Monday, 29 September 2014

Book Review (DNF): Fearless in Tibet by Matteo Pistono

Publisher: Hay House Inc
Publication Date: 27 May 2014
Genre: Memoir
Source: NetGalley / Publisher (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: eBook
Length: 384 pages



Overview:

Tertön Sogyal was a 19th century visionary saint whose mastery of meditation led him to become the revered teacher to the 13th Dalai Lama. Known for his deep spiritual insights and service to the nation of Tibet, Tertön Sogyal’s ability to harness the power of the mind was born of his own profound understanding of the Buddha’s teachings while engaging in the world. Tertön Sogyal’s life of striving for perfection against great odds is an example of courageous diligence appreciated by spiritual practitioners of all traditions. And his practical instructions on meditation and opening one’s heart in devotion are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime. In Fearless in Tibet, Matteo Pistono shares Tertön Sogyal’s essential teachings and life story; from the challenges Tertön Sogyal faced during his early yogic training, to exploring the mystic’s inner world of visions and spiritual revelations, to how he worked to bring peace and harmony in Tibet and China. Fearless in Tibet is a journey where the readers will gain their own insight for today’s challenges: transforming negativity into opportunity magnetizing auspiciousness by letting go of attachments resting in awareness of the present moment enriching life by embracing impermanence finding refuge in meditation recognizing the awakened state is already present within Combining riveting storytelling with Tertön Sogyal’s profound spiritual instructions, Fearless in Tibet will infuse the reader’s spiritual path with wisdom and inspiration, as if the mystical yogi himself were present.




My Review:


I found the beginning of this book to be overwhelming - it was  overloaded with names I could barely pronounce, but were nonetheless beautiful. I have never heard of Terton Sogyal before. 

I was expecting an inspiring story, but in fact it turned out to be completely different! The story line is fascinating, but you need to keep focus as it jumps between incarnations and people, which can be confusing.

There is so much information and, again, it gets very confusing - it can seem like an information dump to the uninformed. A lot of it probably went right over my head.

This book is well researched, but I found it to be a bit of a long and heavy read. Although it is really interesting, it just didn't grab me like I wanted it to. I thought it would be a bit more of an enlightening spiritual read. What I did learn from it was that you need to be strong and stand your ground even when it seems like the world is against you and that challenges will come your way and you just need to stay strong and have faith that you are doing what you are meant to do and it will make a difference. It was probably my lack of knowledge and understanding of Buddhism that worked against me. 

Finally Thoughts: Unfortunately this book just wasn't for me right now. 


Love

Chanzie



Saturday, 27 September 2014

MWYA Random Ramblings ~ Book Gif Tag - Tagged by Melissa from The Reader & The Chef





~ Book Gif Tag ~


I was tagged by 
Melissa Robles @ The Reader & The Chef 
to answer a list of 10 books with gifs! 


Oooh this looks like such a fun post to do.. Here we go!!

1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
It's on my to-read list.. I'll get there..


2. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
I need to try out this author soon!


3. Mind Games by Kiersten White
Who? How did I not know about this awesome book?


4. My Soul to Take by Rachel K. Vincent
I want to need to read it!


5. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Doesn't really grab me


6. Easy by Tammara Webber
Sounds good, love the cover - I'll check it out!


7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Ummm.. one of those I haven't read, know I should read and well...


8. The Host by Stephenie Meyer 
Loved the book and hated the movie


9. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
I won a copy and still need to read it! Heard great things about it!


10. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Can't wait to read it!!


I'm tagging!
Jessica @ Rabid Reads
Stephanie @ BookFever

Books:
  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  2. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  3. Fallen by Lauren Kate
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  5. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
  6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  7. Angelbound by Christina Bauer
  8. Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak
  9. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
  10. Few Are Angels by Inger Iversen

Hope you have as much fun doing this as I did!!


Monday, 15 September 2014

Cover Reveal: Shinigami Eyes by Cheree & Adam Smith


Hi there and welcome to the cover reveal of Shinigami Eyes by Cheree Smith designed by the lovely Silvia from Dark World Books. 



Series: Shinigami Eyes #1
Publisher: Dark Cherry Press
Genre: YA Paranormal Horror
Publication Date: 31 October 2014
Length: 300 pages


Overview:

Most children hope to grow out of their imaginary friends.


17-year-old Rin Waters’ only hope is that hers doesn’t kill someone, especially when said imaginary friend puts a boy in a coma. Finding herself shipped half-way around the world—to Japan, of all places—she is forced to live with grandparents she hasn’t seen for ten years and a cousin she can’t even remember.



Rin would rather just forget about the one night that ruined her life and pretend her imaginary friend doesn’t exist—if it was only that easy. When manga-obsessed otaku, Matt, won’t stop pestering her about a manga that sees the future and the tragic accident she’ll be involved in if she doesn’t listen to him, pretending becomes quite a challenge.



Suddenly mysterious accidents begin to happen to students in her school, and Rin has to wonder what length Matt is willing to go to prove his manga is real. Is it all a sham or is there really something that wants to see Rin and her new friends dead?



The Authors
Cheree Smith lives in the coastal city of Newcastle in Australia where she is studying graphics design and photography. When she is not hard at study, she is busy writing paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults. She enjoys listening to and learning about legends and myths, watching scary movies and dreaming up new worlds where monsters can come alive. When she is not in her writing cave she can be found listening to music, even dabbling in the occasional writing of music or reading.
Links: Website –  Blog – Twitter – Facebook – Goodreads

Adam Smith has always loved the Japanese culture, which began with his love of anime and manga. This helped him accomplish his goal of moving to Japan to become an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Iwate, Japan. When he’s not reading, writing or speaking Japanese, he is working on paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults with his sister, Cheree.
Links: Goodreads


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

~ Blogging break... My life needs me... ~


Hello lovelies

I thought I would let you know instead of just disappearing for a while that I will be taking a bit of a blogging break. I will be trying to catch up on some comments as well as just relaxing, writing my book and reading up a storm. I do have a tour or two scheduled this month so I definitely won't be MIA! 

I hope you guys understand and will be here when I get back! It will only be for the month of September.

If you miss me... Pop me a tweet or visit my Facebook page for my daily quote of the days!!