Published by Crown Publishing Group on 2014-08-15
Genres: Games, Memory Improvement, Personal Growth, Puzzles, Self-Help
Source: Blogging for Books
Want to get your frontal cortex breaking a sweat? Make your blood pump to your cerebellum? Stretch your occipital lobe to its limits? Then you need to bend your brain! This first book from the team behind Marbles: The Brain Store, a chain devoted to building better brains, offers puzzles and brain teasers to help enhance memory, build problem-solving skills, and reduce stress. Since Marbles started helping people play their way to a healthier brain, they've sold, solved, and been stumped by more than their fair share of puzzles. Along the way, they've learned which puzzles tie people in knots (not in a good way) and which ones make the neurons downright giddy. With the help of their in-house team of BrainCoaches and access to cutting-edge neuroscience, they've designed these puzzles to keep your mind flexible and fit. Arranged in five key brain categories--visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination, and memory--Bend Your Brain offers a variety of puzzles ranging from mind-warming (easy) to mind-blowing (hard!): · Connecting the dots? More like working your spatial-orientation skills. · Identifying famous smiles? Flexing your visual memory. · Taking a closer look at your keyboard? Coding, storing, and retrieving. · Word-doku? Summoning cognitive abilities like appraisal, inference, impulse control, and evaluation. · Word scrambles? Tapping your brain's association areas. Your brain is your most important muscle, so let the brain-building begin!
Unlike those books where you can finish them in a day, this is set to help your thinking expand. There are many different types of puzzles, from logic, to word puzzles and they vary from mild to pretty dang difficult! My favorite are the logic puzzles but I am having fun with all of them.
It’s set in five different categories, Visual Perception (not my fav but still fun), Word Skills, Critical Thinking, Coordination, and Memory. I didn’t read this in order. I jumped around doing whichever puzzle felt right at the time.
There are answers in the back which is great because I did get stumped a few times. And that is my only critique for this; the instructions are sometimes not fully explained. I think that sort of goes hand in hand with being a book about using your brain though. Not only will you need your brain for the puzzles but sometimes even to figure out what to do!
In short: Tons of fun! I still have many pages that I have not finished and I am already anticipating their next book!