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review 2016-08-11 00:00
Get Stuff Done: How To Focus, Be More Productive, Overcome Procrastination, and Master Concentration (Time Management, Productivity, and How To Get Motivated and Stop Procrastinating)
Get Stuff Done: How To Focus, Be More Productive, Overcome Procrastination, and Master Concentration (Time Management, Productivity, and How To Get Motivated and Stop Procrastinating) - Dominic Mann Very quick read stuffed full of decent productivity tips. Nothing new or groundbreaking here, but moderately motivating nonetheless.
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review 2016-04-02 13:58
Nothing new if you like lists.
Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed - Paula Rizzo

I like making lists. It's helpful for when I feel overwhelmed by stuff. I saw this at the library and thought I'd borrow it on a whim. Unfortunately that wasn't the best idea.

 

As you might guess from the title, it's about lists. Making lists for things you need to do, for grocery shopping, how to make decisions by weighing different factors, etc. But overall there's not much that's helpful. Some are also totally weird. I suppose if you're someone who is working on multi-layered projects with many steps and factors, some of these list ideas might be really good to think about. But overall the book is a skim-able read at the library/bookstore.

 

As other reviews point out, the book is actually already out of date. Some of the apps/websites she suggests are apparently no longer available. So that's not too helpful.

 

I suppose this book might be really helpful for say a high school or college student who is overwhelmed by their new academic life/work/etc. I was big on buying planners and having to-do lists/schedules when I was a student during those times and I could see someone who is looking for better ways of organizing who might find this book helpful. Otherwise though, if you know how to make a list, you probably won't need this book or find it useful.

 

I'd skip it. You could probably Google for most of these ideas and up to date resources.

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review 2015-11-13 00:00
Motivational Quotes to Help You Be More Positive
Motivational Quotes to Help You Be More Positive - Chris (Simpsons Artist) I’m sorry, but what even is this book?

The promotional material for the book says:

Are you the type of person who:

thinks books are quite good
has never held a book before and would like to try holding one for a day
is completely normal and just wants to look at something
is fed up
would rather be dead
is frightened of what tomorrow may bring
is curious
needs a bit of motivation
wants to feel more positive about your life
Then this is the book for you because the words and pictures inside of this book will instantly make you feel more positive about yourself even after just having a look at them for about a second or three seconds.


The sense of humour in these pages is weird, uncomfortable, unfunny, and at times wildly inappropriate. There are exactly five full stops throughout the whole thing, occasional walls of rambling text, and countless grammatical errors, no capital letters, and no other punctuation whatsoever.

But it does come with a certain… morbid curiosity.

When you pick up this book, you will unlikely be able to put it down. With each turning of the page you will make an utterance along the lines of “WTF is that?” “That is so wrong!” or “What the hell?!” but you will inevitably turn the next page. You need to see just how bad it’s going to get.

The rest of this review (WITH PICTURES) can be found here!
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text 2015-10-13 02:49
NetGalley Haul: Week of 10/12/2014
Art of Attention: Book One - Erica Jago,Elena Brower
Sugar Skulls - Lisa Mantchev,Glenn Dallas
The Wild One: A Brooklyn Girls Novel - Gemma Burgess
Heir to the Duke (The Duke's Sons) - Jane Ashford
For Love or Magic - Lucy March
Firsts: A Novel - Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Fourteen: A Daughter's Memoir of Adventure, Sailing, and Survival - Leslie Johansen Nack
A Bad Boy for Christmas - Jessica Lemmon
Smoke - Catherine McKenzie
Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life On Purpose - Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Hey guys, Rose here.  So I'm updating the haul for this week since I didn't have that many approvals until the end of last week.  And I had well over ten titles, but I"m going to feature only ten since this is usually the thing I do every week.  This is a plethora of books for variety.  As you guys know, I like to mix up my reading a bit and I'm happy to share this bundle with you as well as my schedule for reading them.  Some of these don't release until next year, so some of them I'll be scheduling a bit further out.

 

Art of Attention: Book One - Erica Jago,Elena Brower 

 

 

"Art of Attention" by Erica Jago and Elena Brower

Publisher: Sounds True Publishing

Release Date: 2/1/2016

Rose's Read Date: Week of 1/4/2016

 

Another perfect read for the start of the new year in 2016.  Granted, it's not set to release until a month after I'm reading it, but I think it would be better for me to give this physical movement/mindfulness guide a try and help encourage others to make it a part of their new year goals.  I'm really looking forward to it because I like the approach given in the blurb.

 

Sugar Skulls - Lisa Mantchev,Glenn Dallas 

 

 

"Sugar Skulls" by Lisa Mantchev and Glenn Dallas

Publisher: SkyScape/Amazon Publishing

Release Date: 11/10/2015

Rose's Read Date: Week of 11/5/2015

 

Ye Gods, doesn't Lisa Mantchev have the most eye-catching covers?  I first read her "Eyes Like Stars" and while I was a bit lukewarm about the read, I was still fascinated enough to collect the books in the series (which are gorgeously sitting on my shelf, a few of them unread).  I definitely plan to check into this one, since the cover and the premise intrigue me.  And it's classified as New Adult and Sci-Fi-Fantasy - a rare combo and more of a read I would like to see for the category.  Hoping it's as awesome as it sounds.

 

The Wild One: A Brooklyn Girls Novel - Gemma Burgess 

 

"The Wild One: A Brooklyn Girls Novel" by Gemma Burgess

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Release Date: 11/10/2015

Rose's Read Date: Week of 11/5/2015

 

I've been wanting to read the Brooklyn Girls series for a long while.  I also have a few of Burgess's other novels via ARC, so this will definitely be a series I want to read before the turn of November.  I like the idea of a group of friends navigating life's ups and downs together.

 

Heir to the Duke (The Duke's Sons) - Jane Ashford 

 

"Heir to the Duke" by Jane Ashford

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: 1/5/2016

Rose's Read Date:  Week of 12/28/2015

 

Picking up this read because the author's new to me (yes, I know - I'm so behind) and I could use more historical reads in my palette.  This seems like it might be a read right up my alley, so we'll see how it goes.

 

For Love or Magic - Lucy March 

 

"For Love or Magic" by Lucy March

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Release Date: 12/1/2015

Rose's Read Date: Week of 11/23

 

I really enjoyed my first read of Lucy March and this was one I got an invite to read, so I'm super excited about it.  I love magical realism, and if it's in the vein of romance with a bit of other elements in the mix, you can bet I'm intrigued by this one.

 

 

 

 

Firsts: A Novel - Laurie Elizabeth Flynn 

 

 

"Firsts" by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press

Release Date: 1/5/2016

Rose's Read Date: Week of 11/23

 

This was a title that I'd heard about initially through a lot of blogger circles, and I'm over the moon I got an approval for it, because I heard it was in high demand.  Teen girl searches for virgin guy with a responsible focus on sexuality: um, can you say "holy crud?"  That's really rare in the age group, let alone many romances, so I hope it pans out to be a good read.

 

Fourteen: A Daughter's Memoir of Adventure, Sailing, and Survival - Leslie Johansen Nack 

 

 

"Fourteen" by Leslie Johnson Nack

Publisher: She Writes Press

Release Date: 10/20/2015

Rose's Read Date:  Week of 10/19

 

I figured a memoir would be a great read and considering this one is set on the sea and is a novel of survival, it was right up my alley for reading. Figure I would wait until the week of release to read it (which is very soon).

 

A Bad Boy for Christmas (Second Chance) - Jessica Lemmon 

 

"A Bad Boy for Christmas" by Jessica Lemmon

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Release Date: 9/29/2015

Rose's Read Date: Week of 11/16

 

I'm going to give myself a little time to read this one since it's already released and I need to catch up with the series (I bought the first two books of this series because I love the author and I enjoyed my first few reads from her - Jessica Lemmon is totally awesome.)

 

 

Smoke - Catherine McKenzie 

 

"Smoke" by Catherine McKenzie

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Release Date: 10/20/2015

Rose's Read Date: Week of 10/19

 

So I haven't read anything from Catherine McKenzie yet, and apparently from what many people in my bookish circles have told me - I'm completely missing out. (Hey, I have my reasons!)   This is a study of how people react in a natural disaster spanning over six days time through multiple perspectives.  I like this kind of novel because I like character studies in intense situations, so I'm making this my first read from the author.  But I definitely plan to read what other works are in her bibliography as well.

 

Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life On Purpose - Claire Diaz-Ortiz 

 

"Design Your Day" by Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Publisher: Moody Publishers

Release Date: 1/5/2016

Rose's Read Date: Week of 12/14

 

Last but not least, another read that would prove perfect for the New Year's resolution that people can follow.  I do like organization/productivity books, so I"m naturally curious to see how this book touches on its respective topic.

 

That's all for this week's list of books.  I'll have another set ready to go for next week, probably once I finish catching up with my reading queue.

 

Until next entry,

Rose

 

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