Book Review: Thrive… By Arianna Huffington

Huff bookIt’s book review time again! The latest book I read is by Arianna Huffington entitled Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder. Despite the title being a real mouthful, I felt like this book had lots of offer.

Huffington is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. As a result of suffering a fall at work from exhaustion which left her with a nasty gash on her head, she began to wonder what the meaning of success was all about. Through personal stories she shares moments of her life that defined her and helped her remember what is really important in life. Money and power are traditionally the two metrics of success but Huffington goes on to explain how well-being is the third metric needed to keep us from toppling over on the “two-legged stool.” She offers research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sleep and physiology that show the effectiveness of meditation and unplugging from the online world. Being connected to social media 24-7 is slowly killing us. She also goes on to explain how giving to others will show us the way to revolutionize our community and our way of thinking in every aspect of our lives, home and workplace.

I have always been a fan of reading inspirational quotes and this book is filled with them. I enjoyed this read and found myself being uplifted by the time I finished it. The book flowed from topic to topic really well and I fully believe in the advice she offered in the book. This book will stay with me for a while and serve as a reminder to what is truly important in life: all the things that make us happy and fulfilled. I would recommend this book as an easy read to anyone looking for a book with a good message and tips on living a better life. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.Happy reading!

❤ Melissa

*Note- I received this book from in exchange for an honest review



Book Review: The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander

SecretsHi everyone, hope you had a great week! This Friday it’s book review time.

The Secrets of Life and Death written by Rebecca Alexander has two story lines that weave in and out throughout the book; one is set in modern-day England and the other is set in Krakow 1585. The book is a mix of dark fantasy mystery and historical fiction which is really out of my reading comfort zone. I have a really hard time getting into historical fiction books, but I thought I would give this book a try. The synopsis of the story seemed appealing to me: a professor who is called in to identify occult symbols that appear on a deceased girls’ corpse in modern-day and in 1585 an Elizabethan Alchemist and Occultist, Dr John Dee, and his assistant Edward Kelley have been summoned by the King of Poland to save the life of his niece, the infamous Countess Elisabeth Bathory. I was interested to see how these two story lines would relate to each other, but I have to admit that I just couldn’t get my heart into the story and abandoned it by Chapter 8. I can’t really fault the story line nor the writing because it seemed to be written pretty well from what I read. Unfortunately I just wasn’t a fan of the historical parts of the story and found it difficult to connect to the characters when it bounced to and from time periods. It’s also partly because I started reading it before Christmas and because I had so much on my mind, I was easily distracted. 

I’m sure there are many other readers out there that would love this story and from the other reviews I’ve read there are. If you are a fan of historical fiction and don’t mind a story line bouncing from modern-day to olden day, then you might want to give this book a shot. I might come back to it one day and give it a second chance when I have some free time on my hands. 

I’m sorry I couldn’t provide a more detailed review but it’s time to move on to the next book!

Note: (I received this book from in exchange for an honest review.)

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend.

❤ Melissa