Sunday, March 17, 2013

Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T Hallinan

Have you ever been reading a book and thought to yourself, “Why am I reading this?” For me, this was that book. I wasn’t particularly excited about it, but I was hooked enough keep picking it up. And for the first time in a long time, I was more excited about a book itself being over than I was about finding out what would happen at the end of it.

Since there are so many ways and so many areas in which we can make mistakes, the author had lots of latitude when writing this book. What it led to is a book that is overflowing with information, some of it interesting and some of it not so much.

I will admit that although it is a lot of information, much of it is eye opening and some of it is alarming. Someone told me that we should not be afraid to seek counsel because most mistakes are made by people that know what they’re doing. This book supports that notion.

In summation, if you’re human you will make mistakes. And this book has the potential to make you paranoid about that.

Almost everyone is overconfident-except the people who are depressed, and they tend to be realists.”
Why We Make Mistakes

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

March 2013 Books Galore!

I attended the best book sale EVER over the weekend. With over 90,000 books, hardbacks $1.50 and paperbacks $1.00, sounds like a dream come true right..... but for one small problem; I don't have a list of the books I currently own. And one of my pet peeves is buying a book and discovering that I already have it.
So with that, I finally did it. I created a list of every book I own. Smiley

Which means my next trip to this book sale will be uninhibited Smiley

Here’s what I brought home from the first trip:

The Breakthrough by Ifill
The Autobiography of Miles Davis by Davis
Changes by Aidoo
Kaffir Boy by Mathabane
The Known World by Jones
Song Yet Sung by Mcbride
The Book of Night Women by James
Lasting Valor by Baker
Savage Inequalities by Kozol
The Color of Water by Mcbride

I also attended a book swap happy hour last week hosted by Terryn over at Dope Reads. I came away with The White Tiger by Adiga.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

Every now and then people decide they will use social media to distribute meaningful information. Fortunately, I was paying attention when one of my Facebook friends recommended The Greatest Salesman in the World.

Salesmen intrigue me, that is, when they’re not trying to sell me something. So I picked up this book hoping it would take me inside the mind of a salesman. Anyway, we all have to sell something to or sell someone on something eventually; even if it’s just an idea. What I learned was encouraging.

The book reveals that selling is about you, not the other person. And I guess it makes sense. Ultimately, we can only control ourselves. So the book is very much self-help. It’s even categorized that way, not sure how I missed that.

Much like The Four Agreements, many of the chapters focus on commitments that must be made to oneself. Even if you’re convinced you’ll never have to sell anything, many of the concepts can be applied when dealing with everyday rejection and disappointment.

It’s a small book and a quick read. Well worth the time if you need help eliminating the fear of hearing the word no.

“I can accomplish far more than I have, and I will, for why should the miracle that produced me end with my birth?”
The Greatest Salesman in the World

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

February 2013 Books Galore!

I wasn’t paying much attention to commuters last month but I did see a few covers:

Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe by M. Meredith
And You Call Yourself a Christian by E.N. Joy
Ms. Thang by Sonia Hayes
Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey

Books I Purchased in February
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies
Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb by David Kushner

Kathy over at Bermuda Onion gave away a copy of
The Jane Austen Handbook and guess who won!

For those of you with little ones, I received a request to review Candy and the Cankersaur. I don't review children's books but you may be interested!

A synopsis of The Disillusioned by D.J. Williams found its way to my inbox  last month. Although though I decided not to read it, something about it did pique my interest.

Now what about you. Any bookish updates?