I'm a GoodReads user testing new waters after the serious website changes. I mostly read fiction, usually Anglophone classics/ modern classics; I like nonfiction (mostly social and cultural history), good fantasy and graphic novels. For guilty pleasure, I read advice and how-to books. I made at least two reading resolutions recently; 1. read less, live more; 2. read books which give me more pleasure. I have poor filters, and books I find stylistically pleasing tend to be depressing, so I need to do something about that; if you think you know a book that is very well written, but won't make me weep, please drop me a line.

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha - Tara Brach
We spend our life and energy defending our life rather than living it fully.
I bought this book as a way of expressing gratitude for Tara's podcasts, which helped me get through an Eeyorish spell last year.

* The book is a combination of description of monotonously presented, "before-after"-style case studies, Tara's commentary, and guidance on spiritual practice; the podcasts are mostly commentary and guidance.
* There's not much new material in the book for the person who has already been listening to the podcasts for a while, but it gives relatively more (still not much) insight into Tara's personal life, if that's what you're after.
* While I love the way her personality is perceptible in podcasts, the warm humour is nearly all lost in the book, and although I dutifully read it from start to finish, there were only two, maybe three, moments when I really 'connected' to what and how was being written.

If in doubt whether to read/ buy the book, I would advise you to start with podcasts first - you will find them here:

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