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A Sad State of Affairs: 2019 Reading Challenges Update for January

A Sad State of Affairs: 2019 Reading Challenges Update for January

Every year many of us start with good intentions, plan vigorously and take steps to forge a new start, –  and then life happens! And all of the plans are going down the toilet. Which is exactly what happened to me again in 2019.   […]

Read An Excerpt Of the Highly Anticipated Dystopian Novel: The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo

Read An Excerpt Of the Highly Anticipated Dystopian Novel: The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo

Ready for a new dystopian series that will leave you breathless, and want more? Well, today, I have a chance to share with you an excerpt of book one of The Uprising Series by Bernadette Giacomazzo called The Gathering! I hope you enjoy this little […]

5 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction Books

5 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction Books


Non-fiction books of any category can be extremely helpful, enlightening and in some cases life-changing. The category of non-fiction books I want to discuss today is mostly self-help, but these questions can be used to get the most out of your reading experience, in other sub-genres as well


5 Questions You Should Ask When Reading Non-Fiction


  1. How can I turn what I learned into an action step that relates to my goals? While having goals is fine, actions will get you there, and every information you read can either get you further toward your goals if applied or take you away from them. If you ask yourself that question, you can develop a strategy of deliberate actions toward your life goals.
  2. How does this apply to my life and to my goals? If you can not discern immediately what action steps you can take from what you just read, then you should contemplate how the content relates to your goals, and maybe open a different mindset that you can then apply.
  3. How can I translate this to fit my career or aspirations? Some books contain unexpected gems of wisdom that can aid you in the professional, not just personal aspect of your life, even if they are not specific business-related books. Explore how you can utilize this info to further your job skills.
  4. Who can I share this with? Teaching another person the information you just learned not only enriches their lives, but it also solidifies the information for yourself, therefore benefiting both your friend or family member, as well as you. Also, the unique insights of another person on the same subject may unlock aspects of the books you shared that you might not have thought about before.
  5. What can I read/watch or experience do deepen the knowledge that I just required? If you got a lot of value out of the non-fiction book, you may want to further your studies by visiting a Skillshare course or reading another book on the subject, or aspect of it. Do not stop with one book, take advantage of every opportunity to explore deeper, and if possible explore it by using the means of another medium, such as an online course, or by watching a documentary.



Nonfiction books are an enriching and life-altering resource if we are willing to dig deep into their pages. I hope this encouraged you to reach for more non-fiction books.


Book Review: Stop Reading – A Strategy To Read Less And Comprehend More

Book Review: Stop Reading – A Strategy To Read Less And Comprehend More

Book Details: Title: Stop Reading – A Strategy To Read Less And Comprehend More Author: Dr. Rick Smith Publication Date: December 18th, 2017 Genre: Education My Thoughts:  As a mother of one dyslexic child, I am always interested getting more information about reading and learning […]

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction

Hi, everyone! As you can tell from this book blog, my taste in reading is rather diverse, with only a very few genres and book types I tend to stay away from, simply because I think most books are cool, and there is something to […]

Book Blitz And Giveaway: Empty Thread by Danny Bell – A Young Adult Novel

Book Blitz And Giveaway: Empty Thread by Danny Bell – A Young Adult Novel

A unique Young Adult fantasy new release, is what I am introducing to you today! Empty Thread, by Danny Bell, promises to be an imaginative, and suspenseful Young Adult novel, that would be perfect to place on your to-read list!

Check out the excerpt below, and enter for a chance to win a 50 Dollar Amazon gift card!


Title: Empty Threat
Danny Bell
(The Black Pages, #1)
Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Book one of The Black Pages

Elana Black has the power to make herself fictional. But when she decides to start saving all the people in books and TV shows who die just for the sake of advancing the plot, she quickly learns that she’s not the only one with her powers.

All Elana wants to do is save people. But these others don’t want the stories to change, and they’ll do everything they can to stop her.

If you had the power to change fate… to create a happy ending where there wasn’t one before… would you do it if it meant risking your own?

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My fears, by comparison, had always been irrational. The fear that someone will think my nose is weird. The fear that I’d hid in the bathroom too long or too many times and everyone at the party will notice. The fear that even my closest friends would one day leave or decide I wasn’t cool enough anymore. The fear that a group of strangers won’t like me, but then will only pretend to be nice to me, and I’ll never know it. They’d say something awful behind my back, and one of them would tell a lie about me, which would make someone else believe that lie, so they’d repeat it. Then two people would tell the same story, and the third and fourth people would also repeat it and then it would become something different, and soon entire groups of people I’d never met would be poisoned against me before we ever even had the chance to meet, before anyone knew I wasn’t some huge jerk, and—

My heart was pounding just thinking about that scenario. My breaths were hard and shallow, my fingers hurt from where I’d been clutching the steering wheel. At least I’d stopped crying.

My point is, that for as terrifying as my fears were to me, I’d always found a way to get past them and function. Even when I was so afraid that I almost couldn’t move, I could fake bravado. In a bit of irony, the fear of being seen as afraid made me move on as if I wasn’t. To do otherwise would mean to just stop, and I’ve lived that life before. Sometimes days, sometimes weeks, sometimes months at a time… and you don’t get that time back. So ultimately, you were afraid for nothing. If I could impart a piece of advice onto the world, it is that more than the crowds, more than fake smiles and unheard whispers, even more than our own base, loathsome selves, what we should really fear is stasis. Life will always move forward, whether we move forward or not. Even stumbling and flailing about, unable to find your balance and rolling down a hill head over heels is still moving forward. It might not be graceful, but at least you’re not stuck with whatever you were trying to move past.


Author Bio:

My name is Danny Bell. I want to tell stories and avoid writing author profiles. I read—when I should be interacting with people, I named my cat after a cat I liked in a book, I’m pretty sure I saw a ghost one time—though I’ll never admit it publicly, I’m too tall for the earth, and I’ve never eaten a vegetable. I lied about the vegetable part. Wait… is someone going to read this?


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Book Review: Her Relentless Russian by Leslie North

Book Review: Her Relentless Russian by Leslie North

I received this book for free via NetGalley in return for an honest review I am happy that I chose the third book of the Karev Brothers Series – Her Relentless Russian – , as it is much better than the first installment of the […]

Book Review: Evenings With The Holy Spirit

Book Review: Evenings With The Holy Spirit

I received an ARC copy of this book for free in return for an honest review This book review is part of the challenge Monthly Motif Reading Challenge to read something diverse from what we are used to reading, may it be from a different […]

Book Review: Dead Gone by T.J. Brearton – Mystery/Thriller

Book Review: Dead Gone by T.J. Brearton – Mystery/Thriller

I have received an ARC copy of this novel by NetGalley in return for an honest review

In order for me to enjoy a thriller or a mystery novel, the book has to have some excitement, some action, or at least psychological tension – all of these were missing from this novel. Dead Gone read more like the report written by the rookie agent Tom, who in his first case was let loose to discover the details about a young woman, that was found washed up in the Everglades.
I find it hard to believe, that a cop – no matter what department or agency – would be left alone to his devices, during a murder investigation, with only bare minimum supervision. At least that would be irresponsible. But this novel is full of holes like that one, which made it hard to finish reading to the end. The dialogue has no flow to it, neither does the internal dialogue of the main character and even though I wanted to care about what was going on, I never got invested in the story.

Even the plot twist at the end did not make up for all that this book has been lacking. I am disappointed because the premise could have been developed into a really good book if handled with better care.

I am comparing this book to other thrillers I have read lately, and even some romance novels had more psychological tension than this book.

If you like thrillers and mysteries, you should check out my review on “Witness” instead.

Dead Gone is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, via Kindle Unlimited, and as a Paperback 

Book Details

Book Title: Dead Gone
Author: T. J. Brearton
Publisher: Joffe Books
Publication Date: January 7th, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, General Fiction (Adult)

Book Summary:

A woman’s body is found floating in a sultry Florida mangrove. She has no ID and there is no indication of cause of death.

Who is she? Why was she murdered?

Rookie detective Tom Lange couldn’t have got a more difficult first case. The only thing he’s got to go on is the woman’s butterfly tattoo. His boss, Lauren Blythe, piles the pressure on and the medical examiner won’t tell him what he needs to know.

Meanwhile Tom’s neighbour Alicia has an abusive boyfriend who Tom clashes with in a way that will have far-reaching consequences.

The body leads Tom on a trail of seedy clubs, narcotics, and danger which is close to home.

In a tumultuous ending with a massive twist, Tom’s world is turned upside down.



Tom Lange is a brand new agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. That agency is a state bureau investigating violent crimes, police corruption, with a governor protection unit and top-notch forensic laboratories. The only family Tom has left is his brother Nick.


Southwest Florida in April. The dry season ending, the heat and humidity building. In Naples, many people are leaving the region for cooler climes. The landscapers are out daily, cutting back the surging vegetation and a steady breeze comes from the gulf coast. Rookery Bay, a nature reserve of a hundred thousand acres teems with wildlife, threaded with brackish creeks. The Everglades stretch all the way across the state to Miami, choked with alligators. Tampa Bay pulses with the nightlife. Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., but despite its concentration of millionaires, the region knows poverty, homelessness, drugs, and crime

You can find this review on Goodreads



Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

Hi, Book Lovers! Today (and hopefully on a regular basis), I decided to participate in the awesome Top Ten Tuesday link up hosted by Broke And The Bookish. Every week, this awesome book blog link up features a theme, which is what everyone participating centers […]