A friend of mine was giving away free books and I took them because I really like books. The free books ended up being self-help books, and I figured that after taking them I should probably read them. So I started with Susan Jeffers' Feel the Fear...and Do It Anyway.
The premise of the book is that everyone feels fear when trying new things. But successful people don't let that fear stop them - they feel the fear but do whatever it is anyway, learning and growing from the experiences.
The first few chapters were great, following along with this premise. The later ones started getting a bit harder to follow though, as the book moved away from talking about fear and more towards talking about your higher self. I had a hard time getting through the book as a result (I almost didn't finish it just because I was really losing interest in it). It was also a bit difficult to rate on Goodreads - originally I would have rated it higher than the rating I ended up deciding on. It's too bad because the first few chapters were rather interesting.
I did take a few notes though from the book, so overall I don't regret reading it.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.