Amanda’s Reads: week of April 1, 2024

I’ve finished 1 so far πŸ˜” but added 1, so I guess I’m even there?


Million Dollar Weekend by Noah Kagan & Tahl Raz
I have to say I appreciate how relatable Noah was in this book. He used real-life stories – personal and business – to convey his knowledge. Any good “guru”, which Noah says he’s not, does this. But his personal story and tips…those were great! I’m still working on integrating what I’ve taken from him that I know will work for my book business, as well as other projects I’m working on. The one I’m most excited about is the Dream Year Checklist. The best line from this chapter is, “Entrepreneurship is your chance to build your work around your life, not be swallowed up by it.” I won’t get into how guilty of this I’ve been in the past.
Either way, it’s a great read, even if you already have your own business.

Currently Reading

Double Cross by James Patterson (Alex Cross #13)
I’m still not sure how I feel about this one. I’m still reading it, so I suppose that’s a good sign?
I can say this: even if I don’t enjoy this story, I’m learning how to write my own better. Maybe I can become the marketing machine Patterson is? πŸ˜‚
Also, getting into the psychology of the killer feel like it may be taking too long, and some of the chapters are unnecessary. *Disclaimer: this is my opinion, which is subjective. Yours may differ.

Dark Psychology and Manipulation: How to Analyze and Influence Anyone with Body Language, NLP, and Gaslighting by Lucas Bailey
So I’m reading the ebook version, which doesn’t seem to be available anymore. Paperback and audio only. Okay, then.
This is one of 2 dark psychology books I’d picked up when I was still married to The Mistake, in hopes of learning more about how to combat how he was treating me, on top of following Dr. Ramani on YouTube. Alas, I’m only now getting to it. And that’s okay. So far, I’m learning a lot about human behavior, and that’s the point. I’m not out here trying to manipulate; I’m out here trying to be a better me. Learning more about human behavior can help me do that.

Dear Writer, Are You Intuitive? by Becca Syme & Susan Bischoff
I’ve got 5 words for this one: I AM IN FREAKING LOVE!
I truly enjoy Becca’s Dear Writer series, and this one is no different. She breaks down intuition and how (and why) we can’t explain how we just know something. I’m about 22% of the way through it (or so Goodreads tells me, even though too many times they have incorrect page counts) and I was sad I had to put it down this morning to get to work on my other Sunday projects. Maybe I’ll swap reading Patterson for more Becca or maybe I won’t. Who knows. But, if you’re an author, I recommend Becca’s work.

Country Roads: A Thriller (The Relic Runner Book 3) by Ernest Dempsey
I confess! I’ve barely started this one. I think I read the first paragraph or two, then got distracted, which has been happening far too frequently these days…

Currently Listening

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia
4 hours left of this one.
Z is such a fun character, but my favorite is Franks. Always has been. I also love the way Wyman voices Earl – I laugh damn near every time because it’s exactly how I’d imagined Earl to sound. Okay, maybe a little rougher, but it’s really close. I’m sure I’ll knock the rest out this week before heading to sell my own books at Spookala this weekend.

Reputation by Sara Shephard
I’ve still got almost 11 hours left of this one, and it’s because I’ve been listening to more Solfeggio Frequencies than books. And the book I have been listening to isn’t this one. It’s the one above.

How to Train Your Mind by Chris Bailey
While waiting at Sam’s Club for gas over the weekend, I decided to try to get further into this one. My Cthulhu, is the intro the most boring thing. Educational? Yes. I really do want to learn how to use meditation to be more productive and increase my focus, but wow! This is precisely why I don’t usually read or listen to introductions – they bore me almost to tears. And I sure don’t want to be bored while driving…

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