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EARLY REVIEW: Eat, Move, Sleep

Title: Eat, Move, Sleep
Author: Tom Rath
Finished: October 26, 2013
Published: 2013

This was one of the best books I’ve read in 2013. I have always been a fan of Strengths Finder 2.0 and it comes up often in my daily life through work. While that is a completely different book, Tom Rath does an amazing job of creating a new genre for himself, being informative and creating a personal connection with the reader.

Eat, Move, Sleep is Rath’s personal story with how after suffering from a rare, incurable disease he found a way to improve his life and health through what he eats, exercise and sleep patterns.

But you don’t have to be sick in order to follow all of his amazing tips, and he gives you free reign to choose which tips work best for you. Each chapter covers suggestions on how to eat, move, and sleep in your daily routine along with a quick reference list to the most important points.

I personally took away so many points that it’s hard to know where to start but his book was a great reference and even a quick re-read when you’re looking for some inspiration or a change in your life.

Rath is not pushy with his advice, he simply explains how it has changed his life and could easily change ours with only the simplest of changes.

An amazing book. Everyone should read it.


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EARLY REVIEW: How to Kill a Vampire

Title: How to Kill a Vampire
Author: Liisa Ladouceur
Finished: November 17, 2013
Published: 2013

I originally picked up this one from the 2013 BEA – Book Expo America – and had such a great time reading it. I’ve read and watched my share of vampire stories so it was great to get a new point of view and hear of some vampire folklore that I haven’t come across before.

Ladouceur takes the reader through all manner of of vampires, starting at the earliest stories and folklore, the evolution through the first books with Dracula by Bram Stoker to pop culture television today with True Blood and Being Human.

Not only do you get a good recap on the most popular instances of vampires, but I found my fair share of new stories and opportunities to check out – for example Anita Drake and Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series – yes, I admit, I’ve never watched it.

Reading Ladouceur’s book was like traveling back in time to learn about vampires all over again, you almost feel transported into the same time. The fun trivia was interesting to read – auction houses selling off vampire killing kits – and even the names around the world for vampires and other intriguing tidbits about ways to kill a vampire, vampire suicide, genres of vampires and more.

Any vampire lover needs to pick this book up.


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Catching Up on Reviews

I haven’t been sharing reviews much on here, not because I don’t enjoy and want to “share” but I feel like 2013 I am speeding through books and hate taking the time to sit and actually write about books when I just want to pick up another one and read more.

I started another blog/website that I thought may replace this one, but decided I wanted to keep them separate but link to each other. I’m sure I will end up sharing monumental reads, and more, over there as well, but wanted to try and slowly catch up on reviews over the past who-knows-how-long.

Now … onto the first five books read in 2013!

1. The Witch Tree Symbol by Carolyn Keene
finished January 2, 2013

Another fun Nancy Drew mystery. I’ve been trying to play catch up from childhood and read the original 50+ series. It’s a nice way to start off the year since it’s such a quick read.

2. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
finished January 6, 2013

In the latest Stephanie Plum, Stephanie finds herself with the possibly the biggest bond in her hands and a lot of danger to follow. That doesn’t seem like anything new with Stephanie, and it doesn’t help that she’s still confused and wavering between the two men in her life. This time Stephanie finds herself fearing this may be the one bond that she won’t recover from.
It was a fun quick read. So glad I’m all caught up and can enjoy them as they come.

3. Love Works by Joel Manby
finished January 6, 2013

This was a recommended book for a gal at work and I thought it was amazing. While it’s primarily a book for organizations and managers, it ties directly into 1 Corinthians – Chapter 13 (the love chapter). Manby discusses how the seven timeless principles from the Bible create effective leaders and makes an organization better.
His seven principles are: patient, kind, trusting, unselfish, truthful, forgiving, dedicated.
I highly recommend this book. It’s a quick read and very informative.

4. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
finished January 8, 2013

This was another recommendation from our little group of girls who needs a quick, funny, naughty read every now and again.
It’s a fast and hilarious read about a girl who’s new neighbor keeps her up at all hours of the night with his bedroom shenanigans. When they come to realize that they have more in common than just the wall between their bedrooms, they call a truce and become friends. I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination.
If you only read this book for the sidekick and feline friend of the main character, it’s worth it. He is hilarious but I’m not really jealous that my cats are more docile.

5. Phantoms on the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet
finished January 9, 2013

This was a fun Christmas present, plucked off my Amazon wishlist and completely judged by the cover (and the title had BOOK in it). I couldn’t resist.
This quick little book – which every book lover must read – is really just a book about books and bookshelves and great and fun research tidbits following the authors obsession with books. There is a very distinct possibility this could be me someday, if not now.
After reading this, I’m sure I can safely call myself a “bibliomaniac” – collectors and manic readers. Check and check.

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REVIEW: 20,000 Days and Counting

20000Title: 20,000 Days and Counting
Author: Robert D. Smith
Finished: January 13, 2013
Pages: 112
Published: 2012

One of my absolute favorite books right now and I think EVERYONE should read. 20,000 Days and Counting is “the crash course for mastering your life right now”. As I write this, I am 10,574 days old!

Smith takes us on a quick journey of how he suddenly realized he was 20,000 days old (to the date) and wanted to make his life the best it could ever be. He wanted to find out his mission and goals in life, how to master it, and live life the fullest.

Even if your life feels full and you can’t possibly make it better, I think you should still read this book because there is so much wisdom and ideas and suggestions on how you can continue to live an incredible life.

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REVIEW: The 5 Love Languages

51ylGqNESML._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Title: The 5 Love Languages
Author: Gary Chapman
Finished: May 5, 2013
Pages: 202
Published: 1992

I’ve read Five Love Languages for Singles awhile back and found it very interesting and definitely more directed at relationships in general. I enjoyed reading this one equally as much because while the love languages do not change, the examples and relationships do. I learned even more that I could apply and store for future but having read both books. You don’t have to be married or in a relationship for this book to apply to your life now, or to have it bring meaning to friendships, work relationships, or with my family. I’ve found myself thinking about these concepts many times when interacting with others and thinking about what their love language might be and how I can improve our relationships.

Highly recommend this read to everyone!

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REVIEW: Socialnomics

Title: Socialnomics
Author: Erik Qualman
Finished: January 9, 2011
Pages: 296
Published: 2009
Format: paperback

I’ve been on a social media kick lady, working towards doing more social media through work and learning everything I can.

Socialnomics was a fun read and great learning experience. With amazing statistics, tips & tricks for social media, and how it is transformed the world we live in down and how we do business, this book is the perfect resource for anyone looking to hear more about social media.

And as a fun little extra –

*challenges: countdown challenge, 12 in 12 reading challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ reading challenge, new authors challenge

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REVIEW: Little Black Book of SEO Secrets

Title: Little Black Book of SEO Secrets
Author: Jim Adams
Finished: January 5, 2011
Pages: 69
Published: 2010
Format: paperback

This great little book is great insight and full of tips on how to create the best search engine optimization for your website, the full scoop made simple and easy for each level of marketer.

In such a short amount of time you get tips from a wide range of areas including keywords, tags, creating compelling content, linking, plus much more!

If you’re just starting out in the web world, or if you need a quick refresher, this book is perfect.

*challenges: countdown challenge, 12 in 12 reading challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, new authors challenge

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