Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I'm Ready For My Side Hustle

Chris Guillbeau's latest book, Side Hustle: From Idea To Income In 27 Days couldn't come at a better time. I have been extremely interested in the idea of a side hustle for a while, but I didn't know where or how to start. The book breaks down a plan on what you should be doing week to week so by Day 27, you should have launched your side hustle. At first, I thought I should just find a side hustle that I can do, but Guillbeau suggests that you find a high-potential side hustle. A high potential side hustle is not just another part-time job. It should be one that you can grow and possibly build into a business and replace your full-time job. He gives you some ideas on what kind of side hustles you can start. There are 3 broad categories of side hustles: one where you sell a product, one where you can offer a service, and one where you act as the middleman. I haven't read any of Guillbeau's other books so the information he gives in Side Hustle are all new to me. As a newbie, this book was very easy to read and understand, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in building their side hustle.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review of The New Rules of Work

The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook For Navigating Your Career written by the duo Alexandra Cavoulacos an Kathryn Minshew is a pretty standard read when it comes to career self help books. There really wasn't anything new that I haven't read from other career self help books. The New Rules of Work does a good job in going into detail about how to start a job search, network, interview in the our modern day. The book is more tailored for today's modern job search/interview so I think it would be a great book for new graduates who are starting off their career or for someone who's been a seasoned employee and is starting a new job search again.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Food52: Ice Cream & Friends

Food52's Ice Cream & Friends is dedicated to providing an array of ice cream and frozen treat recipes. When I received the book, I devoured the cookbook. As I poured through each and every recipe and it's lovely photographs (I ended up looking it over multiple times), I couldn't wait to try some of the recipes.

This ice cream cookbook doesn't have recipes for the typical flavors you would buy at a supermarket like strawberry, cookies and cream, coffee, so if you are looking for that, this isn't the book for you. This cookbook offers 60 recipes of very unusual and exotic ice cream flavors, such as Lemongrass Chile Ginger, Peanut Butter Curry, S'mores, Saltine Cracker-Brownie Sandwich, Black Pepper Feta, Burnt Toast, and many more. I have to admit, I was very afraid of trying many of the recipes because they sounded so unusual. So for my first recipe, I opted for a safer recipe: Mango Lassicles. I love mango lassi so I figured I would love a mango lassi in popsicle form. It was delicious and very easy to make! I also made the Homemade Sprinkles recipe. While store-bought sprinkles are so convenient and cheap, being able to make my own sprinkles for the children seem healthier.

I love this cookbook! I love having a cookbook just dedicated to ice cream. One of these days, I will muster up the courage to try out the Peanut Butter Curry Ice Cream recipe.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Crazy Upbringing: A Review on Crazy Is My Super Power by AJ Mendez Brooks

AJ Mendez Brooks' current memoir, Crazy Is My Super Power, was a fascinating read. Despite growing up dirt poor with irresponsible and dysfunctional parents, Brooks turned her life around. I don't watch WWE or know anything about wrestling, but I found Brooks' determination, self-awareness, and scrappiness very refreshing and compelling. I loved how Brooks' dream was to be superhero, and she found a way to make that happen in her own way. Her writing is very real. She didn't sugarcoat anything nor did she shy away from all the embarrassing and ugly parts of her childhood. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and especially to young girls and women.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters

Emily Esfahani Smith's book, The Power Of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, was a powerful and insightful read. Through her research, Smith argues that a person's pursuit of life's meaning can be achieved by making connections with people to feel like you belong, finding a purpose in life, making sense of our experiences through storytelling, and seeking transcendent experiences.

All the stories in the book were all very touching and compelling, from the veteran whose life spiraled out of control but used his pain and suffering to help other veterans to a young gay man's story at The Moth about how his parents refusal to accept his sexual orientation lead him to put a pause on his life. All the stories perfectly illustrates the four pillars of meaning (Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling and Transcendence), according to Smith.

After reading this book, it is making me seriously think about aspects of my own life (areas that I need to work on) to achieve the meaning in my life that I want. I highly recommend to book to anyone who is interested in a self-help book or just a book that will get you thinking about your own life and what it means to you.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Moth Presents All These Wonders

I had only recently heard of the The Moth Storytelling when I was watching Lena Dunham's "Girls". On one of the episodes, Dunham's character goes on The Moth to tell her story about her break-up. When I got an opportunity to review The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown edited by Catherine Burns with foreward by Neil Gaiman, I jumped on the opportunity. I LOVE short stories because it works well for my short attention span when it comes to fiction.

The stories in this compilation are all very raw and honest. Some stories are sad and some are more happy and funny, but all the stories are very compelling, and I just couldn't put the book down. There are 45 intriguing stories in this compendium. The stories range from a child soldier from Sierra Leone to a child surviving the concentration camp to more lighthearted stories about an author writing a controversial children's book that was meant for the parents.

All the stories in this book were originally told live in front of an audience. That is the whole premise of The Moth, it is live storytelling. I imagine these stories were even more dynamic and captivating when they were told live. I would love to attend a Moth live storytelling one day.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.  

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A Review of Democracy In Black by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Democracy in Black by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. was a thought-provoking and eye-opening read. This novel comes at such a troubling time in America when unarmed black men were being gunned down by police officers at an alarming rate. Glaude argues that in our society there is a "value gap" where we value white people over colored people. Glaude also argues that everyone has "racial habits," and it's our racial habits that shape us and our lives which reinforces our value gap. To uproot the racial inequality in our value gap and value habits, Glaude offers up three components of a revolution of value: (1) change the view of our government; (2) change how we view black people by changing how we see white people; (3) change what matters to us as Americans by telling better stories.

This book couldn't come at a better time. With all the chaos that has been going on with our government, I can't help but evaluate my own thoughts, feelings, values, and concerns about our society and our culture during this time. I don't know if our society will ever find peace and equality, but we need books like Democracy in Black to push us to evaluate our own personal values and to look into our racial habits in hopes to achieve racial equality one day.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.