Saturday, April 07, 2018

Calling all followers...!

Hello my beloved followers,

I am reaching out with this post as a desperate blogger in need of your assistance!

As you know, I have happily birthed and raised this blog since its infancy in 2014. These four years, and all that has come from this wonderful blog are not something I want to give up! After all, did I give up when I was in grad school and had no time for blogging?! No!

So now I am faced with the truth: the blog has been slowly dying for awhile now and is on its last legs *cries*

To survive, the blog needs to change and evolve! To do that, I need assistance with content and design, and I actually feel like expanding upon the main theme of the blog itself.

Of course it will remain a book blog, but I'd like to speak to more of what I am all about these days. Things have varied drastically over the years, more so in this past year as far as my reading tastes (they have changed a lot), and the things I like to discuss on here.

Nonfiction books, books centered on spirituality and esoteric thought are already making an appearance on here (organically). However, I really feel I need assistance with the content, and I need assistance with the design.

So here is where YOU come in: 100% of you who follow me, if you are reading this (you are!) please comment on this post:

Let me know if you:

  • Wish to assist with creating original content on a fresh re-branding of Diamond's Reads
  • Have any recommendations for how to find individuals who are open to assisting with content and being a presence on the blog
  • Have any recommendations for designers who can do a blog design relatively straightforward and low cost (my budget is very low, but I know what I want/can make a simple template work well but I need help no time to do it myself)
  • Any input regarding content and changing direction of a blog
I know many of you are bloggers yourself, so I really need all the feedback I can get! 

Please just take a moment and write me something -- anything! Web design templates, designer recommendations, content recommendations, etc!

I will randomly select a commenter to win a book from my collection (very vast collection)!

Thank you my darlings! I really appreciate your help :)

Friday, March 02, 2018

Quick Review: Llewellyn's Complete Book of Divination

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Divination: Your Definitive Source for Learning Predictive & Prophetic Techniques by Richard Webster
Date of Publication: December 8, 2017
Source: eARC via Netgalley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Answer Questions and Predict the Future with this Comprehensive Collection of Proven Tips and Techniques -- Explore the Profound Wisdom and Fascinating Secrets of Divination

Richard Webster, one of the world's bestselling new age authors, explores the incredibly wide variety of divination systems from around the world. Discover in-depth information and how-to instruction for more than thirty divination practices, including:
Tarot - Astrology - Palmistry - Numerology - Pendulums - I Ching - Automatic Writing - Candle Reading - Coin Divination - Flower Reading - Dowsing - Runes - Scrying - Geomancy - Bibliomancy - (&more)
Llewellyn's Complete Book of Divination also features helpful tips for choosing the best form of divination for your specific needs and preparation methods to practice before a divination session.

Learn about the history of divination and the historical figures who could see the future. Find out how raising your intuitive skills can improve nearly every aspect of your life, from relationships and health to money and career.

Whether you're just getting started or are a seasoned expert, this thorough guide holds sacred wisdom and wonderful surprises for you.

Really amazing and informative book. Covers every single kind of divination I have ever come across/heard of/ and then some

Highly satisfied with the amount of information I received in this book! I feel like I made 100 bookmarks on my kindle just because it's just such a great reference. I know I will be coming back to refer to it for years and years to come. I also put a hard copy version on my wishlist, because I can see the value in having this handy when doing any sort of psychic work.

To sum this short review up: I cannot recommend this book enough! It really is great for beginners or advanced practitioners. It may be a bit overwhelming for beginners due to the sheer amount of material...but it's easily identifiable the way it is laid out and the Table of Contents is thorough as well. I skipped several chapters and then would go back and finish them. I did end up reading the whole thing, though! 

Are all the Llewellyn books this good?

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Excerpt: Twin Flames Rising - The Book of Angels by Maya El, activist and author

Today I am sharing an excerpt from an indie book I am very excited about! I am excited for two reasons; one, it's been awhile since I have gotten to share a really good and exciting indie story with you all. secondly, the subject of the fictional story has to do with Twin Flames! 
The concept of twin flames is something that has captured my imagination since I was a small child. I remember my father teaching me about ascension and twin flames, soulmates, and karmic partners when I was just a girl. I dreamed of my twin flame as a child, somehow knowing he was in California and that my life would take me back there. That is another story, though. Perhaps for another time...
For today, please enjoy this excerpt and if you like, comment with your thoughts or musings! Here are some non-affiliate links: def check out the book trailer, as well as the books' Amazon, Goodreads and the authors' Facebook page

Sending you all love and light~~Diamond

Thursday, January 04, 2018

2018 Upcoming Titles - Spirituality/Meditation

Lately I've really gotten more into nonfiction books. (Shoutout to my friend who called this years ago....😒)

I recently read the really really amazing book, The Way of the Lover and WOW. It just was the most amazing book I have read in YEARS. Legit! It's a book written about Sufism; an old spiritual practice that dates back to early and pre-Islamic times. I have been studying more of Sufism in the past year, and this is really the best book I've read so far on the subject. It was easy to understand, and very very great for sources (as far as other reads in various subjects that were touched upon in the book). It wasn't so much focused on love, as the name suggests, but it was more that it focuses on self-love and the basic tenets of what is needed to truly love someone unconditionally.

I noticed that there are a bunch of really great titles coming out in 2018! More so than usual, and I suspect because a lot of subjects that were typically deemed to be too "New-Age-y" just weren't circulating in popular charts and online booksellers like how they are now. It's  kind of becoming 'trendy' and it's weird for those of us who grew up with it not being 'trendy' and are used to hiding things (like the fact that I have crystals and tarot cards).

Now my whole life I have been around crystals as my dad and his side of the family actively believe in the power of crystals. So I was educated about their properties, and grew up surrounded by them. This was something I definitely didn't volunteer freely, because people would generally give me open words of 'advice' not to take that 'stuff' too seriously. Now, since about this year or maybe 2016 - crystals have actually become "popular" and not taboo at all. So yes I did bring several crystals to put on my office desk.

This trend marks the shift into popular culture regarding 'alternate lifestyles' where mindfulness, spirituality, and intuition are not seen as scary or kooky things--but rather as facets of the self which some individuals seek to explore.

If you're new to all this stuff, try not to get too overwhelmed. Pick a few things that you are more drawn to; such as yoga or perhaps walking meditation practices. Then go from there! 2018 definitely has a ton of titles being released regarding these subjects! If you have one you don't see on here let me know!