Monday, February 25, 2013

review: Get Your Shift Together



Title by Author: Get Your Shift Together by Steve Rizzo
Series (if applicable): none
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Publication Date: December 2012
Page Count:  224
Source: netgalley.com
Blurb: Get ready to "SHIFT" your life!""Through shifting your focus and way of thinking, Steve Rizzo shows how to succeed on all levels of life, while actually enjoying the process. What could be better?! You will love the truth, the humor, and the wisdom this book contains."" -- Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show and bestselling coauthor of You: The Owner's Manual

Who says you have to "get serious" to get everything you want out of life? According to Steve Rizzo, The Attitude Adjuster, you simply need to shift your attitude to get the ball rolling, both at work and in your personal life. In his funny and moving motivational guide, Rizzo shares the life-changing secrets that helped him confront his fears and shift from a promising career as a stand-up comic to his incredible success as a public speaker. Packed with humor, charm, and mind-altering insights--no, not that kind!--Rizzo's unique approach will show you how to: Find the humor in every situation. Turn negatives into positives--every single day. Make your workplace the best place to succeed. Stop being a full-time resident of the Negative Zone. Face your fears and get on with your life. Make happiness a choice--and have fun doing it!

Throughout the book, you'll find specific Attitude Adjustment Strategies that you can apply to every aspect of your professional and personal life. You'll learn how to avoid the Eeyore Syndrome, tap into your Humor Being, turn self-doubt into self-confidence, and make everyday conversations more engaging and more productive. You'll discover a tried-and-true method for shutting down that self-defeating Big Mouth inside your head--so you can listen to what's inside your heart. Along the way you'll hear about Rizzo's enlightening firsthand encounters with Eddie Murphy, Rodney Dangerfield, Naomi Judd, Christopher Reeve, and many more. It's all you need to get your shift together, and that's no joke.

When the shift hits the fan, your new life begins--with love, with joy, and, of course, with laughter

My Interest in this book is: I liked the title and thought that it might help Shift my attitude.

My Review:
While I appreciated the concepts of this book, I was a bit annoyed with the ‘comedy’ aspect.  I understand that Steve Rizzo is a comedian-turned-motivational speaker, and he has some very good points.  I read the whole book and got some very good information out of this book on how to Shift your Attitude to a Positive one! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

February ROtB Review Link



Hello!  Happy Valentine's Day - Gotta love a holiday that focuses on Chocolate... oh, yeah, and love too!  Personally, I am going for the Love of Chocolate!

The Linky for our February Reviews is posted below!  It's so neat to see what people are reading and how they are fitting it in to the different Categories.

Here's a quick recap of the Categories:
  1. To the Screen
  2. Another Voice
  3. Opposites Attract
  4. Five Star Day
  5. XyZ pdQ
  6. It's My Birthday
  7. From One Place
  8. It's All about Me
  9. Visit an Old Friend
  10. Look at the Pretty Pictures
  11. She Made Me Do It
  12. I Couldn't Help Myself
  13. To Be or Not to Be
Once again, in the Linky, put your Name and the # (number) of the Category that the Review fits for this Challenge.

I hope you are enjoying this Challenge to your Reading like I am.  I even got my husband to read my favorite book - Persuasion - and he absolutely LOVED it!  He now understands why I walk around speaking funny after I have read Our Dear Jane!  We will have many great reviews to look at by the end of this month from everyone participating.  I hope you will find new books to read - not only from your choices, but those of others!

Happy Reading!

The Linky will be open until March 6th! Make sure you get your February Reviews in for Credit!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

review: The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler



Title by Author: The Mixed Up Files ofMrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by e.l. konisburg
Series (if applicable): none
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: originally, 1967
Page Count:  162
Source: library
Blurb: When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it?

Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

My Interest in this book is:  I first heard of this in Dash andLily’s Book of Dares.  When I found out it was written in 1967, I thought it was perfect for part of my very own reading challenge category “It’s My Birthday” (uh-oh…I guess the gig is up…now you know how old I am!).

My Review:
I remember Lily recounting this story in the book Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and how she said that didn’t compare to what she remembered as a child.  However, as an adult, I quite enjoyed this story and am saddened that I didn’t know about this little gem until now.  I would have loved to had read it as a kid and even more so, to read it to our children when they were younger.  I definitely know what I am gifting when our girls have kids!

As mentioned, this is a little gem of a book.  Claudia is feeling over-used and under appreciated at home as the eldest child and a girl.  She’s tired of doing dishes all of the time and wants adventure in her life…as well as make her parents appreciate her more.  Claudia is one who does not like messes or anything unplanned, so she decides to run away to New York City, specifically to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park.  She also decides that her brother, the next oldest, is the one who will be her companion.  Lucky she chose James, as he was a load of money!

Friday, February 1, 2013

follow friday 18

wow...haven't done one of these is so long!  What a fun question to answer this week, that I just had to do it!

If you want to read the rules and participate head over to Alison Can Read or Parajunkee!

Happy Feature Follow Friday this weeks Question:

What is the first thing you would do if you woke up and found yourself in your favorite book?

Probably shout out 'Yes!' and do a fist bump with the bed post!  I know that the Regency was not known for its flattering dresses for women, but the men...oh la la!  Persuasion is the book and I think I would probably be a little more assertive if I were Anne Elliot!  Tell my dad to go stuff himself, slap Mary around and tell her to stop her b*tching, push Louisa to the side and grab Captain Wentworth right away instead of being miss-ish - it had been eight years since he was forced out of my world, and it was time to make up for lost time!  Boy...wouldn't that make for an interesting twist on Persuasion?!?

You... what would you do if you woke up in your favorite novel?!


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