The Introvert Love & Wealth Bundle by Tim L. Gardner

The Introvert Love & Wealth Bundle: 2 Books: The Quiet Cupid and The Lone Wolf TycoonThe Introvert Love & Wealth Bundle: 2 Books: The Quiet Cupid and The Lone Wolf Tycoon by Tim L. Gardner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have always known that my personality is more introverted than not, but have never thought of it as a positive, rather as a negative to overcome (which is why I like hiding behind a computer screen reviewing books). However, since reading my first book on introverts (this one) and relating to it very easily, I now know a few more things about myself.

I wouldn’t say this is an in-depth psychological look at personalities book, but the author does lay down some ground rules about being and introvert, the types of introverted personalities and the features of most introverts.

The author then turns those features (which I always thought as negative) into positives and then applies them to finding a romantic partner and succeeding in the world of business. Who knew?! I surely didn’t, and this discovery has made me want to seek out more books about introverts and what it means to be one.

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The Spook’s Bestiary by Joseph Delaney

The Spook's Bestiary: The Guide to Creatures of the Dark (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles)The Spook’s Bestiary: The Guide to Creatures of the Dark by Joseph Delaney

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just as an FYI this book is not technically part of The Last Apprentice series, but a supplementary book. If you’re familiar with Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series, this would be like one of the “map” books or Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook.

Also important, I am a fan of the TV series, Supernatural.

With all that out of the way…this read a bit like John Winchester’s journal. It’s a compendium of all the creatures that are kept at bay by a Spook (Hunter/Sam and Dean?) in County. It includes examples of times John Gregory (the Spook who ‘authored’ this book) encountered said creature, and quotes from his various apprentices.

I found it an interesting take on the creatures originally from mythology, especially the Old Gods which come from many different regions (Greece, Romania, Ireland, etc.), and how they were dealt with. The last chapter included some instance and probable new creatures that had yet to be identified.

Supposedly this series has been turned into a movie called Seventh Son (which I’ve never heard of, and has poor reviews), so I’m wondering how I missed that. But I’m intrigued enough to see if I can find an actual book from the series to see what the fuss was about.

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Mary and the Witch’s Flower

This movie that I stumbled upon on Netflix is based on a children’s book, The Little Broomstick, by Mary Stewart. Now I haven’t read this, and didn’t even know about growing up, but I found it on Amazon and put it on my wish list.

After watching the movie, I know how the “little broomstick” fits in. This is an anime type animated film from Studio Ghibli (a Disney company). I have and do watch Anime on a semi-regular basis, so this is nothing new for me.

I love that the kids are the stars and the adults are evil (well some of them). This is another movie where the kids are clearly underestimated by the adults who think they know better.

Even though Mary is the main character, I’d like to make an official petition for the Little Broomstick, which makes such a valiant effort throughout the entire movie, and it’s the name of the book the movie is based on.

If you have Netflix, I suggest a watch of this fantastic movie.

Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

Dark PrinceDark Prince by Christine Feehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whew! Well, if nothing else, this experience has taught me that I am not an audiobook person at all. It was the only copy of Dark Prince my library had so I thought I’d try it, I’m glad I did, and I do like the story, but not the format.

With that out of the way…

I like all of Christine Feehan’s Dark series, while this is the first in the series it is not the first one I’ve read (probably more like the 10th?), but I do like how it sets the stage for the rest of the series. How the Carpathian species is dying out, and humans go mad when converted, and then Raven survives the transition and becomes the hope of the Carpathian people. Gregori’s torment because he’s near his limit (that was interesting), and in general the beginning of the saga that is now 33 books as of this review. I also got a better view of Mikhail, the leader of the Carpathians.

Would I recommend reading them in order? Yes. Would I recommend reading them out of order? Yes.

Both methods are fine, because I recommend reading them in general and since it is a large series and probably difficult to find them all at once and in order, the second is probably easier anyway and doesn’t really mar the story in any way. However, I won’t be ‘reading’ any more audiobooks if I can avoid it!

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Getting Things Done by David Allen

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityGetting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, thank you computer. This is my second attempt at writing a review, my computer somehow decided to “eat” the first one. Anyway, this book is full of information, to the point where I reread paragraphs and pages just to make sure I understood the concepts David Allen was laying out before me. Therefore, it took me much longer than I expected to read this book, but it was very much worth every minute I spent doing it.

Allen is inspiring with this book, including quotes from famous people to reinforce his methodology, and little experiences Allen has had working with others on his methodology. This book is also very good for quotes itself, as Allen makes some very good statements that encompass his strategy. I also found out that I had been implementing a few things from his methodology since first finding out about from Boho Berry on her blog some years ago.

The methodology is set up to be effective throughout the changes life throws at us: career changes, technology, and even relationships (Allen relates that he and his wife add ‘stuff’ to each others’ inboxes). Another thing that Allen advises is after implementing this methodology, to come back and read the book again in two to six months. I think I just might do that.

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The Throwback Thursday Three

Throwback Thursday has been an internet thing for quite some time now, and it’s high time that I joined in! For this first #TBT I thought I would go all the way back to the beginning, for my first three posts.

One Glass is Never Enough by Jane Wenham-Jones

This is a little chick-lit story by an author that writes “how to author” books, which is how I found out about Wenham-Jones in the first place. I have yet to read more books by this author, or even reread the two writing books I own, but perhaps I should do so now.

Alaskan Midnight by Joyce Livingston

This was a book that was going around my work place and ended up in my possession for a time. It’s a collection of short romance stories based in Christian guidelines. While I liked the idea, the stories were altogether different.

The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton

A Kindle Classic collection of short mystery stories, this was a fun little ebook to read. It reads a little like a lesser known Sherlock Holmes, but with the titular character being more normal minded than Holmes, and less insane(?).

Keep reading little book worms!

Which three books have you reread or mean to read again? Answers in the comments below!

[DVD] Movie Review – The Revenant

Based on the novel by Michael Punke which is based on a 1915 poem The Song of Hugh Glass, the movie, the novel, and the poem both detail the life of Hugh Glass, whom is played by Leonardo DiCaprio in this movie.

I read the book back in high school and loved this survival and revenge story in the Old West. I really wanted to this movie in theaters but didn’t quite get the job done, so I have it on DVD now.

After some bad luck and a bear attack, the group he’s traveling with leaves him for dead. Hugh battles his way through injuries, attacks from a rival native tribe, and winter storms to find the man who betrayed him.

I’m finding that I have a lot of DiCaprio movies in my collection, something I wasn’t aware of until watching this movie. I guess that means he’s a good actor I like or he makes a lot of good movies.