Mini Review: Twitter Power 3.0 by Joel Comm & Dave Taylor

I have been on Twitter since 2008, but I still read to keep up on Twitter as well as social media. 

When i came to this book, I was in a position that I was wanting to back away from Twitter.  I didn’t think that I was being effective so I was ready to back away, but this book breathed new life into my enjoyment of Twitter in my personal level and in my library account.

The book starts with a brief inspirational introduction from Guy Kawasaki.  The bulk of the book deals with the basic mechanics of creating an account, creating a brand, crafting tweets, building a following and driving traffic to your brand, and even making money on Twitter.  The finish with a discussion of third party apps that will help you to manage your Twitter account followed by a list of thought leaders to follow.

You can read this book page one to the end, or dip in and out where you need more direction.  If you haven’t started Twitter, but have thought about it, get started .  If you are like I was when you pick up this book use it to pick up one new idea and move forward.

This book is recommended for anyone who is interested in social media, or anyone who is working in social media marketing.

Mini Review: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Gilead is a wonderful rambling letter, of a father, John Ames  to his child.  Ames is a pastor who is near his death and would like to tell his child of his life and his fore-bearers.  John Ames is in a long line of preachers, his father is a minister in Iowa, his grandfather was a preacher in Maine who receives a vision of Christ chained in Kansas, so he heeds the call and goes to fight on the side of the Abolitionists to keep Kansas a free state.  He talks about his friendship with John Ames Boughton and John’s wayward son.  The book is as fresh as the morning .  It is highly recommended for all readers.

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What We Are Reading 07/13/2017

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Kindred by Octavia E, Butler; Dana, a black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner’s son, survives to father Dana’s ancestor.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin; New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms, as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies, while Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wallof ice and stone.

Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst “When she was a teenger, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him–Diana Pierce–and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind. Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future… Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both…or finally mend two broken hearts”– Provided by publisher.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson; “In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames’s life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowa preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He “preached men into the Civil War,” then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father – an ardent pacifist – and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friend’s wayward son.” “This is also the tale of another remarkable vision – not a corporeal vision of God but the vision of life as a wondrously strange creation. It tells how wisdom was forged in Ames’s soul during his solitary life, and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten.”–BOOK JACKET.

Use of Force by Brad Thor; When the body of a high-value terrorist washes ashore after a severe storm across the Mediterranean Sea, Scot Harvath is tapped by the CIA to determine if the suspect was connected to months of rumors about a major attack.