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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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review 2016-09-06 00:00
No More Scaredy Cat: The easy, step-by-step program that puts an end to stress, fear and anxiety for the cats you love (Mini Kitty Books)
No More Scaredy Cat: The easy, step-by-step program that puts an end to stress, fear and anxiety for the cats you love (Mini Kitty Books) - Sara Goldenthal This was a nice book. Not very long but full of useful information that is especially useful for those not familiar with how much essences and touch can help. Not only animals for humans too though the book is for cats. It is not an overnight fix but it does work.
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review 2016-08-01 13:03
#PBwkendread Review: The Treatment
The Treatment (Program) - Suzanne Young

So I picked this book up from my library as I was wanting to finish the story to see where it would pick up from as we learn in the first book The Program at the end Sloane and James were out of the program. 

In The Treatment wow so Sloane and James are on their own and join in with the rebels which seem to only consist of maybe two people Dallas and Cas. 

Now Realm gave Sloane a pill that could give her all her memories back but there is no telling what would happen after they get their memory back. We see how both her and James think about the pill which we now know is considered The Treatment but will one of them take it? 

As they are on the run they are not sure who exactly to trust. Cas and Dallas even though they are helping them at times they seem shady. Realm has his motives and you want to believe that he is on the good side but then he does or says something that makes you question that entirely. 

There isn't much romance within this book but we see that Sloane and James do get closer to each other now that they are out of the program and let me tell you I love the idea of the ring he gives Sloane. It is one of those sweet moments.

Now I honestly wouldn't call these group of kids rebels. When I think of rebels I think danger and bringing truth to the light. This was none of those things it was like they all spent their time running and hiding.

Some parts of the book had me wondering on how they actually survived without money. Though it seems that Dallas could get money from someone though it is never mentioned who how did they survive on the road? What about James how did he money? Some things just didn't sound quite normal so to speak.

We do get a bit more information on the treatment and the program but we never understand fully why suicide became an epidemic. 

Overall a good book with good characters. I plan on reading the next book as soon as it comes out. 

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review 2016-07-24 20:55
Tough subject matter, told in a ultimately compelling way
The Program - Suzanne Young

Book Title:  The Program

Author:  Suzanne Young

Narration:  Joy Osmanski

Series:  The Program #1

Genre:  YA, Love & Stuff, Dystopian-ish, Suspense

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

☆My Pick for Book Theme Song:  Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine  {{{they use force to make you do what the deciders have decided you must do…}}}

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:   4.5/5. Cliffhanger:  Sort of...mostly a to be continued.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes

 

 

4.5/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

The song above sums up this story pretty well, actually.  This story is a trip, not the vacation type either…more like a bad acid trip.  I really hope something like this never happens…because sometimes, what someone thinks is a solution to a problem, really only heightens the problem.  I'm rambling and probably not making any sense right now, but, my thoughts are kind of all over the place with this.

 

This story.  It's scary.  It's sad.  It's thought provoking.  It's diabolical.  With such believable characters and a premise that will have you freaking out, because there is way too much suicide amongst teenagers presently.  Coupled with excellent narration; that had me completely absorbed.  I have to say overall, this affected me deeply, and I'm looking forward to the next book.

 

Sex Factor:  Yes…but not explicit.

 

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review 2016-07-16 01:31
Review: The Treatment (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young
The Treatment - Suzanne Young

Quick review for a very sluggish read (on my part, even if it only took me a day, realistically speaking). I honestly didn't like "The Treatment" much at all, but I'm giving it credit for some moments that were harrowing enough for the characters to invest me in pursuing it to the end. The problem is that there really wasn't a lot happening in this book with respect to the central conflict. It begins where it leaves off - the promise of Sloane and James taking off and making their escape from the Program in order to find a way to take it apart and possibly recover their memories. Only this book is one example of the plot driving the characters rather than the characters driving the plot. The supposed love triangle is uber forced and the relationship drama is what takes center stage over any of the dystopian or hefty elements the story had to offer. It felt very weak in overarching delivery and emotion in places. It wasn't until after the first third of the book was over that I started to find my footing with the plot. Even then, it felt thinly drawn and mostly constructed for convenience. It was frustrating because I knew what was going to happen well before it happened and while I did applaud that certain characters were called out and realized for the crummy things they pulled, I still didn't feel as invested in the character journeys as I was hoping for.

I may check into the companion novels, but while this book gave a definitive ending for the characters contained within, I wouldn't cite it as one of the more memorable YA dystopian series I've read. I can say I've read it once at least, but it doesn't make me want to pick it up again after the initial read.

Overall score: 2/5 stars.

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