100 Ways to Live as an Optimist in a Pessimistic World by Katherine Swarts – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

On this lovely Sunday, I am bringing you another book review. First I must thank the author, Kristine Swarts for sending me an eARC copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.

It was such a wonderful read that would definitely give so many positive aspects, in to your life. This is my review;

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Synopsis

Tired of hearing complaints and grumbling and expect-the-worst comments on all sides? Tired of hearing them from yourself? Want to live happier and healthier, regularly expecting and seeing good in life? 100 Ways to Live as an Optimist in a Pessimistic World explains how to change your attitude—and influence your world in the optimistic direction—by practicing little life hacks that are simple and even fun.

My Review

The book is all about being positive in a world where everything falls off to be negative. From the moment you wake up in the morning, until the time you head in to bed at night, you go through so much. Your emotions are like roller-coaster. At one point you are happy and at the other you are all sad and upset and ready to break-down.

Complaining constantly has become a part of our lives. We complaint almost about every thing. We complaint for waking up late, for having traffic on the road, for not having enough sugar in your coffee, for the pair of shoes that you can’t afford to buy in the shoe shop etc. We human beings, have got so used to it that we don’t seriously feel how much bad impact that it could bring in to our lives.

If we wake up a bit more early, and most of all we should be considering our selves as completely privileged to open our eyes in the morning, considering that some people, just die in their sleep. We should thank God for giving us another day to live. Therefore we have to make the most of it.

As I mentioned earlier, we should be grateful for everything that we have, and make the most of it. With so many things going around us, and so many people and relationships tangled in our lives, it is rather difficult to be optimistic. We are all living in this competitive world and we forget to concentrate on all the minor details and things happening around us. The only thing that matters the most is all the complaints and problems that we face. By doing this, we forget to focus on simple things in life.

This book is ideal for all of us, no matter in which age you are. It gives you deeper insight of our lives and focuses on so many tiny details, that most of the time we tend to ignore. After reading the book, I felt that how happy we could be, when we focus on these minor aspects of life. Here are 10 things (out of 100) that I found rather interesting;

  1. Make a list of things you’re grateful for.
  2. Take time to notice tiny beauties.
  3. Make a thirty-day vow, to write down ten blessings for every time you complain.
  4. Set a goal of getting a smile from everyone you talk today.
  5. Spread positive energy.
  6. Don’t eat breakfast, or even drink coffee, while driving. Make time to concentrate on savoring your food.
  7. Do something else creative.
  8. Read a biography of the person you most admire, highlighting every time they had to get up and try again.
  9. Keep working toward your dreams no matter what.
  10. Make up your mind that you will stay positive. Just saying it works wonders.

 

These are just random 10 facts that I found rather fascinating, remember there are another 90 more amazing things that you can learn from this book. I feel that it is a must read for every one. This amazing self-help book would definitely help you to be optimistic in this pessimistic world

My Rating

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(5/5 Stars) Tremendous, I like it very much.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this and do not forget to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi

Popular Books I own, but Haven’t read yet!!!

Hello and Welcome to my blog!

Today I thought of doing, Popular books I already own , but haven’t had the opportunity to reading yet. Well guys, honestly, this list is sky high and I am going to be showing you only five of the books that I own, but haven’t read yet.

All these books are eBooks and which are eagerly waiting in my Kindle library, to be read. I still am struggling in finding time to read these books. I know, giving out excuses are not the thing, but I am planning to read them soon.

Book No.1 is The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Synopsis

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

The second book is;

The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

22299763.jpg    I completed the first book, The six of Crows few months back and I did not get around reading this amazing book by Leigh Bardugo.

I am hoping to complete this one very soon because I fell in love with the characters; Kaz Brekker and Inej so so much. I am desperately in need of thirst to know what is going to happen next.

A review will be up, once I have done the reading. But I am ashamed to say that I have not yet read this amazing book.

 

Next book in my list is;

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Synopsis

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

This was actually a recent addition to my Kindle Library. I saw a lot of positive comments about this book, all over the blog sphere and thought I should give it a try.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

This book has been in my ebook library for so long. I still haven’t got the opportunity to read any of the books written by Becky Albertalli. I have high hopes on reading this one very soon.

The last book for this post is,

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

This is the first book of The Grisha Triology, and has been in my ebook library, I think for the longest time. Hoping to read this book very soon and definitely, there will be a review very soon.

That is all for this post peeps, hope you enjoyed! Wish me luck to read these books as soon as possible.

Do not forget to leave your comments and thoughts about this post and about these books.

Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi

 

 

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts #162

Hello All!!!

It’s been way too long since I took part in this delicious meme. This is one of my all time favorite memes since it talks about food and drink. I was unable to take part in it for the past few months, but finally I am taking part in the 162nd one.

This yummy meme is hosted by (Un) Conventional Bookworms. Do not forget to visit their blog.

The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read.

For this week my pick is from my current read, To Hell in a Coach Bag by M.J. Schiller. The story is about two lunch ladies and this is where they serve the kindergarten kids their lunch for the day. After reading, it simply made my mouth to water.

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She gazed up at me with big blue eyes twinkling in the fluorescent light. “What’s for lunch?”

“Well now, Let’s see” I crouched so I was closer to the girls level. “It appears to be pizza, apple slices, carrots and a cookie.”

“Yum, my favorite”
“Hey.” I placed my hands on my hips as I rose. “Didn’t you say that yesterday?”

She giggled, and continued on.

 

I simply love the way the reaction of the little girl towards her lunch and the two lunch ladies. Hoping to do the review of this book very soon.

Thank you so very much for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoyed!

Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi