Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? April 18 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

I got a surprising email from Goodreads announcing that I am a top 1% reviewer!

I've been posting reviews on this community site since 2008. It's great to be recognized for my contribution, an accomplishment after so many years of posting.

Got some great books in my mailbox this past week!

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences

The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron

Matt Tremain publishes Verité, a modest blog dedicated to writing about the truth and exposing scams. Currently, he’s following up on rumors concerning something called CleanSweep, a mysterious project in Toronto, Canada.

Matt gets his break when a whistleblower connects CleanSweep to billionaire Charles Claussen. Claussen plans to rid Toronto of undesirables, beginning with street people and extending to any citizens who don’t match Claussen’s restrictive screening matrix.

With the help of a high-ranking government official, Claussen plans to incite riots and violent unrest, conning Torontonians into sacrificing privacy and civil liberties for illusionary security and safety. Toronto will be reduced to a repressive city-state.

The information overwhelms Matt, who doubts he has the courage, skill, or readership to take on CleanSweep. But the murder of his source convinces the blogger to take a stand—although he’s too late to prevent chaos from gripping Toronto’s streets.

To get the word out, Matt’s going to need allies. He may have found some in a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter pursuing the same story—presuming they aren’t allied with Claussen. If they are, Matt’s going to become yet another victim of CleanSweep, and the truth will be buried forever.

Guide to Natural Mental Health by William Jiang, MLS

The thrust of this book is nutrition and complementary therapies for digital addiction, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia. Truisms that have been passed down through the ages about mental health that have stood the rigors of scientific inquiry are presented. The role of nutrition in ameliorating anxiety is discussed. Light is thrown on the benefits of meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, exercise, the healing power of music, and the detrimental effects of playing too many video games or viewing too much pornography on depression. 

Next, the role of nutrition in helping manage bipolar disorder is included. The effect of light on bipolar disorder and the importance of good sleep hygiene is underlined. Then, how nutrition affects depression is discussed. A question relevant to many of us, “What are the effects of being indoors all the time?” is delved into. A long list of things that can be helpful for ameliorating depression is presented including: natural herbal remedies, meditation, religion, yoga, the effect of too much or too little light, the role of exercise in fighting depression, the role of music on the mood, the role of a positive social network in recovery, the role of pets, the harmful effects of the digital lives we lead, and the healing power of scent. 

Finally, the amazing fact that nutrition can sometimes prevent psychosis in its beginning stages before it becomes fully-blown schizophrenia is looked at. Additional mental health tips added to third edition.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Posts From Last Week:

The Sound of Belief by Ebony Archer (Spotlight and Giveaway!)

In the Context of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz (Review and Giveaway)

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Hope you all have a great reading week.

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  1. What a great reward for your efforts, Laura - Well Done!
    I am looking forward to Melanie's newest as well - enJoy ;)
    I think there's at least one book in particular you'll like from my week's lineup - ;)
    Have a great reading week...

    1. Thanks so much! I'm off to visit your blog. You always have such great books featured.

  2. A wide range of reads, the psychology one sounds really interesting. Congrats on being so active on Goodreads.

  3. Cadence of Gypsies sounds intriguing. I hope you enjoy reading this week!

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  4. Nice recognition from GR, Laura! Enjoy your new books and have a great week.

  5. I was surprised to get that notice from Good Reads too. It looks like I'm in good company. Enjoy your new books!

  6. I am intrigued by the role of nutrition in mental health...I think the body chemistry has a lot to do with these issues, and finding something other than medications, which can have harsh side effects, sounds like a promising direction.

    I know that physical exercise can help diminish depression...

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    1. I agree with you, Laurel. It's a topic that has intrigued me for years now and I think we need to continue to be aware of alternatives.

      Thanks for visiting!

  7. Congrats on your award!! Good job.

    I received that e-mail too, but wasn't sure what it was about. :) Are we to do something?

    I like the cover and title of THE BEAUTIFUL PRETENDER.

    Have a great week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    1. Not surprised you got recognition too! No, I don't think we need to do anything. It was great just to be notified.

    2. Ok...thanks.

      Wasn't sure what to do with it.

  8. The Clean Sweep Conspiracy looks like fun. I'm especially intrigued because it's set in Toronto.

  9. All of these look good. I am enjoying the sci fi world of The Path right now.
    Enjoy your week.

  10. Oh I love books about gypsies. Hope it turns out to be a good read.


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