This is the stunning new novel from bestselling author Mike Gayle, for fans of The Keeper of Lost Thingsand Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. A powerful and bittersweet story of an unexpected male friendship and an unlikely love story, a thought provoking storyline told with Mike’s distinctive wit and insight, touching on issues which affect us all. This uplifting tale reminds us of the simple courage at the heart of every human being. E…

“Value is often a function of not agreeing, not being supportive, and not being a ‘yes person.’ How willing are you to disagree, question basic premises, and refuse impossible expectations?” (22). “No one cares, really, about how good you are. Clients care about how good they are going to be when you’re done with them” (56). “If you can’t articulate your own value, you can’t very well su…

The book is based in the town of Dooling in Appalachia. Circumstances arise where all of the female population cannot wake from their sleep – hence the title. A strange, mystical woman enters the town and before long it is realized that she can sleep and wake when she needs to. As the men try to keep their lives together without the women, it is not long before the blame for the eerie circumstances are laid squarely at the feet of the newco…

This was a remarkably depressing book. It is the sort of book that shows over and over again that there was literally nothing the Native Americans could have done to protect themselves from the all consuming and endlessly veracious greed of the European settlers. Just about every ‘tactic’ imaginable was used by the Native Americans – from treaties to war to abject capitulation – and nothing made any difference. The final result was always…

Separated from everything dear to her, the heroine of this book, Rachel, learns at a young age that life can still provide her with simple joys—and profound fulfillment. And though she spends many moments peeking into the abyss of despair, she also spends moments rescuing others from the black chasm of regret. She encounters those who choose to allow their circumstances to define them, bitterness festering into hatred, until they are a shell of…

A weird thing happened when I turned to this book. I was getting flashes of the most recent previous work I’d read, unexpected as I didn’t expect any real similarity. I kind of had a ‘darn’ moment there, but the fact that both books start off with a heterosexual woman and a lesbian eyeballing each other is similar-ish, but everything else was/is different. For one, in the previous book they were eyeballing each other with lust; while here…

Very solid for how short it is. My three main points from it: 1. „Never forget: Everybody is somebody’s somebody“ Meaning you never know who the person in front of you might know. 2. „Why should the customer do business with us?“ + Know that the customer does not care about you. Common sense but great reminders 3. „Dollarize“ the reason to buy. Meaning give the customer a clear number of dollars saved by choosing your solution. + Do…

A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you’re a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not really into the Simpsons (who?!), everybody can get some laughs from the book while learning how this animated show is made. Despite the jokes about the writer&#…

Jen Sincero is a badass who woke up from her mundane existence (THE BIG SNOOZE) and began throwing all her money, time and energy into the process of getting her true life back on track. This book is like the cliff notes or the cheat sheet to all self help books everywhere. Which is why I loved it!! Instead of drawing out the formula to spirituality and meditation she gives you snippets of doable and less intimidating passages. This helps you tak…

‘I finally gave into the fact that my dreams were no longer just dreams.’ Ernesto H Lee shares little biographical information but we learn so much about him form his writing of his dreams and their influence on his life that we feel as though we know him well by book’s end. His language has that hint of UK origin and he does mention at one point that he lives in Dubai. The rest unfolds as he relates dreams. He opens his book with an Introd…

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Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers (Seth Godin)

Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful: 1- “As clutter has increased, advertisers have responded by increasing clutter. And as with pollution, because no one owns the problem, no one is working very hard to solve it.” 2- “In addition to clutter, there’s another problem facing marketers. Consumers don’t need to care as much as they used to. The quality of products has incre…

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Wisdom from Myles Munroe (Myles Munroe)

Only Myles Munroe can wash over you with wisdom that will clean away all your troubles and trials and present you as a shining masterpiece of Gods glory. With the wisdom of Solomon, one of the best known and beloved pastors of our time, Myles Munroe, shares 40 wise and personal insights to refresh and empower you to tackle lifes challenges. This interactive devotional journal immerses you into a world where Gods power infuses you with w…

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What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America (Michael Eric Dyson)

There was a meeting in 1963 between Robert F. Kennedy and James Baldwin and a few of Baldwin’s friends. When you think of an example of speaking truth to power, that meeting as described by Dyson here, will indeed standout as definitive. Dyson writes “I heard over the years how explosive it was, how it brought together other folk I had admired, including Harry Belafonte. The gathering pitted an earnest if defensive white liberal aga…

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Animal Farm (George Orwell)

Written at a time when the evils of communism hadn’t been fully exposed and some still thought it could work in practice, Animal Farm was sure to be an eye opener. The setting is a “normal” farm–controlled and managed by humans. But one day the animals have had enough of being oppressed and abused as human slaves. They rise up and take over the farm. Their goal is for all animals to be equal–to work for the…

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The Fatherhood Principle: God’s Design and Destiny for Every Man (Munroe Myles)

The inherent purpose of all men is fatherhood. Whether a man is married or single, and whether or not he has children, he is designed by God to fulfill the role of father in the lives of those around him. It is his calling to reflect the creative and cultivating nature of God. This book provides key principles and insights that will teach you how to be a father in your personal sphere of influence. In clear and compelling terms, Dr. Mun…

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The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling (Annette Simmons)

Much like Stephen R. Covey (who wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, among other things) Annette Simmons is not a fan of technique. That is to say, she believes that only basic goodness, honesty, and strong character can produce influence. People of good intent can learn more about the power of story to bring others to their side, but story cannot be effectively used by the ill-intentioned to manipulate others. That strategy m…

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A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)

In the year 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has been sentenced to House arrest at the famed Moscow Hotel Metropol. Once of the landed elite of Nizhy Novgorod, the Count must live out the rest of his days in one small hotel room. As the Bolsheviks have persevered following their revolution, no long are there ruling classes in Russia, only comrades. It is under these conditions that Count Rostov has become a former person who can no l…

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The Other Hand (Chris Cleave)

We don’t want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn’t. And it’s what happens afterwards that is most important. Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. Wh…

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8.9/10
How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life (Lilly Singh)

This book deserves a glowing review. I hope I managed to do justice. This is the second book by a You Tuber that I’m reading and I have to say, I am definitely glad I picked this up. Adult life is messy, between your professional and personal worlds you are caught in this whirlwind and stuck in this maze, trying to figure your way through it. For a young adult it can be all too much and all too easy to simply lose your way. This i…

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Before I Saw You (Amy K. Sorrells)

Life is hard! God is good! Life is about letting go and letting God. Cliches? Yes (and no, they are not used in the book). If anything, life is about choices. Some easy. Some hard. Some based on what we know. Some based on what we don’t. We always have a choice. Throughout the book, the main character is reminded to trust God for the answers. Life is about decisions that often affect more than the person making them. It’s ev…