My Passion for Books

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Passions

What are you reading?

I love books. I collect them. I can’t resist an offer to review one. Therefore, I am always wishing I had more time to read. I always have a stack of books that I intend to pick up and read. I devour them, with pen, highlighter and sticky notes in hand – I can’t wait to dig in. Teach me something. Inspire me. Awaken me. Give me, give me, give me. I love to take all I can get from books. I never feel like I am taking too much, they are so generous.

Here are the books I read in January/February 2015:

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The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015

Authors: Bob Sehlinger and Seth Kubersky with Len Testa Hotels and attractions, rated and ranked. Insder tips that save you time and money. This is a great book for any Disney enthusiast. It has tips, maps, and easy to read charts and graphs. It covers every aspect of things you would want to know when you visit Disneyland. There are many suggestions and strategies from an insider’s point of view. You will definitely need a strategy when visiting the happiest place on Earth! From preparation, parking, parades, and rides to hotels and fine dining – this guide has it all. It even covers Disney California Adventure and Universal Studios.

Miz Meliz Rating: It’s a keeper! Helpful, and informative. B+

Engage the Fox

Authors: Jen Lawrence and Larry Chester A business fable about thinking critically and motivating your team. Engage the Fox is a clever business book which uses examples from a fable about a Hedgehog and a Fox, along with a cast of characters incorporating the personalities and characteristics of all the people you would encounter in a typical business organization, except in this book they are all played by animals. It is a quick read with a creative and often satirical look at critical thinking skills used in the workplace for making decisions and coming up with solutions to problems. Based on the business management model of identifying the strengths and personality types of its workers, in this case the animals, Engage the Fox illustrates in an imaginative way how engagement has a positive influence in any organization.

Miz Meliz Rating: Not bad. It is a round about way of presenting the same information from management consultants assessing a business. It seemed like something you would give your employees to read just before a major takeover. A for imagination, C for actual engagement.

The “Perfect” Parent

Author: Roma Khetarpal 5 Tools for using your inner perfection to connect with your kids. I loved this book! Reading it is like having a conversation with your most trusted girlfriend. Even though two of my three sons have entered adulthood, and the third is not far behind, I learned quite a bit from Roma’s  “Tools of Growth.” Combining common sense, maternal instinct, and scientific proof, she breaks down the constantly growing list of parenting skills to five main tools for parents to hone in on their natural perfection. I had the honor of meeting author, Roma Khetarpal, and I found an instant friend. You will too when you read The Perfect Parent. This is a must read for all parents – new, experienced, and potential. It is a study of communication and values that make all relationships meaningful.

Miz Meliz Rating: A+ This is the perfect book! Not too heavy or long, inspiring, and life affirming.

What books have you read lately?


2 responses to “My Passion for Books”

  1. Jeri says:

    I was supposed to read All the Light We Cannot See for my book club that’s meeting this week, but time slipped away from me. I will still read it and it’s great that Doerr won the Pulitzer. Plus, he lives in Boise! I’m just now finishing up Sherman Alexie’s short story collection The Long Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

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