Book Review: Bend Your Brain by The Brain Store by Lindsay Gaskins

September 5, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 2

Book Review: Bend Your Brain by The Brain Store by Lindsay GaskinsBend Your Brain by Lindsay Gaskins
Published by Crown Publishing Group on 2014-08-15
Genres: Games, Memory Improvement, Personal Growth, Puzzles, Self-Help
Pages: 192
Source: Blogging for Books
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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!

My ThoughtsI am a sucker for puzzles. Any type of puzzle. I love Sudoku and cryptograms so when I saw this book I just couldn’t help but to get it.

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!

 

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Bend Your Brain by The Brain Store by Lindsay Gaskins”

  1. Rita @ My Home of Books

    Wow, I didn’t know you could request puzzle books! I love Sudoku and Jumble (is that crypotgrams)? I don’t like crosswords as much because sometimes they throw in a killer question that you need to cheat and google to find out if possible. Glad you enjoyed it. It looks like something I would buy.
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    • Christina

      It is so much fun! I hated writing in it because it is an actual book instead of like a magazine, but really I had so much fun that I regret nothing! A cryptogram is a phrase or saying that you have to decode. Very logical and sometimes downright devious. Check this out.. http://www.cryptograms.org/play.php

      And yes, I completely agree. Having to cheat to figure out a word for crosswords seems so horrible! I hate that so I don’t play them either.