Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

Hands Free Mama is an amazing book and Rachel has a way of writing which is very emotional and very raw.   The book 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”

The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

The Price of Privilege is another parenting book highlighting the plight of parenting in this day and age. The author is a psychologist who treats a lot of wealthy family kids – especially teenagers.  The case studies themselves are enough to make you feel unbelievably sad and unhappy. It gets you thinking about your childhood and that of your kids.  You hope and pray that you are doing everything right and the doing your best is enough. But there are so many little incidents that ring true that make you think, is that me? Will that happen to my girls? Continue reading “The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine, Ph.D.”

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”

The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle

The Little Book of Talent – 52 Tips for Improving Skills by Daniel Coyle

This is a follow on from the last book, the Talent Code, my review for which can be found here.  The 52 tips are split up into three sections as follows:

  • Part one: Getting started
Stare, steal and Be Willing to Be Stupid

Tip 1-12

  • Part two: Improving skills
Find the sweet spot, then reach

Tip 13-42

  • Part three: Sustaining Progress
Embrace Repetition, Cultivate Grit, and Keep Big Goals Secret

Tip 43-52

  • Glossary
  • Appendix: The New Science of Talent Development


In the last book, he looked at talent from the point of view of a student and a coach.  In this book he mainly focuses on honing your talent from the point of view of a student and what a student needs to do to become great.  There are 52 tips, however, I have listed out the 17 most important steps that I found useful in a previous blog here.

You can also download this by following this link: Cultivating your talent in 17 steps.

This book too, I found very useful and as my children are at and starting school, this is something I want them to try and practice in all the areas of their studies.  Some of the things that he mentions I can see in my older daughter happens almost instinctively without much input from me, especially with her reading and spelling new words. However, I also want it to happen in her maths and her dance and other after school activities apart from watching spongebob squarepants on loop.

Little book of talent book cover




The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

The Talent Code is a very interesting book for anyone learning and trying to become talented in their chosen activity.  It is also good for people wanting to coach these people as it also looks at it from the coaches point of view. The book mainly goes through case studies of different coaches and talented individual from different talent ‘hotbeds’.  These talent hotbeds are different places from around the world which all tend to have some similar ideas on how to practice your specific skill. Continue reading “The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle”

Smartcuts by Shane Snow

This has a lot of case studies to explain the different points that he raises in the book.  There are nine chapters each with a few case studies of successful people and how they achieved their dreams. Continue reading “Smartcuts by Shane Snow”

She Means Business by Carrie Green

This is a really inspiring book. From the title, you’d think it was a very technical business book with lots of business plans and marketing strategy. It does have some technical advice, however, it’s more geared towards motivating you and giving you techniques in how to make your dreams to come true.

The book is split into three parts and with lots of chapters in each section, although some chapters are only a page long.  The three parts are:

1.       She shows up for her dreams

2.       She gets herself out there to shine

3.       She’s unstoppable

The first part is about working on yourself and conditioning yourself for success and to allow yourself to imagine your business can be a success.  There are great quotes throughout the chapters and lots of tips on how to imagine yourself being successful.  At the end of nearly every chapter there is a list of questions, under the title, she asks questions where she makes you think or do some things for yourself.  So far the first two – about starting a journal and creating a vision board I’ve already taken on board.  This is the first time I’ve ever done a vision board and I feel a bit self-conscious about doing it. It feels like something you should do when you are at school or at Uni, not when you’re almost 40 and a mum to two girls.  It felt good doing it though but I’m still embarrassed to hang it up anywhere. I really love writing a journal and have recently started doing that anyway but I decided to start another one in order to follow what is going on in this book.

The second part is about your business.  Some of the points are the usual, find your niche, mission, audience and target them which I’ve heard a million billion times and go above and beyond to help them.  However, it also point out that sometimes, you just need to start and then you will find where you are going and your business will evolve as you go along.

The third part is about growing your business and to keep going even when you feel like giving up. In the book, Carrie accepts that there will be ups and downs but to use the failures as a learning point to keep going.

Along with this book is the 28 day She Means Business challenge.  This is included at the end of the book but you can also download it from her website along with a daily calendar with points and free resources that will keep you motivated to do the challenge.  The worksheet will direct you to the part of the book it refers to as it is not always in the order of the way its listed in the book.

At the end of each three parts, there is a checklist which summarises the chapters in that part and as it’s a checklist, you can tick off as you do them.

There have been quite a few books that I have read recently that are almost like an interactive workbook which I have listed below:

The Conquer Kit by Natalie McNeil

The Go To Expert by Heather Townsend and Jon Baker

Mumpreneur by Annabel Karmel

Yoga Girl by Rachael Brathen (although that’s about yoga rather than business!)


All of these books have something to download and lots of questions to ask about yourself and other little tips and inspiration to keep you pursuing your dreams. So far or maybe it’s because I’ve just read it, this book has been the most inspiring and especially the first part about preparing and visualising yourself being successful in whatever you do.

I’m going to go back now and finish the challenge and there may even be an update to this review.  However, as it stands now, this is another great book.  It is aimed at women but I think it can benefit anyone who needs a big dose of motivation to keep going if you’re starting to feel a bit despondent and lost with your dreams and plans.