Archive for the ‘Non-fiction’ Category

Making Space, Clutter Free

January 15, 2020

indexI’ll admit it, I definitely need to learn some decluttering tips. And this book does suggest quite a few. Tracy Mccubbin suggests to start by identifying your specific emotional”clutter block” (she explains there are 5) or why you tend to accumulate clutter in your home.

The other main point is the five questions to ask yourself :
1) Do you use it on a semiregular basis? (at least once a year)
2) Is it making you money?
3) Can you buy it again for a reasonable price or borrow it?
4) Do you have a place to put it away in your home?
5) Do you love, love, love it?
If the answer is yes to any of these, then you can keep it. If no, it’s time to get rid of it by either selling, donating, recycling or throwing it out!

How To Raise A Reader

November 20, 2019

indexThis is an excellent resource for parents or any adult looking for a good children’s or teen book. It covers all ages, from babies up to teenagers, and offers many, many lists of recommended books. Raise A Reader is well organized; Parts 1 – 4 are broken down by age groups, and Part 5 is an exhaustive list of more titles, organized by category and age. Four talented illustrators add more value, and there are tons of tips on choosing titles and reading in general. The authors have impressive credentials; they are both editors for the New York Times Book Review. I would recommend this for all parenting collections…

My Bookstore

June 10, 2019

my-bookstore.w300I should mention the subtitle of this: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read and Shop. Edited by Ronald Rice and booksellers across America, My Bookstore is a compilation of essays that pays tribute to the independent bookstores. Eighty-four authors explain why they love their neighborhood bookstores, not least of which is the ability of the booksellers to befriend their customers and offer them exemplary service. Writer Pete Hamill’s favorite is the Strand in NYC, while Carrie Ryan choses Park Road Books in Charlotte, North Carolina, a store I visited while on vacation. Thumb through this; you  just may discover one of these gems in your travels.

Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done In Less Time

April 17, 2019

frogThe good news is that there is always hope for changing a  “bad” habit. The bad news is that it is going to take a lot of self discipline. Author Brian Tracey explains his theory of “eating a frog” as tackling the task with the highest priority (a.k.a., the one you least want to to do).  He speaks from experience, having turned his life around from a series of dead end jobs to become a successful sales manager. Tracey’s first point is to prioritize your tasks, and to dive into the one with the highest priority first. I am optimistic that by reading this book, I will be able to change this very unhelpful habit of procrastination, and be able to manage my time (and life) more effectively. Stay tuned…

Europe Through the Back Door

March 24, 2019

rick steves bookRick Steves has been writing these guides to Europe for almost 30 years, and guidebooks in general for almost 40 years. His guidebooks instruct how to travel on a budget, and get the best “bang out of your buck”, as well as how to have an authentic experience by staying at small hotels owned by the local people and eating where they eat. Not to mention how to pack, or what to visit in wherever  you are visiting, with some restrictions. Mr. Steves has a travel show on PBS television, and travels around the U.S. meeting his fans and signing their copies of his books. There is an excellent article in the March 24 issue of the NY Times Magazine about him that you shouldn’t miss if you are a fan of his.


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