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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Book Round-Up #2

On the Woman's Bookshelf

It's been a little while since I've written a book review because I've been in the midst of reading books. Now that may not sound like a reason not to do a book review, but since they are books everyone knows about I prefer to write reviews of ones you may not have heard of.

I told you about my reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with my BFF for our Across the Miles book club. Since then we've read New Moon by the same author, and I must tell you that I enjoyed that just as much if not more than the first book. I can't wait to read the next one in the series and I'm equally excited to see the next movie.

We've also been reading Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series. We're on the third book, Brother Odd. If you're a fan of Koontz then you'll want to check this series out. It's been quite a few years since I've read a Koontz book and I still enjoy them like I did in the past.

Now let's get down to the business of what else is on my bookshelf. You know there are two things that are always on my mind: losing weight and money.

That's why I was interested in taking a look at these three books:

1. Snack Yourself Slim by Richard J. Warburg and Tessa Lorant
2. How to Salvage More Millions from your Small Business by Ron Sturgeon
3. Money Games: 85 Fun Ways to Save Money and Attract Abundance by Randy Petrick

Snack Yourself Slim presents the EATALL™ way, which was developed by Warburg in 2006 when he lost weight and was unable to keep it off. He tried eating one meal a day or not eating at all, but neither worked because his metabolism slowed down. He began frequently eating smaller snacks and he never got hungry. The result was he kept the weight off. Snack Yourself Slim is touted as being the "nation's solution to expensive, futile and, often, unhealthy methods of losing weight."

I took a peek inside, of course, and I found the book to be well written, easy to follow and interesting. In actually, the authors offer tips that are given by most who talk about healthy eating; however, the formula for doing so is a little different. And, for a lot of folks it may be easier to follow. The best thing: the EATALL™ way is free. Well, after you buy the book. :)

While reading the press material for Money Games, I saw the word "fun" and wondered how a book about finances could be fun. Intrigued I began reading the table of contents and saw the section titles Adventure Games and Bored Games with chapters named Restaurant Roulette and Makin' Whoopee.

I have to admit that I flipped right to Makin' Whoopee (hey, couldn't help it) and found an interesting read about retirement. Petrick presents the information in an easy-to-understand manner with humor and obvious insight. Reading this book you'll think you've sat down for a chat with your fun best friend who just happens to be a Chartered Financial Consultant (that's what Petrick is).

Although I normally shy away from financial books because of the boring, technical writing, Money Games is the next read on my list.

If there ever were a person to listen to when it comes to making millions with their business, Sturgeon - the author of How to Salvage More Millions From Your Small Business - is just that person. At 17, Sturgeon was homeless and just had a high school education, but he managed to build and sell several multimillion dollar business to Fortune 500 companies.

During his time in business, which spanned 40 years, he gained knowledge of successful business-building principles and the steps entrepreneurs can take to grow a profitable business. In his books, he shares that knowledge. What I like most about his book are the tips pulled out to the margins in the form of tools and action steps.

I think this is a great book for you mompreneurs - get a copy and let me know what you think. And, for that matter, if you pick up any of the books I mention in my reviews of round-ups please come back and let me know what you think of them.

For my first Book Round-Up, please click the link and for my most recent book review, "Murder, madness, money, mayhem...," click here.
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