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Book Review: The Lost Symbol

Cross-posted on my new My Opinion Matters blog!

I just finished reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, so I figured I’d put a few thoughts together. And I’m going to try to do with without any spoilers…if I spoil it for you, I’m sorry!! (And let me know so I can reword it…)

I’m a fan of Mr. Brown – I’ve enjoyed all of his books; probably because I can set aside some things and realize that it’s a novel. I don’t take everything he writes as truth – even though I know that around the novel part are things that are absolutely true. I really enjoy the way he makes you think about things.

With The Lost Symbol, he does a lot of the same stuff…uses the Bible and the Masons to create a conspiracy theory-type story. And while I was entertained with this one, and enjoyed following Langdon on his newest adventure – it seemed like a lot of the same type of stuff. Codes to be broken (makes sense – that’s what Langdon does), bad guys to find and figure out, things the world isn’t ready to know yet…yadda, yadda, yadda.

And I was a little disappointed that I was able to figure out a major plot-line…all by myself! I mean, I was proud of myself for doing it…but still.

So… I’m happy I read it, and I love that there are so many facts and real places/technology/sciences that are new to me, but Mr. Brown needs to find a way to spice up an old recipe if he’s going to continue to write about Langdon (and I hope he does!).

Book Review – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More

twins-and-moreI just finished reading Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan Heim.

How can you not like a book when it starts out with a quote from Aerosmith? *grin*

Seriously, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More is a wonderful book. I could relate to so many of the stories. (Ya…I was totally right there with the woman who had a nervous breakdown that she wouldn’t be able to tell her twins apart once she removed the hospital IDs … until her husband gently reminder her that all she had to do was remove their diapers. Yep – boy/girl twins LOL!) I laughed out loud at some of the stories; shed a tear for a few others. But mostly, I found myself nodding in agreement with what I was reading, thinking “oh ya – I remember that” or “oh man – I can totally see that happening soon!” I have to admit that I did skip over some of the stories – I simply couldn’t relate at all – but with so many different ones, that’s bound to happen.

This book is perfect for busy moms. The stories are short and sweet and I could usually get through at least one before being interrupted. If you are a Taxi-mom like me, Twins and More is great for waiting in the car for the kids’ activities to finish up; read a story or two and you’re set!

For more information about Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More visit: www.chickensoup.com.