At the beginning of 2018, I told myself to quit purchasing books unless I’ve read everything on my shelf. To no avail did I manage to fulfill this personal goal. My monthly entry will contain book titles and where to purchase them followed by a quick overview which is a summary I write. The number of books in each post will vary according to how many I am able to read within the period.  Without further ado, here are my picks for the month end of May. 

1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

A Quick Overview:

This the first book in the series. The story categorizes mankind into Reds and Silvers. Being a Silver gives you a higher status in society and literally powers since they have supernatural abilities passed on from one generation to the next. As their labels suggest, the Reds bleed red and the Silvers bleed silver.The main character’s on the less fortunate side. Being a Red, she volunteers to get involved with the Kingdom of Norcha after a random encounter. From there Mare turns from a questionable red blood at Queenstrial to a manipulated silver status through the deception of this prevailing monarchy.

You’ll also read about Mare’s family members mainly her sister, Gisa Barrow, and mentions of Bree, Tramy, and Shade. As for royalty,  Tiberias Calore “Cal” VII, heir to the throne and his brother Maven Calore. Not to forget the King, Tiberias Calore VI and his wife, Queen Elara Merandus.  

2. Saturday Requiem by Nicci Gerrard

This is a book series but I only found out after reading a third of the book since I felt overwhelmed with story details that felt like it was referring to a previous event in the main character, Frieda Klein’s past.

A Quick Overview:

Freida Klein takes a role in an old investigation that convicts Hannah Docherty of murdering her family. As a psychotherapist, Freida’s role is to evaluate Hannah’s state.  However, she takes a more active role when she discovers that Hannah may be innocent after all of the crimes that she is accused of. This meant risking her own well-being, digging into the past of people in the original investigation and discovering new evidence to clear her name.  Proving Hannah’s innocence also meant protecting her from the long-term consequences of being in a mental facility; an environment that has broken her.

3. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

I got introduced to this book from a TED talk Simon Sinek did that captured the topics discussed. I suggest you watch it before making this purchase. Who knows? You might just be swayed.

A Quick Overview:

Simon talks about a pattern for great leaders and successful companies.  They begin with a purpose or belief to inspire regardless of the industry or the company size. The pattern begins with “Why”, followed by “How”, and ends with “What” because the logic is people buy why you do it. The goal is to do business with people who believe in you.

I try to have a balance with the books I consume. Stories are great but personal development genre even more so. A story to me is like watching a movie, it can inspire you and distract you even. But books like “Start With Why” and “Lean In” elevate your way of thinking and encourages self-awareness and growth.

Don’t forget, you can shop them on book depository if your local bookstore doesn’t carry them.  You get free shipping and book(s) are delivered right to your mailbox (if size permits) , if not,  then you’ll have to go to the closest post office to collect them.

Disclaimer: This is a not sponsored blog post unless stated otherwise.  All opinions in this entry are my own. 



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