Thursday, 17 October 2019

Book Review: The Hybrid: And the Lost Tails of Mermirran by Suellen Drysdale


Hello all you beautiful people!! 

Welcome back to my weekly book review. In an effort to make a dent in my bookshelf I picked up a book I won via a competition a while ago. It is totally in my genre but written for the younger teens. I love all Mermaid and the mystical world under the sea type stories. 




Paperback
Published: 09 October 2012
Publisher: Createspace
220 pages

* What it's about *

Her mother is gone. Her fisherman grandfather is missing at sea. Australian farm girl Kirsten McGee is convinced her clumsy, overgrown feet are the final sign she's been cursed. But when a mysterious white horse, Merri, enters her life, Kirsten learns that things are not always what they seem. A beach holiday with her fidgety brother, Jeremy shines a new light on her family heritage. She is not the ugly duck she'd thought, but a Hybrid; part human, part mermaid. As the trio embark on a quest to find their grandfather somewhere in the South Pacific, the children venture to the secret city of Mermirran to meet their mermaid Grandmother. But Grandpa is not the only one missing. The stakes are raised as the children discover the entire region is under threat by a fire-obsessed Minotaur, using a stolen relic from the deep to fuel his evil plot. Volcanic eruptions are imminent and the children must now recover the powerful Great Pearl of Mermirran to save the creatures living in the hidden depths. Using their wits, Jeremy's backpack full of junk and the aid of some new friends, the children combine their skills to restore a life they hadn't known existed.



* My thoughts *

This book had been on my shelf for a while after I won it through a competition on a website (booksdirectonline.com). My review is not based on this fact, and it comes from my own feeling about the book. 

Initially I thought the book was just a great book for kids. As the book went on and from about half way I realised that I truly was getting lost in the book and eager to get back to read it and to see what happens. I really loved how Sue linked up things in her story. Like how Jeremy's love of gadgets got them out of a sticky situation later on when they needed to solve a riddle. I love gadgets myself so I loved this quirk. 

It really is a great light but fun and interesting read.


* Rating * 



Author Links and Bio: 
Website  l  Goodreads



Suellen Drysdale has been daydreaming since birth - but has only recently transformed this talent into writing children's books. Her mission is to help kids use their imaginations - and then find their own voice through story writing.

Her first novel for 9-13 year olds, "The Hybrid and the Lost Tails of Mermirran" was published in late 2012. Following close on its tail (excuse the mermaid pun) is the recently released "The Hybrid and the Emeralds of Elisar".

Unfortunately, Suellen lives far from the sea in inland Victoria, Australia but is surrounded by nature, animals and flying horses (she wishes!)- oh and of course her own kids!



Happy Reading <3 

Love 

Chanzie 

xxx

Monday, 14 October 2019

TedxTalk Inspirations #1 ~ Don't focus on your goals

Hello fellow peeps 

So I have been wanted to share of my thoughts and inspirations for a while. Since this doesn't really fall under Soul Inspirations, I needed to create a category of it's own for it. 

Most mornings between Monday and Thursday I listen to a TedxTalk while getting ready for work. I have listened to some amazing speakers and met so many new inspirations along the way!! 

Today's talk by Reggie Rivers is what inspired me to take this thought / idea and put it into action. Make the post a reality instead of just a goal or worse... a one day goal. 

So the theme sounds crazy... If you want to achieve your goals don't focus on them. 
Initially I was like what??? That sounds like madness, but I was intrigued to hear what Mr Rivers had to say.

The way he explains the concept in the beginning was a bit of a different approach which I did enjoy and it gave me a good giggle, but his second example really hit home. 

His point goes on the suggest we rather we focus rather on our behaviours that will achieve our goals, rather than just the goals themselves. 



Hmmm..... *ponders in thought* 

Initially this can seem like the same thing right? 

It was with his second example that it rang true... So you want to lose 10kgs? You can set the goal, but if you don't change your eating habits and exercise routines, you are never going to get there. *ahhh* 

Same thing with writing a book and becoming a published author, or any other goal you set for yourself. You can dream of becoming a published author, but if you don't put in the time to write the book, it's just a dream. 

The synchronistic thing is.... this links up perfectly with the quote for the day which was: 

'You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.' 
~ Martin Luther King Jr

So in conclusion.. set the goal. After that, plan the steps you need to take or the behaviours you need to master to get closer to the goal. You might not know all the steps all the way and that is OK!! 

Just plan the first step, the rest will unfold along the way. 

My step towards being a published author is to actually finish writing the book. There is no use in me worrying about publishers and marketing and all of that when I don't even have a product to present. 

Even if my book doesn't make a top 10 somewhere or only 10 people read my book, at least I will have the satisfaction of having finished the product and achieving the goal of publishing a book with my name on it!

Sometimes the problems with setting big goals.. which is amazing... is that we get overwhelmed with how big they are and how we are going to reach the end. The best advice I ever got (from a few different life coaches might I add), is that the only thing you need to focus on once the goal is set, is the next step. 

Brain storm 10 things (big or small) that will take you closer to your goal. It's the commitment that changes everything. 

Check out the video below if you are interested in hearing what Reggie rivers has to say. 




I do hope either the video or my post inspires you a little today. 

Go out and take that step!! 

Do you have any goals that you are working towards? Leave a comment and let me know :) 

Love 
Chanzie 
xxx

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Book Review: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle


Hey hey friendies... 

Hope you are having a fantabulous week filled with great books!! 

Things have calmed down my side a bit and hopefully we into the smooth sailing phase for a while :) I am always hesitant to share books that I didn't finish or enjoy but alas those are the reviews we need to read as well sometime. 

The Power of Now is a book that has been on my radar for the longest of times. So when I found it at a great price in a second hand book shop I felt like I had hit the jackpot and was super stoked to add this book to my collection. 

Even though I don't always believe everything I read in books like these, I do believe there is something to be gained from these teachers and books. They were published and chosen for a reason after all. 

Here we go then....  




Paperback
Published: 01 January 2011
Publisher: Hachette
256 pages

* What it's about *

Eckhart Tolle is one of today's most inspiring teachers. An international bestselling phenomenon, this book has inspired a generation and is as popular today as it was a decade ago when first published. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living 'present, fully and intensely, in the Now'. To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us. Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the Now we will be opening ourselves to the transforming experience of THE POWER OF NOW. It's a book to be revisited again and again.



* My thoughts *

I really really wanted to love this book. I have wanted to read this book for such a long long time. It started out good but then it just lost me. It didn't resonate with me at all. I have read many spiritual conceptual books similar to this, from which I have grown and thrived. 

Sadly I just got to a point where I just didn't want to continue as it seemed a bit far fetched with the concepts. I understand the presence and power of now, but the part where he is talking about problems, future and past just lost my attention.


* Rating * 



Author Links and Bio: 
Website  l  Goodreads  l  Facebook  l  Twitter  l  Instagram




Eckhart Tolle , born Ulrich Leonard Tolle, February 16, 1948, is a German-born writer, public speaker, and spiritual teacher. The New York Times has called him "the most popular spiritual author in the nation". He is the author of the bestsellers "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth".

Tolle had an unhappy childhood in Germany and Spain. His depression reached its peak during early adulthood in England, until he underwent what he calls an "inner transformation". He then spent many years as a vagrant, "in a a state of deep bliss", he says, before becoming a spiritual teacher. He eventually moved to North America where he began writing his first book. He currently lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife, Kim Eng.



Happy Reading <3 

Love 

Chanzie 

xxx



Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Tackling the TBR #1 ~ October 2019


Hello lovelies!! 

So I have been contemplating for a while a type of post where I can track what I need to read and what I want to read... I came across a blogger friend of mines post.. Tackling the TBR hosted on her blog and decided to join in! 

I love her blog as often we enjoy the same type of books and she is fun to follow. If you don't know her, check out her blog here

Tackling the TBR is all about making some progress on that never ending and growing wonderful pile of books on our bookshelves! 


What is more fun than picking out which books to read next. This slightly organised method of reading will definitely and hopefully amp up my reading enjoyment to the next level. 



Bring on the mantras!

Read the best books first.
&
Life is too short to read books you’re not enjoying.

However you put together your TBR for the next month, the goal is to reduce the amount of obligation in reading and increase the fun.

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Here’s a look at how the system works:

1. Identify the titles that take top priority in your TBR.
2. Combine them all in your own Tackling the TBR post.
3. Throughout the month pick from that pile as the mood strikes you.


Currently Reading:



Here’s what mine looks like:

October 2019 TBR Tackler Shelf:


Priority Titles off my Bookshelf or Kindle Shelf !!



Netgalley:


Audio books:



The Reserve:



New Books on the shelf:








I don't really have an update on reading progress as this is my first post for this meme. My reading time isn't as ample as it used to be as I need to split it between reading, writing, gyming, series with hubby and general family time which includes homework with our 6 year old. Never mind the fact that being preggos I fall asleep faster than usual. Baking that bun in the oven kinda takes it out of you on some days, and you can't even rely on any caffeine to get you through!!


It was hard to choose books for this post as there are literally so many books I wish I had time to read. It is definitely easier to read off the kindle than reading a normal book these days, as I can still read a kindle when hubby wants to sleep and I feel guilty having the bedside lamp on!

My reading progress is way slower than it used to be... but at least I have finished my goodreads challenge for the year *whoop whoop*.

I was considering taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, but figured that I already have so much on my plate that adding another challenge seemed a bit stupid. I am almost finished writing the first draft of my book I want to publish in the new year so sacrifices need to be made.  

The only way I sneak in extra books is firstly I read 2 pages of a motivational book before I leave for work in the morning (currently: The Secret) and then I listen to an audio book on my commute (Currently none as I just got my car back from a repair and need to download it from Audible), and then I try read for 15 minutes minimum before I go to sleep at night. 

What are you juggling on your plate? Where do you find time to read?? 



Next TBR post 04 November 2019



Happy reading folks <3 

Love 
Chanzie 
xxx

Monday, 7 October 2019

~ My Reading Radar #3 - The Night Girl ~


Hey hey you beautiful people!!

So by now I am sure you know why host this post... *Tee hee* My silly humour. 

My reading radar is for me to keep track of all the awesome books or series I come across, but cannot really afford to get at the moment because my bookshelf is currently overflowing and to be honest I probably have enough reading material to last me the rest of my life plus a the next one! 


It is not only for books that are going to be released but also for books that I discover while traveling through the blogsphere. 


I discover this book from an email from Reuts Publication. I love the different take to the paranormal world. While having a human front office to a paranormal company is not a new concept, I have not ever really read a book containing trolls or goblins. 

This sounds like a fun read!! Take a look below!



Author: James Bow
Book: Standalone
Publisher: Reuts Publication
Published: 10 September 2019

Links: Goodreads l Amazon



Perpetua Collins works for a real troll.




Well, technically a goblin, and it’s not as bad as it sounds. As the administrative assistant, she provides a “human” face for an employment agency specializing in placements for goblins and trolls. It’s probably the most unusual job she could find in Toronto, but she’s grateful for it, having come to the city with $500 in her pocket and no support. Without it, she’d have no choice but to go back to the boring small town and overbearing mother she worked so hard to leave.

But as Perpetua settles into her new job, disturbing questions arise. And no, they’re not about the fact that goblins and trolls exist. She’s fine with that part. The agency has no visible means of support. How does her boss manage to keep his “clients” out of the public eye? They’ve been part of the city far longer than anyone thinks, and are growing restless under the burden of forced invisibility and financial poverty. What will happen if the veil drops, and humans see?


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~ Author Info ~





I was born in downtown Toronto on April 19, 1972 and lived there until my folks moved up to Kitchener in 1991 so I could attend the University of Waterloo. I’ve lived in Kitchener ever since. I’ve been trained as an urban planner, and I’ve worked as a database manager, web designer, circulation manager, administrative assistant, layout designer and office manager. The one consistent thing about my varied academic and professional career has been a love of writing.



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Have you read this book or any books by this author? 

Let me know your thoughts <3 

Happy Reading!! 

Chanzie 

xxx