NaNo for the New and Insane by Lazette Gifford

NaNo for the New and the InsaneNaNo for the New and the Insane by Lazette Gifford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This a book about National Novel Writing Month, something I had meant to read before last year’s NaNoWriMo event but never got around to it. Basically is series of essays meant to help you stay on track and finish NaNoWriMo.

There are sections on tackling plots, surviving the forums, and staying motivated to write 50,000 words in one month. I love that the main theme is that whatever happens, have fun. NaNoWriMo is meant to be a fun writing challenge so that even if you don’t ‘win’ you still have a wonderful experience.

I especially enjoyed the interview with Chris Baty, the creator of NaNoWriMo. Essays are also pulled from Vision, a writing ezine, and blog posts from the author. I did find this ebook inspiring and do have some new techniques to try out with my writing routine.

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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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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 Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness (Classic Edition)The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve not read many personal finance books in my lifetime, so this is one of, if not the, first book I’ve read on the subject. It was recommended to me by a coworker, and so I found it at the library one day and took it home.

Having no reference point, I found this book to be straight forward, informative, and very much life changing. Holy crap do I have a new outlook on money.

Dave Ramsey starts out by dispelling myths, and letting you know that his book is nothing more than common sense, and maybe there isn’t even anything in the book you don’t already know. The secret is the HOW. He tells you how to get started, how to pay off debt, how to get financially fit. Step by step through his proven seven baby steps.

I’ve been discussing the book with said coworker throughout the entire process and that has helped to flesh out some of the ideas even more. All I can say if you’ve never read a book on personal finance this is the book to start with.

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The Makeup of a Confident Woman by Trish McEvoy

The Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face ForwardThe Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face Forward by Trish McEvoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don’t apologize for the way you look.

This is not just a “how to put on makeup book” (she does do that, but it’s not the entirety of the book), this is a self-care handbook based on makeup. Yep. The first chapter or two is basically “making time for yourself” and “if you look good, you feel good”, which works well with makeup.

After that, Trish gets into her 8 Step System, with 3 Levels of intensity. She explains it all in her book so I won’t get into it too deeply, but Level 1 people are those who wear makeup sometimes, but mostly are indifferent. Level 2 people take some time to put makeup on most days, and Level 3 people should have been makeup artists in another life.

Then she gets into the tutorials, following the steps and going through the levels. There are 5 tutorials, and then a series of how to correct your flaws, plus a section on tools. This book will not turn you into a makeup artist, but it can give you some tips on how to do your own makeup a little better, or give you a new technique to try.

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Mastering Online Marketing by Magnus Unemyr

MASTERING ONLINE MARKETING - Create business success through content marketing, lead generation, and marketing automation.: Learn email marketing, search ... and Entrepreneurship Series Book 1)MASTERING ONLINE MARKETING – Create business success through content marketing, lead generation, and marketing automation.: Learn email marketing, search … and Entrepreneurship Series Book 1) by Magnus Unemyr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This ebook from Amazon was very informative. There were several chapters dedicated to website/blog marketing, email marketing, and Google Analytics. There were also chapters on social media, marketing management systems, and appendices with basic web information.

The author came off as well informed about his topic, and the ebook did not suffer overly much from the grammar and spelling errors that are common to free Amazon ebooks. Though there are a few errors in the second half.

All together I found this ebook to be well written, informative, and inspiring. I found it for free, and if you’re interested in this topic there’s no reason not to pick it up.

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7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make by Angie Dixon

7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make by Angie Dixon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short ebook about seven actions we do or don’t take as writers that could make or break a story’s success. Some things seem obvious, others not so much, but we’re all guilty of one or the other from time to time. I know I am.

This is a brief look into what writing is really about (not just the story), and some of things we writers forget about while we’re busy writing or being inspired. I connected with the time management “mistake” since I have a constantly fluctuation day job (shift work) and my time management skills fluctuate day by day accordingly. There are a few tips to help this, and that’s what I’m taking away and working on these days.

It’s a free, easy read, so take a look and see what “mistakes” you’ve been making.

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