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review 2019-12-11 21:52
I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By
I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live by - Hoda Kotb

I Picked Up This Book Because: Curiosity

This book is a series of quotes that Ms Kotb has come across in her life and small stories or musings on how they have affected herself and others she has come across. Many stories are tied to her family and her journey to create it. Some are about friendships or listeners and viewers. This is probably better read in bits and pieces over time then smushed all together as an audiobook. It would make an excellent coffee table book or morning devotional. It gave me quite a few things to think about.

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4 Stars
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review 2019-09-16 15:52
Inspirational Life Notes for the Busy Reader!
Words to Live By: (A Not All Inclusive L... Words to Live By: (A Not All Inclusive Look at Life in Words) - Kenneth J. Kogut, PhD

Words to Live By (a Not All Inclusive Look at Life in Words) gathers inspirational quotes and arranges them by subject for quick browsing, creating a daily reminder of different insights on life, captured in quick snippets of wisdom by a wide range of thinkers.


There are numerous quotation and inspirational books on the market already; but what makes Words to Live By special is its arrangement by thought-provoking (different) subject categories ('On Life', 'On Toasts', 'On Personal Care'), and how the chosen quotes often represent plays on words.


Many are contributions by Dr. Kogut himself ("Life is a piece of cake. It all depends on how you slice it."). Others are nuggets of wisdom by such diverse names as Will Rogers, Groucho Marx, Robert Frost, Mark Twain, and other literary and pop culture figureheads.


This inclusion and emphasis on names from popular culture also sets Words to Live By apart from other inspirational guides that tend to rest almost solely on the names of literary figures and philosophers.


There are also numerous citations from 'Anonymous' that are often just as hard-hitting as those penned by well-known personalities: "Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you."


The last big note on this little collection is that it's not only easy to read and packed with surprises and wisdom, but every saying is linked to approaches to daily life that will leave readers reflecting on their own choices and values.


If a quick, inspirational read is desired, holding more broad appeal and wisdom than most, then Words to Live By is the item of choice, recommended for being a standout in its field, and quite accessible to literary and everyday audiences alike. 

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"Don't You Get it? This very second you could be doing something you love and dream about doing. So do it! Now!"

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"When you think you can't revisit a previous triumph"
~Jack Canfield

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quote 2014-02-18 00:41
I think that unless a reviewer gets their facts completely wrong, the author should shut up. When you publish a book -- when you make art -- people are free to say what they want about it. You can't tell people they liked a book they didn't like, and there is, in the end, no arguing with personal taste. Different people like different things. Best to move on and make good art as best you can, instead of arguing.

Neil Gaiman: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2004/09/de-gustibus-and-how-to-reply-to-bad.asp

Source: journal.neilgaiman.com/2004/09/de-gustibus-and-how-to-reply-to-bad.asp
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