How to live on 24 hours a day by Arnold Bennett

This book, ‘How to live on 24 hours a day’ is about how to use your time more effectively during a working week.  It assumes you get home for about 7, eat and rest and then you still have about 3 hours to do something productive.  I’m not too sure what I think about this book. At times it can be a little condescending and patronising but I have to remember that it was written in 1908 originally. Continue reading “How to live on 24 hours a day by Arnold Bennett”

Obsession with old books

I love old books – pre ISBN books.  Some books I have acquired have nothing to do with what I do or have any interest in them apart from the fact that they are books.  Sometimes I think maybe I should think about selling it as I don’t have any practical use for it but a part of me can’t ever do that. Continue reading “Obsession with old books”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Love, Pray which I love and this book she has written is another amazing book.  Her main advice in this book is to protect your creativity.  Elizabeth says that for your creativity to grow, you should not put the pressure on it to earn you an income.  If you want to write then write or do whatever or go wherever your creativity takes you.  If your dream is to be a published author then go for it, but enjoy what you are doing and don’t let it become a burden, emotionally and financially.

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Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

This book is amazing and Rachel has a way of writing which is very emotional and very raw.   Hands Free basically starts with turning off your gadgets so you can spend more time with your children and partner.  However, it goes into more depth and just turning off your mobile phone is not enough, you need to connect and be present for your kids. Continue reading “Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford”

A Mumpreneur Guide by Annabel Karmel

One of the best things I like to read about is inspiring stories of people (especially women) who have achieved amazing success against all odds. This book is full of motivational stories like this, starting obviously with:

Annabel Karmel – Cookbooks for healthy food ideas for babies and children at different stages of growing up.  This is where I first found out about Annabel Karmel.  I was all into cooking healthy nutritious food for my babies. Continue reading “A Mumpreneur Guide by Annabel Karmel”

The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club

This book is by Helen McGinn.  I love this book and her blog.  Continue reading “The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club”

The pursuit of Happiness and why it’s making us anxious

The Pursuit of Happiness and why its making us anxious – By Ruth Whippman

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There are lots of things I want to say about this book.  Firstly, I have seen lots of things on the internet selling courses on how to better yourself but I had never realised that the pursuit of happiness was such a big industry.  Secondly, I had no idea about the happiness work project by the shoe company Zappos or more specifically Tony Hsieh and especially not about the downtown project in Las Vegas.  Thirdly, I had no idea Mormons were so ‘happy’ and such a big community in Utah, although, they do seem to be happy by popping anti-depressant pills.  I do have the urge to look up all these three things just to understand the logic of it all. To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever thought about happiness.  I do think about bettering myself but that’s as far as it goes.  Then again maybe its all part of the same thing, this inward thinking about yourself rather than thinking about the community in large or other people in general. Continue reading “The pursuit of Happiness and why it’s making us anxious”