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52 Books In 52 Weeks 2.0: Week # 4Book # 4

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Mars And Venus In Touch By John Gray PH.D.

 

In 2014 I read Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus and I will say that it gave me a clear perspective of the dynamic in relations between a man and a women. After a break up I found that book in thrift sometime in October of 2013 and it was months after that I decided to read and it improve the way I think and date.

Fast forward I discovered this book in a thrift shop for only .25 cents in 2015 and once again took me months before I came around to reading it. I will begin to say that this book is somewhat similar to Men are from Mars and women are from Venus but it focus more on the power of communication. I like to think of this book as the cliff notes of Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. John gives you ways of better expressing yourself and your significant others. This book gives you insight on the why modern women are unhappy, men at work and home and how to get a man to listen and so.

This tiny book is great as a quick read and being fair with the challenge when I do read a tiny book I read it for a second time. This is a must have if you don’t want to read Men are from Mars and women are from Venus ( I also highly recommend) and want to know how he or she thinks or want a better line of communication with your partner. This book benefits both men and women with the given scenerios explain by jonh.

I did notice that this book may have been a special print since its part of the Hallmark Books collection so trying to track this book in any local store was very difficult to find.  The book is available on Amazon for only 00.1 cent. Yes you read it correctly only a penny according to amazon.

52 Books In 52 Weeks 2.0: Week #3Book#3

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How To Be A gentleman By John Bridges

Do you lack etiquette? Do you lack class? Well don’t fret John Bridges book How to Be a Gentleman a Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy is here to help. This book covers helpful tips of when you need to be a gentleman. This is is for men who are  serious about their self-perfection. It offers a lot insight on what to do and how to act in large party setting and what sort of silverware to use. What I like about the book it is a short read, so short I took my time to read it and read it twice.

The book is a quick study guide should a need a rise as the author states:

“A gentleman is someone who makes others feel comfortable. Good manners is simply a matter of common sense and courtesy.

While this is a tiny book  so is this review without giving away so much of it. I will say that the chapters  break down is what make the book a quick read and how the chapter intertwines with each other,  painting you a picture of scenarios. Such as when how much to use cologne, the etiquette of a cigar, when to wear a tuxedo, how to make a dinner reservation and how to order a wine these are the many gentlemanly things you will find this is book. I do approve of this book being in your library. Not only does it teach you common courtesy and etiquette but it truly is a well written classy book.

How to be a Gentleman By John Bridges is available on Amazon.

52 Books In 52 Weeks 2.0: Week # 2Book #2

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Richard Branson Like a Virgin By Richard Branson

 

I am regular reader of Richard Branson’s blog so I decided to pick up one of his books to try for the challenge. ***** WARNING THIS REVIEW MAY HURT SOME CEO’S FEELINGS ESPECIALLY IF YOUR IN THE NET WORTH OF 1MILLION TO 10 MILLION BRACKET****. Per Google search it states Richard Branson’s net worth is 4.8 Billion Dollars. So obviously I want to take advice on business from a billionaire and this book delivers that.

The information that is given to the readers is for the aspiring entrepreneurs. Branson takes you on an adventure through how his views on creating a multi-billion dollar business and how he went about it without even going to business school. He definitely shows that you can work hard and still have a good time as you built your empire.

One of my favorite chapters is the one where he definitely advised where the customer is not always right. The actual chapter is called THE CUSTOMER’S IS ALWAYS RIGHT EXCEPT WHEN HE’S WRONG.

I work for a corporation and this chapter I had to read it several times because here is a man who not only is successful and had lot entrepreneurship knowledge but is what I consider the renaissance man of the business word. Yet has not harping on the like most company that customer’s always right.

Richard Branson even states in his book that he once wrote,

“Since your employees are your brand ambassadors, their needs should come before your customer’s. that doesn’t mean that your customers’ opinions aren’t important, but simply that you should not build your customer service system on the premises that your organization will never questions the whims of your clients.

After reading that section of the book, (I read it several times this week) I could not put down the book. Richard Branson explanation on business is solid and easy to understand his philosophy’s are from what I gather on the book that there is no rules set in stone that starting a business will come with its trial and errors.

In another chapter called LAUNCHING A BUSINESS FOUR COMMON MISTAKES  In this chapter he talks about the mistakes you may encounter and try to avoid.

Step One: Stay on Target

Step Two: Be realistic about costs

Step Three: Hire the people you need, not the people you like

Step Four: Know when to step down as CEO

In this chapter he even go on to explaining that asking about the mistake and making them is part of the process of being entrepreneur.

Richard Branson continues by explaining how important it is in staying in shape in a chapter called WATCHING YOUR WAISTLINE WILL HELP THE BOTTOM LINE. This chapter Richard talks about how it’s a necessity to have a healthy work life balance and include some form of exercising regimen for your overall success. He states that too often we are too busy with the success of the business that this part of your life is neglected. He states that working out helps your business and your mind.

As you can tell from the writing I am a huge fan of Richard Branson after reading this book it gave me a huge understanding of what being a entrepreneur and the work that requires to having your on business. Since my focus for 2016 is getting my business of the ground I think this book is a great tool to have in your library. Richard Branson Like a Virgin By Richard Branson is available on Amazon.

52 Books In 52 Weeks 2.0: Week #1Book #1

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Communion by Whitley Strieber

When I picked up this book to start reading for the challenge I wanted to start with something paranormal. This book does  not disappoint I mean as I started reading I could not put the book down Whitley account of alien abduction is truly detailed and at the same time frightening. The writing is supereved given a a great detail of his experience & what transpire in 1985. On a couple of occasions I found my self reading with all my lights on, then just my reading lamp.

The true accounts of the abductions can best appreciated and understood when Whitley went through the hynotize. The encounter as he tries to remember his experiences with missing time, bizarre implants, and with the  Grey creatures who he calls through out the book The Visitors, leaves wanting more and what exactly are their intentions.

While I don’t want to give away a lot of the book I will say that if your into the paranormal, ufology  or even a skeptic. I would say to truly read this book and have an open mind. This book is a must have in your library Communion by Whitley Strieber is available on Amazon.

 

52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge 2.0 2016

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Why I chose to do the challenge again simple. I failed it in 2015 to complete it, but it was not due to lack of motivation or due to being lazy. My focus has shifted from my challenges to my health. I will discuss in another post about my health during 2015.

After speaking with Dylan from WAYOFTHEOLYMPIAN.COM and Seth from SETHROSELIFE.COM both told me to continue with the challenge again, one for the readers and two to get back into the routine of reading again.

As for this being the first official post for 2016 I want to thank those that have taken the time to email me and follow up with me as to why the sight had gone silent.

I am happy to start a reading challenge 52 books in52 weeks 2.0. This was a challenge I discovered on several sites that I like and want to give my thanks to. I will say that this is not my original idea so many thanks to the following sites:

The challenge was not part of my list however after reading about it in the blogs I decided to add it to the Life Manifesto. I have been slacking on my reading and what better way to get the ball rolling for the New Year then then taking on this challenge. Below I will list how I did for 2015 and the books I have read.

Inspired but the hard work of 52BOOKSIN52WEEKS I too will also read the books in a week a post a very a short summery of what I have read. To make sure that I am on track I created a spreadsheet with dates that you can also download and use if you decide to take on this endeavor.

In addition to my reading a book a week, I will be reading finance books in between since I want to crush all debts an increase my finances.

Books I have read in 2015:

  • PARANORMAL STATE: Ryan Bunel.
  • DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON BEYOND EXILE: By J.L. Bourne.
  • YOU’RE BROKE BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE: Larry Winget.
  • CHESS: FROME FIRST MOVE TO CHECKMATE: Daniel King

So only 4 books considering that I was sick. The challenge will not have specific books but I will read anything from fiction to nonfiction books. Any books you like to suggest I read please post in the comments.

 

Books Where To Find Them on the Cheap

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The other day I read a tweet from Tai Lopez. (See below).

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I have to agree with Tai on his response and made me think in an age of technology and information overload I don’t that the technology is creating forward thinkers and problem solvers.

We are now in an age where technology is bringing loads of knowledge and has made it now where we can download a book into your phone when you think about it, this was not possible about 12 years ago. I think as technology continues to grow one of the oldest and simplest forms of attainable knowledge seems like its fading away.  Books, with an age of self-publishing and the mobile devices that allow us to download the books these golden treasures are soon to be relic or collector’s item in years to come.

Well don’t fear I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon but in case you want start your own collection I am here to help you find books.

 

6 places to look for books & build your collection on the cheap.

 

 1. Half.com – This is a Ebay company and I will say that I have bought most of my business books here vs Amazon. I will say while I found some books at the regular prize on the website, for the most part I found that they are truly half off and even cheaper.

 

2. eBay.com – But wait you just mentioned Half.com why eBay? Well with eBay you can either buy the book at full prize or make a bid for the books and judging from what I saw on the web after monitoring some books I think is safe to say that the books sold extremely cheap and I even placed bid bought a book and I did not worry about someone sniping me ( this occurs when someone waits till the last minute of bid even seconds before it closes and they bid cents on your item wining them from you). Something that happened to me several years ago on a collectible action figure from the 80’s.

 

3. Craigslist.com– While Craig’s list is like an online thrift store I did notice that no one was giving books away for free, but selling them in bulk and extremely cheap. For example one seller had 200 books for 50 bucks. The down side of this you may have already some of the books in your possession.

 

 

4. Thrift stores – Believe it or not this is one of my favorite avenues to obtain books besides purchasing them on Barnes and Nobles, thrift stores are great. I say this because I have three that I used that are in 5 mile radius and they are never short on books. I found books from great authors like Dean Koontz, Larry Winget and Dale Carnegie in thrift stores and in mint conditions. In addition to having many books, please see the pictures at the header of the post they are extremely cheap for example hardcover book are $1.50 and paperbacks are .75¢. Now the down side of this is you may not find the book you’re looking for so you do need to go with an open mind and hope that the book you were looking for last week would be there. You will also notice from the picture below I purchased 9 books for only $12.00 dollars. If you can handle that these books were previously used and can deal with the dust that some of these stores have then thrifts stores for the most part will be a great asset to building your library.  image

5. Book exchange or Book exchange clubs – Books exchange clubs are great but there are many rules with. For the most if you exchange a hardcover they would not exchange a hardcover with you but a paper back.

 

6. Borrow books from friends– last but not least and I will say that it does not get any cheaper than this, however you can’t keep the books especially if you have a friends like me who will hound you to finish reading them to return them. Your next option is to ask your friend if once you have read them if they do not mind parting with the books.

There you have it 6 ways to get books and continue to expand your mind and your library. Now Gents lets start reading!

 

 

52 Books In 52 Weeks :Week #4 Book # 4

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Chess: From The First Move To Checkmate By Daniel King.

I was at a friend’s house that happened to be cleaning his garage and was going to throw this book out. Now before anyone starts and says anything yes this book is relatively a very short book for the reading challenge however I will say  that the challenge is not about the number of pages but, about the content within its pages.

I have always loved to play Chess and as a matter fact I keep a board at my desk in the office. This book being that it was fast read (only 64 pages) was a good fit for collection of books. The book starts of with a brief a history of the origins of Chess and actually gives an approximate date of when Chess rules were established to game as we know now. The word CHECKMATE came from the Persian word “SHA MAT” meaning the king is defeated. The book is very beautifully illustrated and the diagrams make the reader comprehend the moves and strategies that are laid out.

Daniel King did an excellent job giving the reader a clear detailed knowledge of the Chess Pieces as wells as the names of the moves for example moves such:

  • Forks
  • Pins
  • Skewers

The book even has a section called training and Daniel explains that this section of the book just like working out is also crucial to a player.  In the book he includes exercises, now I will say I read the book in about an hour and decided to read again.  I then spent two days with my Chess Board doing the exercises and moves and found the book to be a lot fun and interesting. After you do the exercises there is a page that includes a test to help you sharpen your skills and improve on your algebraic notations. This book also gives you a current history of the first champions of chess as well as a current timeline. There even a section that explains how Chess was introduced to the Former Soviet Union and how the Russians dominated the game. The pages are filled with pictures and the book even shows how computer are constantly being taught to play. Daniel even provides sequence that you can program to play against a machine player.

For the most part being that it’s a book full of illustrations I can’t say that this is a book that an advance player would pick up, but if you are novice or beginning to learn how to play Chess then I say get this book.

 

52 Books In 52 Weeks: Week # 3 Book #3

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 You’re Broke Because You Want To Be By Larry Winget

Looks like the pitbull of personal development Larry Winget is back and when I say back I mean back in my reading collection. I read his first book Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get A Life, and it was amazing. The book was a kick in the ass I needed and sure it enough it was a no nonsense,  no fluffy and in your face book.

Larry with his style of mentoring gives it to you straight. Well he does it again with his current book You’re Broke Because You Want To Be. Larry’s  book takes you on a journey to help you get out of your current financial struggle. Just like in true Larry Style right from the introduction he explains what this book isn’t.

  • This is not an investment book.
  • This is not one of those cutesy parable books.
  • This book isn’t one of the new-agey money-is –a spiritual-concept book.

Larry also advises that the book is not an just read book it’s a workbook so pen and highlighter is required since you would be taking notes.

Hey goes on to saying about affirmations:

“Affirmations are fine, but affirmations alone don’t change your life. You can say, “ I am rich, I am rich, I am rich” until your face turns the color of money, but until you stop doing stupid stuff with your money and start doing smart stuff with your money, you will still be broke. Affirmation without implementation is self-delusion.”

In this book Larry breaks down the understanding of being broke vs being poor and just like Shut up, Stop Whining and get a Life you go through a series of exercises that help the reader get involved. The book has total of 16 exercises that I truly encourage the reader to do. On page 66-68 shows you a work sheet that helps you understand your finance and your expenses. I did this exercise and actually created for you an excel sheet with the steps just like the book to use.

Larry Wingets expesnse excercsie report

In addition, he goes as far as helping and making you realize how to create an action plan.

Larry then in chapter 4 helps you understand why you are in debt and continues through the remaining chapters how to stop spending, how to create a new budget, how  and when to use credit cards and explain the importance of saving and creating an emergency fund. When reading the book a lot of the information may sound as common sense information but the reality it helps remind us of where we are failing short  and how to make better economic decisions. The book gives you a lot of examples of day to day people who appear on his show Big Spender and how they are going through money trouble that Larry explains is there fault but is on the show to help them. In addition to explaining your problem he goes on explaining how important it is to invest in your future, by setting aside money to buy books to further educate yourself. Larry’s examples of his hardship and how he invested in books to further his knowledge and  philosophy of money.

You can tell from the review that I am huge fan of Larry Winget I truly believe that in this day in age we continue to need people that do not sugar coat the information and gives it to you straight. Larry does advise that reading this book may hurt your feelings and once again I can see why. You’re Broke Because You Want to Be is very easy read and very well written Larry does show through all his school of hard knocks that he genuinely cares about his audience and cares enough to want to see them succeed.

Even before I sat down to write this review I actually, with my crazy schedule read the book again and did all the exercises again. I highly recommend this book for those of you who are struggling financially and those who already have a solid game plan, well  this book will be a good form of resource.

52 Books In 52 Weeks : Week #2 Book #2

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 Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile by J.L. Bourne

With all of the  zombie craze, what better way to enjoy it then reading what I consider one of the best zombie books.  J.L. Bourne Day By Day Armageddon series will definitely keep you reading for hours. I discovered Day by day Armageddon when a friend lend me the film Dawn Of The Dead 2005. I had such a craving for survival horror that I figured I looked for it literature and I had found two books one called Monster Island by David Wellington and of course Day by Day Armageddon. After reading his book, I could not wait till a sequel was released but sadly like everything else the fever had died and it wasn’t till 2010 that the second book Day BY Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile was released I remember buying the book but once again the momentum was lost to reading it, that the book sat on my book shelve collecting dust.

Fast forward last week decided that I wanted to read something entertaining and I was not disappointed the book obviously continues from where the survivors left off. In this book the main character expresses military chain of commands but expresses the destruction caused by the zombie outbreak, it’s narrated through a first person via journal entries. The lone survivor who the book does not mention his name continues trying to make sense of the disaster that has happened. The character who we follow expresses the importance of loss of family and creating new family.

The book is very well written and I love that its story completely is in journal format including a very well depicted helicopter crash. The second book for me was very good and I appreciate that the author is also an active in the military so you definitely see how his knowledge reflects in his writing. I understand that a third book is  already out  and I intent on putting it in the challenge. If you want an edge of your seat zombie survival horror,  then this series is excellent.  Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile is a fantastic read I certainly look forward to getting the third part.

 

52 Books In 52 Weeks: Week #1 Book #1

Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown by Ryan Buell

I was never a fan of the show and only watched to be honest about two episodes if most. However since I am huge on the paranormal and supernatural, I thought this  book would help me understand this particular field.

I found this book at my local Good Will Store for only .75¢.  I will discuss about books in another blog.

In this book Ryan Buell takes us through the process of the television show Paranormal State and a lot of the behind the scenes. What I found most interesting about the book is his method for team and trainee selection.Ryan definitely cares about the trainees and how he selects them.

For example to be in his team you are required to write research papers and undergo a background and psychological exam.  If they are students they were required to provide grades so he could make sure they were keeping with their academic performance.

The book not only gives you information about the team but after every chapter there is information and terminology about the Paranormal. For example upon reading the book I discover not only are Ouija boards or some call it spirit boards, can open the doors for malevolent entity but even playing a game called 100 candles where a group of individuals light 100 candles and tell stories of the supernatural, blowing out a candle after each turn until you are left in the dark and a supernatural entity is summoned. Ryan explains that it was believed that the Samurai played this game to show a test of bravery and the name of it was Hyakumomogatari Kaidankai (A Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales). I never played this game but as a Renaissance Man I will consider if this is something I want to add to my My Life Manifesto list.

Besides the fact that the book gives you behind the scenes of the episodes and the haunting, Ryan also explains the importance of ghost hunting and its obsession. With one case explaining how a client became obsessed and to the point of having and addiction demonstrating how dangerous it can be.

In summary this is very good book especially for any paranormal investigating enthusiast to pick up.  Not only do you get the understanding of the show but the book gives you knowledge of what entails to conduct an investigation. The book gives plenty of reference from types of ghost to having the proper equipment. In addition the book includes some appendix like what to do if you experiencing a haunting and a frequently asked questions. Since I plan on doing some ghost hunting I made this book my go to reference manual.