Reading

Authors I Want To Meet

I want to meet almost every author but the ones below especially.

Pierce Brown

I would love to pick his brain over lunch or brunch. But I’ll settle for reading his books.

Jodi Picoult

Love her characters. Love her stories. She never ceases to amaze me. I don’t think I’ve ever correctly predicted the endings to any of her books.

Stephen King

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: King is King. He always will be.

Who do you want to meet?

Reading

Book Review—Lionheart: The Diaries of Richard I

Chris Manson deserves a heaping amount of credit. He recovered and translated diary entries from centuries ago, compiling Lionheart: The Diaries of Richard I. My mind still cannot grasp how much time and work that must have taken.

The front cover has an interesting but simple appeal. Strangely enough, the more I look at the cover, the more I like it.

Lionheart Front Cover

The back has a short summary, which provides some basic facts about Richard I. You can click on the images to enlarge them. Seeing as I took all the pictures myself, I don’t do any of the illustrations justice.

Lionheart Back Cover

I honestly had no idea what to expect at the start because I didn’t know anything about Richard or this time period in history even after taking three history courses over the past three years. The piece is very different from what I’m used to picking up since I don’t naturally gravitate towards reading auto- or biographies. So safe to say I was in for a surprise.

And it turned out to be a pleasant one.Lionheart Spine

The book is a heavy, mature read, but somehow that made learning about Richard the Lionheart even more enjoyable. There are over 400 pages of exciting entertainment. The few footnotes sprinkled throughout explains more complex concepts or terms quite thoroughly.

Each entry starts with the date followed by a location. It makes following his life much easier. Although there are many characters, keeping up with all of them isn’t too difficult.

Lionheart Date And Place

A great feature is the postscript, helping to tie up any loose ends nicely. Kudos once again to Chris Manson for that.

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy learning about history. Getting a firsthand glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest rulers to ever live is fascinating. What’s more the book reads like a fast-paced story.

At one point, I was so attached to Richard, I didn’t want his story to end.

If you’re interested, you can buy the book here.

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Productivity

How To Be A More Productive Student

I know this post is geared towards students, but these tips work for just about anyone.

Drain Your Phone (For Real)

Or don’t charge it when your battery is low. No, I’m not crazy. Your phone is a massive, if not, the biggest time waster. If you have an essay due tomorrow, you shouldn’t be Snapchatting your friends. It’s less tempting to use your cell when there’s five percent of its battery remaining. Better yet, if your phone is completely dead, that’s one less distraction to deal with.

Learn from Edison and King

As hard as it may be to stick to a routine, following a similar schedule every day has been proven to enhance productivity. Thomas Edison did it. Stephen King does it. You can do it.

The 3 C’s

Don’t jump around from one thing to another without ever finishing anything. Starting ten projects at once is not helping your productivity. Utilize the 3 C’s: Commit, complete and conquer. That’s how you get things done.

You can find the full post with five more tips here.