Book Reviews, Reading

My Current Read


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Happy Saturday! I have been reading this one book very slowly. I’m excited and nervous to see how it will end. Does that ever happen to you? It’s not that the book is slow, it’s just that it’s good you literally want to take your time with reading it. Im also listening to a book on audiobook as well and it’s a good-slow read for me as well. What are you currently reading? Do you will think you will finish by this weekend?

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This what I’m currently listening to on audible and I MUST say, I hope she finds her brother Darin.

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This is what I’m currently reading as a physical book. I am wondering what the two girls will do once they meet again after about 17 years.

My new buys!

Every Little Step

I’m a HUGE BB fan and NE fan. I am intrigued to see what his side of the story will bring.

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This book is VERY popular on book tube and in the world right now. I look forward to reading it soon. Have you read this one?

Book Reviews, Reading

Book Review: Mindset: Te New Psychology of Success by Carl S. Dweck, PhD.


Mindset

Publisher: Penguin Group

Page Count:245

Genre: Motivational/Self-Help

 

Date Started; 2/20/16

Date Ended: 3/o1/17

Purchased: 9th Street Book Shop (Located in Delaware)

Rating: Plot 4 stars, Characters, 4 stars, Ease of reading 4 stars.

Quote from Book: ” You have to decide what kind relationships you want”

My Review:

This was a good book. In fact, it was so good it took me almost two years to finish it. Who wants to read a book about change when are stubborn to do so? After reading this book I realize that I had changed some for the better and there are still some areas of improvement.

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Book Review: Mini Van Man by John S. Semis II


Mini Van Man

Publisher: Amazon

Page Count: 22

Genre: Thriller

Date Started; 2/18//17

Date Ended: 2/18/17

Purchased: Amazon Kindle

Rating: Plot 5 stars, Characters, 5 stars, Ease of reading 5 stars.

Quote from Book: ” Sorry I missed our date.”

My Review:

I really enjoyed this short story. It makes me not want to date online ever again. This story was very suspenseful and crazy at the same time. I had no clue what was going to happen. I subscribe to a lot of authors on YouTube and I have always been a fan of John’s page, so when he wrote this story, I just had to have it. Now, he’s writing a novel and I can’t wait to read it. Please subscribe to ” Johnthebookishgnome” you won’t regret it.

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Book Review: Love The One You’re With By: Emily Griffin


Love The One You're With

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Page Count: 330

Genre: Chick Lit

Date Started; 2/24/17

Date Ended: 2/28/17

Purchased: Library Book Sale

Rating: Plot 5 stars, Characters, 5 stars, Ease of reading 5 stars.

Quote from Book: ” Just think, if all goes well, the family already likes you.”

My Review:

My friend Becky on book tube aka YouTube ( subscribe to Becky Ford)  recommended that I read this book. I am really glad that she did. This was my first book written by this author and I must say that I loved it! It was interesting to see how one can be married, but still think about an ex boyfriend. The ending of this book really got because I wasn’t expecting someone to do what he did. I recommend this book to anyone.

 

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Dual Book Reviews and Weekly Reads


Sunday

Good evening guys! Happy Sunday! I hope your way was well. I wanted to show my YouTube video of the latest books that I have read and will be reading for the upcoming week. If you haven’t already please subscribe to my Krystol The Book Worm! Have a great evening!

Please click on: Youtube Video.

 

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Promoting My Latest Book


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I had a story to tell and I was told to tell this story. So, here it goes! I noticed that my writing style was shifting about 4 years ago. I was reading more Stephen King and different psychological thriller books. Before you knew it, I was hooked! Yes, I had to try my hand  at another psychological thriller. Trapped is a book that will take you to a different place in life. We met Candice who  is a girl trying to live her life and want the best of it. Her parents  look like the part, but at home, it’s a different story. Being an only child, most kids needs attention or someone to play with. Candice had that in her best friend Damon. At home, things were SO rocky because Candice was dealing with a great deal of physical and emotional abuse that it took her emotions to a different place. Have you ever in life wanted bad things to stop so that good can come in and do damage in the best way?  Candice archives just that! Well, sort of.

I really enjoyed writing Trapped because I was able to have a different story to tell. In life we want to win so bad that we will do anything to make it happen. At times I was Candice. I know what’s it like to want love from someone and they don’t see your existence or choose to not go there for whatever reason. But, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Readers who love the written word, if you are into psychological thrillers, give this one a try.

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Synopsis:

Nineteen years old, psychology major, Candice Hertz worked hard on her studies. After losing her father to cancer, Candice decides therapy would help with her loss. The therapy session turned into a nightmare. While reliving her past, Candice recalls the traumatic experience of being physically abused by her father at age twelve. Unable to deal with the memories, Danielle, another memory appears and become who Candice can’t. Danielle becomes Candice’s vehicle for revenge on those who caused her pain. Will Candice be cured from Multiple Personality Disorder or will she remain trapped with Danielle forever.

Pages: 314 pages

Copies: Paperback and Kindle

About The Author:

Krystol Diggs, the award winning published author & writer for multiple news & magazine outlets, has captured the attention of readers around the world with her thrilling & captivating stories of love, loss, and life. Krystol, of The Krystol Meth(od) has written numerous books & screenplays, including “Through Her Eyes”, her first book published in 2008, and “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It”, a screenplay that won 2nd place in the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Screenwriting Competition in 2014. You can find Krystol in 2015 getting her Ph.D in Educational Psychology at Walden University, highlighting as a Reporter for CNN iReport and releasing another published book titled “Trapped” and adapting a property for the producer of the film ” I DO, I DID”, Cherie Johnson.

Purchase:

https://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Krystol/dp/1503350681/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1486353848&sr=8-2&keywords=Krystol

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Balance As A Writer


Tuesday

Writing is something that is near and dear to me. If you have read my ” about me” section on this blog, then you already know some of the things that I have done as a writer. I find it hard to balance life and writing. I am writing a new book about that very thing. Stay tuned! Anyway, I have been talking to a lot of people who have the dream of writing, but are afraid of the outcome. I was the same exact way. I wanted to write, but yet I was afraid of the success and/or failures that came with writing.

How Do We Find A Balance With Writing?

My writing Process

I posted a blog about the writing process a while back, so check it out. I’m Married To My Writing, But I’m Having an Affair With Life This sort of touches on my life and how writing was starting to be secondary and primary. Don’t be afraid this happens to the best of us. Now we know that writing does not pay the big bucks right away, and often times we have to work. I am in the same boat. I am currently looking for a job in addition to my writing career and I’m a phd student as well. Finding a balance is very important. Here is what I always tell myself even when I slip up, ” NEVER FORGET TO WRITE!” If you think this sounds stupid, it probably does. But, I interviewed Orlando Brown a couple years ago I asked him if he had any writing advice. He gave me this jewel, ” He said, ” Write daily. Writers write. Always focus on the craft and try to better yourself. Always read. Writers are readers too.”  When it said it, it made sense. You ever have someone tell you something that you heard before or even know but it clicks when they tell you? Yes, that was my ah-ha moment. I know that life gets in the way of what we want to do, but we have to make time for what we want. Anyone can work a 9-5, but if writing is what you want to do, the time has to go in on that too until it can be your life. I want to write for a living and do research for a hospital or academia.

What helps with the balance of writing is to make writing a priority in your life. I’ve tried to-do lists, a white board, and calendar. I still get off track and flunk, but I am going to continue to try and see what works for me. Bullet journals are very popular and help those organize their life. I do have journals, but I haven’t written in them daily. I am going to start writing in them again. See, the balance! Doing what you want to do and not always what you have to do. My issue is the internet. I won’t even lie. I just deleted Facebook from my phone. I can be scrolling for hours when I could have written a blog, worked on a project or been focusing on reading (which is what I want to do this year. My reading goal is 5o books). It is good to know what your addictions or triggers are that will keep you from writing. Get those in check first. The more you write daily, the more it will become a healthy habit as I call it. I think it was the reason why I was so successful with Nano in November, honestly. Having the goal and my writing buddies holding me accountable really helped.  When you are confused or feel like you can’t find a balance, take a deep breath and remember why you are writing in the first place. It will be and is okay.

I write because..

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What a Sunday!


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Happy Sunday, everyone!

I swear this Sunday I have been in the worst mood. I am working on my mindset to remain positive when things are not going my way. I have to get a hold of how things that are out of my control affect me. It’s just that I am used to being okay and able to do what I want with my life. When that does not happen, I get in a bad mood and separate myself for any and everyone.  I’m a work in profess. No one is perfect.

How’s your Sunday going?

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I wish I had this drink right now. I can make a hot chocolate though, but the laziness in me is kicking in, lol. Anyway, to those who enjoy football are you watching the Super Bowl? Who is your team Falcons or Patriots? I am not into sports so I’ve decided to write a blog instead. Trying to better my mood so I felt like doing some writing. My blog needs to be more priority so I’ve decided to delete Facebook off my phone since it’s the thing that I am on 24/7. I had someone tell me that I post too much and I’m always on it. It made me sit back and think that I could be more productive if I wasn’t on the internet so much. I am going to test the theory. Hopefully starting tonight I will be able to read, write and get projects done more efficiently.  Fingers cross! How is reading and writing going for you? Nicholas Sparks’s book is so slow, but I am going to finish it no matter how long it takes.

Cleansing

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While I was irritated about my life  today  and the things that are not happening in it I decided to block away the negativity. My mind is starting to get the best of me. That’s the thing about minds they are SO powerful. Trying to erase the negative thoughts that has been creeping in on me today. I closed my eyes, cried and prayed for God to change my thinking about my mindset. Now that I took a nap I feel somewhat better, but not 100%. Tomorrow is another day. Have you ever felt like saying f everyone and f everything? It was me today and I hate that feeling. I know we all have a bad day sometimes, but all we can do is our best. Focus on the good things and what’s important. My day was so conflicting ranging from men who say they are interested in dating and just want to come to my house, me having my permit and no one letting me practice with their car and other things out of my control like money. We can only do our best, but don’t get discouraged like I was today.

 

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Reading Check-In


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Hey everyone! My reading life is starting to pick u a bit. Granted, I’m still going through other things in life, but I really want reading to be priority so I had to step my game up some. With that being said I’m still reading the book by Nicholas Sparks.

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Thus far this book is good, but for some reason it is taking too much time for me to finish. It’s either that or I need to prioritize my life more, lol. Which do you think? This is my first book by Sparks and I am not up for the hype as other readers have made him. I really think I should have chose something else  that he wrote, but I will keep reading. My goal is to not DNF any books this year. Of course it will happen, but I’ve been switching books and putting this one down and that one down. I am trying to focus on one book at a time and have some structure. I had set my good reads reading goal to 50 books and here it is February and I have not read 1 book yet. But, it is all good. I’m on the grind now. Let me know what book are you currently reading?

 

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Starting Off With A Bang!


Tuesday

 

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone has a great morning and rest of your day. I must say that I am very happy with the start of the year thus far. There has been a few things that has happened that I must share. I am so proud of the moves that I am making so far.

Writing Projects

A couple years ago I did a writing project for a playwright. At first I was very nervous, but excited nonetheless. The book was successful. Now, two years later I was asked to write more projects with him and be a part of his team. I stated that I would think about being a part of the team, but I am definitely working with him again. Garrett flew me out his office and we had a great meeting.

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This is what I had for lunch with Garrett.

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This is the Shrimp Trio. It was so good! I love my seafood.

Now, I have some projects that I am working on. Plus, I have started this project as well.

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This is a love story about a girl named Angel and Miracle. They are high school sweethearts, but Angel has a problem. He enjoys the company of other women and Miracle has just had it up to here with Angel. But, Miracle is no saint either. Will they stay together or drift apart?

Work

I am still job hunting like crazy. In fact, I had an interview yesterday for a process claim position. I think I got it, but then again i thought I had a lot of others as well.  However, I am writing like crazy making some money, but I accepted an internship as well. I am the Project Assistant for a city council woman in my state named Rysheema. I must say that I am very excited to learn and grow for as long as I can. We had a lunch meeting and it went very well.

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Check out what I had for lunch:

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Grilled chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries! It was delish!

How are things going thus far in the new year? Let’s talk in the comments.