Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Top Ten Books First Quarter 2015

Top Ten Fiction and Non-Fiction Books First Quarter 2015

Well this has been a good quarter. 47 books read not counting what I reread with the children. I have been reading with the kids almost every night before bed and helping them develop reading habits. There have been some great reads this quarter both in fiction and non- fictions books. So here they are The top ten books of the first quarter 2015!

Fiction:
1. The Blood Gospel - James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell - Sanguines Book 1.0
2. Stone in the Sky - Cecil Castellucci - Tin Star Book 2
3. Welcome, Baby - Barbara Reid
4. Blood Brothers - James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell - Sanguines Book 1.5
5. Skeleton Cat - Krystyn Crow and Dan Krall
6. A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon
7. Jack Plank Tells Tales - Natalie Babbit
8. Polar Bear Night - Lauren Thompson and Stephen Savage
9. Lizard Radio - Pat Schmatz
10. Thief of War - Beth Bernobich

Non-Fiction:
1. The Manual For Spiritual Warfare - Paul Thigpen
2. Reboot with Joe Fully Charged:7 Keys to Losing Weight, Staying Healthy and Thriving - Joe Cross
3. Fat Business Man: A Cautionary Tale - Mark Campanale
4. God Rides a Yamaha - Kathie Shaidle
5. Grit in Your Craw: The 8 Strengths You Need to Succeed in Business and in Life - Robert Luckadoo  
6. 7 Ways to Practice Lent - Joe Paprocki, DMin
7. Bad Yogi Cleanse Kit: Be Good, Fell Good. - Erin Motz
8. Yoga Basics for Men: An Intro to Man Flow Yoga - Dean Pohlman
9. This Not That: Your Go-To Yoga Pose Correctional Guide - Erin Motz
10. Confessions of a Failed Slut - Kathy Shaidle - Thought Catalog

Relates Posts: 
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2010
Top 10 Reading Goals for 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2010

Top 10 Fiction Books 4th Quarter 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2010 - Recap

Top 10 Fiction Books 2010
Top 10 Picture Books of 2010
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2010

Top 10 Graphic Novels for 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2011
 

Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals for 2011 Update
 
Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2011 
Top Ten Fictions Books 4th Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals 2011 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2012

Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books  4th Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2013
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2013

Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2013
Top 10 Books Second Half 2013
Top Ten Fiction Books 2013
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2013 
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2014
Top Ten Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2015

Statistics Books Read By Year:

47 - 2015 - January-March
130 - 2014 
88 -  2013
176 - 2012 
163 - 2011
302 - 2010
142 - 2009
98 - 2008
83 - 2007
191 - 2006
151 - 2005
60 - 2004
52 - 2003
97 - 2002
50 - 2001
41 - 2000
71 - 1999
73 - 1998
131 - 1997
101 - 1996






Monday, 30 March 2015

Grit in Your Craw - Robert Luckadoo

Grit in Your Craw:
The 8 Strengths You Need To Succeed in Business and in Life
Robert Luckadoo
Southern Flair Communications
ISBN 9780990785606
eISBN 9780990785613


This book was one of my surprise reads so far this year. I had never head of the author. But the title of the book really grabbed my attention. I am in the middle of a yearlong leadership program at work and I have already recommended they add this to the reading list. It is one of the best business books I have read in years. At under a hundred and thirty pages it packs a lot of punch into a few pages.

In the introduction Robert states: "So the term "a little grit in your craw" refers to qualities like courage and determination that people use to "break down" challenging situations into manageable situations-qualities that we can use to take advantage of the opportunities God gives all of us." And also "My hope is that you find the eight essential strengths I cover in this book to be a road map for your success, a small prism of clarity in a world shrouded in fog. I hope you'll embrace these eight must-have qualities-diligence, tenacity, optimism, flexibility, discipline, resilience, confidence and purpose-and use them to your great advantage." And those 8 points are also the key chapters. The sections in the book are:

Foreword
Eight Strengths You Can't Succeed Without
The Foundation
1 Diligence
2 Tenacity
3 Optimism
4 Flexibility
5 Discipline
6 Resilience
7 Confidence
8 Purpose
A Closing Note
Acknowledgments

To be honest this book was so good that a few times I put it down to really work through the chapter. Even though they are short and to the point, a few times I restarted a chapter to really set the points.

Robert declares that "I hope the eight qualities that are the focus of this book inspire you to become a beacon of light for those in your life. I hope they help you to meet the challenges of your life with hope and promise. And most of all, I hope they inspire you to take advantage of every opportunity that God provides you." And having finished this book twice through now I know that it can do that if you are willing to read, be open and learn.

Chapter 4 was one of the most powerful for me, Flexibility! "Make a point to be more flexible in both your career and your personal life. You'll be a lot happier, and your family will, too." This was probably the single most important lesson for me. I love rules and procedures and under certain conditions that dedication has really helped me thrive professionally, but it has been a hindrance in family life, with my wife and children. This chapter had so many takeaways that I am trying to apply.


In the closing notes Robert declares: "If the window you aspire to reach is the one at the top of the carousel, the one that seems so far out of reach, all you have to do is embrace the eight qualities I've focused on in this book and make them a part of your daily routine. Success doesn't come easily-it comes through a calculated, deliberate, mode of operation in your daily life-and these eight qualities will act as a foundation for that success. If exercised diligently and with a tenacious spirit, they'll take you to the next level in your career and in your personal life. They'll take you to the top of the carousel, where you can jump through the window that's offering you the opportunity to achieve your greatest ambitions." And it is so true.

This is a great book. I have already recommended it to a number of people. It will help you have greater success in both your personal and professional life.


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Citrus Surprise Juice

Citrus Surprise

Almost all fruit but awesome taste and great change up.

Ingredients:
1 Stalk Lemon Grass
Large piece Ginger 
1 Grapefruit
2 Orange's
2 Lime
2 Lemon
1 Cup Strawberries

Directions:
Wash all and juice. Super refreshing!


Directions:
Wash all and juice. Nice flavour if it is too strong reduce the ginger or remove some or all of the skin from the lemon and lime. Be careful this one separates fast so either drink quick, or use a straw and keep stirring as drinking. 



I will continue to post new recipes from time to time on Saturday as I experiment with Smoothie and Juice recipes. And I collect mine and favourites from around the web you can find them shared here in an EverNote notebook's with links to original sources.


Monday, 23 March 2015

The 14 Day Yoga Shred Challenge - Sadie Nardini - Do You Yoga

The 14 Day Yoga Shred Challenge
Sadie Nardini
Do You Yoga


This was my introduction to Sadie Nardini. Do You Yoga seems to be constantly offering free challenges. It is the third challenge from Do You Yoga  that I have done in the last 18 months and also the 3rd Yoga Challenge I have done this year. This was much shorter at 14 days but wow did it pack a punch.

The description of the challenge on the site is:

"Do you want to get fit and lose excess weight? Do you wanna become an awesome rockstar version of yourself? If you said yes to just one of these questions, then join Sadie Nardini and thousands of others for the free 14-Day Yoga Shred Challenge here on DoYouYoga!

Want to get your best body ever - to look and feel your best, but don't have the time? Want it in just a few minutes a day? Join the club!"

The classes in the Yoga Shred Challenge are:

Day 1 - Awesome Cardio Yoga for Fat Burning (12 min)
Day 2 - Total Body Core Strength Yoga (Part I) (13 min)
Day 3 - Total Body Core Strength Yoga (Part II) (11 min)
Day 4 - Calorie Burning Full Body Yoga Flow (14 min)
Day 5 - Yoga for Toned and Strong Arms (12 min)
Day 6 - Yoga For Weight Loss (12 min)
Day 7 - Restorative Yoga for Detox (14 min)
Day 8 - Yoga for Burning Calories (11 min)
Day 9 - The Ultimate Yoga Shred Extravaganza (10 min)
Day 10 - Total Body Yoga Shred Workout (10 min)
Day 11 - Six Pack Yoga for a Sexy Belly (12 min)
Day 12 - Total Body Yoga Weight Loss Cleanse (13 min)
Day 13 - Yoga for Upper Body Transformation (12 min)
Day 14 - Sadie's Restorative Yoga Love (15 min)

This course was originally offered with a new video becoming available each day. But like all the offerings from Do You Yoga it is now available in its entirety and will remain so. When you register for the course you get an email each day with a direct link to the video for that day and tips for the program. The workouts vary in length from 10-15 minutes. And man are they great workouts. Sadie Nardini uses a combination of the HITT method, mixed with yoga and come calisthenics to create an amazing workout crammed into a short period of time.

At the time of writing this review 26944 people have enrolled in the Yoga Shred Challenge! This was an awesome course and I have gone back and done a few of them over again since the challenge ended, and know I will be doing more again soon.

This is an amazing introduction to Sadie Nardini and he Yoga Shred give it a try you will not be disappointed.





Saturday, 21 March 2015

Kickin' All Greens Juice

Kickin' All Greens Juice

What a kick, Jalapeno goes a long way!

Ingredients:
3 Collard greens Leaves
3 Green Char Leaves
1/2 Fennel
1 Green apple
1 Green Onion
4 Red lettuce Leaves
1 Medium JalapeƱo 
1/2 Bunch Parsley 
1/2 Bunch Cilantro 
4 Celery Stalks
1 Cup Spinach

Directions:
Wash all and juice. Jalapeno goes a long way too much and your lips will tingle! 




I will continue to post new recipes from time to time on Saturday as I experiment with Smoothie and Juice recipes. And I collect mine and favourites from around the web you can find them shared here in an EverNote notebook's with links to original sources.