Monthly Archives: October 2011

REVIEW: The Go-Giver

Title: The Go-Giver
Author: Bob Burg & John David Mann
Finished: October 7, 2011
Pages: 132
Published: 2007
Format: First Edition

Another great read that motivates the mind and spirit. It’s one of those stories that is hard to determine where you’re reading fact or fiction, but the intertwining stories are great adventures and insight into the minds of powerful men and women from history.

The message from this book made me want to become a better person and help society and mankind in any way I could.

The greatest take-a-way I have from this amazing book is that “the point is not what you do, not what you accomplish. It’s who you are.”

Go read it!

*countdown challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge, 100+ reading challenge


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2011 Pub Challenge – COMPLETE

Hosted by: 1 More Chapter
January 1 – December 31, 2011

Loved this challenge and I almost thought I wouldn’t make it because it took so long to get going and I read most of the books within in the past couples months.

I’ve always loved this challenge and I look forward to the next year of reading new books!


  1. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson
  2. ThxThxThx: Thanks for Everything by Leah Dieterich
  3. Toys by James Patterson
  4. Winning with Money by Aaron Coleman
  5. Onward by Howard Schultz
  6. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
  7. Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
  8. The Seed by Jon Gordon
  9. All Together Now: Volume 1 by Alan Ball
  10. The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris
  11. Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans

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REVIEW: Miles to Go

Title: Miles to Go
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Finished: October 7, 2011
Pages: 317
Published: 2011
Format: First Edition

I don’t know why I waited so long to read the second book of “The Walk” series, but I could not put it down and read it within a couple hours of starting.

If this is your first introduction to Richard Paul Evans than I highly recommend this trilogy. Book 3 doesn’t come out until April 2012 but so far this series has been one of the best experiences I have had in reading. While I have other books from this author, I’ve only read these two so far.

Miles to Go starts of almost instantly from where The Walk ends and follows Alan’s journey through recovery and his search for meaning after everything that has happened. It’s hard to discuss a book such as this without giving too much away, but I found myself turning pages so fast I was sad that I have to wait so long to find out how everything works out.

*challenges: countdown challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge, 100+ reading challenge, pub challenge

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REVIEW: Sookie Stackhouse Companion

Title: Sookie Stackhouse Companion
Author: Charlaine Harris
Finished: October 6, 2011
Pages: 461
Published: 2011
Format: First Edition

I wasn’t sure what to expect for this awesome book that Charlaine Harris created for all the Sookie fans in the world but now I can’t wait to get my hands on my own copy to add to my collection.

Chocked full of exclusive and never before revealed information on Sookie Stackhouse and the life of Bon Temps, plus an all new short story and an interview with the HBO TV show creator, Alan Ball.

Whatever I was expecting, this was so much better and more fun. Finding out the deep dark secrets plus more answered questions was the perfect book for all Sookie fans.

You must check it out!

*challenges: countdown challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge, 100+ reading challenge, pub challenge

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REVIEW: Unmarketing

Title: Unmarketing
Author: Scott Stratten
Finished: October 3, 2011
Pages: 256
Published: 2010
Format: First Edition

When I first heard of this book I was intrigued. I’m always looking for new and fun marketing books to give me ideas for work and life.

The first thing I read in this book was exactly what I was looking for: “Marketing is not a task. Marketing is not a department. Marketing is not a job.”

I came away with pages and pages of great information and I don’t even know where to begin but in essence this book was one of the best marketing books I’ve read in a long time. There are many ideas for your Facebook & Twitter pages, such as the 30 day Twitter challenge, the seven deadly social media sins, and how to create a Tweetathon.

If you are at all interested in marketing, for work or pleasure, run your own business, or are just curious, this book ROCKS!

*challenges: 11 in 11 reading challenge, 100+ reading challenge, monthly mixup

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REVIEW: Vengeance in Death

Title: Vengeance in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Finished: September 28, 2011
Pages: 372
Published: 1997
Format: paperback

This was one of my ultimate favorite books of the In Death Series so far.

Eve Dallas has always had issues with her husband’s illegal past, but loves him anyway. When her latest case brings Roarke’s sketchy past into the light and leaves him and his helpful servant as the prime suspects, Eve has no choice but to enlist their help to prove their innocence.

I love this mystery but we learn so much more about the past than ever before, which in turn shows a different side to Eve & Roarke’s relationship.

I’m really enjoying all these books and wish I could read them faster because there are so many more mysteries for them to solve.

*challenges: fall into reading, 11 in 11 reading challenge, 100+ reading challenge, a-z challenge, in death challenge, monthly mixup

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Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Wrap Up

So, this is it and while I had tons of fun and wished that I could have stayed away, I caved around hour 17 and tried to take a nap but just couldn’t bring myself to go back to reading and instead went to bed. Oh well, I still got some reading done which was the goal.
  • Which hour was most daunting for you? 17 when I decided it was time to take a nap
  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I didn’t read any this year but graphic novels have always been great for me to read, and children/young adult books
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I thought it was great
  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I loved the activity, there was constant conversation which was great.
  • How many books did you read? I finished one book, read one other one, and read half of a third
  • What were the names of the books you read? The Final Warning by James Patterson, The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, and The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
  • Which book did you enjoy most? The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
  • Which did you enjoy least? The Final Warning by James Patterson
  • If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I cheered a little but was not an official one
  • How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’ll be there for sure! I need to get it added to my calendar.
And for the final totals, here are my end stats:
Number of Pages Read since last update: 125
Number of Books read since last update: 1
Number of Minutes Read since last update: 4 hours
Total Number of Pages Read: 619
Total Number of Books Finished: 2
Total Number of Minutes Read: 12 hours 15 minutes
I’m already looking for the next read-a-thon and hoping for better results.






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