January Bookshelf and Friday Finds Changes

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The way to may heart is books. I think I married my husband because his first gift to me was a copy of Paradise by Toni Morrision. Since then, he’s been a benefactor of sorts to my book addiction, even purchasing my 1st Generation Kindle and, more recently, a Kindle Paperwhite.

A few years ago, I started Friday Finds, where I interview authors and participate in blog tours. I enjoy hosting interviews but I want to shake things up a bit.


Friday Finds

The second and fourth Friday of the month will continue to be author interviews. As a writer and a reader, I think it is important for authors to engage with their readers and vice versa. I like knowing how my favorite authors come up with their stories. Don’t you?

First Friday Finds

The first Friday of each month will feature a list of the books I intend to read that month. It may also include products I’ve found that I love at the end of the post.  Occasionally, I will write product reviews to post on First Fridays to have a place for the brands I work with from time to time. I think having a designated day will help ensure that MakashaDorsey.com doesn’t turn into one off those product review sites. In other words, I want to maintain an informative platform while building a profitable personal brand.

Third Friday – Friday Finds

I guess I need to come up with something cool to call this, huh? Third Fridays will feature book reviews. Writers—including me—are always on the hunt for book reviews. They say you get what you give. I’m giving book reviews so hopefully the universe will reward me with a few. At least 12 since I will review at least one book per month. 😉

In addition to actively supporting authors, this is a way for you to get to know me. I  read approximately 6-10 books per month. Be warned, I have eclectic taste. I read a myriad of works—everything from John Steinbeck to John Irving to Octavia E. Butler to Stephanie Myer. My favorite genre is science fiction. You may see a lot of this as I have resolved to read more science fiction in general, especially that written by African American authors and that based on religion.

Third Friday – Friday Finds will also include product reviews. Please note that whenever I write product or book reviews, even if I am gifted the item under review I always give my opinion. If I don’t like something, I’ll tell you. Even better, I’ll give you both the pros and cons.

January Bookshelf

As promised, I’m sharing my January bookshelf.  You can join me on Goodreads to catch the books that I ending reading on a whim. I press “checkout” quite a bit on Overdrive.

Non-Fiction – Religion & Spirituality

Daily Walk Bible NLT -Friday Find

The Daily Walk Bible  by The Walk Thru the Bible Ministries (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)

I try to read through the Bible every other year. Some years I use a women’s devotional and other years I use the one by Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. I opted for the New Living Translation because I almost, always read the New King James Version or New International Version when I study the Bible. NLT is something different. This book is on my list for the entire year.

From Amazon:

Take a walk. Change your world.
Reading through the Bible is difficult. The Daily Walk Bible will help you complete the journey. Drawing from the rich resources of Walk Thru the Bible’s Daily Walk magazine, The Daily Walk Bible offers a simple daily reading plan and tools to help you complete the journey and see how the Bible fits together.

Each day’s reading includes an overview to give you a bird’s-eye view of the day’s reading, several chapters from the Bible, an Insight offering an interesting fact from the day’s reading, and My Daily Walk―a short devotion to help you reflect on and apply a specific insight from the day’s reading.

Every seventh day offers a pause on the journey as you are invited to Look Back over the readings from the previous week, Look Up to God, and Look Ahead to the reading to come. This edition features the clear and understandable New Living Translation.

If you attend church, you’re probably preparing for a corporate (church wide) fast. Since we’re using Daniel Fast, the books I’m using this month supports that.

The Daniel Fast - Friday Finds

The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory

From Amazon:

What if you could grow closer to God and improve your health in just 21 days? Susan Gregory, “The Daniel Fast Blogger,” has a plan to help you do just that. Widely recognized as the expert on this 21-day fast inspired by the book of Daniel, Susan has helped thousands of people discover a safe and healthy way to fast. The principles you learn from The Daniel Fast will change the way you view food, your body, and your relationship with the one who created you. Includes 21 days’ worth of Daniel Fast recipes! Visit www.daniel-fast.com.

The Daniel Plan - Friday Finds

The Daniel Plan Journal by Rick Warren

The Daniel Fast and The Daniel Plan are not the same. I’m using The Daniel Plan to reflect and journal my process. It also helps with setting and understanding SMART Goals for several key life areas: Friends, Faith, Fitness, Focus, and Food.

From Amazon:

The Perfect Daniel Plan Companion for Better Overall Health

Research shows that tracking your food and exercise greatly contributes to your long-term success. Maximize your momentum by exploring and charting your journey through the five key essentials of The Daniel Plan―faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.

Taking readers of The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life to the next level, The Daniel Plan Journal is the perfect companion, providing encouraging reminders about your health. On the days you need a little boost, The Daniel Plan Journal has the daily Scripture, inspiration, and motivation you need to stay on track and keep moving forward.

Non-Fiction – Self-Help

Successful Women Speak Differently - Friday Finds

Successful Women Speak Differently: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence by Valorie Burton

From Amazon:

Stop Underestimating Yourself.
You are capable of far more than you know.

The most successful women are often not the most talented, the most gifted, or even the most experienced. What these women have is a knack for communicating that opens doors and gives them influence.

Gleaning from powerful research, bestselling author and life strategist Valorie Burton unearths practical insights you can put to work in your life immediately. Scientific studies are proving what the ancient wisdom of Scripture has shown all along: The power of life and death lies in the very words you speak. Let Valorie teach you how to…

  • recognize the nuances in speech that can mean the difference between success and failure
  • increase your influence by changing what you think and say in critical moments
  • speak accurately about yourself so you don’t sabotage your most meaningful goals
  • boost your confidence by making simple tweaks to your everyday speech

Your words are powerful tools. It’s time to use them to build the life you really want.

Whew! What a long post. I won’t add my fiction books this month. If you’re curious to know what else I’m reading, check out my bookshelf in the side bar. Also follow me on Goodreads.

What’s on your January bookshelf?

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on Amazon.com.

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