TBR Chronicles #13

Some months I barely add to my TBR and others I seem to find endless new books that pique my interest.  March has definitely been the latter but I’ve selected just five of my most anticipated to share with you which I think will be great reads.

forty rooms - Olga GrushinThe first on my March list is a novel published this year entitled Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin internationally acclaimed author of The Dream Life of Sukhanov.  It is described as “totally original in conception and magnificently executed” and the idea of the novel is that every woman will inhabit forty rooms in her lifetime.  I’m very interested to read this and since it is also said to “outshines even that prizewinning novel” (The Dream Life of Sukhanov) I’m betting it’s a good read.

Another newly published novel is second on my list from an author who I the high mountains of portugal yann marteladmire for his incredible book The Life of PiThe High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel is set to be completely different from his other famous novel but it has as its centre the characters of his story and this is an element of Martel’s writing that I enjoy so I’m excited for this book.

the yoga of maxs discontent karan bajajThe final fiction novel on my list this month is set to be published in May and from an author completely new to me.  I’ve chosen The Yoga of Max’s Discontent by Karan Bajaj because the blurb sounds interesting and in general I tend to enjoy books which involve both physical and inner journeys as this one does.

I recently finished Mark Schaefer’s  The Tao of Twitter a concise and the content code mark schaeferinteresting book which has led me to his latest book The Content Code by Mark Schaefer.  I found Tao very useful and I enjoyed both Schaefer’s voice and style of sharing information so I expect to find this book equally as useful.

APE guy kawasaki shawn welch APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch is last on my list and another non fiction book writers looking to self publish should find helpful and which is a recommended read if you intend to self publish your novel or ebook.

Have you read or want to read any of these?

Review: The Tao of Twitter by Mark Schaefer

This is the first book I have read about social media of any kind and I’m happy (and relieved) it was a good reading experience.  I suppose I was expecting a lot of jargon and details I wouldn’t understand let alone make use of.  The Tao of Twitter is a short and very useful book for everyone using Twitter, beginner or advanced user.  Whether you use Twitter for yourself, your blog, or for an organisation you will benefit from reading this book.the tao of twitter

If you’ve ever wondered what Twitter is all about and how to make the best use of it The Tao of Twitter has the very simple answers.  A lot of the information was reinforcement for me of a strategy I already use but there was also a great deal of clarification and ways to expand.

The most important takeaway for me as a blogger was to remember that Twitter isn’t a place where you can just broadcast your blog posts etc. it’s about connecting with people.  Getting the most out of Twitter involves following the 3 Taos of Twitter; connections, content, and helpfulness.

Schaefer is engaging and light in his explanations and there are many examples of real life stories of how Twitter works to help you get to grips with the power of Twitter and how to harness it for your own needs.  I highly recommend this book to Twitter users.

 

lilolia review rating 5 stars excellent

 

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