Book Hunt! #10

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts! Last week I went to Tallaght and Ballyroan libraries in Dublin, and here is what I came home with:

Tallaght-Ballyroan books 19-6-2017

This photo is a tiny bit blurry so here’s the rundown – from top:

The Book Of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits

French Women Don’t Get Facelifts by Mireille Guiliano

Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard & Beyond by Phil Collen

A Fast Ride Out Of Here: Confessions Of Rock’s Most Dangerous Man by Pete Way

True Whit by Whitney Port

The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree

How To Bewitch: A Manual Of Modern Witchcraft by Raven Tempest

B Is For Ballroom by Anton du Beke

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Paranormal by Nathan Brown

Understanding Social Media by Damian Ryan

Style A To Zoe: The Art Of Fashion, Beauty & Everything Glamour by Rachel Zoe

The Encyclopedia Of The Paranormal by Rupert Matthews

My Blogging Goals

I have been planning my future blog posts for the past month. So a quick update on what I plan to blog about:

  • My three favourite genres of music – Rock, Metal and Country. These posts will show my music personality. I will split these over several posts. I will have an artist in focus for each post, and I am currently drafting these in longhand before typing.
  • I will continue my quote packages – my current status on these centres on finding themes to slot these into.
  • I plan also to write about my spiritual life. I don’t particularly follow conventional religion, preferring instead to focus on New Age things such as crystals, angels and spells. I also find Wicca very healing. I am currently researching more about these areas, with a view to drafting these in longhand before typing.
  • Finally I will continue my book posts, as they are proving quite popular.

Hope to start on one of these ideas very soon!

Book Hunt! #9

First library trip to Dublin of 2017. These books are from Tallaght and Ballyroan libraries:

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Die For Me – Amy Plum

Crystal Therapy – Doreen Virtue

Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol

The Happy Closet – Annmarie O’Connor

Feminist Fight Club – Jessica Bennett

Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver

The Luxe Life – Fleur de Force

Last Of The Giants: The True Story Of Guns N Roses – Mick Wall

The Great British Bake Off: How To Turn Everyday Bakes Into Showstoppers

The Secret Ways Of Perfume – Cristina Caboni

The Vintage Sweets Book – Angel Adoree

A Night In With Audrey Hepburn – Lucy Holliday

The Goddess Test – Aimee Carter

Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

Numbers – Rachel Ward

Delirium – Lauren Oliver

The Tale Of The Body Thief – Anne Rice

It’s Your World – Chelsea Clinton

Your Best You – Sonya Lennon & Brendan Courtney

Baked In America – David Lesniak & David Muniz

Book Hunt! #8

Time for another book post! These books are from Tallaght and Ballyroan libraries in Dublin.

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From top:

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

Lola And The Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Stop The Excuses! – Wayne W. Dyer

Likeable Business – Dave Kerpen

Pretty Honest – Sali Hughes

Forensics: The Anatomy Of Crime – Val McDermid

Cameron At 10 – Anthony Seldon & Peter Snowden

Solitaire – Alice Oseman

Investigating Sherlock – Nikki Stafford

Star Wars vs. Star Trek – Matt Forbeck

Girl Up – Laura Bates

Looking forward to getting stuck in to these, as some of these have been on my to-read list for a while. These books will help me keep going in between reading lots of industry material for the masters!

Book Hunt! #7

Getting back to this blog with another post involving books. Fingal library in Dublin.

 

Fingal books 30 Aug 2016

A small selection as I am returning to college to start my Master’s degree in digital marketing. Here we go:

Extras – Scott Westerfield

The Presentation Secrets Of Steve Jobs – Carmine Gallo

A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled – Ruby Wax

The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide To The Media – Holly Baxter & Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Follow Me! Creating A Personal Brand With Twitter – Sarah-Jayne Gratton

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Twitter Marketing – Brett Petersel & Esther Schindler

Book Hunt! #6

My latest bundle comes from Tallaght and Ballyroan libraries in Dublin (21 July 2016)

Off we go!

 

Tallaght-Ballyroan books 21-7-2016

From top:

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

Women Make Noise ed. by Julia Downes

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Click.ology: What Works In Online Shopping by Graham Jones

Chicken Soup For The Kid’s Soul by Jack Canfield et al

The Mating Game by Allan & Barbara Pease

Ireland Says Yes by Gráinne Healy, Brian Sheehan & Noel Whelan

Understanding Social Media by Damian Ryan

Social Media Engagement For Dummies by Aliza Sherman & Danielle Elliott Smith

eMarketing eXcellence by Dave Chaffey & Paul Russell Smith (3rd ed – for college)

My Badass Book Of Saints by Maria Morera Johnson

How To Think Like Steve Jobs by Daniel Smith

Get Up To Speed With Online Marketing by Jon Reed

Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell

The Good Psychopath’s Guide To Success by Kevin Dutton & Andy McNab

Turn Clicks Into Customers by Duane Forrester

Mariel Hemingway’s Healthy Living From The Inside Out

Book Hunt! #5

I haven’t done one of these in a while. These books come from Tallaght and Ballyroan libraries in Dublin.

Off we go!

Tallaght books 28-4-2016

That Summer – Sarah Dessen

What Happened To Goodbye – Sarah Dessen

Ireland’s Suffragettes – Sarah-Beth Watkins

Dead Gods – Chris Salewicz

The Life I Left Behind – Colette McBeth

Queer:The Ultimate LGBT Guide For Teens – Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke [for research]

Codependent No More – Melody Beattie

Devil’s Food Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke

Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa – Pauline Butcher

Digital Wars – Charles Arthur

Dot Complicated – Randi Zuckerberg

Losing Hope – Colleen Hoover

Life On Tour With David Bowie – Sean Mayes

Bi: Notes For A Bisexual Revolution – Shiri Eisner [for research]

Feminism In The News – Kaitlynn Mendes

 

My Favourite Female Rockers

The spark for this post came from a library book. I’m currently reading She Bop: The Definitive History Of Women In Popular Music by Lucy O’Brien.

I love music and rock music is my favourite genre. I would say 95% of the music I listen to is rock. I can find something in almost every genre to love – reggae, pop, rap, soul, country – and it is the same with rock. I don’t have many female rockers in my collection but that is probably because I haven’t explored this enough. With rock being such a broad genre, I will give anything a listen – made easier by the likes of YouTube and probably Spotify (note to self: download free version ASAP).

I have always loved Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Suzi Quatro and Cher. I thought they were feisty, smart, tough, fearless and badass – traits that I aspire to have. Even within country music, I admire women like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood.

I have recently started listening to Girlschool and the Runaways, and they sound brilliant. It is not just the music that draws me to these women; it is also their style, fashion sense and the way they carry themselves. They are confident and sassy.

This post is not to bash the several male artists and bands that regularly receive heavy rotation on my iPod but to give credit to the spunky females I adore.

Cher

Cher Sept 2010 – looking every inch the rock chick!

 

 

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro 1970s – sassy 🙂

debbie harry

Debbie Harry 1970s – Blondie’s femme fetale

joan jett

Joan Jett 1970s – love her style

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Chrissie Hynde – oozing cool like a female Keith Richards

My favourite books of 2015

For my last post of 2015, I’ll go through some of the books that stood out for me in 2015 (14 in all). Here we go:

1 Mindwalker by AJ Steiger

Why I liked this: I found some elements of Divergent in there, but I really liked this because it was extremely fast-paced and well-written. I am really looking forward to the sequel, Mindstormer. I found Lain to be relatable and I was rooting for her.

2 Counting My Blessings by Francis Brennan

Why I liked this: Francis Brennan owns a hotel in Ireland called the Park Hotel Kenmare in county Kerry. As shown in the book, he has a sunny outlook on life. It was a light easy read and enjoyable.

3 The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Why I liked this: I simply got sucked into the story immediately and the book was very descriptive. I think there should be a sequel.

4 Divergent by Veronica Roth

Why I liked this: I forgot to finish The Hunger Games, but this was an excellent novel with great characters.

5 Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Why I liked this: Again see above. I am hunting everywhere for Allegiant and I cannot wait to finish this excellent series!

6 Travelling To Infinity by Jane Hawking

Why I liked this: I picked this up in my local library. I have long had a fascination with Professor Stephen Hawking, but also I had personal reasons for choosing this. A truly eye-opening account of life with a very famous man.

7 Weightless by Sarah Bannan

Why I liked this: This caught my eye in the library. The way the book was written in the third person gave it a fresh perspective. An original piece of fiction.

8 Tease by Amanda Maciel

Why I liked this: This book was based on the tragic suicide of Phoebe Prince who moved from Ireland to the US. Similar to Weightless but again this sucked me in from the first page.

9 The Smartest Guys In The Room by Bethany McLean

Why I liked this: I read this in April when we had watched the documentary of the same name in strategic management class. If I hadn’t watched the doc, I would have found it very dry but I found it gripping.

10 Prince Lestat by Anne Rice

Why I liked this: I love Anne Rice and her vampire world – simple. This was an easy choice, with well-crafted characters.

11 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Why I liked this: Though this is a Christian book in tone, I found the book non-preachy and very comforting.

12 The Owl Who Liked Sitting On Caesar by Martin Windrow

Why I liked this: A man who adopts an adorable tawny owl called Mumble? Gimme…..cue “awww!” I am crazy about owls and I just fell in love with both Martin and Mumble.

13 Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom

Why I liked this: I realised that brands are impossible to escape, they are everywhere.

14 Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson

Why I liked this: I really admire Richard Branson and unlike some other business books this is easy to read. An interesting look at his philosophy.

 

 

Book Hunt! #4

This selection comes from Tallaght and Ballyroan libraries, both in county Dublin. As you’ll notice, there is some more fiction in there than usual:

Tallaght books 4-11-2015

From top:

Mindfulness For Life – Stephen McKenzie & Craig Hassed

The Moon And More – Sarah Dessen (I have read most of her books, but not this one)

Hopeless – Colleen Hoover

Abandon – Meg Cabot

Mindwalker – A.J. Steiger

Lament – Maggie Stiefvater

Let It Snow – Debbie Macomber

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook – Ina Garten

Can’t wait to dive in! I’m currently reading Uglies by Scott Westerfield, and I think I will read the rest of that series too.