If you know me even a little bit—in real life or online—then you know that I love puzzles. Whether it's sudoku or crossword, kenken or acrostic, I'm game. (Get it?) So I was delighted to receive a review copy of Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind, which comes from the folks behind Marbles: The Brain Store.
The book is filled with a wide variety of puzzles divided into five "brain categories": visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination, and memory. Within each category, the puzzles go from "mind-warming" to "mind-stretching" to "mind-blowing." However, not surprisingly, I didn't always find the levels to be accurate—especially for puzzles that have to do with trivia (you either know it or you don't!). And, some puzzles just didn't interest me at all. But on the whole this is a fun and unique collection of puzzles, and there's bound to be something here for everyone, whatever your interest. There are also "brain facts" scattered throughout the book.
Julie got to the book before I did and got busy right away—there were plenty of puzzles that she could handle, or at least start. Oh, but we did find a few errors, which is annoying to say the least, especially in the answer key! (Anyone know a good editor...?) (No, I've never edited a puzzle book, but I bet it would be fun!)
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.