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REVIEW: Everything Counts

Title: Everything Counts
Author: Gary Ryan Blair
Finished: June 23, 2010
Pages: 268
Published: 2010
Format: First Edition

Everything Counts is an amazing book that details out 52 ways to inspire excellence and drive results. Each chapter is specific to a new way that you can improve in three different areas of your life: work, personal, overall.

There are so many amazing things about this book, and so many good points and quotes, it’s hard to pick out any favorites. I felt more drawn to the personal portion of the book and how I can better myself outside of the work zone. Sometimes I find I am more highly focused at work and less at home, which is where this book helps to motivate and inspire you to change habits, become more productive and live a happier life.

This is a great book not to just read on a personal level, but to also share with co-workers and family. Everyone can benefit in some way from the lessons, personal stories, and calls to action, to make everything in their life count.

We read this book for our work book club and it was perfect in all ways. Everyone benefited from Blair’s short and quick chapters. They are direct, to the point, and relate to a current event/business/person that has achieved such successes and made it count.

*challenges: countdown challenge, monthly mixer mele, 1010 category challenge, new author challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, 2010 pub challenge, june 12×12 reading challenge
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Four Month Challenge Part 3 – COMPLETE


Hosted By: She Read a Book
March 1, 2010 – June 30, 2010

I did much better the second time around than I did on the first. I didn’t quite get all the points, but I only have a few remaining at the end of the challenge. I saw the categories for the next part and I think I’m going to pass considering how many other challenges I currently have going and would like to finish. See below for how I got my 190 points.

5 Point Challenges

Read a book by an author you’ve never read before – The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

Read a book with a one word title – Tarantula by Bob Dylan

Read a book with an animal name in the title – Fish by Stephen Lundlin

Read a book with a proper name in the title – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Read a fantasy –  The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

10 Point Challenges

Read a book with a two word title – Angels Flight by Michael Connelly

Read a book that is part of a series – E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton

Read a mystery – The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene

15 Point Challenges

Read a book with a number in the title – Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives by Laura Schlessinger

Read a book by an author born in March, April, May or June – Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich

Read a book with a three word title – The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

Read a book by an author with three names – The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt

20 Point Challenges

Read a book with over 500 pages – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Read a book with a four word title – Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Read a book by two authors – Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo

Read a book that has been number one on the NYT Best-sellers list – To the Nines by Janet Evanovich

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REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
Finished: June 22, 2010
Pages: 870
Published: 2003
Format: audiobook

The fifth installment of the Harry Potter series, starts off like most of them – Harry is suffering in muggleland with his aunt, uncle and cousin. He’s completely miserable and would do anything to escape and be with his friends, but not at the cost of being kicked out of Hogwarts, as he soon finds himself.

Harry finds himself targeted by death eaters and dementors, only to find there is a secret group of wizards who were created to keep Harry safe from “you-know-who”. Harry and his friends find themselves among the order of the phoenix, working to find a solution, while things at Hogwarts take a turn for the worse. A new teacher is appointed for the Defense Against the Dark Arts, and soon everyone is threatened by her ways, including Dumbledore. New rules are enforced and everyone has to learn to live with the adjustments and punishments.

This book was very interesting, incorporated a lot of new information and brought the story even further in with the introduction of new elements and the growing strength of our hated villain. I’m looking forward to starting book 6 and finishing out the series this year, along with comparing it with the films.

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*challenges: 30 books to movies, countdown challenge, monthly mixer mele, series iv challenge, 1010 category challenge, twenty ten challenge, ya challenge, support your local library challenge, 100+ challenge, four month challenge, june 12×12 reading challenge

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June 2010 – Review

June was a very fun reading month. I felt like I got a lot read, most of them quick and easy reads, but perfect for the beginning of summer. I’m sure July will shape up just the same way. I added a lot of books to start filling out collections, but I managed to read a lot off my TBR instead of library books or from other sources.

Books Read:

  1. Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb (TBR)
  2. Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene (TBR)
  3. Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
  4. Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson (TBR)
  5. Sail by James Patterson (TBR)
  6. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton (TBR)
  7. Everything Counts by Gary Ryan Blair (TBR)
  8. Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley (TBR)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  10. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (TBR)
  11. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly (TBR)

Books Arrived:

  1. Sure Thing by Max Collier
  2. Sherri by Max Collier
  3. Born in Death by J.D. Robb
  4. Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb
  5. Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb
  6. Memory in Death by J.D. Robb
  7. Male Call by Max Collier
  8. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
  9. The Lost Temple by Tom Harper
  10. Truly, Madly, Deadly by Becca Wilcott
  11. Android Karenina by Ben Winters
  12. Everything Counts by Gary Ryan Blair
  13. Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb
  14. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  15. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
  16. Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
  17. Fang by James Patterson
  18. Worst Case by James Patterson
  19. Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb

Challenges Finished: Spring Reading Thing, June 12×12, Cozy Mysteries Challenge, Four Month Challenge Part 3, Chunkster Challenge,
Challenges Joined: July 12×12

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