Hey there, “professional readers”! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be given the chance to read new books for FREE?
Well, I’d like to introduce you to NetGalley.com, a site that “helps readers of influence discover and recommend new books to their audiences.”
I love books and I’m always on the lookout for new books to read. But new books are not cheap, so I grab each chance I get to read new books for free. Often, this is in the form of an e-book, and in exchange, you’re asked to turn in an honest review. Fair enough, right?
So, I learned about NetGalley from Guy Kawasaki, whom I follow on social media. He was promoting his newest book then, The Art of Social Media. I signed up when he asked for reviews for the book. I got selected to get a copy of the ebook to be reviewed, and I got email instructions on how to download the ebook by signing up at NetGalley. So, since then, I’ve been reading soon-to-be-released or newly-released books for free. And all I have to do is provide a rating and review on the website.
There’s a wide choice of books available, both fiction and nonfiction, including titles by well-known, established authors. You just have to request for the title(s) that you like and wait to be approved.
NetGalley promotes books to professional readers (booksellers, librarians, journalists, teachers, bloggers, media people) whose reviews help to build buzz about new titles. Members can request or be invited to read books, usually before publication date. “Galley” copies are available digitally on all major reading devices and platforms.
Check out some of the recent books I reviewed on NetGalley. (Reviews also appear on Amazon and GoodReads.)
Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Andersen
Found myself laughing as I was reading because the book basically describes my life. Hahaha. Spot on illustrations and descriptions of just about anyone resisting the concept of adulthood. As an introvert, I was thinking that most of the content depict my everyday struggles. It’s a great feeling to have read this book, Adulthood is a Myth, as it gives me the assurance that I’m not alone in my perceived weirdness.
Charles Duhigg answers the question of how do we become more productive, by presenting a collection of interesting stories that tries to explain the ways which we can be smarter, faster, and better at what we do, whether it’s for our personal life or work life.
Duhigg tells us that we can train our mind to think a certain way or go through a process to be able to arrive at better decisions. He illustrates this by talking about focus, mental models, goal setting and forecasting the future.
He also discusses group dynamics, collaboration and innovation, and shares his insights on the success of the creative teams behind Saturday Night Live and Frozen, as well as the production team of the Toyota-GM partnership.
The book is a fascinating read with lots of valuable actionable ideas.
Ebook review copy provided by NetGalley.
We Just Clicked: Can you ever find true love in the digital age? by Sophie Childs
Girl signs up on online dating site after being dumped by fiance. Meets a few frogs before finding Prince Charming. Pretty predictable plot about what it’s like to be dating in the internet age. We Just Clicked is a quick, easy read meant to be finished in one sitting. What makes this book click with readers is its fun and heartwarming moments that make you appreciate the people who stick by you no matter what, most especially your weird, crazy mum.
Ebook review copy provided by Netgalley.com.
It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively
Julia Cameron’s “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again” is a 12-week course for those wanting to expand their creativity.
The book is specifically written for retirees, tackling the problems of the newly retired— having too much time, lacking structure in everyday life, and fearing the unknown. Julia encourages her students to use her creativity tools— Morning Pages, Artist Dates, Memoir and Solo Walks, to discover new interests and find direction.
Structured into 12 lessons, each chapter of the book asks probing questions that examine a certain period of your life. Each lesson guides you to deal with issues of self-doubt, inadequacy and perfectionism. And ultimately help you find passion and joy in living the senior life.
What I like best in this book are the amazing stories of Julia’s students, coming from diverse backgrounds, who have rediscovered a sense of purpose in their senior years with the use of Julia’s tools. Also, the quotes interspersed in the pages remind the reader that he is never alone in his quest for meaning in his remaining years.
While the book is aimed at retirees, I find that anyone seeking to find their creative self would benefit from reading and using the tools from this book.
“It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again” gives hope and inspiration to readers to live a purposeful, joyful life.
Advance digital copy of this book was obtained from NetGalley.
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