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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Book Review - Reach: Create the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book, or Cause






About the Book

In Reach: Create the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book, or Cause, cut through the noise and create the biggest possible audience for your work. This book offers a proven method for expanding your reach online so you can make a meaningful difference for others.

Anyone who makes the bold decision to put their ideas out into the world wants to reach as many people as possible. Unfortunately, too many think it’s a question of numbers—the more people you can get in front of, the better. But true reach is about expanding your audience while making a meaningful and enduring difference that has a lasting impact.

Reach provides a clear and structured approach to creating a successful online presence that will create the biggest possible impact for any message. Becky Robinson shares a framework to cultivate followers that requires four commitments: value, consistency, endurance, and generosity. When you make these four commitments, you’ll deliver memorable content on a regular basis while keeping the long-term view in mind and being committed to helping and sharing with others.

Robinson offers guidance on having realistic expectations and meaningful goals, encouraging readers to reflect on what they want to accomplish and with whom they want to connect. Readers will also learn how to overcome discouragements, create and repurpose content, and focus on the everyday activities that will spread ideas.

This is a long-term process—one that doesn’t normally offer immediate results or guarantee the desired outcome. But, as Robinson reminds us, creating from a place of generosity can lead to benefits greater than you can imagine.

My Take on the Book
The author of this book has done a great job at helping you really think through thee things you need to do to make your creation stand out amid others. I really appreciated the four reach commitments that she talks about (Value, Consistency, Longevity and Generosity). as these really do help you reframe your approach in many different ways. The book itself is easy to follow with practical advice that you can follow and implement immediately. As you read this, it is like the author is holding your hand through the process and helping you extend the reach of your own creative endeavor. Whether you are writing your own book, have a blog or some other business, this book will help you push yourself further and extend your own reach to an even broader audience! 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Book Review - The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships

The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships



About the Book

In The Mentor's Guide explore the latest edition of an authoritative resource on professional and educational mentoring

In the newly revised Third Edition of The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships, veteran mentoring experts Lois J. Zachary and Lisa Z. Fain deliver a thoughtful and rich exploration of the critical process of mentoring. The book offers practical tools for facilitating the mentoring experience from beginning to end.

In addition to walking you through the four phases of mentoring—preparing, negotiating enabling growth, and coming to closure—this important book provides:

  • Brand-new content on diversity, inclusion, and equity, as well as tools to enhance virtual mentoring relationships
  • The ethics of mentoring, including how to handle common ethical pitfalls and mistakes
  • Hands-on worksheets and exercises to facilitate the mentoring and learning process
  • Perfect for leaders, managers, and educators, in any career or professional setting, The Mentor’s Guide is an indispensable tool to help navigate your learning and mentoring journey.


My Take on the Book
This is a great guide for anyone looking to work as a mentor to others. The book is practical and really adds in a ton of worksheets and exercises to help with the mentoring and learning process. This book is one that I wish I had had when I first became a leader in my work as there were so many twists and turns that I had to learn and this one walks you step-by-step through these turns and helps you be be a better leader and mentor in the end!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Book Review - Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good

Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good



About the Book

in Loki A Bad God's Guide to Being Good you get Wry, witty and very funny diary-style story packed with doodles and comic strips about the frustration trickster god Loki feels at having to live trapped in the body of a weedy eleven-year-old boy.

After one trick too many, Loki is banished to live on Earth as a "normal" school boy. Forbidden from using his AWESOME godly powers, Loki must show moral improvement. As he records his lies THE TRUTH in his magical (judgemental) diary, it becomes clear Loki hasn’t a clue how to tell good from evil, trust from tricks, or friends from enemies.

My Take on the Book
This was a super fun book from start to finish. It is full of jokes that all ages will enjoy! If you love mythology and humor, this book brings both to the forefront. Loki is known as a trickster and definitely gets himself in trouble throughout the book. Even when he tries to do good, it tends to turn out in a way that is not what he hoped for. The book is fun, funny and entertaining and all ages will enjoy!

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Book Review - The Gifts That Bind Us

The Gifts That Bind Us



About the Book

Magic-sensitive Maeve and her friends face off against an insidious threat to their school and their city in this spellbinding sequel to All Our Hidden Gifts.

It’s senior year, and Maeve and her friends are practicing and strengthening their mystical powers, while Maeve’s new relationship with Roe is exhilarating. But as Roe’s rock star dreams start to take shape, and Fiona and Lily make plans for faraway colleges, Maeve, who struggles in school, worries about life without them—will she be selling incense here in Kilbeg, Ireland, until she’s fifty? Alarm bells sound for the coven when the Children of Brigid, a right-wing religious organization, quickly gains influence throughout the city—and when its charismatic front man starts visiting Maeve in her dreams. When Maeve’s power starts to wane, the friends realize that all the local magic is being drained—or rather, stolen. With lines increasingly blurred between friend and foe, the supernatural and the psychological, Maeve and the others must band together to protect the place, and the people, they love. A thrilling sequel to All Our Hidden Gifts.

Find The Gifts That Bind Us on Amazon.

My Take on the Book
This was the type of book that really grabs you from the very beginning and you want to keep reading, page after page until you are complete. The book has great characters and a mix of magic and realism that allows you to easily connect to the story itself. This is a great sequel to the first book. While it would help to read the first book first, you could still read this and enjoy it, even without the context of the initial book. The author really paints a great picture of a teenage world that may be new, while making it familiar all the same.

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Book Review - The Patron Thief of Bread

The Patron Thief of Bread




About the Book

A beautifully crafted middle-grade novel spiced with magic—and gargoyles!—from the acclaimed author of Hour of the Bees and Race to the Bottom of the Sea.

Fished from the river as an infant and raised by a roving band of street urchins who call themselves the Crowns, eight-year-old Duck keeps her head down and her mouth shut. It’s a rollicking life, always thieving, always on the run—until the ragtag Crowns infiltrate an abandoned cathedral in the city of Odierne and decide to set down roots. It’s all part of the bold new plan hatched by the Crowns’ fearless leader, Gnat: one of their very own will pose as an apprentice to the local baker, relieving Master Griselde of bread and coin to fill the bellies and line the pockets of all the Crowns. But no sooner is Duck apprenticed to the kindly Griselde than Duck’s allegiances start to blur. Who is she really—a Crown or an apprentice baker? And who does she want to be? Meanwhile, high above the streets of Odierne, on the roof of the unfinished cathedral, an old and ugly gargoyle grows weary of waiting to fulfill his own destiny—to watch and protect. Told in alternating viewpoints, this exquisite novel evokes a timeless tale of love, self-discovery, and what it means to be rescued.

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My Take on the Book
I found this book to be very interesting. As you read through this you get the viewpoints from numerous characters which is not something you usually see in a book. The characters you hear from are a duck and a gargoyle at the top of a cathedral. Both of these characters are fun and you will find that you connect with them throughout the book in very different ways. The characters are definitely different, but complement each other. As I was reading through the book, I found myself wanting to read page after page as I got lost in the pages of the book itself. The book was fun, engaging and entertaining and through the book you are drawn into the world through vivid imagery and prose that envelopes you throughout. This is a great book I recommend to all!

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Book Review - The Best of the Rejection Collection: 297 Cartoons That Were Too Dark, Too Weird, or Too Dirty for The New Yorker

The Best of the Rejection Collection: 297 Cartoons That Were Too Dark, Too Weird, or Too Dirty for The New Yorker



About the Book

The best of the worst: these cartoons rejected by The New Yorker were deemed too dumb, too weird, or too naughty—but not for lack of laughs!

Every week, hundreds and hundreds of cartoons pour into The New Yorker. Most are rejected. Doesn’t matter how big a deal the cartoonist is, either. Roz Chast, David Sipress, Kim Warp, Sam gross, Ed Steed, Emily Flake, Navied Mahdavian, or Mary Lawton—if the work in question is too weird, too naughty, too juvenile, or too dark, it’s out. Luckily for us, Matthew Diffee has been bravely sifting through the circular file to rescue the best of the worst.

Here are 297 cartoons in a revised second edition featuring more than 50 new cartoons—even better, even worse! The cartoon set-ups may be familiar—a couple in bed, a few people stranded on a desert island, a doctor and patient in an examining room—but the joke are anything but, with twists so unexpected, you can’t help but laugh out loud.
 
My Take on the Book
These cartoons were edgy, crass and definitely ones that I can see why they did not make it in The New Yorker. Many of the cartoons were funny, while at the same time they made you think too. Some of the cartoons were right on the line of being too much, while others were definitely over the top and made my jaw drop. You will find these cartoons great, but most are not for kids.

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Book Review - Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch

Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch




About the Book

In this thrilling sequel to Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch, Eva must put a stop to the violent Culling or risk the fate of Rivelle Realm forever—perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service.

From this day forward, we will believe in the impossible.

Eva Evergreen has fulfilled her dream of earning the rank of Novice Witch, and discovered the chilling truth behind the mysterious Culling -- the violent magical storm wreaking havoc across Rivelle Realm.

Revealing the truth, however, proves to be a difficult task and soon the culprit is at large. To make matters worse Eva learns what might be the horrible truth behind her pinch of magic and her mother's own mysterious connection to the Culling and rogue magic.

With her spirits at an all-time low, Eva must muster up the courage to prove her mother's innocence and learn to believe in her own magic, if she wishes to put a stop to the Culling once and for all.

Find Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch on Amazon.
 
My Take on the Book
This second book in the series was as good as the first one. This is not always the case. The story was engaging and the characters grow and adapt as you go through the book. The book was well written and I loved all of the concepts about family that pop up throughout the book. This book is one that you will turn from page to page and you will not want to put it down. What I loved in the book is the characters are so relatable and ones that you will want to get to know throughout the book. By the end you will want more, I know I did!
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