“Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.” – Bell Hooks

Here’s the list.


A – B

C – D

F – G

H – I

L – N

O – R

S – T

U – W


#13 Read and finish Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”

I know it seems a bit weird for an avid reader such as myself to have a book on her 30×30 list. I agree it is a bit out of character. However, this is the one book I’ve never been able to get through. Oh I’ve owned it for years, in fact I own several copies of the book. I keep finding them at used bookstores, garage sales, and thrift shops. Everywhere I look , there’s a copy. So I took it as a sign that I should actually read the book.

There are a lot of great nuggets of information in the book that I’m sure to talk about in future posts. However, a few quotes stood out enough to share now.

“The man who can follow a leader most efficiently, is usually the man who develops into leadership most rapidly. An intelligent follower has many advantages, among them the opportunity to acquire knowledge from his leader.”

This one spoke to me because it’s very fitting for a few things going on in my life at the moment both in my position as a leader and a follower. I forget sometimes that in doing everything myself, I am taking away the opportunity of others to learn. Instead, I must constantly be searching for my replacement knowing that someone is always looking for me to be theirs.

“No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility if you now fail or refuse to demand riches of life, because the acceptance calls for but on thing – incidentally, the only thing you can control – and that is a state of mind. A state of mind is something that one assumes. It cannot be purchased, it must be created.”

“To be successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life, and above all, attain happiness.”

Ironically, when I attended Eagle Quest this idea of a peaceful life wouldn’t leave my head. Since then I have been taking steps to peace – cleaning out my house, returning borrowed items, finding ways to get rid of worry, even making sure my inbox is cleared out before I go to bed at night. I’m not quite there yet, it’s a work in progress, yet I am feeling better in just these few months.

I could go on and on. Pretty much the whole book is highlighted and dog-eared. I do believe I have found tons of material for future blog posts. Goodbye writer’s block.

“You know, we’re more than just a club. We’re friends. Best friends. Nothing could ever change that.” – The Baby-Sitters Club

I still have my entire collection.

I have always had a fondness for reading. I remember reading the Little Golden Books, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (the book is way better than the movie), and the Berenstain Bears, yet it wasn’t until that Christmas that I received my first Baby-Sitters Club book that I became so enthralled.

These books were my gateway into a whole new world. For 150 or so pages, I could enter someone else’s imagination. I would pick up a book and instantly hang out with my friends Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, and Dawn.  I loved watching their relationships develop. By the time the series was over, I felt like they were my best friends because I grew up with them.

Little did I know they would have such an influence on what I read today. If you look at my Amazon wish list you will see many of the books are parts of a series. I can’t help it, one book to get to know the characters just isn’t enough. Give me a book series like In Death, Women’s Murder Club, Black Dagger Brotherhood, and  Anita Blake (to name a few) and I am in heaven. I want to fall in love with the characters. I want to know what happens after the happily ever after because let’s face it – real life doesn’t end we say “I do.”

‘I have never seen anyone read so intensely before in my entire life. I have to meet that girl’ – Gilmore Girls

A few of my friends have shared this note of Facebook. I love it. Every time someone shares it, I feel compelled to read it again and again. Now I’ve decided it’s my turn to share it with you. Enjoy.

Date a Girl Who Reads

by: Rosemarie Urquico

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since …she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Don’t fear you might fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that know all things will come to end-& you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

“What on Earth can you put in 140 characters that could possibly be worth reading?” – Joel Comm

Las Vegas Women’s Council’s Book of the Month

Twitter Power 2.0: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time

Author: Joel Comm

Book Description from Amazon

Get the business leader’s guide to using Twitter to gain competitive advantage.

Since 2006, forward-thinking companies like Apple, JetBlue, Whole Foods, and GM have discovered the instant benefits of leveraging the social media phenomenon known as Twitter to reach consumers directly, build their brand, and increase sales. Twitter is at the leading edge of the social media movement, allowing members to connect with one another in real-time via short text messages–called “tweets”–that can be received either via the Twitter site or by e-mail, instant messenger, or cell phone. Many companies have started building entire teams within their organization dedicated solely to responding to tweets from consumers about their brand. And this is just the beginning. In Twitter Power 2.0, Internet marketing and Web innovation expert Joel Comm shows businesses and marketers how to integrate Twitter into their existing marketing strategies to build a loyal following among Twitter members, expand awareness for their product or service, and even handle negative publicity due to angry or disappointed consumers. The book also presents case studies of companies on the forefront of the Twitter movement, to help you develop your own social networking strategies. Twitter Power is the result of extensive testing and participation in the social networking community and is a must-have for any business that wants to keep up with the social media movement. Twitter Power features a foreword by Tony Robbins.

What I thought of the book.

I am a big fan of non fiction books that are easily laid out, so much so that I can read a chapter a week and not feel like I forgot all I read the week before. My favorite part of this book was the 30 day action plan. This is perfect for any person new to Twitter asking themselves ‘where do I start?’. In fact the entire book is just as advertised, a step by step plan to dominate Twitter. The only thing it doesn’t do it the work for you.

Purchase the book from Amazon.com

“Life is a journey, not a destination” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I was in seventh grade, my grandfather Bill said something to me that would change my life forever.

It was the summer I decided to read John Grisham’s, The Chamber. Hey, it was cool, it was huge, and most importantly it was adult. One day I was sitting on the couch reading and my grandfather asks, “So how does it end?” I looked at him totally confused. How would I know how it ended? I had just started. Chalking him up to crazy, I ignored him. Of course that only made him clear his throat and speak louder. “Jessy, how does it end?” This made me sigh a very adult sigh and look him dead in the eye. “I don’t know Pop-pop. I haven’t finished it yet.” (Knowing me I’m sure there was some attitude in my answer, but I don’t remember that part.) He looked at me with this all knowing gleam in his eye and said the words that would forever be ingrained in my brain. The words that would change the way I live my life even today.

“You should always read the last page of a book first. That way you know how it’s going to end. You see the best part of the book is not the ending. The best part is all the meat in the middle. If you don’t read the end first, you are always going to be disappointed with the result. When you read the result first, you learn the most from how the characters got there.”

Of course I looked at him like he was crazy and continued with my book, but you can bet the house I went and read the last page as soon as he was out of sight. Since then, that’s how I read EVERY book. While I would never say it to his face, he was right. So often the ending isn’t the best part. In fact, I can’t tell you the number of books I have read with the crappiest of endings, yet six months later I’m reading them again. Why? Because while the ending may piss me off or seem way too anticlimactic, the journey the characters take to get there is so compelling I can’t help but visit their world again and again.

Imagine if you could read the last page of everything. If you knew the ending of shows like Battlestar Galactica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer would you have paid more attention to the foreshadowing and character developments in the final seasons? What about traveling? You buy a ticket to fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans. What that ticket doesn’t tell you is that you’re going to get stuck for twelve hours in Denver because of snow and meet a group of students on the same trip you took back in High School.

Or let’s even apply it to human life. We all know our last page will include death. The question then becomes, what will be written in the pages in between? What is your character development? Are you rich and full with the quest for knowledge and constant growth or are you just passing through life content to stay stagnant? Do you focus on the journey or is it all about the ending? Do you set goals those Big Hairy Audacious Goals or only those you know you can absolutely achieve?

My challenge to you is this. The next book you read, read the last page of the book first. You’ll be surprised how much more you pay attention to the journey.

“She surrounded herself with books at work and at home. Her living space was a testament to her first and abiding love with shelves jammed with books tables crowded with them. She saw them not only as knowledge entertainment comfort even sanity but as a kind of artful decoration. ” – Key of Knowledge

I love to read.

I could sit for hours upon hours, days upon days, simply reading. More then that I simply love books. I love the way they look, feel and smell. They are everywhere in my house; my kitchen and closets, in bookshelves and drawers. I am running out of room. Yet I still feel compelled to find more because there are always new stories to explore. Recently one of my friends asked how I afforded my habit, after all there are literally thousands of them. The answer is easy, I know where to shop.  Below you will find all my favorite places to find good quality, popular, and cheap books in Vegas.

Salvation Army on Tropicana and Durango. Yes, it’s specific to this location. They have the largest selection of mass market paperbacks of any of the thrift stores in town and they are always getting new inventory. I have picked up some amazing finds here; rare first editions, new authors, out of print publishers. The best part is each paperback is only fifty cents. You can’t go wrong with that price tag.

Goodwill on Flamingo and Pecos. Again, specific to this location. Like the Salvation Army had the largest thrift store collection of mass markets, this store beats everyone in the Hardback section. For $2 a book, you can find the newest and greatest or the best of the 80s. I always recommend going in with an open mind and not looking for something specific. Their inventory is constantly changing and you never know what you’re going to find.

Plaza Books on Eastern and Warm Springs. Owned and operated by a mother/daughter team, they are the best local used books store in town. They have a great selection in all genres and affordable prices. They will even set you up with a trading account. Bring in your books that you don’t read anymore and they will credit their “worth” to your account. This then gets applied to 50% of your book buying total making their prices even cheaper.

Paperback Exchange on Flaming and Mountain Vista. If you are looking for a specific book, this is the place to go. Their prices are a little higher (not as bad as buying new), but they have an amazing selection. Especially if you are looking to find an authors back list or books in a series. My favorite part is they will bundle the books according to series. So if you need to, you can buy them all at once, usually at an even greater discount.

Of course, if you want them used there’s always Borders and Barnes and Noble. While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Control Your Cash.