Books Read in May 2016

I am getting a little tired (a.k.a. burnt out) with doing full-length book reviews. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to read and I still love to encourage others to read. However, I have been doing book reviews for a (between my personal blog and this one) while and need a change. Therefore, starting this month, I will do monthly recaps of the books I have read (or are reading) with snippet reviews.

Books Read in May 2016

Ironically, I didn’t read all that much in May. I man finishing up the home school year with my son and busy with other things that I didn’t really have the chance to do a lot of reading. But, I did read three:

Next: How to start a Business

NEXT: How to Start a Successful Business That’s Right for You and Your Family. The book didn’t add much insight into starting a business per se but it did offer a lot of inspiration and encouragement. My favorite part of the book is when she shares her struggles and journey that helped her discover her business of choice.

Fasting: Intermittent Fasting for Beginners (The book doesn’t seem to be available any more). I am not actually a beginner with intermittent fasting as I followed this method for a while a couple of years ago. It really helped me lose weight but for various reasons I stopped. I have decided to do intermittent fasting again and remembered I had this books sitting in my Kindle so I decided to give it a read. The book was okay but I was disappointed that it didn’t mention the fasting method I used in the past (fast-5).

Fast-5 diet and fast-5 lifestyle

The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle. This is the book I first read about intermittent fasting. I had a copy from a few years ago that was offered free on Dr. Herring’s website. I re-read the book and inspired once again to give this method a try. It definitely works: I’ve lost 5 lbs so far. 🙂

Hopefully, next month will be better for me, reading wise. I have several books that I want to read so I just need to carve out the time. What have you read lately? Do share!

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Book Review: Money Making Mom

From Book Description

“When it comes to finances, many of us feel strapped and stressed, buried under bills, worried about an uncertain future. Even if money is plentiful, we long for greater wisdom to manage it well.

In Money-Making Mom, finance and family blogger Crystal Paine shares real-life stories, practical tips, and hard-won wisdom from the failures and successes that have carved her family’s path to financial freedom. ”

My comments

Money Making MomAs you may know, I am a huge fan of Crystal Paine. I have been subscribed to her blog, Money Saving Mom, since the beginning and when I saw that her latest book, Money Making Mom was available for review, there was no chance I was going to  pass the opportunity up. 🙂

Crystal has a wonderful way of combining a personal, engaging writing style with solid, usable advice. She shares tons of stories from her own life, as well as from the lives of others, to help the reader get into the nitty-gritty of making a long-term income stream and finding financial freedom. And she does so with honesty.

You won’t find a “quick-fix” or false promise that you will make a million dollars in a day. She is completely forthright about the challenges and struggles that come with starting a business. On the other hand, she doesn’t make the reader feel as if starting a business is impossible, either. She provides a middle-ground approach that gives hope and encouragement to the reader.

One of the things I love about the book is the exercises that come with each chapter. These exercises help the reader to focus and gain clarity, and they also help the reader to think more deeply. And, these questions are not just for beginners. Even though I already know the business I want to start and am beginning those steps, I still gained many insights from working through the exercises. In fact, even if you are a veteran business owner, I truly believe you will get a lot out of this book.

There are so many good things about this book and I absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to make (or increase) her income. I give Money Making Mom five (5) stars.

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Book Review: H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick

Book Review: H3 LeadershipFrom Book Description

True leadership can be complex. Brad Lomenick keeps it simple with the three transformational habits of leadership: stay hungry, be humble, always hustle. These powerful words describe the leader who is willing to work hard, get it done, and make sure it’s not about him or her; the leader who knows that influence is about developing the right habits for success.

My Comments

I have to admit that I am a little blown away by H3 Leadership. Anyone who is in the position of leadership should read this book – especially those of us how are authors or solopreneurs. Not only is it well-written, it is also practical, full of actionable advice, and chock full of real-life examples.

As indicated in the description, the book is broken down into three leadership skill sections: “Be Humble, Stay Hungry, and Always Hustle.” Then, each section is broken into various chapters that explain each skill, why they are important, and how to live them out in your life and business. Some of the chapters end with quotes from various people, some famous and some not-so famous, who give their take on the specific leadership trait being discussed.

As a successful business owner, Lomenick knows his stuff. Even better, he knows how to take his knowledge and share it in a way that is not only easy to understand but is also fun to read. Some business and leadership books can be kind of “dry” but not H3 Leadership. In fact, he has a way of writing that makes the reader feel as if he or she is having a sort of conversation with Lomenick. Additionally, by the time I was done with the book, I had a plan to put those concepts into action.

On a different note, another thing I liked about the book is the layout. There is a lot of white space, bold-faced type, and bullet points that make reading the book a pleasure. It is not cluttered or written in small type that is hard on the eyes. This may seem like a small thing but sometimes, especially when reading certain books, the layout can make a big difference on the reader’s experience.

Let me end the review with one of my favorite quotes from the book. It is a great reminder for all of us. It comes from the first section, on page 17:

“People would rather follow a leader who is always real versus a leader who is always right. Don’t try to be a perfect leader, just work on being an authentic one.”

As I am sure is no surprise(!), I absolutely recommend this book and give it four (4) stars.

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