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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The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men (Richard D. Phillips)

There is a crying need in the church today for men to be men. But competing visions for what a man is to be–some growing out of popular culture and others arising from flawed teaching in the church–are exacerbating the problem. Richard Phillips believes it is possible to cut through all of this confusion by consulting the Bible. Only in the pages of Scripture, he asserts, can men find a clear explanation of their God-given r…

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert B. Caldini)

We live in a consumer society. Our markets survive and thrive on mass consumption of products that are neither necessities nor luxury, but still they find their way to our homes right through our pockets. Why and how it happens, how we are convinced and persuaded to do something we really don’t need or want to do? Why in certain situations we are unable to fight the temptation to buy something we have no use of? How exactly do we fall…

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Thief of Corinth (Tessa Afshar)

Thief of Corinth is set in the New Testament and Tessa will transport you back to those days. When reading you will forget you are in the 21st century and be back in Biblical days. You will smell the rich scent (yep good and bad), feel the heat, taste the sand, find yourself fleeing the dangers of our young heroine. The research is rich in history, scenery and even though the story isn’t part of the Bible it is set in those times …

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Spirit Of Leadership (Myles Munroe)

After personally training thousands of leaders from around the world, best-selling author Dr. Myles Munroe reports that, while every person possess the potential of leadership, many do not understand how to cultivate the leadership nature and how to apply it to their lives. In The Spirit of Leadership, Dr. Munroe defines the unique attitudes that all effective leaders exhibit, how to eliminate hindrances to your leadership abilities, an…

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How to Be a Star at Work: 9 Breakthrough Strategies You Need to Succeed (Robert E. Kelley)

The book is based on credible research into the differences between so-called “star” performers and average performers. The differences are not that surprising, but the key difference is the way star performers understand them vs. the average performer. A good example is the star quality of “taking initiative.” Average performers tend to view this as any idea they implement, whether it helps only them or others a…

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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (Adam Kay)

I loved this. In part funny and heartwarming, yet also utterly heartbreaking and disillusioned. I think this strikes a particular cord with me at the moment as the author was an obs & gynae doctor, and I’ve recently spent time myself as an inpatient on such a ward. This is the first book in a while where I’ve read passages out to my husband while laughing out loud one minute and then had to hold back tears the next. It’s a fu…

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Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Simon Sinek)

Simon Sinek describes in his book “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” how leaders and companies should work as a series of circles, i.e. “The Golden Circle” – the why, how, and what. This idea explains why organizations and leaders inspire the others. Everybody knows what they do, some know how they do it, very few people know why they do what they do. The way we communicate,…

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The Break (Marian Keyes)

The Break is a book about Marriage and the struggles of life and trying to make it work through the ups and downs. Its about Family, Love, Grief, Relationships, and starting over. When Amy is suddenly told by her husband Hugh he needs a break as he can’t take it any more. He loves Amy he just needs to be free with the understanding there will be no contact and he is free to be ‘Single’ meaning he can have no strings at…

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Elena Favili)

What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth…

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The Mountain Midwife (Laurie Alice Eakes)

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Book Look Bloggers. Laurie Alice Eakes ventured into the world of contemporary fiction with the writing of this book, which raises my curiosity about her previous work, which is historical in nature. This being my first read by this author, my intent is not to criticize. While romance is not my favorite genre, nor midwifery my favorite subject, I really enjoyed…