“A Spell a Day: For Health, Wealth, Love, and More” By Cassandra Eason Review

Need money? Want more amour? Whatever your hearts desire, Cassandra Eason has a spell for it. Her fun, comprehensive compendium takes you through the year, with just the right magic to help make you prosperous, lucky, loved, and full of life. With its easy-to-use instructions and engaging, accessible design, its a must for anyone hoping to make dreams come true

For the record I bought this book on Ebay very long ago, (2015) back when I was 13 years old and interested in witchcraft and supernatural stuff. But along the way something happened and I’m very skeptical person now. With that being said lets get into the review.

As you might expect this book is nothing but “spells” which will help you get rich, turn into werewolf, find love, turn into vampire and other not so clever things which can’t happen by just lighting candles and saying some words in the woods. 

I can’t say much about these so-called spells because I don’t know who people review spells but if any of you know that please let me know.

After going doing my research on Goodreads about this book I found out that most of the people who have read this book liked it but I didn’t.

The language in this book was pretty simple but some explanations were really hard to understand. It might be something to do with English being my second language but yet again I never read any spells before this book.

As I’ve said above I’m very skeptical person when it comes to everything out of the ordinary and magic is one of these things Im very skeptical towards. And this person didn’t do a good job at conniving me that magic is real.

For the most part it felt like a textbook from the Hogwarts which have been removed from the use. And it wasn’t even good enough for Hogwarts because it felt like it was trying way to hard to look like something from Hogwarts but not fitting. 

I give this book 1 / 5

“Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties” By Tom O’Neill Review

A journalist’s twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders brings shocking revelations about the most infamous crimes in American history: carelessness from police, misconduct by prosecutors, and even potential surveillance by intelligence agents. What really happened in 1969?

If you want to get into true crime books then this book is probably one of the best choice to begin that journey with. Because the language here is very basic, its easy to understand because the author really is connecting the dots here. This book is interesting from beginning to end which a handful of the crime books fail to do that. And the author of this book really had done the proper work on his investigation and have shows us some hard evidence and not just half-evidence or his opinion and speculation about the case. Which I really appreciate. 

I wanted to read this book for a very long time because I’ve been interested in the Charles Manson and his cult for couple of years now and ill always thought that there were something more into it than what the book to Vincent Bugliosi were telling us. And this book is the answer if there is something more into Charles Manson, his cult, Helter Skelter, the 60s and CIA back in the day.

The writing style in this book is completely amazing, you can see that the author of this book really have a passion for this case and that he is really good at writing. The writing style felt like Stephen King and George R R Martin together wrote a nonfiction book about a crime case. And if you know me, you know that I don’t compare an author to Stephen King and George R R Martin unless the author really deserves it. And Tom O’Neil really deserves it, because he really didn’t an incredible job on this book. 

The author of this book really puts Charles Manson’s case in a brand new light. Which I thought wasn’t possible because this case was covered a million times before in every way possible. So when Tom O’Neil is presenting this case in a brand new light really had surprised me because it gives us new perspective on this case, new ideas about this case and makes us form new opinions about Charles Manson, his cult, The 1960s and CIA back in the day. And I’m all about that. 

The fact that the author of this book also points out some of the inconsistencies to Vincent Bugliosi’s book about this case and supported what he is saying with evidence makes me give the book extra points.

However what have annoyed me about this case is that almost the entire book seemed not like a true crime book but rather a journey to a man who was truly obsessed with this case for 20 years. Which really disappointed me when it came to that aspect of this book. 

Another problem which I have with this book is that Tom O’Neil gives us too many theories of what might be the truth. Every time a true crime book gives us too many theories really pisses me off because its almost like the author goes like “I don’t know, solve the case yourself”. 

The third things which really annoyed me here is the segment of this book where the authors was talking about then secret programs to CIA in the late 1960s. These parts really felt to me at least very boring and like the author really didn’t want to talk about them. And when the author was talking about these secret programs to CIA all I wanted was to throw the book in the trash because it was so goddamn boring. 

I give this book 3 / 5

“Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone” By Eduardo Galeano Review

Throughout his career, Eduardo Galeano has turned our understanding of history and reality on its head. Isabelle Allende said his works “invade the reader’s mind, to persuade him or her to surrender to the charm of his writing and power of his idealism.”Mirrors, Galeano’s most ambitious project since Memory of Fire, is an unofficial history of the world seen through history’s unseen, unheard, and forgotten. As Galeano notes: “Official history has it that Vasco Núñez de Balboa was the first man to see, from a summit in Panama, the two oceans at once. Were the people who lived there blind??

So this book isn’t a typical book because it is rather a collection of very short summarises of everything.

Some of these so called short stories were good, but most of them weren’t. And it kind of annoyed me that a lots of these short stories were about religion. Because I personally I’m the biggest atheist which you can imagine. 

The writing style in this book was okay but it could have been better than it actually was. But it is too late to change it now. 

One of the things which an annoyed me the most with this book was that it jumped too much around. And I hate when this happened. 

The reason why I read this book was that someone recommend it to me for whatever reason. And after reading it I don’t know why this person has recommended this book to me. Because I didn’t like anything about this book

I give this book 1 / 5

“My Struggle: Book Two: A Man in Love” By Karl Ove Knausgård Review

Having left his first wife, Karl Ove Knausgaard moves to Stockholm, Sweden, where he leads a solitary existence. He strikes up a deep friendship with another exiled Norwegian, a Nietzschean intellectual and boxing fanatic named Geir. He also tracks down Linda, whom he met at a writers’ workshop a few years earlier and who fascinated him deeply.

So this book was my first book by this author and probably the last because I truly hated this book because it was nothing for me. If this book did anything for me it was just to make me want to never get married. Because the way how the author describes his life and how he left his first wife and how he treated his second wife gave me an idea of how much of assholes some people can be. 

The writing style was the worst I’ve seen for very long which oh boy really speaks for itself. It might have something to do with me being very picky since last December.

The plot itself really sucked, Because I personally don’t care of the life of someone I never heard before. And during reading this book this plot made me dislike the author more and more.

To be honest here, I gotta admit that this book is probably the most boring book I’ve read since 2020. I really didn’t care for it and I’ve tortured myself with reading this book. And this book is a sign that I’ve should DNF books which I don’t like rather than suffer and torture myself with them.

This book really takes the price for the worst autobiography so far, which is truly a price now on days because there are dozens and dozens of autobiographies. 

This book was really a waste of time and money. And I truly wished that I’ve never read this book because I wouldn’t lose anything and I would have time to read something different instead.

I give this book 1 / 5 

“Siege: Trump Under Fire” By Michael Wolff Review

A stunningly fresh narrative that begins just as Trump’s second year as president is getting underway and ends with the delivery of the Mueller report, Siege reveals an administration that is perpetually beleaguered by investigations and a president who is increasingly volatile, erratic, and exposed

So this one is politics / nonfiction books about the presidency of Donald Trump. And I gotta say that it was much better than I’ve expected that it would be.

I give this book extra points for the behind the scenes look at Trump’s second year in the oval office. 

This book really gives a better look at how really Donald Trump is and how a big of a dick he can be. A good example for this can be when the book mentions that Donald Trump wishes he hadn’t given Don Trump Junior his name. Or even when the book mentions that Donald Trump didn’t want to visit his recently born grandchild in the hospital. 

This book overall gives us the felling that Donald Trump is a grim guy with bad behaviour.

When I was getting into this book I was expecting high-level of leaks and some kind of national security drama. But instead the author offers us pure gossip and how fucked up Donald Trump can be. Which makes the fact that Donald Trump never drank alcohol nor taken any drugs even more bizarre. Because let’s be honest Donald Trump seems like he is drunk or high of his mind all the time based on the things he says and does.

However I give this book extra points for bringing us closer to the Muller investigation which I didn’t know so much about but wanted to know more about it. 

Overall this book was an entertaining and interesting read which I didn’t expect it would be.

This book involves juice topics like Rudy Giuliani’s drinking problem, Karen Pence drama and the behind-the-scenes family scuffles and other drama at Fox News.

This book also shows how big of a role Donald Trump’s kids played during his presidency which always is a bad idea to have your family involved when you are the president of a big and important country.

The writing style was actually pretty amazing, it was interesting and it made you feel like you were actually there and watching what was happening during Donald Trump’s second year in the oval office.

I give this book 3 / 5

“Piękna bestia” By Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa Review

A novel about Irma Grese, one of the most cruel and bloody women in the history of the world. Irme, a supervisor of female blocks in several concentration camps, is responsible for the deaths of the women. The prisoners called her the angel of death, the beautiful beast, or the Belsen bitch. She was a perverse sadist. After the war, she was tried and sentenced to death at the age of just 22. Her story is told by a woman who became Grese’s sex slave at the age of 12

Let me start of with saying that at the time of the writing this book is only available in two languages which is Polish and Spanish. And I truly hope that soon enough this book will be translated into more languages because a lots of people will find it useful to read.

This book is about a woman named Violeta Flores Anaya who was a slave to Irma Grese. 

Irma Grese was one of the most gruesome and evil people of Nazi Germany and who did kill hundreds and hundreds of woman and kids in the concentrations camps during World War 2. 

I’m very interested in World War 2 and the holocaust and when I saw that this book was for sale in my native language which is Polish (for these of you who didn’t know) I just needed to buy this one and read it. 

I gotta say that this book was not the greatest book about the topic of World War 2 and the evil shit which was happening at that time but it isn’t the worse neither. This book is in the middle.

The writing style could be better, because there are times when it switches writing style in the middle of the page which should be illegal to do.

At the end a huge part is about the person who was interviewing Violeta Flores Anaya which really killed the mood in the book. Because everyone who picks up a book about World War 2 or Holocaust doesn’t want to read about problems of the person who is writing the book or even interviewing the person who lived through the World War 2 and Holocaust. 

The main history in this book is very interesting but its very poorly written which really sucks because this book had the chance to be a bestseller and famous book. 

And after my humble and long research I couldn’t find even one word about Violeta Flores Anaya which means that lived under the rock all her life despite the fact that she was involved with the infamous Irma Grese or it could mean that this book is just bull shit and she didn’t even exist. 

There are a lots of information about Irma Grese and the rapes which took place during World War 2 by Nazi soldiers and the higher places nazi people. But there is zero words about Violeta Flores Anaya. Which is really suspicious. 

After I finished this book I give it 3 stars but after I found out that very likely Violeta Flores Anaya exist I changed it to 1 star.

I give this book 1 / 5

“Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know” By Adam M. Grant Review

Think Again is a book about the benefit of doubt, and about how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy of being wrong. Evidence has shown that creative geniuses are not attached to one identity, but constantly willing to rethink their stances and that leaders who admit they don’t know something and seek critical feedback lead more productive and innovative teams.

So this one is one of the better nonfiction / psychology books i’ve read so far. But to my excuse I didn’t read so many psychology books yet.

I like this book much because of asked you very important questions which you might not have thought about before reading this book. 

This book is full of useful social psychology research which surprisingly wasn’t so complained because the author here explained them in way and understandable way for everyone to read no matter if you have multiple bachelor’s degrees in psychology or if you didn’t even graduated high school.

Every social psychology research in this book is very good and in a easy way summarised as well as very good presented for everyone to get interested in this book. 

The writing style in this book is amazing, and it has an easy and understandable language. So that everyone would understand what the author is talking about. 

This book also goes straight to the point and not like most nonfiction books which are jumping around the main subject.

This book is very interesting and engaging which every nonfiction book should be. Because every nonfiction book have a lots we can learn from them and if they aren’t engaging and interesting we wont learn so much from them.

There are also times when this book will make you giggle and smile at times which also gives this book extra points. 

And gotta say that this book is an eyeopener. 

I give this book 4 / 5

“The Diary of a Young Girl” By Anne Frank Review

Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is an inspiring and tragic account of an ordinary life lived in extraordinary circumstances that has enthralled readers for generations. In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a ‘secret annexe’, fearing discovery.

This one is really worth reading because it opens your eyes on things you probably didn’t think about or consider. Of course this one is hard to read at times because of what Anne Frank had written about the life in her hidden place and how it really is to be hidden for over then 2 years which is a fucking long time.

It’s important to say that this book might not be for everyone, because of the harsh reality of it and the tragic life which Anne Frank and her family had. 

For everyone who is interested in World War 2 just like me this book is a must read because it gives you a perspective from a jews girl who was very optimistic and hoped for the best even when she knew that the reality might be very different then what she hopes it would be some day.

This book is very different from most books about World War 2 because it comes from a perspective of a little jew girl who was in hiding with her family for over 2 years to escape the Holocaust. 

This book is really hard to review because it’s not a typical book in which you can point out things you like and not like. This book is essentially a diary written by a girl during war time and you sort of cant say “oh, this is wrong” because people who didn’t go through Holocaust dont know what it really was like to suffer in these fucking places. 

But of course this diary / book was written by a 13 / 14 year old girl which means that there are a lots of cringe moments in it. So be warned about that.

This book at times also feels like a hardcore history lesson which not everyone will like, but I guess that there are people who are like me and prefer to rather have a hardcore history lesson than a censured history lesson.

There were also times were this book felt like a major gossip written by a teen girl who is shitty about her parents because they didn’t allow her to do things which she wanted to do. 

I give this book 3 / 5

“Hjertet mot steinen” By Adrian Pracon Review

On July 22, 2011, AUFs and Norwegian Pole Adrian Pracon will face Anders Behring Breivik on Utøya. Pracon prays for his life, but realizes deep down that he is going to die. For a few long seconds, he waits for the shot that will end his life. But the mass murderer lowers his weapon, turns around and walks away.

At the time of writing this book is only available in Polish and Norwegian so keep that in mind. 

This book is a nonfiction book about the July 22, 2011 Norway attacks written from the survivors perspective.

This book was much better than “One of Us” by Åsne Seierstad which was reviewed on the blog somewhen in 2020. (LINK HERE.) But it wasn’t so good to get 5 stars. Because there were various errors which didn’t go so well with me at least. 

The writing style was pretty decent but there were parts where the writing could have been better than it was. 

The whole book is pretty closed-off, and the author sort of tells you how you should feel about things you read in this book. Which shouldn’t happen in books especially when it comes to nonfiction books because everyone will more or less react and feel differently about the same things. And by doing this the author will make it super hard for many readers to like or even relate to what they are reading. 

There were many times in this book where it felt like you are just reading someone’s letter to his / hers therapist and not like you are reading a nonfiction book. It might have been the authors way of dealing with the trauma after the attack but still it didn’t feel like something which should have published for many people read. 

Half of the book was about days and events which the author have done in days leading to July 22, 2011 and pretty much of the topic which this book was about. The whole topic of what it was like to be on the island when the shooting happened tok maximum 10 pages. And then the book went to the criticising and bitching about the predator and the court trails which happened. 

If you want to read something which really will make you think and still is about the July 22, 2011 Norway attacks then you should much rather choose “One of Us” by Åsne Seierstad than this one because 60% of this book is about the authors life before the shooting massacre on that island, 5% is about the shooting and 35% is about the court trails. 

The author could have used more time on it and plan it out much more. It would have been so much better if the author would have written bigger book than what it is (only 170 fish pages) and focus much more on what happened on the island and the court trails than about his life pre July 22, 2011.

I give this book 3 / 5

“Thinking, Fast and Slow” By Daniel Kahneman Review

In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour.

This one is definitely a must read book, because there are a lots of things which you will learn about your brain and yourself. And most of these things are things which you probably didn’t think about before.

This book explains also a lots of psychological reasons behind the decisions and action we take even when we dont think about it. Dont worry this book explains this in a very easy and smooth way and everyone will at least understand 50% of this book.

I need to give this book points for being very quick read at least for me. 

By reading this book you can just skip reading books like “Black Swan”, “Blink”, “Nudge” and very likely hundreds of other Behavioural Economics books because this one really covers what most Behavioural Economics books leak to cover. 

If you are interested in psychology or in why human beings behave the way they behave you should read this book. 

I need to be honest and say that this book is pretty lengthy, self-conscious and a challenging read if it is your first book about psychology. But you will gain a lots out of this book when you only give it a try. 

This book gives you a fascinating and very interesting study of the human mind. But also about how people make decisions together with how the decision-making process can be improved.

This book was written by a Nobel-prize-winning economist which can be trusted that he isn’t feeding us bull shit. 

I give this book 4 / 5