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God Wants a Powerful People by Sheri Dew

There are so many blessings we can receive and this book talks about how to get them and why we should want them. There are many quotes from scriptures and general authorities as well as personal anecdotes to illustrate the author’s points. I took so many notes as I read. It’s really packed with some great little bits! I highly recommend this book to all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who wish to increase their faith and the power of God in their lives.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 136
Pages Read in 2018: 35,369
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Understanding Temple Symbols by Jack M. Lyon

I learned so much from this book! Understanding Temple Symbols is full of scriptures, quotes from general authorities, and religious art (images and explanation). It is careful not to cross the line into revealing sacred things, yet is very clear for anyone who has ever attended the temple. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand what they learn in the temple a little bit better.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 122
Pages Read in 2018: 31,820
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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

When April May stumbles across a giant sculpture in the middle of the night she has no idea how crazy her life is about to get. She is catapulted to the heights of internet fame and thrown right into the mystery of the Carls.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a very strange, yet very engrossing book. I was completely sucked in rather quickly and it thoroughly kept my attention if only because I really wasn’t sure where in the world the story was going. It kept springing crazy things on me that I wasn’t expecting. So that’s really good. But then there were the negatives. The first tenth of the book contains so many cuss words. After the first tenth, the number dramatically decreases, though when the storyline gets a bit thin the f-words and s-words appear in large numbers again. I kind of felt like the author was trying to capture people’s interest through overuse of the f-word (totally unnecessary as the story itself captures interest and, at least for me, the ridiculous number of cuss words made me less interested in continuing to read). The end is a cliffhanger and it really annoys me when books end like that. Almost like the author is saying, “ha, ha, now you get to buy another book when I write it.” Will I buy it and read it? Yup. Because, while it was super weird, I did like the book. I recommend it to late teens and up who like to read weird sci-fi.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 119
Pages Read in 2018: 30,948
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Fear by Bob Woodward

If even half of what those Woodward interviewed for Fear said is true, that’s one crazy administration we’ve got there in Washington. Mostly, the book just confirms what we’ve been hearing since the election and stitches it together in a basic timeline. The writing style is engaging. Sometimes it’s hard to read, though, because it can be repetitive and also makes you sad about the current leadership of the country. I only recommend reading this book if you do not have high blood pressure.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 115
Pages Read in 2018: 29,652
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In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman

In our society, we’ve become addicted to always being connected, having instantaneous communication, and constantly being entertained by one device or another. This has improved many parts of our lives. But there are consequences. In Praise of Wasting Time presents some of the research both of problems with our constant connection and benefits of wasting time and urges us to just stop on occasion and enjoy life. Take a walk and think. Write in a journal about wherever your mind takes you. Play a mindless game of solitaire while your subconscious mulls over a task. The weird thing is, all evidence points to spending a little bit of “wasted” time will actually improve creativity, happiness, and productivity. I highly recommend reading this book (and putting the ideas into practice). It’s short so you can read it in one or two sittings if you want. It could change your life for the better.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 55
Pages Read in 2018: 13,426
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Filed under Reason: It sounded interesting, Self-Help/Motivation