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review 2017-11-10 00:00
12 Week Happiness Program: Pimp Your Happiness With Powerful Techniques Backed By Science (Science of Happiness, Well-Being, Happiness Tips, Happy Living)
12 Week Happiness Program: Pimp Your Hap... 12 Week Happiness Program: Pimp Your Happiness With Powerful Techniques Backed By Science (Science of Happiness, Well-Being, Happiness Tips, Happy Living) - Stuart Ash This book is the worst self help book I have ever read. It is all over the place, addressing all kind of topics you find in success oriented books and gives destructive advice in week 2.
If I buy a book about baking bread, I don't want to read about the best way to grill ribs, make salad or bake a cake. I know that I cannot live only on bread but I expect my book solely address backing bred.
The same way when I get a book on happiness I expect it to be about happiness and not 12 different topics which with a few exceptions fall under other categories, which I have already read decent books about. I don't feel the need of having the headings of a single chapter of those book repeated!
It seems to me that the author, if you can call him that, has opened some random self help books and copied random stuff from here and there and compiled it as a book to make quick money!
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text 2017-10-09 02:28
Reading progress update: I've read 79 out of 304 pages.
Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement - Larry Kay,Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz

Finding this one more appealing than the other dog training book available during yesterday's library run.  I really liked the goal setting checklist.  

 

Our initial goals for Quincy are:

  • My dog is impeccably house-trained - We're particularly working on figuring out what his signal is to ask to go out.
  • Although my dog likes be with me, he isn't so needy that he shadows me everywhere - We perhaps should have listened better when they said he was originally part of a trio (2 dogs and a cat).  He's definitely shadowing us everywhere and has been pretty frantic when nobody is within sight.
  • The crate is my dog's home - we're working on having him enjoy the crate and to be less anxious when left alone inside it
  • My dog obeys the furniture rules and chews only what is allowed - we've gone from a cat that eats plastic bags to a dog who seems to gravitate to hard plastic items like army men.

 

While there are lots of other things to work on eventually, based on our 1st week, these are our priorities.

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review 2017-08-17 03:18
Now Habit
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play (Audio) - Gildan Author,Neil A. Fiore

 

If you have a choice between listening to the audio version of this or reading the text version?  Go for the text.  This is definitely an instance where the author should not have read his own work.  Think equal parts William Shatner, B-movie hypnotist, and narrator of a 1950s filmstrip designed to be watched by eighth graders when they have a substitute for science class.  I was tempted to quit this book as soon as it started because of the narration--but the topic inspired me to stick with it.  I did check my library's catalog for a text version.  No ebook, and the one print copy they have was due back in April.  So apparently, the patron who checked out this book on overcoming procrastination had been procrastinating on returning it for almost four months.

 

I think the techniques Fiore describes for transforming from a procrastinator to a "producer" are solid.  Since I've only just completed the book, I haven't been able to implement them extensively, but I've already begun to apply some approaches, such as doing 30-minute chunks of focused work.  I really wish I had this book before I undertook my doctoral dissertation.  I would have used his "unschedule" to build in recreational and restorative activities and realistic blocks of work time, instead of living under the thrall of "I should be working on my dissertation" at all times.

 

Although there are useful approaches to be gleaned from the book, at times I felt the author was being overly repetitious.  And as an example of the disadvantage of listening to this in audio format, there was a section where he went through a few different guided relaxations, one right after another.  They were all very similar (read REPETITION) to one another--and one feature a SOLID TWO MINUTES OF SILENCE.  I even checked my player to make sure the battery hadn't died.  At the conclusion of the two minutes, he came back with, "Did that feel like two minutes?"  Nope, it felt like an eternity.  I really think for the purposes of the audiobook, that part should have been moved to the end as an appendix.  

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text 2017-06-06 23:13
Robots, A.I., Mad Scientists ...
Run Program - Scott Meyer
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom - Bradley W. Schenck
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

Ooh, I just can't wait.  My reading future looks exciting but boy is my budget taking a hit.  

 

(Run Program - Scott Meyer  has some giveaways on the usual book sites.)

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review 2017-02-21 03:46
HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly

Not what I expected but I enjoyed it.  I thought it would only be the story of the women but it was also a cultural/societal history of the times of segregation and integration.  I learned a lot.  I admire these women.  They were geniuses.  I could not have done what they did.  The story was well written although slow in some places.  This is well worth the read.

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