Read N Review: Midnight in the Piazza by Tiffany Parks

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If you are not already familiar with my ‘RNR’ series here on the blog, it’s a monthly series where I read and review a book that I have recently read. This way, I am holding myself accountable to read at least one book a month, and although I haven’t done such a great job at it recently, it’s the effort that counts right?

This month I am reviewing a very special book, and the first one where I personally know the author! Tiffany Parks, the author of Midnight in the Piazza, is editor at Where Rome magazine and co-host of the podcast, The Bittersweet Life. I thankfully had the chance to work with Tiffany on the The Bittersweet Life podcast this past winter/spring.

Tiffany’s book, Midnight in the Piazza, was published on March 6, 2018. I ordered mine off Amazon and was so excited to finally have received it. With that being said, I normally don’t go for fiction books. I’m one to usually read books in the genre of “self-help” or “self-improvement”, but Midnight in the Piazza was just the change I needed.

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Read N Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

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I have to admit. Reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People took me a lot longer than I expected. Somewhere between the beginning and the end I took a pause to venture into another book, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t think The 7 Habits was a book worth finishing.

While reading The 7 Habits, it reminded me a lot of a book I previously read, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Although it’s not exactly the same, the basic idea of sharing principles and concepts to become a better person for yourself and those around you are the same. The 7 Habits, as you might have already guessed, revolves around 7 different habits. All unique and different from one another, but somehow they are all linked and related, one habit following another until it forms a sort of never-ending cycle.

The 7 Habits is written by Stephen R. Covey and has been impacting people for over 2 decades. The topics covered in the book are those that can be applied to anyone’s life, regardless of your field of work, social status, race or gender. It’s quite a lengthy book and covers a ton of information but I’ll do my best at reviewing and summarizing the contents of the book below.

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Read N Review: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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How to Win Friends and Influence People. Who wouldn’t want to know that?? Originally published in 1936, this one is for sure an oldie, but a goodie. A book that many seem to know (and love), and for those that haven’t read it, I’d bet they have at least heard of it. The beautiful thing about this book is that just about anyone can relate to the information inside regardless of your occupation, gender, social status, etc.

Through Dale Carnegie‘s various courses and professional development teachings, he has been improving individual and business performance all over the world. Some of these courses include sales, effective speaking/human relations, and management seminars.

As I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but to think of all of the different scenarios throughout my life where his teachings would have come in handy. In my roles as a salesperson while working retail, to being a student and presenting to my classmates, and even being a good friend and learning how to communicate better.

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