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Choose To Be Happy: Happier Human – A Book Review

Choose To Be Happy: Happier Human – A Book Review

Welcome to my review of Happier Human   Title: Happier Human Author: S. J. Scott Publication Date: February 27th, 2019 Genre: Self-help   Can you really choose to be happy, make a conscious choice, that no matter what your circumstances are, you can achieve happiness? […]

Book Review: Self-Discipline For Writers – A Quick And Motivational Book Writing Guide

Book Review: Self-Discipline For Writers – A Quick And Motivational Book Writing Guide

Book Details: Title: Self-Discipline For Writers Author: Martin Meadows Publication Date: May 1st, 2019 Genre: creative self-help, writing Publisher: Amazon Digital Services   No matter if you are a novelist, write non-fiction, or are a blogger, lacking the motivation to write as much as we […]

Book Review: Mexislang by Raul Jimenez – A Delightful Insight Into Mexican Slang And Culture

Book Review: Mexislang by Raul Jimenez – A Delightful Insight Into Mexican Slang And Culture

Book Details:

Title: Mexislang
Author: Raul Jimenez
Publication Date: January 15th, 2018
Genre: Education, Culture

My thoughts:

What an interesting, unique insight into Mexican slang! I just started learning Spanish, so I thought Mexislang would be an interesting addition to my studies, and I was not wrong. While my Spanish teacher would probably not approve, I enjoyed the detailed insights into origins of the individual expressions the Author showcased. Entertaining and educational, this book made me frown at times, and chuckle at others, and with that brought this language more to life than any ordinary textbook could do.

Book Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Summary:

I have been teaching Mexican Spanish online for more than 2 years, and while talking to my students, I’ve noticed how interested they were in learning “mexislang.”
They asked me about it all the time, and it started to fascinate me as well. I realized how slang didn’t follow any rules and was constantly changing, day by day.
I created a blog – mexislang.com – where I started posting entries for my students, to better explain them how slang words were used and why.
These blog posts have evolved into this book.
Here, I gather the most important phrases and words of mexislang and explain their history and usage, including examples.
You will find this manual useful if…
•you want to learn Spanish from Mexico;
•you are going to travel to Mexico;
•you want to understand Mexican culture better;
•you like learning new languages;
•you want to communicate better with Mexican people;
•you want to learn the most recent Mexican slang (and internet slang), from 2018;
•You want to learn slang from a real Mexican tutor who has taught Spanish to people from all around the world.
Mexico is the 8th most visited country in the world, and #1 in Latin America, so this is a book that can be used by adventurers, businessmen, spring breakers, and any average joe who wants to make bonds, communicate, and establish good relationships with Mexican people.
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Book Review: Side Hustle By Chris Guillebeau – A Detailed Blue Print For Starting A Part-Time Business

Book Review: Side Hustle By Chris Guillebeau – A Detailed Blue Print For Starting A Part-Time Business

Book Details Title: Side Hustle – From Idea To Income in 27 Days Author: Chris Guillebeau Publisher: Crown Business Publishing Publishing Date: September 19th, 2017 Genre: Business, Self-Help My thoughts on the book: At first glance, Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau looks like a workbook, […]

Book Review: Make Space by Regina Wong – A Minimalist Guide with Flaws

Book Review: Make Space by Regina Wong – A Minimalist Guide with Flaws

Book Details: Title: Make Space – A Minimalist’s Guide To The Good And Extraordinary Author: Regina Wong Genre: Home, Organization, Self-help Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Publication Date: August 15th, 2017 Note: I have received a copy of this book for free via NetGalley in return for […]

Book Review: Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook 2018

Book Review: Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook 2018

Book Details:

 

Author: Various Authors
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication Date: July 8th, 2017
Genre: New Age, Pagan, Witchcraft

 

My review:

 

I have been purchasing each addition of this datebook for a few years now, and not once have I been disappointed. Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook is my one-stop info for anything I need to keep up with the magical aspects of my life, without having to dig around the internet for information, for which I simply don’t have the time. Surely, you could find all of the info for free, but would you truly go through the trouble every single day of looking for the correspondences, moon phases, which planet is in retrograde, and so much more, if you can just have it right in front of you? Call me lazy, but I am busy, and anything that makes my life more productive, and efficient is a winner in my book.

 

On top of that, it contains a variety of articles I particularly enjoyed this year – from an article called “Making and Dressing Candles” by Deborah Castellano, to Sprucing Up Your Ritual Space by Najah Lightfoot. Recipes, instructions, and information on the names of the individual Full Moon’s throughout the year adds to the charm. I also love the black and white drawings, which I usually color throughout the year.

 

Monthly and weekly spreads allow for some space to plan – not much, but enough to add birthdays, celebrations, scheduling your rituals and spells, and similar info. It ends with information on the individual contributors, which I loved because it gave me a chance to check out their further works, such as books and websites. A quick reminder of the most important retrograde dates, and Moon of Void Course Date – in a quick, and easy to overlook appendix, is practical and makes magical planning so much easier.

 

I will be purchasing this little gem again, for 2019, I am sure of that.  You can get Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2018 on Amazon now. 

 

Book Summary:

 

Stay organized and find new ways to live your craft all year long with Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches’ Datebook. Featuring beautiful illustrations from award-winning artist Kathleen Edwards, a variety of ways to celebrate the Wheel of the Year, and powerful wisdom from practicing witches, this indispensable, on-the-go tool will make your days more magical.

 

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Book Review: Sacred Signs And Symbols by Sherrie Dillard – Detailed and Informative

Book Review: Sacred Signs And Symbols by Sherrie Dillard – Detailed and Informative

Book Details: Title: Sacred Signs and Symbols Author: Sherrie Dillard Publisher: Llewellyn Publishing Publishing Date: June 8th, 2017 Genre: Spiritual, Metaphysical, New Age, Reference   My thoughts on the book: I love books that are written in great detail, and give us – the reader, […]

Book Review: Healing From Within by Ryuho Okawa – A Book With Potentially Dangerous Implications

Book Review: Healing From Within by Ryuho Okawa – A Book With Potentially Dangerous Implications

Book Details: Title: Healing From Within Author: Ryuho Okawa Publisher: IRH Press Publication Date: June 30th, 2017 Genre: Health, Alternative Health, Self-Help, Spirituality My review Healing From Within is meant to be a book that connects a spiritual mindset with healing. It is based on […]

Book Review: Insight by Tasha Eurich – A Book About Self-Awareness

Book Review: Insight by Tasha Eurich – A Book About Self-Awareness

book review, self-help, non-fictionBook Details:

Title: Insight

Author: Tasha Eurich

Publisher: Crown Business

Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017

Genre: Self-Help

I received a copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.

My review:

I find any book that showcases the importance of self-awareness as a part of self-growth, and successful living an important edition to one’s personal library. Some Authors are just better at executing the mission, then others. This one falls more into the latter category.

While the information in Insight is sound and based on a lot of research, I was not so happy about the presentation. Again, as I have mentioned in previous reviews,  I am not a person who likes it when non-fiction books base their teaching strategy on stories and expect the reader to learn from them, but I am rather someone who wants to learn from a more factual based presentation. And my main mission for reading non-fiction books is to learn as much as possible.

Insights contain too much fluff, too many little anecdotes that take away from the mission of the book. Worse yet, and what ended up bugging me the most is that the Author decided that it was a good idea to present factual questions and a workshop style content in the back of the book, as an appendix, rather than as a part of each chapter. Why could that not have been placed into the meat of the book?

That oversight – if Miss Eurich would have decided to place that information into the main text – would have made this barely readable book into a pretty decent and usable self-help book.

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I also don’t  quite agree with the notion that self-awareness requires a creation of core principles. I personally have found that self-awareness enables the creation of core principles, not the other way around.

There are some interesting points made throughout the book. And if you are a person who learns from stories and anecdotes you might get more out of the book than I have. I do appreciate that the Author does not promise an easy path to total self-awareness, but asks the reader for patience and commitment in the process.

Available on Amazon

Book Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Book Summary:

What is the secret to happiness and success? You don’t need to fix yourself. But you definitely need to know yourself.
 
Research shows that self-awareness – knowing who we are and how others see us – is the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships. Without it, it’s impossible to master the skills needed to succeed in business and life: skills like emotional intelligence and empathy, influence and persuasion, communication and collaboration.

Most people instinctively know this. After all, it’s become almost a national pastime to point out when self-awareness is lacking in the people around us: politicians, coworkers and bosses, in-laws, the friend who posts endless selfies on social media. The problem is we rarely consider whether we, too, could stand to improve on this critical skill. And making matters worse, it’s woefully rare to get candid, honest feedback on how we come across, both at work and at home.

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But it doesn’t have to be that way. Integrating hundreds of studies with her own research and work in the Fortune 500 world, organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich shows us what it takes to see ourselves more clearly: how to better understand what makes us tick on the inside, how to get others to tell us the honest truth about how they see us, and how to use this insight for greater success, confidence and self-acceptance.

Through stories of people who’ve made dramatic gains in self-awareness, she offers surprising secrets, techniques and strategies to help readers do the same – and therefore improve their work performance, career satisfaction, leadership potential, relationships, and more.

At a time when self-awareness matters more than ever, Insight is the essential playbook surviving and thriving in an unaware world.

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Book Review: How To Be a Hepburn In A Kardashian World by Jordan Christy

Book Review: How To Be a Hepburn In A Kardashian World by Jordan Christy

Book Details: Title: How To Be A Hepburn In A Kardashian World Author: Jordan Christy Publisher: Center Street Publication Date: April 4th, 2017 Genre: Self-Help, Guides, And Advice I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review My […]