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Bookstr’s Three To Read This Week 03/27/20

Hello book lovers! I hope you’re well and, most importantly, home. The world has gone a bit upside-down hasn’t it? Hard to know what to do with everything changing. One thing you can count on, though, is the Three to Read. We’ve got you! I have three amazing reads for you this week – and with everyone self-isolating, your TBR pile might actually stand a chance. With no further ado; the Hot Pick, Coffee Shop Read, and Dark Horse.

Hot pick

Journey: A Novel

by Andrew Zimmerman.

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Synopsis:

Paul is a top business executive hoping to be the next CEO of Ascendant―a New York-based tech giant. He neglects everything―his family and himself―in the race to the top. His fast-paced life is interrupted when he travels to Glastonbury, England, to visit friends in a village rich in history and mysticism.

Glastonbury represents a complete counterpoint to Paul’s elite corporate day job. It compares to an amusement park, with shops and venues catering to spiritual seekers ranging from would-be witches, goddesses and druids, and burned-out hippies. Like many seekers before him, he is attracted to the energy of a nearby hill―Tor―said to be the mythical Isle of Avalon. Paul meets a beautiful soul reader, Christine, who reads his soul and plants the seeds that turn his life upside down.

When he returns to New York, his wife, Mary, is skeptical. Is Paul having a spiritual awakening or is he falling in love with an attractive charlatan? His journey both scares and intrigues her as she watches him struggle to navigate between the business and spiritual worlds. A series of synchronistic events draws Paul closer to Glastonbury and Christine, compelling him and a reluctant Mary to return, unaware that their lives will never be the same.

Why?

Zimmerman’s novel is as spiritual as it is intriguing. The reader is faithfully brought along on Paul’s journey to spiritual realization after his trip to Glastonbury. Many will relate to Paul’s struggle with balancing his career with everything else in his life. This is particularly poignant and thought-provoking these days, with most of the world working from home and reevaluating what is important to them. This novel provides the reader with the inspiration and hope that it is never to late to change the course of your own life, and proves the importance of looking inward, and trusting your gut.

 

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Wicked as you wish

by Rin Chupeco

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic Book 1) by [Chupeco, Rin]

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Synopsis:

Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left encased in ice when the Snow Queen waged war. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.

Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them.

A new hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala must unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.

Why?

Who doesn’t love a bit of escapism? Wicked As You Wish is a magical novel with endearing characters and an exciting premise, which Publisher’s Weekly have dubbed “A nail-biting quest that introduces a gripping new series.” Chupeco breathes new life in to many beloved fairytales, and takes some of their best aspects, building them into the totally unique universe that she has created.

Bonus points for Chupeco, too, in the seamless introduction of the novel’s non-binary character, who is correctly gendered and presented throughout. Non-binary readers will undoubtedly enjoy the fair and honest representation that Rin has managed to make natural and low-key.

“Rin Chupeco’s marvelously magical WICKED AS YOU WISH is a great read for fans of fairy tales, myths and legends. In fact, avid fans will want to read it two, three, or four times just to catch all the twists, updates and Easter eggs, as nearly every chapter is loaded with delights. Come for the adventure, stay for the sassy jerkwad firebird.” – Kendare Blake #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

 

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The Middle Finger Project

By Ash Ambirge

The Middle Finger Project by Ash Ambirge: 9780525540328 ...

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Synopsis:

“Don’t worry, this isn’t a book about God, nor is it a book about Ryan Gosling (second in command). But it is a book about authority and becoming your own.” –Ash Ambirge

After a string of dead-end jobs and a death in the family, Ash Ambirge was down to her last $26 and sleeping in a Kmart parking lot when she faced the truth: No one was coming to her rescue. It was up to her to appoint herself. That night led to what eventually became a six-figure freelance career as a sought-after marketing and copywriting consultant, all while sipping coffee from her front porch in Costa Rica.

She then launched The Middle Finger Project, a blog and online course hub, which has provided tens of thousands of young “women who disobey” with the tools and mindset to give everyone else’s expectations the finger and get on your own path to happiness, wealth, independence, and adventure.

In her first book, Ash draws on her unconventional personal story to offer a fun, bracing, and occasionally potty-mouthed manifesto for the transformative power of radical self-reliance. Employing the signature wit and wordsmithing she’s used to build an avid following, she offers paradigm-shifting advice along the lines of:

  The best feeling in the world is knowing who you are and what you’re capable of doing.
  Life circumstances are not life sentences. If a Scranton girl who grew up in a trailer park can make it, so can you.
  What you believe about yourself will either murder your chances or save your life. So why not believe something good?
  You don’t need a high-ranking job title to be authorized to contribute. You just need to contribute.
  Be your own authority. Authority only works as long as you trust that someone smarter than you is making the rules.
  The way you become a force is by being the most radically real version of yourself that you can be.
 You only have 12 f*cks a day to give, so use them wisely.

 

Why?

Who wouldn’t want to master the art of being their own authority? This novel is fun, fresh and on-the-nose. We all struggle with imposter syndrome, women in particular, and Ambirge will help you overcome this with The Middle Finger Project. Pulling from her own experiences, she inspires and instills hope in any woman (or person, for that matter) that is ready to break free of the shackles of the own worry that they aren’t good enough. Ambirge is inspiring both in matters of business, and life in general, with a down-to-earth and to-the-point read that will have you disobeying, making your own rules, and setting up your own business. The f-bombs are far from off-putting and instead come across as honest, because who hasn’t dropped a few of late? Ambirge doesn’t pretend that getting what you deserve is easy, either, and highlights the dangers and fears rather than hiding them. But this, too, is refreshingly honest and transparent. You’ll trust Ash, and most importantly, you’ll trust yourself. Go get this book and then go get your life!

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Marie Kondo’s New Book Sparks Joy at Work

You might recognize Marie Kondo from her 2014 smash-hit book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Or maybe you’ve heard of her Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, in which she helps people find joy by decluttering their homes and lives. Now, Marie Kondo is writing another book aimed at helping people declutter their professional lives.

In an interview about Joy at Work, Kondo had this to say:

In this book, you will learn practical tips for maintaining a tidy workspace, but also life-changing advice on finding a career that sparks joy for you. I am honored to collaborate with Scott Sonenshein on this book, and I look forward to sharing Joy at Work with the world in 2020!

Sonenshein is a professor of Management at Rice University and author of Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined. 

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In an interview with Forbes, Sonenshein spoke a bit about collaborating with Kondo:

As a business professor, I know too many emails, wasteful meetings and team conflict take the joy out of work. I’m excited to pair my research as an organizational psychologist with the KonMari method to give people the techniques, advice and inspiration to experience joy in all parts of their careers.

Using the KonMari method and cutting-edge research, Joy at Work promises to “help you overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that comes with a tidy desk and mind,” according to the publisher’s description. With chapter titles like “If You Keep Falling Back to Clutter,” “Tidying Time,” “Tidying Your Network,” “Tidying Meetings” and “Tidying Teams,” Kondo is going to give readers the tools to holistically improve their professional lifestyle.

Tidying up the workplace seems like a natural next step for Kondo, given the glut of articles that have already tried putting the KonMari method into practice at work. Who else is ready to unlock the life-changing magic of tidying up their professional life?

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Improve Your Quality of Life With Our Self-Development Picks!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are self development picks to improve your quality of life! Dig in and enjoy!

 

 

5. ‘Coffee Bean’ by Jon Gordon

 

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The Coffee Bean by Jon Gordon is about dealing with the stresses of life. It can be often harsh, stressful, and the environments we find ourselves in can weaken or harden us. This is an inspiring tale that follows a man called Abe as he faces challenges, pressures, and stresses at school and home.

Abe discovers that instead of letting the environment change him for the worse, he can change the environment around him for the better. Wherever his life can take him, Abe takes it to heart to live life like a coffee bean and transform into something better. Are you an egg, a carrot, or a coffee bean?

 

4. ‘Run The mile you’re in’ by Ryan Hall

 

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Ryan Hall is an Olympic athlete and American record holder in the half marathon (59:43), but in his autobiography, Run The Mile You’re In, he reveals that as kid he hated running. He wanted nothing to do with the sport until one day, he felt compelled to run the 15 miles around his neighborhood lake. He was hooked.

Now a coach, speaker, and nonprofit partner, Ryan shares the powerful faith behind his athletic achievements and the lessons he learned that helped him push past limits, make space for relationships that enrich life on and off the running trails, and cultivate a positive mindset.

 

 

3. ‘Witchery’ by Juliet diaz 

 

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Witches by Juliet Diaz is about connecting with your inner witch and embracing it to make your life healthier. Third generation witch Diaz teaches you how to embrace your inner Magick through casting off what doesn’t make you happy, embracing inner athleticism, and becoming an embodiment of truth. And through it all, you’ll build the knowledge to craft spells of your own.

 

2. ‘I am love’ by Allowah Lani 

 

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I Am Love by Allowah Lani is a sequel to his 2016 book, Who Am I? Yoga, Psychedelics and the Quest for Enlightenment. In that earlier book, the author looked critically at the issue of the legitimacy of psychedelics on the spiritual journey, ultimately leaving the question unanswered. In I Am Love, the intention is to offer a more definitive statement and practical method for those using psychedelics as a tool for spiritual growth.

Can psychedelics like ayahuasca really and truly reveal the ultimate nature of reality? Exploring ayahuasca in the context of studying the modern spiritual classic A Course in Miracles, the author answers cautiously in the affirmative. Yes, they can, but there is much inner work to be done to get there, not to mention confronting our great fear of awakening. Are you up for the greatest challenge of your lifetime, of any lifetime? Are you ready?

 

1. ‘There’s no plan b for your A-Game’ by Bo Eason

 

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There’s No Plan B For Your A-Game by Bo Eason is a book by the acclaimed athlete showcasing how to plot the best course in your life. There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game explains how to develop the character, integrity, and commitment it takes to become the best. Bo Eason focuses on a winning four-step process that helps you attain the skill, maintain the effort, and persist through challenges: Declaration: What do you want to achieve? Preparation: How can you make it happen? Acceleration: Where will you find the stamina to reach your goal? Domination: Why do you take others with you?

With inspiring, specific, real-word guidance, There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game teaches the best practices that lead to the best results, in every walk of life.

 

 

 

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The 5 Step Survival Guide to Hollywood Adaptations

There is nothing more exciting and frightening than hearing your favorite book is going to be adapted by Hollywood.

We’ve all been there before. A book that we read and loved is receiving a well-deserved movie adaptation. However, it begs the question: will the movie be everything we dreamed, or will it have us rioting in the streets? We all know there are some pretty horrific adaptations out there, but there’s no reason for us to lose our heads.

Here are some tips tips to help you survive the ordeal of your favorite book heading for the big screen.

 

 

 

1. Be Open To Changes

 

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Changes are inevitable. To defend Hollywood movie makers, not everything can fit in a film. If screenwriters tried to fit every detail from the book, the movie would be hours long, thus, cuts must be made, often necessitating minor changes elsewhere in the script for it all to make sense. We must accept that movies are a different artform, and therefore will not be exactly the same as the book.

 

2. Movies rely on the visuals 

 

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Books are all about exposition, inner thoughts, and details, details, and more details. In film, simplicity and visual storytelling are key. There is also more focus on the outward expressions and actions of the characters involved, and most films don’t share the minute details in order to keep scenes engaging and entertaining for the audience.

Since books are meant to be read over time, having an abundance of detail fits. Films on the other hand ought to get to the point much quicker, so before you accuse an adapted film of “dumbing things down”, keep in mind, this is a different way to tell a story and experience one.

 

 

3. Talk About It With Those Who Have Not Read The Book

 

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As exciting as it is to read the book before the film, it can come at a cost. When you are watching a movie based on a book you love, it can be tough to look at it with fresh eyes. The temptation to hold on to what you believe is the best version can be unshakeable. This will stand in the way of enjoying what may be a fantastic and fun movie experience. Those who don’t read the book beforehand are the ones who will be able to purely judge the movie as it is – a tale with characters and ideas they have never seen before. In the way that you were awestruck by reading The Hunger Games or the Harry Potter books for the first time, your friends and family may feel the same way when they watch the movie adaptation.

 

 

4. Be Respectful Of Other People’s Opinions

 

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Please do not be that person to throw insults around, or anything else for that matter. It’s completely unnecessary. Even if you feel you’re justified by so called “common sense”, or believe you have the upper hand against someone who has never read the book be respectful!

No one is stupid for liking something you dislike. There is a reason why something was changed in the film from the book. The screenwriters saw the original content in a different light, they saw an opportunity to try something else, whatever the reason there will be other people to like it just as much as the filmmakers did. As mentioned before, we hold on to what we believe is best. Keeping an open mind may open your own eyes to something new, and more importantly, you’ll avoid being a total jerk.

 

 

5. Hollywood Needs To Make Money

 

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Often angry fans seem to miss a major point about the filmmaking industry— movies cost money, a ridiculous amount of money at that!

Just to put things into perspective think about the cost of a movie versus a book. While book publishing involves paying the author, editor, and marketing team, Films involves teams of hundreds and hundreds of people. It can cost millions to create a film so they are going to want to bring back in as much money as they possibly can, and so they are going to go with the ideas that make them the most money.

 

 

And as a bonus for the most passionate of book-lovers…

 

 

6. Don’t Stay Mad Forever

 

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Some adaptations are just plain disappointing. Though there is a difference of opinion between people who’ve read the book and people who haven’t, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to a therapeutic rant. Once the film is over someone is bound to ask “what did you think?” This is your chance. Let it all out, without causing any public damages or hurt feelings of course. Once it’s all out take a deep breath and distract yourself with just about anything that won’t remind you of the catastrophe you just witnessed.

You have your whole life ahead of you, no need to be so mad about a bad film adaptation. You still have the original book in your heart.

 

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Hopefully these tips, and bonus tip, can help you to endure and/or recover from a book-based film that you weren’t too crazy about.

 

 

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Improve Your Lifestyle With Our Top Nonfiction Picks!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just to make sure you’re out there living your absolute best life. This week’s nonfiction picks center around the topic of self-development books, which showcase how you can improve your health, quality of life, and more with these great reads. Listen: we’re all trying to keep it together. But, with the right tools, staying on our game doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. Let’s dive into our picks and take a look!

 

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5. The Science of Self-empowerment by Gregg Braden

The Science of Self-Empowerment by Gregg Braden is about applying the advanced sense of awareness and spirituality that monks, nuns, and mystics have to our daily lives! Incorporating both scientific and philosophical perspectives, this book helps one achieve a form of spirituality that encourages true growth. Using real-world science to ground its claims, this self-help book that will find you rising to new heights and maybe even centering yourself like the worlds most spiritually-oriented people do.

 

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4. Do it Scared by Ruth Soukup 

Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup is for anyone who feels like they’re stuck in a rut or not taking the chances they really want to. The book helps you identify the source of your fears and tackle them with detailed, hands-on exercises. It lets you not only develop a plan but also, and perhaps more importantly, have the means and method to push yourself toward achieving your goals. This book contains the message that life is about taking chances and will absolutely help you take the first steps toward a better existence.

 

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3. Turning Dreams into Reality by Yuval Tabib

Turning Dreams Into Reality by Yuval Tabib is based on experiences of the author and how Tabib made their dreams ‘truly’ come true. It’s hard work, but this book has a lot of answers that will make your existential problem-solving a more enjoyable experience. Drawing on theories from physics and Quantum Theory, this book has the answers to make you bend the world around you rather than let it control your life. Though actually achieving your dreams is certainly never an easy feat, purchasing this book certainly will be! Go out and go for it.

 

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2. Life Admin by Elizabeth Emes 

Life Admin by Elizabeth Emes is about managing one’s life and keeping precious moments from slipping by. The author, Elizabeth Emes, is a working mother with two children who realizes one day that her life is being overwhelmed by all that she has to do. In a moment of epiphany, it dawns on her that she needs to take better control of her own time, and so she offers all her struggling readers tips of how she learned to manage it. This book explores labor and how it chokes our lives while also showing us how to reduce labor… or at least reduce its negative impact on our lives.

 

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1. Own your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley is about sharing her life experiences. She’s accidentally started a small business; embarrassed herself onstage during talks; and, like most of us, has wasted time caught up in her own anxiety. She’s had a broad range of life experiences, both good and bad, and she’s become an inspiration to young people (especially women) the world over. Now, she shares tips for overcoming obstacles and redefining success, all based on concrete stories of her own experiences.

 

 

 

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