alive back in high school, that shouldn’t be too hard now. When their lives collide, both women discover what might have been is closer than they think.

 

Review:

Thank you to NetGalley and Radclyffe for the ebook copy to review.

Like:

– The publisher: almost always creates great books and many that are centered around the medical world
– ER, medics, vet practice all in one book – authentic and well written as always
– Lots of details to get to know the town and make it feel like you’re really there in the story
– Romance, but need to wait until more than half way through for it

Love:
– Good representation LGBTQIA+
– Romance in the medical field – a personal favorite of mine
– Medical info is well done – always makes for a much better, more authentic read
– There’s a trans character as well

Dislike:
– Couldn’t get into the book in the beginning – I read other books from the same author and was captivated right away. To be fair, I was tired when reading Love to the Rescue so that may have been a factor.
– The tension, awkwardness and almost hatred at the beginning
– Family drama – might be realistic but not enjoyable to read about

Wish that:
– Captured my attention more
– More of a feel good book. It’s not bad, but lately I’m not quite in the mood for drama and tension in my personal life.

Overall, good but not my favorite novel that I’ve read by Radclyffe. As always, I love the romance, medical field setting, and LGBTQIA+ centric characters. I didn’t love the tension and family drama throughout. I would still recommend Love to the Rescue by Radclyffe.

 

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3 Star Books · Book Reviews · Medical · non fiction · psychology

Conquering Stress and Fears: A Treatment Guide for Anxiety and Trauma-Related Disorders by Gustavo Kinrys M.D. 

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Conquering Stress and Fears: A Treatment Guide for Anxiety and Trauma-Related Disorders by Gustavo Kinrys M.D. 

Published: August 10, 2018

Publisher: Boston Press Group

Pages: 240

Genres: non fiction, psychology, medicine

Rating: 3 stars

Recommend to fans of: natural and alternative methods to cope with stress and anxiety, learning to better cope with life

Foodie Vibes: healthy foods and chamomile tea to relax

 

Synopsis: 

When you realize that anxiety, stress and even fear permeate every aspect of your life, you begin to wonder how you can eliminate these all-encompassing feelings. How can you reclaim those precious minutes of your life and become truly at peace with your mind? Conquering Your Stress and Fears by Dr. Gustavo Kinrys, M.D. quickly and easily guides you through the various options for tackling these feelings naturally, before you turn to conventional medications and treatments. From the nuances of supplemental approaches such as herbs or vitamins, mindfulness meditation and even emergent technologies, Dr. Kinrys

 

Review:

Thank you to NetGalley, Boston Press Group and Gustavo Kinrys M.D. for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me. 

Like:

  • Comprehensive overview of the topics discussed with more details for each
  • Easy to read and access the information: broken down into small segments with the chapters and a summary chart at the end of each chapter as well
  • Herbal remedies to help reduce anxiety – common, generally safe herbs to try such as chamomile, lemon balm, valerian, lavender
  • Easy to go back and review information at a later date
  • Meditation and mindfulness: different types of each are introduced and discussed

Love:

Dislike: 

  • Chamomile is suggested to help with IBS — Not really true. Only if it’s in an oil form, because chamomile tea is high FODMAP which is know to trigger symptoms in many people with IBS 

Wish that:

  • The information is more well rounded, not mainly focused on more medical based options for anxiety
  • More focus on therapy and behavioral techniques to first treat anxiety
  • Some of the wording was changed, as it read strangely. 

 

Overall, the book is a good comprehensive overview of many topics. It’s great for learning but you will probably need more information and research before implementing some of the techniques. If you’re looking for more food and herbal remedy based solutions for stress and anxiety, the book will be helpful. 

 

Question:

What types of alternative remedies have you used to deal with stress? I.e.: essential oils, mediation, herbal supplements, etc. 

 

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4 Star Books · Book Reviews · contemporary fiction · Medical · mental health · Young Adult

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 

Published: August 30, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 416

Genres: young adult, contemporary fiction, mental health 

Rating: 4 stars

Recommend to fans of: realistic portrayals of mental health struggles, homelessness and self harm, realistic non fluffy books

Foodie Vibes: peanut butter and bread — cheap, doesn’t require refrigeration and is filling — required for when times are tough 

 

Synopsis: 

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

 

Review:

Trigger warning: self harm, alcohol abuse, mentions of sexual assault

 

Girl in Pieces tells the story of Charlotte, a teenage girl who struggles with self harm. The book starts out with her hospitalized in a mental health facility. She doesn’t speak to anyone, but is glad to be there. Due to a lack of family support, she was homeless prior to the hospital. 

Girl in Pieces isn’t like many other young adult books featuring self harm. It tells the story of a different subset of teenage girls. I like that it gives a voice and a relatable character where there wasn’t one before. I also appreciated that the author didn’t glorify self harm. The story and Charlotte’s journey is very intense, almost a bit much for me at times. She has lots of ups and downs in her journey along the path to recovery and figuring out her future. It’s very realistic. 

While the representation is great, there are multiple aspects that I didn’t love. #1: her relationship with her boyfriend, for multiple reasons. Also, the fact that no one makes her go to school. No explanation about this either. When Charlotte was not making the best decisions for herself I was very frustrated for her. In general I enjoyed reading about her, but didn’t connect with her character as much as I would have liked. 

Overall, a well written story with great representation of self harm and other mental health struggles in general. The downsides didn’t mean a bad book, but more annoyances/frustrations on my part as a reader. Definitely worth checking out!

 

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3 Star Books · ARC Book Reviews · Book Reviews · Christmas · contemporary romance · Holidays · Medical · romance

New Release | The Army Doc’s Christmas Angel by Annie O’Neil

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The Army Doc’s Christmas Angel by Annie O’Neil

Published: December 1, 2018

Publisher: Harlequin Medical Romances 

Pages: 256

Genres: contemporary romance, romance, medical, holidays

Rating: 3 stars

Recommend to fans of: sweet holiday romances with a medical setting, caring people

Foodie Vibes: hot chocolate with marshmallows 

 

Synopsis:

Letting go of his past…

…to embrace their future!

In this Hope Children’s Hospital story, pediatrician Dr. Finn Morgan keeps himself fiercely private—after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he pushed everyone away. So his unexpected attraction to colleague, physiotherapist Naomi Collins, infuriates him! Something in her stunning eyes tells him she’s a survivor too. Christmas is a time for healing, maybe they’ll both find what they’ve both been looking for—in each other’s arms…

 

Review:

Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin Medical Romances, and Annie O’Neil for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

A story about kind medical professionals, the holidays, and romance will almost always make for a nice read. I enjoyed the book but didn’t love it. The main characters were great – caring, competent, and complex. However, I never really got into the book. Maybe because the writing makes me very aware that I’m reading words instead of fully pulling me into the story. To be fair, I was very tired while reading this book so my focus wasn’t as great as usual.

There’s plenty of holiday spirit packed into this fairly short read. If you like medical romances that are great for the holidays, consider giving The Army Doc’s Christmas Angel a read. 

 

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1 Star Book · Book Reviews · Medical · mental health · non fiction · Self Help

Does Nothing Help Your Anxiety? by Leonid Altshuler M.D.

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Does Nothing Help Your Anxiety? by Leonid Altshuler M.D.

Published: October 1, 2018

Publisher: Books Go Social

Pages: ?

Genres: non fiction, medical, mental health, self help

Rating: 1 star

Recommend to fans of: no one

Foodie Vibes: 2 meals per day, focused on meat based protein only

 

Synopsis:

Dr. Leonid Altshuler M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist, went through years of misdiagnosis and suffering, from high blood pressure, digestion problems, anxiety and insomnia, before he discovered an innate connection between stress, diet and physical and mental illnesses.

He sees thousands of patients in his practice complaining about anxiety as a major symptom, either a new onset of anxiety or an anxiety getting worse over time, with medication treatment being only partially successful or not successful at all.

Frequently their anxiety has an identifiable and naturally correctable cause, frequently missed or not discussed at all with the treatment providers.

Dr. Altshuier will point out the cause of many of these symptoms and provide practical recommendations as to how to correct these problems in this book. He has had a high success rate treating anxiety by implementing the strategies described and is happy to share his knowledge with readers.

This book does not replace the advice of your medical practitioner, it is intended to support the work of your medical practitioner and to help you or a loved one to achieve good health.

 

Review:

Thank you to NetGalley, Books Go Social, and the author for an ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

Unfortunately I cannot recommend this book. While it discusses ways to help with anxiety, most of the ways are not psychologically based or considered safe by most physicians. The author recommends extreme dietary changes to deal with anxiety, that are considered unhealthy by many people.

The book is mostly his personal story, which is valid and may work for him. The author also recommends to do daily relaxation and psychological work to help with anxiety. This would be very helpful for those with anxiety or anyone in general.

Overall, the book tells the author’s journey with anxiety, what’s worked and what didn’t. However, I can’t in good conscience recommend that most people make the dietary changes in the book. Of course always consult with your doctor first regarding your own health. 

 

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ARC Book Reviews · Book Reviews · Medical · non fiction · psychology · Self Help

ARC Review | Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey by Alice Robb

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Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey by Alice Robb

Published: November 20, 2018

Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages: 272 

Genres: non fiction, psychology, medical, self help

Rating: 4 stars

Recommend to fans of: dream analysis, psychology of sleep

Foodie Vibes: chamomile tea to help you sleep

 

Synopsis:

A fresh, revelatory foray into the new science of dreams—how they work, what they’re for, and how we can reap the benefits of our own nocturnal life

While on a research trip in Peru, science journalist Alice Robb became hooked on lucid dreaming—the uncanny phenomenon in which a sleeping person can realize that they’re dreaming and even control the dreamed experience. Finding these forays both puzzling and exhilarating, Robb dug deeper into the science of dreams at an extremely opportune moment: just as researchers began to understand why dreams exist. They aren’t just random events; they have clear purposes. They help us learn and even overcome psychic trauma.

Robb draws on fresh and forgotten research, as well as her experience and that of other dream experts, to show why dreams are vital to our emotional and physical health. She explains how we can remember our dreams better—and why we should. She traces the intricate links between dreaming and creativity, and even offers advice on how we can relish the intense adventure of lucid dreaming for ourselves.

Why We Dream is a clear-eyed, cutting-edge examination of the meaning and purpose of our nightly visions and a guide to changing our dream lives—and making our waking lives richer, healthier, and happier.

Review:

Thank you to NetGalley, Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Alice Robb for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me. 

Why We Dream is a highly interesting and informative read. I learned a lot about the history of dream research and sleep, lucid dreaming, the psychology of sleep, dream interpretation, the influence of culture on dreams, and much more. There’s a whole culture of people who focus on dream interpretation that I didn’t know about. It’s fascinating. I found myself relating the information I learned, to people in my life.

However, some aspects of dream culture are a little too out there for me, and probably most of mainstream culture.

Overall, a great read that blends the psychology of sleep with dream analysis. 

 

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5 Star Books · Book Reviews · Medical · mental health · non fiction · Self Help

When Life Hits the Fan: A Mindful Guide to Caring for Yourself While Caring For Others by Janet Fouts

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When Life Hits the Fan: A Mindful Guide to Caring for Yourself While Caring For Others by Janet Fouts

Published: August 15, 2018

Publisher: Tatu Digital Media

Pages: 162

Genres: non fiction, self help, mental health, medical

Rating: 5 stars

Recommend to fans of: resources to help with caregiving, all types of caregivers, learning to cope with the demands of caregiving – sanely

Foodie Vibes: quick nutritious cheap meals to fuel you for all the demands of the day

 

Synopsis:

More than 44 million Americans provide care for family members and friends with chronic illness or conditions that require day to day assistance.

In general, caregivers do this out of real compassion and love, or a sense of duty for the person they are caring for.

Often they find themselves thrown into roles that are unfamiliar and sometimes scary; like managing through the medical and insurance system to gain the best possible care for their loved one or understanding the options in the middle of a medical emergency. Stress levels can go through the roof, and over time stress wreaks havoc on the caregiver as well as their loved one.

If the caregiver also has a family, a job, and other responsibilities and caring for their loved one is added to their current roles. While it is a labor of love, it can be exhausting over time, and things start to fall through the cracks, including caring for their own health.

When Life Hits the Fan shares the experiences of a number of caregivers and activities that they can do to take care of themselves, body and soul. The practices in the book come from the author’s training in mindfulness, emotional intelligence and positive psychology as well as her own caregiving journey.

With a practical approach to stress reduction and easy to follow exercises, When Life Hits the Fan helps us understand what’s going on inside our minds and our bodies and ways to create resilience and care for ourselves.

 

Review:

Thank you to NetGalley, Tatu Digital Media and Janet Fouts for an ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

The book is exactly what I needed to read, as a caregiver. Seriously, if you’re a caregiver in any form, then you need to read the book. The information was so relatable, honest and helpful that I’m going to check out the author’s website for even more caregiving resources.

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “care for the caregiver.” It is absolutely true. We can’t take care of everyone else without first taking care of ourselves. It’s simply not sustainable in the long run. And most of us are caregivers, in some capacity, for the long term. The author teaches that your compassion needs to extend to yourself or it’s incomplete. So true!

The book is short but packed with helpful information and compassion. The author truly gets what it’s like to be a caregiver. The self care suggested is practical, affordable, generally short in duration, and can be done almost anywhere. I’ve heard some of these suggestions before, but it’s nice to have it all in one book.

When Life Hits the Fan would be great for reading while waiting for your loved one’s appointments, during a few minutes of downtime, etc. The book is accessible, helpful and comes from a compassionate place. I highly highly recommend it if you’re a caregiver in any capacity. 

 

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What do you do for self care?

 

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