Hygge: The Danish Secrets of Happiness

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Maya Thoresen (Publisher), Sarah DaMetz (Narrator)

Hygge seems to be a concept similar in some ways to the recent interests in minimalism and mindfulness.  It is defined as a “quality of coziness” and is focused on your own comfort and joy.

This book discusses hygge with regards to your home, decor, pets, children, work, relationships, and finances.

I find the notion of “Swedish Death Cleaning” to be intriguing, although I find it less morbid to pretend I am moving rather than dying.

The narration is quite soothing and fits in well with the material.

I received this book through Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review. 2.5/5 stars.

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Office Politics

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I have never been a fan of office politics, and this book simply reinforced my disdain.

It is described as a necessary evil, but the advice given is not very helpful.  Don’t make friends, but make allies, but also make enemies (choose wisely).

Don’t tell anyone what you are doing…  well, show me how THIS works.  How exactly do you get away with not letting your coworkers (or superiors) know what you are working on?  Um….  generally we are assigned tasks, or at the very least, a range of duties that need to be taken care of, and cannot all be delegated, especially at lower levels of the organization.

The only piece of advise I consider useful is to have a side business of your own in case of downsizing or other events.

From my personal experience, the way to succeed in corporate politics is to be a middle-aged white male and a sociopath, but maybe that’s just my bad-itude talking…

I received a copy through AudiobookBoom in exchange for an honest review.

1/5 stars

Great Niche Ideas for No Content and Low Content Books

Work From Home and Make Money Online by Self-Publishing Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Blank Gag Books

I realized less than 5 minutes into this audiobook with its hilarious disclaimer that I was glad I didn’t pay any money for this.

While there is some useful information included, the content is mostly redundant lists clearly meant to take up time.  I found my mind wandering each time.

I received this book through AudiobookBoom in exchange for an honest review.

1/5 stars

Top 10 Thing You Need to Know by Age 30

A Practical Guide to Knowing the Most Important Things in Life Before You Get Old

There were many things in this little guide that I certainly wish I had been advised of much earlier in life.

The top two for me are “always have a side hustle” and “your parents don’t have all the answers.”

The best piece of advice I would give a younger version of myself (or anyone who was raised like I was) is: It is not your responsibility to please everyone else.”  Perhaps I should dive into that one in a future blog post…

I received an audiobook through Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

3/5 stars.

Mindfulness

Top 10 Tips Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions & Compulsive Using Mindfulness Behavioral Skills

Charlie Mason

  • Narrated by: T.A. Hodgsonmindfulness
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-22-18

Actions included in this guide can help you overcome your obsessive-compulsive disorder that is interfering with your daily life.  Includes a definition of OCD as well as why the listed activities work.

Even those who don’t suffer from this affliction can apply these strategies to improve their daily life, such as deep breathing, noticing your surroundings with ALL of your senses, and journaling.

Two wonderful pieces of advice in this short book are: 1) Forgive yourself, and 2) Let go and have fun!

The narration was excellent and it’s short enough to squeeze in to a busy schedule, yet comprehensive enough to make it worthwhile.

I received this audiobook from the author through Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review. 5/5 stars.

Bliss or Bust

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This compilation of positive and uplifting messages is something you might want to hang on to for future reference.  Anytime you are feeling down or out of sorts, listening to this audiobook can realign you with your purpose in life.  It will help you to determine whether you are operating from the perspective of love or the perspective of fear.

Narration is pleasant and soothing as well.

I received this book through an Audiobook Boom! giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

4/5 stars.

Feng Shui

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  • By: Kim Chow
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-25-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Kim Chow

This is more a lesson on the history of and different sources of information regarding Feng Shui rather than a comprehensive guide to using the practice.  There are a few tips covering several different areas of your home and life that one could find useful.

Narration is a tad robotic and off-putting, and doesn’t fit well with the subject.

I received this book in and Audiobook Boom giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

How to tell if your friend is a sociopath

Learning how to see through the smoke

by Jonathan Jaye

A fascinating, educational, and entertaining look at how sociopaths operate.  This psychologist learned from and shares his personal experiences and then shows you how to spot these insidious people in your own life.  Last, but not least, he teaches you how to avoid them.

Excellent content and narration.

I received this book from Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.

 

Minimalist Living

Declutter Your Home, Schedule & Digital Life for Simple Living (and Discover Why Less Is More)

By: Aston Sandersonminlive.jpgNarrated by: Corinne Phillips

Length: 1 hr and 23 mins, Unabridged

Release date: 09-21-17, Language: English, Publisher: Walnut Publishing

Two quotes from the beginning of this guide to minimalist living set the tone and give focus:

  • “You have too much stuff and it’s not making you happy.”
  • “Things aren’t going to make you happy, but guess what? The absence of things isn’t going to make you happy either.”

You don’t have to get rid of absolutely everything you own but simplifying by paring down your possessions and commitments can help explore what DOES make you happy.  Examine the reasons we fill our lives with stuff and determine that THINGS are not what is truly important in life, and you can determine what to cut out in order to make room for what is.  Your time, energy, and resources are limited, and this guide will help you decide how you want to invest them.

 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with clutter–physical, digital, emotional, or otherwise–as a great starting point.

I received this book from an Audiobook Blast giveaway in exchange for an honest review.