A big thank you to Books Go Social and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: dreams and anything that could be in them, spirituality.
Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Taking a break from my usual fiction reviews, I’m adding this short nonfiction review of The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary. I knew I had to check it out the moment I read the title, because I’m an avid believer that our dreams mean something more than just a running mental show while we sleep! I also have quite interesting, imaginative dreams- and who knows where the inspiration behind them comes from.
I read through the informational part of the dream dictionary, which holds a vast majority of information about why we dream, what we dream about, and how anything can be interpreted but the important thing to remember about interpretation is to focus on the overall theme or “big picture”. It’s very instructive and gives plenty of examples to practice on.
Then I had fun with the dictionary. First I looked up words that were associated with the dream that I had the night before, and then I just swiped through the pages, reading words that caught me eye. Each description is a very thorough interpretation, and not just a flimsy “it could be this”.
I’ll share that often, I have the same repetitive dreams that sort of take turns bouncing around. There’s usually one where I am looking for something, and I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for. There’s another dream where I go to scream or punch/hit something, and I can do neither. I also have a dream where I am with people I know or who are familiar to me, and I think they are someone I know, but they look nothing like that person. So, I took some time to try and interpret these dreams as well.
I was very impressed, overall, and I’m excited to put the copy to use with future dreams. I think it’ll definitely help me understand my inner thoughts more.
What do you dream about? Do you think a dream dictionary is helpful?
TL/DR: The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary by Nancy Wagamon is a reference dream dictionary aimed to help decipher the contents of your nocturnal slumbers.
Read it? Honestly, you can read it to help gain a better understanding of dream interpretation, or you can just go straight into using the dictionary to help figure out what images in your dreams mean.
Recommend it? Yes, for all those open and interested in dream interpretation, this is a great reference.
Buy it? Yes, reference novels are best hanging on your bookshelves, ready to be referenced! Also, I suggest an e-copy, as you can keep it on your phone for easy referencing!
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