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Nightstand Books #1

Books have always been a love of mine, even when I stopped reading as much as I used to read. However, I always have a book within reach. For example, I usually have between 4-5 different books on my nightstand. Some of these books are books I’m currently reading, next in line to read, and books that I read for moments of motivation. So, I decided to share my current nightstand books.

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The book I’m currently reading and almost done with is the Anti 9-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Out The Cube. That’s such a long title for a small book.  I’ve been slowly reading this book for the past few months. However, don’t let that deter you from thinking that this book sucks, because it’s pretty good. It gives straight the point tips and ideas on how you can break away from you everyday 9-5 job. This book is loaded with advice from different women who have been able to break out away from the cubicle life. I only have a couple of chapters left, but I think I’m actually going to try to finish this up by this weekend.

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Current Favorite Lifestyle Books

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Over the years, I’ve really developed a love and appreciation for “lifestyle” books. Over the past few months, I’ve been buying and reaching more them. I use them for everything from quick and healthy recipes, beauty tips, and even inspiration (not plagiarism.) for blog posts.

They are great for quick reads and valuable tips that you can incorporate into your life, including fashion, beauty, and home, especially for us girls constantly on the go and appreciate perfectly packed and presented information with pretty covers.

Rather you have a love of lifestyle books/guides or have an appreciation for books full of tips, then you should keep reading to check out the list of lifestyle books that I’m currently enjoying and that you should own.

Mr.Kate-book

Mr. Kate, one of my favorite bloggers, recently released her first book A Hot Glue Gun Mess, which is packed with fun DIY projects and sprinkles of style and home inspirations that you can easily incorporate into your life. Such a fun book that I’ve recently enjoyed browsing while stuck in the house avoid the heat on the weekend.

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Modern lifestyle stylist and blogger behind Cupcakes and Cashmere, Emily Schuman, recently released her second book called Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home. However, I still fancy her first book Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease. Filled with useful tips, inspirational ideas, and beautifully styled pictures, the first Cupcakes and Cashmere book is great reference book for the modern and millennial woman on the go.

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Louise Roe is a well-respected fashion journalist and TV host and her first book, Front Roe: How To Be A Leading Lady In Your Life, doesn’t just offer style advice, but offers encouragement on how to love your life, home, and personality.

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Supermodel Molly Sims has done some of the most iconic things in fashion, including being a Victoria’s Secret runway model and hosting MTV’s House of Style back in the day. However, her book The Everyday Supermodel is very down-to-earth, easy, and informative. It’s almost like reading notes and emails from your good girlfriend. She (and experts she interviewed) offers great everyday tips on beauty and fashion that are easy to fix into the everyday woman’s life. However, I really enjoy her health and fitness tips which includes workout tips and recipes.

I know I’m not the only one appreciates a good lifestyle book and guide. If you know of anymore that I might fancy, please share!

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My Summer 2015 Reading List

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I was mentioning about things from my childhood that I took for granted and didn’t care to do at the time. Well, you can add summer reading lists to that growing list.

At the end of the school year, some schools pass out a list of books that students are expected to read while on summer break to prepare them for the next grade and school year.

Don’t get it twisted, I loved to read and still do. However, as a child, reading books instead of playing outside and going swimming was a guise to ruin our “well-deserved” summer break.

Now, as an adult, I look forwarded to reading and have adopted to curate my own reading lists for the summer. If on vacation, staycation, or just a quiet weekend at home absorbing cooling A/C, I love reading a good book to relax.

Currently, I finishing the 48 Laws of Power (Awesome read, FYI) and have plenty more I want to read. So, here is a list of books l plan to read this summer. My list consists of everything from fun, casual reads to books to help flourish my creative ideas, and books about business to help me plant some creative ideas I’ve been contemplating. Stay tuned for that.

Anyway, here are few books for my summer 2015 reading list

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Zen and the Art of Making A Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design – I’m brushing up creativity in order to live off it. So, this book is great for inspiration to providing a proven formula for bringing creativity, dignity, and meaning to every aspect of the work experience.

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Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success – In today’s world of instant “expert” everything and everybody thanks to social media and other elements, you really have to learn to be able to promote yourself; no matter what you want to do with your life.

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Yes, Please – It’s Amy Poehler. Plus her last book was awesome!

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Crazy Rich Asians – You kind of have to read this book. I heard a nice and entertaining read. Perfect for vacation.

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Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media – The promotion for this book was everything. Its by Aliza Licht, the brand and voice behind DKNY PR Girl.

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The Status of All Things – I’m a sucker for cute cover! However, the story behind the cover sounded interesting enough to grab my attention.

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Love and Miss Communiation – A cute story that tells what can blossom once you look up from your screen and into the world. So modern.

See anything you’ve read? Please tell me how did you like it below. No spoilers, though. Don’t be that person.

Also, I created a GoodReads account that shows all the books I’m interested in reading this year, which you can view the list in the sidebar. If you have GoodReads account, please share below so we can suggest some books I might like read.

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LINKAGE LOVE: April 2015

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That’s it for this month’s edition of Linkage Love

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Finding Your Strength

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In my current journey to living the life I want and destined to have, I’ve been focused on my unearthing my passion and strengths. Some people tend to focus more on their weaknesses, by either trying to strengthen it or dwell in it. Even I’m guilty of doing this myself, deep in my heart and mind, I knew that wasn’t the right area to focus. However, I didn’t know how to find, focus and increase my strengths.

So, when I saw Strength Finder 2.0, it instantly spoke to me and urged me to  buy it.

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths.

Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying and finding your strengths, the book is set up as follow:

    StrengthsFinder: The Next Generation
    (A short introduction explaining the need for the enhanced edition of the test based upon new thinking and research in strengths psychology)

  • I: Finding Your Strengths
    (A 30-page overview of strengths psychology and how the Gallup system works)

  • II. The StrengthsFinder (www.StrengthFinder.com)
    (If you haven’t taken it before, the code to take the test is provided in a packet inside the book. You actually have to buy the book to take the test)

  • III: Applying Your Strengths
    (After getting the results from your online assessment, there are 150 pages outlining each of the 34 themes including what people with that strength look like, how to manage them, and ideas for action if you have that strength).

    This book is an easy read with informative and information that creates a guiding light to the path you need to find and focus on your personal strengths to, ultimately, lead you to the life you want and deserve.

    Stay Stylish!

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