We are part of the Amazon Associate program and other affiliates. This post may contain affiliate links, all links are blue, underlined and in italics; affiliate links will have a * (asterisks) next to them. I will only ever recommend products/services that we have used or are using and know will be of use to you too. If you click one of the affiliate links I will earn a discount or receive a payment.
Monthly Book Review
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a bit of a bookworm. Yes, there might have been the odd times here and there where I wasn’t reading as much as I’d like. But overall I’ve generally got something on the go.
Just recently I realised I was spending far to much time on social media; so had a break away from it, which not only freed up some much needed extra time, it also made me realise I’d not read a book for a few months.
I wanted to get back into reading but wanted to approach it a little differently this time around.
Fiction or Non-Fiction?
I enjoy reading many different types of novels. So because I’m going through a period of personal growth and development, I’ve decided not just to read one novel per month, but have two on the go at once. One fiction type novel or an autobiography, something I can read an unwind to, something not related to work in any way. As well as one business or personal growth type novel.
Kindle or not?
I’ve also recently started to use my Kindle again. My brother very kindly got me a Kindle a few Christmases ago, but I’ve found it easier using actual books which I pick up from the library or charity shops. Or use Kindle on my mobile.
Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited
However, as I’ve got an Amazon Prime membership I started to use the Kindle not only do I get access to the large digital Amazon Prime library; they have just offered me 3 months free trial of their Kindle unlimited library, which I have to say I’m very pleased with.
As I’ve said above I`ve got the Kindle app on my iPhone but I cant use it at night because of the white light the phone emits.
So, I’ve bought a little LED reading lamp from Poundland and have started using my normal Kindle which does not have the white light. I need the reading light, as my husband cant sleep if there is a light on, so to not disturb him I use a reading light that points away from him.
Books I’m Reviewing
I’ve picked my first two novels they are:
- The most powerful goal setting achievement system in the world by Mike Pettigrew.
- In a Manhattan minute by Helen J Rolfe
Each one very different but both peaking my interest for different reasons.
The most powerful goal setting achievement system in the world
The first interested me as I scrolled through Kindle Unlimited as I was looking for a book that would help with my progression with my personal growth and development.
I’m keen to work on my goal setting skills which this book says can give you useful easy to implement it says”the system that allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary goals”
It also covers how you think about yourself and your life situation and how changing your thought processes can help to change your situation.
I’m looking forward to seeing just how the book advises you in these areas. As I’ve touched on these things within my counselling and both of my CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), but we only covered very basic, beginner strategies. I’m really interested to see how delving deeper into these theories can help change your situation. The mind is a powerful thing, I saw and learnt that when I went through CBT, so it’s exciting to see how I can further my development using this book.
In a Manhattan minute
My second choice was made for two reasons. I love a good “chick lit” novel but I chose this particular novel because its set at Christmas and as we are currently in July I love to stay connected somehow to my most favourite time of year! Yes, Christmas.
I’m always thinking about Autumn and winter! Even in July, whether that is starting buying presents or what or where we will be having Christmas dinner this year. I adore Halloween, Bonfire Night, Autumn, winter and of course Christmas. It’s a time of year that I go a bit over the top. However, I’m only able to do that because I spend all year thinking and planning it!
No, I don’t go any more over the top than your average person (not yet anyway!). We tend to have your normal everyday type of Christmas it just takes all year to plan as we have never been in a well of position, so I need that bit of extra time to save, buy in sales etc.
I’ll report back with an update on how things are going in a month, let you know if I’ve managed to finish them both, review each book and update you on how I feel the novel helped me at this point and let you know what is on the reading list next!
Are you a bookworm? How do you find the time to read and keep up to date with your reading list, if you have one. Are you into reading just books or do blogs come into it now, I’ve noticed myself reading more and more blogs, but I could never replace a good old-fashioned paperback!