Review: The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less

The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less
The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Honestly, I’ve heard the concept before, so nothing was really new for me.

Like Koch says 80% of the ‘value’, from 20% of the effort (give or take a 15% or so).

So do yourself a favor and read the title, that is 95% of the books idea. The rest of the book gave examples in different aspects of use. Personal, work, business, world population, etc. Although I have to say for a visual learner I’m sure the examples would be largely beneficial.

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Review: Matilda

Matilda by Roald Dahl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It amazes me that I never got around to reading this book when I was younger. I watched the movie enough times, but somehow skipped the book.

It was hard to read the book with fresh eyes, even though it has been well over 15 years since I last watched the movie version, I can still picture the actors.

Roald Dahl has a unique writing style and I would recommend all young readers pick up Matilda.

The little girl in me will always remember (and still relate to) Matilda, the brilliant little girl who loves reading and learning. As a child I remember practising telekinesis (with no avail), and devouring every book I could get my hands on.

As a mother, I am horrified by the parents, I couldn’t imagine having a child you ‘just put up with’. Children are precious and innocent. Every child deserves the best possible life that their parents can afford/give them, but money aside, you can ALWAYS give your child your love and attention.

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THE GOOD SOLDIER by Paul C. Steffy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was free to read in exchange for a review through NetGalley.

I’m a fan of military and historical books, and the title and cover caught my eye, so I decided to download this book.

Not what I was expecting at all. The feeling of seeing first hand how veterans feel everyday was a moving experience, although I don’t agree with war, I respect and salute those who fight and protect once there is a reason.

As a Canadian, we don’t learn about the wars from the twentieth century in the same manner as our American neighbours. This novel opened my eyes to that a little more.

The basic plot line was sad, but beautiful but it read as if the author was writing from memory. Conversations cut a little short, minor details not included, but basic concepts are spelled out for the reader.

Not somthing I would recomend, until some touching up has been done, but overall I’m glad I picked it up.

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Review: Before We Met

Before We Met
Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It took me so long to get through this book. I kept getting annoyed and putting it down (which is why I had to return it–twice). It started off really slow for me, and I couldn’t help but feel like something was off. Looking back that can be attributed to good writing on the author’s part and I have to acknowledge that, however the story never really captivated me.

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Review: Death and Faxes

Death and Faxes
Death and Faxes by Julie S. Howlin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review through GoodReads FirstReads.

Tabitha Drake is in many ways the typical young-adult. Unsure with her love life, not LOVING her job, and just trying to make ends meet. She’s also a psychic. Throughout the book we see her struggle with multiple traumatic events and issues that unfortunately many young women go through. Most, thankfully, don’t have to deal with all of the ones Tabby did, but many, such as the other women portrayed in the book do fall victim and don’t get out. This book, while being a sweet romance and police mystery/murder, is also an eye opener for women who have been a victim of a controlling or abusive partner. Add in a psychic ability that she doesn’t believe in, which if she did she would have saved herself a lot of trouble, and the book is highly entertaining.

Despite the unlikelihood that all of these scenarios would all happen to the same person, this book, at least for me, represents the struggle that most, if not all, young women face; navigating the uncertainty that is the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Review: Finn

Finn by M. Malone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first of the Blue-Collar Billionaires series that I’ve read. I was a little put off by how Finn didn’t give Rissa a chance to do anything, he just decided to take care of her. It was also really sweet. As for the rest of the story, it was a very cute romance with a little twist thrown in — the three ‘new’ brothers that were no doubt introduced in the first book– [b:Tank|21405676|Tank (Blue-Collar Billionaires, #1)|M. Malone||40704936].

Overall a catchy read and one that I will most likely be looking to expand on. I will probably be reading the rest of the books at one point.

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Review: Billion Dollar Baby 1

Billion Dollar Baby 1
Billion Dollar Baby 1 by Simone Holloway

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This review is two parts; the first part is about the story itself. The general idea is interesting, something that I thought I would like. The ‘book’ needs an editor, and I mean badly. Not only are there grammatical errors and sentence structure mistakes but the main character gets a name change halfway through–and back again.

For this I would give a rating of 1/2 OR 2 stars.

The second half is regarding the length of the story and the price. When I saw that this ‘book’ was less than fifty pages I was kind of appalled. This is the kind of thing you see on fan fiction sites, NOT Amazon. Then I saw that the next ‘book’ is $3.28 CAN, are you kidding me?!? Thankfully I received this copy free through Amazon.

For this I would give 1/2 a star.

Overall I give the ‘book’ 1 star. IF and only IF the rest was free or $0.99 (for the WHOLE book) I would read the rest.

***Note: This review is for the ‘book’ “Billion Dollar Baby”, NOT “Billion Dollar Baby (Complete)”

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Review: Consciousness Archaeology

Consciousness Archaeology
Consciousness Archaeology by Maximus Freeman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received Maximus Freeman’s Consciousness Archaeology for free through GoodReads FirstReads.

The whole concept of the book is to expose Freeman’s personal journey to self-enlightenment and peace. I love the ideas and methods that he has found and included in the book. Many of the steps on the path to peace are things that I will incorporate into my life.

The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the way the question and answers were written, seamed a little odd to me.

Overall; a must read. Short, but to the point and meaningful.

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