February 22

Positive Thinking by George Ripley {Book Review}

I’m a pretty negative thinker, and I don’t necessarily like admitting that. I don’t really like this about myself, and I know I cause unnecessary stress by thinking negatively. The introduction was simple and gives the reader a great peek at what this book is about, and how to use the book in your own life. This grabbed me pretty quickly, and I ended up reading it in one sitting. But as Mr. Ripley states in Chapter 1, this book isn’t meant to be read and put aside, forgotten. It’s meant to help create habits of positive thinking, and be reflected on often. It’s less than 100 pages long, so it was easy to read it cover to cover, and easy enough to reference back on every so often to help lock in the habits. At least for the next couple of months, which is about how long Ripley says habits are formed. I enjoyed this book, and will be using this book as a tool in the future. 5/5.

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February 21

Multiple Victims Murder by Arnon Edelstein {Book Review}


I was interested in this book because of my love for criminal psychology. I do enjoy reading a good murder mystery, but this wasn’t that sort of book. This was more of an educational book on different types of murder. I found this to be super interesting and I was engrossed in this vehicle on and off for a few days.

I do believe that there are different types of mass murder, at least when it comes to the psychology of the person committing the murders. Someone who commits a mass murder like a shooting can be impulsive, while someone who commits murder over a period of time, takes planning and commitment. The different types of murderers have different traits of a sociopath.

Although this book may feel a bit dry and text book like, I didn’t have any problem getting through it. If you enjoy learning about criminology, then this is a great starter book. It’s easy to read, and kept my interest. I give this book 5/5.

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July 21

The Resume Design Book by Matthew T Cross {Book Review}

Review2A resume is what your giving a future employer in order for them to get an idea about who you are in a nutshell. It’s a way for you to convince someone that you’re the best fit for the job. This is a book best bought in physical book form.

Inside, there is a Twelve Minute Resume. There are fun “fill in the blank” type forms, with cute animations. You’ll need a handful of post-it notes to use for your answers. After, you combine all your post-it notes to create a rough draft a fun basic resume that took you less time than most commercial breaks during your favorite tv show!

Each section of your typical resume is broken down, and again the suggest the use of post-it notes to organize your personal information with even more detail. Adding to the first rough draft, you plug in all your pertinent information creating a large organized collage of post it notes. They give you specific instructions to the collection of post it notes.

The include common do’s and don’ts of resume writing, and prepare you to turn your post-it’s into something more professional that you can hand in to any potential job!

When it comes down to typing something up, many people find themselves confused. This breaks it down for anyone to understand. It goes into detail on what your resume should look like with; font, spacing, structure, layout, and even how long it should be. After all, you don’t want a resume so long it bores the reader.

Overall, I think this is a super useful book that anyone can understand! Super simple and specific. The target audience for this book is literally anyone! I give it a 5/5.

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Elizabeth

 

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February 3

Heartbreak, Mourning, Loss by Ginette Paris {Review}

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Volume One: Detach or Die

Heartbreak, mourning, and loss are three words I can say I am familiar with. Unlike other books I’ve read about these topics, I did not throw this book across the room in disgust and frustration. Her writing style was logical and to the point with specific examples from people in similar situations.

After finishing reading the whole book in one sitting, I did not feel like I had wasted my time as I have so many times before with other books on this subject matter. There are plenty of ideas and concepts she has impressed upon me, which I predict will change how I live my life in the moment, and how I view life after things have already occurred.

This book can best be described as realistic and direct. There isn’t much filler, giving the reader the information without distracting from too many examples or sidetones. After giving it 5/5 I know I’ll be recommending it to some people I know could benefit from reading this book.

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Elizabeth

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December 7

Sex and the Office by Kim Elsesser {Book Review}

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This book is just packed with information on women’s rights, sexual harassment in the work place, and the relationships between men and women in the work place. It can be a controversial topic, but this is written very black and white.

If you’re a young aspiring female, this is a great book to read just to have the information stored in the brain. You never know when this is going to be an issue, or when you will need to know your rights as a woman in the workplace.

It’s a difficult topic for both parties, the woman in the workplace who’s at risk, along with the men who are accused or worried of being accused of being difficult. A man is worried about how he comes off, and what comments might be taken wrong.

Overall this is a great book for everyone to read, it had information that everyone should be aware of! I give this book a 4/5.

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August 7

The Science of Why by David Forbes {Book Review}

Review2The Science of Why: Decoding Human Motivation and Transforming Marketing Strategy

This book dives into a whole new world of marketing. The things advertisers to appeal to a certain person or a personality type. Mr. Forbes plainly knows what he is talking about, as he is founder of Forbes Consulting, working for over twenty years as a strategic marketing research consultant, dedicated to creating business advantages through psychological consumer opinions and reactions. He even has a Ph.D in cognitive psychology. Dr. Forbes has won many awards and has been recognized for many years.

It really is quite fascinating how you can change the idea or the perception of an advertisement based on how you promote, what your main focus is on, and the personality type you are engaging. At times the book read like a textbook, but I was intrigued enough to doodle some notes. David Forbes does a good job at keeping your attention focused on the book, while also being educational and direct. A main topic is explaining how to make an emotional connection with the consumer, so it would only make sense that he would be able to do so with the consumers of his book.

I always knew about the things Mr. Forbes discusses in his book, but I have yet to read a book that describes and explains it so well, that I walked away knowing I learned something, that is until I read The Science of Why. This isn’t just a great book for an advertiser or someone who works for marketing, but also the consumers who are affected by the advertisements you view on a daily basis. Without a question, this is a 5/5 book.

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Elizabeth

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July 28

Rational Polemics by Richard Todd Devens {Review}

Tackling the Ethical Dilemmas of Life

I doubt that anyone can read this book and not find at least one topic to be very controversial for them. The topics were brought up with the intentions of being thought provoking regardless if you agree with the authors points of view.

I know I found myself questioning what I actually believe in, versus what I think I’m supposed to or feel obligated by society, to believe in.

I did find it a bit tedious to get through the whole book, not just because it was full exhausting questions, but because almost all of it was written in opinions and had very little to do with any facts. I finished the book none the less, and I’m glad I did. This is for the reader who isn’t concerned about the facts of dealing with ethical dilemmas in life, and just wants to exercise your mind and questions what is and is not, than this is the book for you.

This book can be read in any order since the chapters are basically comprised of a different topic for each. Skip one, come back to it, read them out of order, it’s all up to you which makes this a great read to be picking up every now and again.

I’d give this book 3/5. Definitely worth the price of the book, and worth the time I spent reading it. I know quite a few people who love this kind of book and would really have fun with all the thought provoking topics discussed.

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July 24

Live Your Balanced Life Now by Subhashree Rout {Review}

Review2A Guide to Finding “True” Balance, Enjoying More Time and Living a Life of Abundance, Pure Joy and Love

With chronic stress comes pressure, and fatigue. In times of economic downfall and job availability, it causes a wave of stress and depression that can affect almost anyone in society. It takes a toll on us emotionally and even physically.

At some point everyone will feel the pressures of life. Stresses in the workplace, at home, our social environment, and medical issues, can all lead to an unbalanced life. Focusing on yourself first, above everyone else is most important and key to starting the decline of the stress in your life, which can be spread to others in your family, or social groups if not controlled.

This book goes into explanation of leading a balanced life, and explaining how a balanced society is a shared responsibility. This book is easy to read and comprehend, making it a book for anyone and everyone. The paragraphs are short and to the point with great description and examples. The book is short enough for a plane ride, or even a waiting room. It’s easily rated at a 5/5.

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Elizabeth

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July 10

Finding Purpose and Joy by Roger Ladig {Review}

Review2Feeling a void inside of him, Roger and wasn’t willing to follow the lifestyle of Christianity, that he was raised with. It wasn’t until his wife got sick that he accepts Christ as their savior. This is just the beginning of his journey to finding purpose and joy.

This book is filled with helpful information. I especially liked when he discussed the repercussions to holding on to hurt and anger.

Roger Ladig is direct and gets the point across without being over-wordy. At the end of each chapter there are bullet points on what to ponder about, concerning the chapter you just finished.

I found the book to be informative and quick to read. I would rate it at a 5/5.

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Elizabeth

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July 9

Are They Bad Girls or Brilliant? by Aphrodite Phoenix {Review}

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The Truths Behind the Fight for Independent Prostitutes’ Rights
This is a non-fiction book containing graphic sexual tales from the authors point of view. She explains her reasons behind almost every action. Coming from her point of view, as someone who sells herself in exchange for sexual encounters, the reader can get a better understanding of what it’s like to have her job, why she choose the profession she did, and how she felt about the experiences that stick out the most in her memory.

The author goes into detail on how she became good at reading people, with body language and speech, and how she sexually accommodates each individual differently, based on what she can perceive and learns from them.

She makes it perfectly clear that her choice to exchange money for sex, is her personal preference. She isn’t being exploited. She simply works on her own, and enjoys the profession. There are many pros and cons to being labeled as a prostitute and she goes into detail on each one.

It was an interesting to read about the challenges and excitement of being a call-girl. People judge so quickly, but I doubt anyone knows about most of the information contained in this book. It doesn’t give the go-ahead on becoming a prostitute but simply explains them, giving the reader a better understanding on a judged and misunderstood profession.

I do warn that she goes into great detail on her adventures with different clients, and is absolutely an X rated book. Considering the author does a great job at explaining without leaving anything out to be misunderstood, I would give this a 5/5. It’s written in a way, that even the most prude of people, could possibly change their viewpoints on this industry.
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March 8

The Secret Burden by Michelle Bybel {Review}

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Letting Go of the Shame, Anger, and Guilt of Emotional Eating

When I first picked up this book, I was unsure on what to think about this book. I figured it was a book that would be explaining why we carry the emotional burden of emotional eating, basically what is in the title. I was quite surprised to find out how many different types of emotional eating are out there, affecting so many people out there.

This book wasn’t all about finding the root to your emotional eating, like your parents divorce caused you to start emotionally eating, but rather on how to fix yourself from here.

Especially in today’s economy with money being a concern on everyone’s mind, more and more people are relying on food to make them feel better. Not to mention those who don’t feel confident in themselves, will eat to cope with it.
Included in the book are work sheets and exercises that you, as the reader can really find useful and helpful. What makes this book so personal, is the commentary that is included from the author on her own personal experiences, and her reasons behind every explanation and theory.
I personally don’t have a problem with emotional eating, but as a parent, I wanted to educate myself on the topic, just in case my children start to behave in such ways.
I found this book to be very educational and enlightening. I finished the book and learned a lot along the way. I rate this book 5/5 all the way.
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February 2

The Ultimate Guide to Flipping Websites by Jeff Williams {Review}

Easily Make Thousands of Dollars Online

I didn’t know much about flipping websites until I read this book. I knew people have been flipping sites, but didn’t understand what it entailed. I learned that flipping a website requires you to buy a website, then renovate it and make it desirable to someone looking for a site that is ready to be used.

It goes into detail on which websites to buy, and how to increase SEO and income. It definitely seems like something I could be capable of doing, and I’m glad I read this book because it’s full of useful information. It’s basically a step by step process that he goes into straight forward detail on to help someone with no knowledge, like myself, to get started on flipping websites. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in this and would like to know how to start from scratch. I give this book 5/5.

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January 27

Break Free by Robert E. Lewis {Book Review}

To Reboot With Confidence, Playfulness and Adaptability

This book isn’t quite a self help book, but could easily be categorized as one.

People today, are influenced by the media and by what’s considered popular at the time. They fall into what’s the newest thing and everyone becomes alike. We have lost our sense of individuality and uniqueness and have become just another face in a sea of people. There is no way to distinguish from one another if we all fall into the same fads and cliche’s.

Robert Lewis goes in depth on why this is happening, and what we can do to overcome this. This is an eye opening book that will change the way you view society as it has become today. I give this book 5/5.

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