February Book Haul 2017

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TheBreakaway
Zy Marquiez
March 5, 2017

January’s Book haul opened the year up with some portentous books, and February continued that pattern to boot.

Without further ado, let’s begin:

Philosophy Of Tolkien: The Worldview Of Lord Of The Rings by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

Having been reading quite a bit of Kreeft’s work in the last 6 months, it was intriguing to see him have a book which show insights on Lord Of The Rings.  The review of this is coming soon.

Summerhill School: A New View Of Childhood by A.S. Neil

Summerhill is a school that strove to allow children the ability to make choices in school in nigh everything that affects them, thus allowing them the option to be democratic in the very thing that will form the foundation for their life: education.  It’s an intriguing read, and if you are interested to read more about it check the review here.

On The Shoulder Of Hobbits: The Road To Virtue With Tolkien & Lewis by Louis Markos

This book, like The Philosophy of Tolkien, is part of my recent binge on all-things Tolkien, and it was quite the book.  Markos does an exemplary job of giving salient examples of virtues which are sprinkled throughout the works of Tolkien & Lewis, and does so in cogent fashion.  Review of this coming soon, too.

Making Choices, Practical Wisdom For Every Moral Decision by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

The topic of morality doesn’t get enough attention, and having never taken a course on morality, nor done any research on it, thought it prudent to see what gems of wisdom one could glean from such a book like this.

Confessions Of A Reformed Southern Belle – A Poet’s Collection Of Love, Loss & Renewal by
Tosha Michelle

Am about half way through this.  Anyone that’s read Tosha’s poetry will know her type of work, which is always engaging as it is emotive.  Tosha is to poetry what stars are to the night sky.  A veritable Sorceress of the written word, in this book Tosha infuses her emotions on paper and holds nothing back.  It’s really a rather heartfelt read so far.  A review of this will come soon.

The Hobbit Party: The Vision Of Freedom That Tolkien Got, And The West Forgot by Jay Richards

Thrice is nice?  This is another one within the Tolkien-binge-series yours truly has been ensconced in.  The Hobbit Party features insights on philosophy, theology, political theory, and much more.  Looking forward to reading this.

The Best Things In Life- A Contemporary Socrates Looks At Power, Pleasure, Truth & The Good Life by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

This is the foundation or Kreeft’s Socrates Meets Series, which essentially is the author’s fictional foray into questioning the greatest minds in philosophy through the fictional character of Socrates.   The author explores many salient issues such as money, education, morality, etc.  Looking forward to reading this very much.

The Collected Poems Of William Wordsworth by William Wordsworth

Hoping to engage in some of Wordsworth’s work, which has always intrigued me, and this  collection seemed a proper beginning.

Starcraft Evolution by Timothy Zahn

This is Sci-fi novel for the Starcraft fan.  If you haven’t read any of the previous books, or know about the game, this will probably not make much sense even though the author’s writing is pretty good.  Starcraft essentially follows three separate species, Humans being one of them, through their ongoing conflicts.  Might or might not write a review on it, we’ll see.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Susanne Collins

If you haven’t heard of the Hunger Games, feel free to click the X on the top right of the screen.  Just kidding!  Although have seen the movie, haven’t read the books, so thought it might be intriguing to actually read them since books are magnitudes superior to any movie.

Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying & Healing The Body Through Oral Cleansing by Dr. Bruce Fife.

Having been oil pulling for nigh 3 years, thought it prudent to research this further, and lo and behold, there was one sentence that was worth the entire price of the book, which wasn’t much anyways considering how much you gain from it.  If you’re looking for a simple way to help your health, ponder getting his book, or at least learning about oil pulling.  A review of this was just shared today here.

Holding Their Own [Volume 13]Renegade by Joe Nobody

Holding Their Own is post-apocalyptic fiction at its finest.  Haven’t read the book, so can’t comment on it.  But the series has been very engaging, the story is rather realistic, the characters are very intriguing and grow throughout the series, and it keeps a great pace throughout.  Holding Their Own is one of my three favorite post-apocalyptic series for sure.

Lawless [Lawless Trilogy] [V1] by Tarah Benner

Another post apocalyptic book that am hoping is a solid read.  Haven’t read any of Benner’s work yet, so am looking forward to delving into it.

Final Word

Make sure to look for the reviews of these books in the coming weeks/months.  Many of these books offer much to the readier in a variety of ways.

That said, what did all of you get this month?  If you have any book suggestions or comments, please feel free to share them below.

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Endlessly Enraptured

“Her pair of eyes exudes…a breathless moment captured.
A true paradise alludes…leaving you endlessly enraptured.”

By: Zy Marquiez
The Breakaway

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Hitch Your Wagon To The Stars

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Hitch Your Wagon To The Stars

Rise from slumber and begin your travels
Hitch your wagon to the wondrous stars
Make your life’s canvas a supernova & unravel
Creating everlasting worlds way beyond Mars

Allow the infinity of creativity to be your curse
Dash through the galaxy echoing thunder
Making each new thought its own universe
Soar the heavens with passion and wonder

See yourself as a creative comet of creation
A perfect facsimile of a shooting star
Morph into a cosmic deviant of devotion
Endlessly granting many wishes from afar

Breathe in the dark matter of your cosmic soul
Breathe out the perfection within your imagination
Allow all that glistens to make you whole
As you cast echoes through life of purest elation

Manifest resonant beauty way beyond measure
Seek to perfect perfection with a thought
Infusing new worlds with your own treasure
Priceless possessions that cannot be bought

Hitch your wagon to the saccharine stars
Cast much wonder within life’s seams
So when others read all your memoirs
They are catapulted beyond new extremes

By: Zy Marquiez
TheBreakway
August 21, 2016

Sanctum Of Darkness

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Sanctum Of Darkness

Calmly, a candle is lit
Infusing light
Into the endless darkness.

With shadows running
They get to work
Mysteriously crafting boundless landscapes
By the tip of the pen.

When the work is done
The candle is put out
ever so softly.

Thereafter the shadows return to witness a new masterpiece
Written in their DNA – pure darkness
They realize they are home.

By: Zy Marquiez
July 9, 2016
TheBreakaway

Midnight Shadows

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Midnight Shadows

Standing on the edge of the precipice
thoughts ruminate to and fro
searching the landscape
for lightning in a bottle –
for shadows within the darkness

These threads of errant thoughts
Help me gravitate towards shadowy fiends
fiends of my fantasy
which intriguingly satiate the catacombs of my soul
as the threshold of hope is reached

These shadows reside within a void
inside a landscape of tainted elation
spawned daily through affliction
yet transmute grey hope
into something more incisive
into silver strands of action

The tempo of my soul blares
contemplating this incisive moment
galvanized by the stroke of midnight
as the facade of reality shifts

The stroke of midnight now about
Darkness sweeps the land
releasing all its gorgeous strands
as the illusion of normality fades away

Suffused with shadows, every crevice
the land all rests in deepest slumber
yet shadows all go prance and dance
while light sleeps unknowing

These interludes of time
quietly begin dispersing
then despoiled by rising sun
shadows scatter within seams
to remain ensconced within my dreams

Again, standing on the edge of the precipice
thoughts ruminate to and fro
the vacuous feeling seeped away
as the seams within my dreams
became the locus of
a shadow’s paradise
to marauder when
the clock strikes midnight once again

Zy Marquiez
TheBreakaway
June 16, 2016

The Blank Page

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The Blank Page

It stares at you knowing
all the possibilities
that are boundless
within your infinite consciousness

It waits, patiently
ever your friend, always there
helping you navigate
within the roads of life

What roads?

Today we’ve visited
the realm of confusion
the halls of sorrow
the avenues of reproach
and many other mazes of course

Yet, it remains
Always there

Knowingly, it encourages you
in the best of days
in the worst of days

It is a mirror
it is a thought
It is an action
your reflection
created
forever

It inspires
it helps create
but more importantly
it is a manifestation of you

Of your innermost being
of your essence

A sliver, yes
but a notable one

One shade of color
in a kaleidoscope of possibilities

Today..
It began grey
but, after some thought…

Silver
Yes, Silver it will be

Forests will meet their demise on this day

That page stands not a chance

By: Zy Marquiez
June 6, 2016

Evening Star

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Evening Star

The clock struck Midnight.

The day just began
as the echoes of the darkness
swoon over my soul.

Interludes of deep meditation
supercharge my being
with the cylinders of creativity

The canvas is blank
for now.

Dreams thus
race through my mind
in pure reverie
within a Paradise Lost
whose footprint lies
fused with my heart.

A paradise.
A sanctum.
A home – no judgment.

This home,
my fulcrum
my antigravity
keeping me upright.
Always.

Yet a shooting star
came by to visit
with such encouraging passion
featuring an assemblage of charts
each plotting the destiny
of this moment.

All roads less traveled.
Constellations to be had.
Going everywhere.
Nowhere.
Always grounded.
Always boundless.

The darts thrown on a map
are random, yet meaningful.
Precise, yet mysterious.

A long friendship
an old friendship
a new friendship
it matters not
for it is
a true friendship.

An Evening Star.

No discrimination.
No close-mindedness .
Just friendship.

The clock struck One A.M.

What now?

By: Zy Marquiez
TheBreakaway
April 4, 2016