Read THIS Not THAT: Rethinking Positive Thinking Discussion

Hi all! Trying something a bit differently today.

Instead of doing a book review on Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen, I’d thought I’d do some other books I’d recommend instead.

The following books are like Rethinking Positive Thinking. But they are books that I felt I got more out of.

There are three themes that I’d like to pull out and discuss. For each one, I’ve suggested other nonfiction books that I liked reading more than Rethinking Positive Thinking.

Continue reading

June Reading Wrap-Up and Links

Hi again.

June is over and we are officially into Summer (although we haven’t had much summer weather where I’m at…lots of rain).

Let’s get into it…

Fourth of July is around the corner. If you are looking for a good read, check out my recently published 2017 Summer Reading List of books that just released.


Links I Love

    • First of all, I’m a big fan of Myleik Teele, founder of curlBOX and one of my favorite podcasts. She’s not one to read lots of fiction, but I recently spotted her rave on twitter about one of my favorite books The Mothers. (my review can be found here.) Love it!
    • If you don’t know this already, I get many of my books from the library. If they are extra special to me, I may purchase them. I currently just have tell my money to go towards other things than books..as much as I wish to buy them all and support all the hardworking and wonderfully brilliant authors. Buuuuut, litreactor.com says checking out a book from the library is one way to support an author! Go me 🙂 Check out their article to see 13 Ways To Support An Author Without Spending A Dime. How many do you do?
    • Speaking of libraries, a 2016 Pew Research survey found, “Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.” Whoo hoo! Sorry, that gets me pretty pumped.
    • Have you seen the hit musical Hamilton? Did you know the audio book got won as audiobook of the year in the 2017 Audio Awards?! I don’t have the audio book, but I do have the physical book of Hamilton which I will be tackling next month.
  • Last link I’ll share with you this month is a podcast that I subscribe to called Creative Introvert. I’m going to share it here because I think it is safe to assume at least some of you reading this are either creative, introverted, or both, and want to always have motivation to do what you want. I recently listened to an episode called Make Your Own Motivation (The Introverted Way) and thought it was pretty good! Let me know what you think!

Reading Wrap-Up

    • I didn’t have an outstanding reading month. It was just okay. (I had a great month last month, including The Mothers and A Court of Thorns and Roses). I don’t like talking about books I don’t like, but I had quite a few these past few weeks that I published a video, quickly whisking through which ones I didn’t enjoy and why.
  • Last but not least, I finally published my 2017 Summer Reading List, including young adult, contemporary romance, and fiction books that have recently released (or will be in the next few weeks). These will be perfect to take on car rides, to the beach, and anything else I could be doing this summer! So excited. Let me know what you are planning to read!!

 

As always, let me know what you want to see here! Talk to you later!

Book Review: Love After All

Love After All

Synopsis:

Title – Love After All  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Jaci Burton (Website, Goodreads)

Published – March 31st 2015

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Summary – High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • iTunes

This post or video contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission for purchases made through my links.

Continue reading

Book Review: The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star

Synopsis:

Title – The Sun Is Also A Star  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Nicola Yoon (Website, Goodreads)

Published – November 1st 2016

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe • Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Walmart

This post or video contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission for purchases made through my links.

Continue reading

Book Review: The Falconer

The Falconer

Synopsis:

Title – The Falconer  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Elizabeth May (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 6th 2014

Genre – Young Adult Fantasty

Summary – Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she’s spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she’s a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

This post or video contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission for purchases made through my links.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe • Barnes & Noble • Walmart

Continue reading

Book Review: Partnership is the New Leadership

 Partnership is the New Leadership

Synopsis:

Title – Partnership is the New Leadership  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Ty Bennett (Website, Goodreads)

Published – June 5th 2016

Genre – Nonfiction; leadership; business

Summary – Partnership Is The New Leadership is the rallying cry for effective leadership in today’s world. In the 1980s, Ken Blanchard changed the conversation from management to leadership and began to refocus, retool, and refine the approach to leadership. Our world has continued to change since then and at an even faster pace. To be relevant, influential, and successful today, partnership in leadership needs to be the approach.

This post or video contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission for purchases made through my links at no cost to you.

Where To Buy – Amazon

Continue reading

DID NOT ENJOY THESE BOOKS

Hey all!

So I debated whether or not I should make this video because I don’t like talking negatively about a book. I like to stay positive and helpful. And I know the author put so much hardwork and heart into each word in the story.

But since I had so many book in the past few months that I didn’t quite enjoy, I decided to do this video, quickly running through why I chose not to finish the specific book.

Some of them I Did Not Finish (DNF) but some I did whip through and read til the end. So I didn’t want to call this video / post DNF.

I figure maybe this post can help you make a decision on your next book. If you think the book might appeal to what you like to read, by all means give it a go!

Continue reading

May 2017 Reading Wrap-Up and Links

May was good to me! How about you??

Not only did May contain Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Weekend, but also my birthday and my mother’s birthday. I had lot of time with family and lots of time in the car (thank goodness I don’t get carsick reading). There was some good weather and some bad weather – but all weather is good reading weather, right?

Below are some links I found and loved this past month, as well as my favorite / least favorite reads of this past month.

Links I Love

  • People Who Read Are Nicer, Study Finds: It is no secret that studies show that people who read has an impact on their emotional intelligence. But I love that this link was shared in a book discussion group on Facebook prefaced as, “This explains why everyone is so kind and generous.” 🙂
  • The Glass Castle Trailer: The trailer for Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle is now out! I will definitely be rereading this book before the movie comes out! How about you?
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: I actually got a request to read The Handmaid’s Tale. This has been getting lots of attention due to the newly released movie. I struggle with getting through classics but I think it is a worthy challenge for next month!
  • 50 Inspiring Quote from 5 Levels of Leadership: Ahh, John Maxwell. 5 Levels of Leadership is a book you should read over and over again. But if you only have a few minutes, this is a great article with quotes straight from the book!

On The Blog

Wow, what a great reading month! (You can click on the links to read the full reviews!)

I have lots of exciting books to dive into next month! What are you reading??

May 2017 Wrap-Up and Links

Leave a comment below and let me know what you’d like to see!

You can also connect with me at:
https://www.facebook.com/MissKristinesReviews/
https://www.instagram.com/misskristinesreviews/
https://www.pinterest.com/kristinereviews/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRKvatFe5XhNOZUpP0NXBzw

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Synopsis:

Title – Court of Thorns and Roses  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Sarah J. Maas (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 5th 2015

Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

Summary – When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Walmart

Continue reading