Book Title: Talent is Never Enough
Author: John C. Maxwell

Book Review:

John Maxwell is the leader of leaders, literally. He is one of the predominant experts on leadership. I just finished his book Talent is Never Enough. Here’s my reaction:

It left me encouraged and driven. We all have talents. We all have dreams. But sometimes we forget that we are responsible for achieving our goals. What’s more than that – the choices we make every day will help us or prevent us from achieving those goals. Maxwell’s book takes you through 13 choices – that’s 13 things you can do to maximize your talent.

If you need some direction for your dream-filled life, this book may be what you need to guide you.  If you’re trying to achieve your goals but find yourself struggling, this book may lift you up. If you need a little kick in the caboose, this book may have boots.

Have you read Talent is Never Enough by John Maxwell? What did you think?

Note: This review expresses my personal opinion about John C. Maxwell’s Talent is Never Enough. I was not paid for this review.

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July Book Selection

July 2, 2011

And the winner is…

The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp!

Come back for the book discussion on Saturday, July 30th!

Bloggy Book Club Updates:

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July Book Poll

June 27, 2011

Vote for the book you want to read in July.

Bloggy Book Club Updates:

  • Would you participate in a bloggy book club “chat” on Twitter? If so, what day/evening works best for you?
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June Book Discussion

June 25, 2011

Title:  The Wednesday Sisters
Author: Meg Waite Clayton

What did you think of The Wednesday Sisters?
Share your opinions in the comments section and answer any of the discussion questions that you want to answer. Check back for more comments, and join the conversation!

Book Club Discussion Questions:

1. Which of the “sisters” do you relate to the most? Why?

2. What did you enjoy most about this book? The characters? The friendships? The history? The inspiration and achievements?

3. Some readers may find themselves frustrated with Kath who refuses to leave her husband despite him moving out and maintaining a relationship with another woman. Other readers may find this true to the time period. What was your reaction to Kath’s situation?

4. How did you feel about the Miss America pageant playing a role in guiding this book through different time periods in history, phases in life, and the characters’ struggles?

5. Brett’s gloves were an outward expression of the masks that women (and people!) wear. Did you feel gloves were a good representation or an overly obvious representation of a troubled past and present insecurities?

Have more questions about the book? Feel free to post additional questions in the comments section.

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Bloggy Book Club Updates:

  • Would you participate in a bloggy book club “chat” on Twitter? If so, what day/evening works best for you?
  • The July book poll will be posted by Monday. Please stop back by and vote for the book you want to read in July.
  • What will make this book discussion more interesting for you? I’m looking for feedback!

Happy reading!

E-z Reading

June 5, 2011

I am a fan of paper books. I’m honestly just  a fan of paper. I like cute stationary and snail mail. I like hard copy bills and  bank statements. I like real books that I can hold in my hand.

This is not socially acceptable.

I care about the environment. I’ve cut back on the amount of paper I use. I even get electronic bank statements these days. That said, I still prefer paper books.

But lately, I’ve been considering an e-reader. I like the immediate gratification I could have when I finish a book mid-commute. I like the idea of saving space on my bookshelves – oh wait, there isn’t any space left anyway.

So I’m entertaining the idea of an e-reader.

The problem? Buyer’s remorse. I’m cheap. I don’t like to spend money on things that aren’t Coach, shoes, or Coach shoes…and somehow, I doubt Coach is going to come out with an e-reader (an e-reader cover, perhaps?).

The solution? My hubby is a pro at online shopping. He finds all the good deals. He may even read this post and help me out. One can only hope.

Word of the Week:  Reading

Word to the Wise: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”  Psalm 119:130

Disclaimer:  I’m not creative enough to think of a disclaimer tonight. My apologies.

Do you have an e-reader? What do you think of it?

June Book Selection

May 30, 2011

And the winner is…

 

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

 

The June book club discussion will be July 2!  Happy reading!

May Book Discussion

May 28, 2011

Title: Shanghai Girls
Author: Lisa See

What did you think of Shanghai Girls?
Share your opinions in the comments section and answer any of the discussion questions that you want to answer. Check back for more comments, and join the conversation!

Book Club Discussion Questions:

1. This book hits on a lot of hot button topics: immigration, war, cultural differences, etc. Do you think it was an accurate portrayal? Why or why not?

2. The zodiac was a large part of who the Louies and other Chinese Americans were. Pearl was a dragon, May was a sheep, Joy was a tiger, and Sam was an ox. Do you think these characters fit their role? Why or why not?

3. Pearl and May are almost always portrayed in distinct opposition. Who do you think was stronger? smarter? more responsible? Who was more blessed? Who struggled more? Provide examples, if possible.

4.  How do you think it felt for Pearl and the other characters to see their home country torn apart and taken over and their adopted country betray their allegiance?

5. Which character do you relate to the most? Why?

Have more questions about the book? Feel free to post additional questions in the comments section.

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Don’t forget to vote for the book you want to read in June! Voting closes tomorrow!

Happy reading!