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Family Tree Workbook

Title: Family Tree Workbook
Author: Brian Sheffey
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-608-9

“This workbook is arranged so you do not have to work your way through it sequentially,” Brian Sheffey explains in the beginning instructions of his book, Family Tree Workbook: 30+ Step-by-Step Worksheets to Build Your Family History.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-four-page paperback targets those who want to document one ancestor’s life or an entire family group in book format. After an introduction and directions, there are five chapters covering the topic; it ends with a glossary, resources, index, acknowledgments, and author’s biography.

This book begins with individual and family-specific worksheets that cover pedigrees, ancestor overviews, family addresses, family groups, siblings, blended families, timelines, and United States and worldwide migration maps. The second chapter compiles information on marriage records, land deeds, military history/service logs, medical history, death records, cemeteries, interviews, photos, heirlooms, DNA tracking, family charts, newspaper articles, and color/enslaved/ Cherokee/Dawes cards registration logs. The third part has census information with passenger arrival records while the fourth contains managing information via research, worksheets, and sources. The final part reaches completion with tips and future-proofing genealogy research.

~ Why ~
Having a friend who loves keeping track of her family, this book is ideal as it has a plethora of charts to compile. I like the detailed charts that include a gambit of relative data. Adding the heirloom, newspaper, and U.S. Federal Census charts to complete are a plus.

~ Why Not ~
Some may have no interest in recording their family history and ancestors so they may not want this book. Others may think genealogy is too time-consuming to research and report the information on the worksheets. A few may feel overwhelmed in the book’s presentation.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the concept of having a family tree workbook, I feel this one is not organized well as there is jumping around to put names, dates, and places, causing possible duplication. I wished it focused more by date or generation.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to keep track of your beloved family, this is a lovely beginner’s book that helps organize the past while keeping tabs on the present.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #BrianSheffey #FamilyTreeWorkbook #GeneologyWorkbook

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Actually, the Comma Goes Here

Title: Actually, the Comma Goes Here
Author: Lucy Cripps
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64739-922-1

“You’ll find plenty of fun (and examples) of proper writing while also learning how punctuation has changed throughout history!” states the back cover of Lucy Cripps’s book, Actually, the Comma Goes Here: A Practical Guide to Punctuation.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixty-six-page paperback targets those who want to improve their punctuation skills. After an introduction, the book is divided into fifteen chapters, followed by style guides, an index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

From six to seventeen pages each, the chapters cover the period, comma, apostrophe, question and exclamation marks, the hyphen, em and en dash, parenthesis and brackets, ellipsis, slash, unusual characters, and “not-punctuation points.” Most sections contain explanations, rules, history lessons, and How to Beat the Snobs inserts.

~ Why ~
Since I read a lot, I instantly notice punctuation and grammar errors, so I have to constantly confirm writing rules. I love having a small, pocket-sized book on the topic that can be checked quickly for verification. This read is thorough by offering correct and incorrect examples, highlighted bullet points, rule charts, and different acceptable styles of writing. Adding the history of some of the marks is educational.

Some of the notable rules include:
* Single spacing between sentences
* Serial (Oxford) comma
* Apostrophe in shared possession
* Semi-colon with related thoughts
* Em dash for sentence breaks
* Spacing of the ellipsis

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to write properly or do not care if they are incorrect will not be interested in this compilation. Others may not like the many differences in style that may confuse the writer further. I prefer cut-and-dry rules and examples that are simplified, but this layout may be helpful for some readers.

~ Wish ~
Loving punctuation, I appreciate such a book as this, but I wish it was formated differently and did not contain the humor.

~ Want ~
While so many current-day writers seem to ignore many punctuation rules, claiming it is their style, this book hones in on what to and not to do when putting pen to paper. It is a good reference tool for quick access or to avoid getting out the heavy Chicago Manual of Style.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #ActuallytheCommaGoesHere #LucyCripps

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The Green Wizard’s Guide

Title: The Green Wizard’s Guide
Author: Ron Neitzel
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-733523202

“Yes, I am trying to tell you that everything about your yard starts with the ground and below,” Ron Neitzel writes in the second chapter of his book, The Green Wizard’s Guide.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixteen-page paperback targets those who want to learn more about having a pristine lawn and yard so they can be the envy of the neighborhood. After an introduction, the book is divided into fourteen chapters that cover the topic. With highlighted sections and lists, it ends with an author’s note, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

This short read spells out how to use natural remedies, soil strategies, and low-cost concoctions to grow an amazing yard and nutritious garden without using poisonous chemicals. After a welcome, the book is written with slapstick comments while providing tips, recipes, potions, suggestions, mistakes, and help maintaining healthy ground for plants.

~Why ~
This is a quirky read that teaches how to become a green wizard gardener. It includes the writer’s personal adventures of converting hard, clay-soil dirt into worm-filled, lush-leafed plants that require less time, effort, and ongoing attention. I appreciated learning about the use of Epsom salts, corn gluten, beer, molasses, skim milk, rock dust, and garlic and how they can beautify the yard.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not be interested in reading a book about natural ways to enhance a yard as they prefer paying someone to dump toxic chemicals on it periodically. Others may tire of the inserted nonsensical wizardry that is added as fluff to the writing.

~ Wish ~
Although the book is a light-hearted, sometimes silly read, all the information could be surmised on a single, one-sided page of college-rule paper. Including a topical index may be thoughtful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a healthy, inexpensive way to improve the soil in your yard and don’t mind reading through added mystical powers of wizards, you may become the one on the block with the secrets to having an incredible lawn.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #TheGreenWizardsGuide #RonNeitzel

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Sugar Detox in 10 Days

Title: Sugar Detox in 10 Days
Author: Pam Rocca
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-752-9

“By removing sugar and refined foods from your diet, you can experience an increase in your energy level and alertness and a reduction in bloating and inflammation,” Pam Rocca writes in the introduction of her book, Sugar Detox in 10 Days: 100+ Recipes to Help Eliminate Sugar Cravings.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-eighteen-page paperback targets those interested in getting rid of the cravings for sugar in their diet. After an introduction, the book is divided into eleven sections that contain one hundred recipes, followed by measurement conversions, an index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

The first chapter offers an overview of sugar cravings and their effects, refined foods, different names for sugar, addiction, stress, and physical ways to avoid it. The second part focuses on detoxing the kitchen, food lists, nutrition tips, and good habits, while the third one has four ten-day plans covering lean meat, pescatarian, vegan, and vegetarian meals, complete with pantry lists. The remaining chapters have recipes for breakfast, condiments, dips, sauces, salads, soups, vegan/vegetarian mains, seafood, poultry, and lean meat meals, and desserts.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed by yield, prep/cook times, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in order used on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Often added are additions, cooking/prep tips, substitutions, time-saving, and storage suggestions. Caloric information is listed for each recipe.

~ Why ~
I will admit it: I have an addiction to sugar and have ardently tried to eliminate the cravings. This book helps in switching from processed/refined/sugary foods to healthy, delicious choices. I like how simplified the recipes are and easy to follow. Having the four different food plans is very helpful.

Some of the notable recipes are Sweet Potato Toast, Tofu Scramble Stir-Fry, Immune-Boosting Smoothie, Pumpkin-Spiced Muffins, Lemon Tahini Dressing, Cashew Fruit Dip, Peanut Curry Sauce, Beet and Grapefruit Salad, Chicken Detox Stew, Eggplant Parm, Lasagna-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Slow Cooker Barbeque Lentil Chili, Creamy Tuscan Salmon, Cajun White Fish, Epic Turkey Meatballs, Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Bowls, No-Bake Lemon Cake Balls, and Chocolate Almond Butter Cups.

~ Why Not ~
Those who crave sugar and do not want to bother stopping its unhealthy outcomes will have no need for this book. Others who do not like to bake or cook may not have the time or interest to try its recipes.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you are truly serious about eliminating sugar and refined foods from your diet, this helpful book not only shows you how to do it in ten days via four types of diet plans, but it also provides over one-hundred recipes to do it.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #SugarDetoxin10Days #PamRocca

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The Essential Panini Press Cookbook

Title: The Essential Panini Press Cookbook
Author: Sean Curry
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-733-8

“Start with the fundamentals of how to choose, use, and maintain a panini press. Then, learn how to stack your panini so the cheese gets extra-melty while the other ingredients stay crisp,” states the back cover of Sean Curry’s book, The Essential Panini Press Cookbook: 100 Creative & Classic Recipes.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixty-six-page paperback targets those interested in making mainly sandwiches with a panini machine. After an introduction, the book is divided into six sections that contain one hundred recipes, followed by measurement conversions, an index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

The first chapter offers an overview of the panini machine and its features, use, cleaning, and care as well as how to stack a panini and Italian sandwich terms. The next five chapters cover vegetables, fruits, cheeses, poultry, seafood, beef, pork, breakfast, brunch, desserts, salads, spreads, slaws, and sauces.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed by yield, prep/cook times, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in order used on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Often added are additions, prep tips, substitutions, and where to find specific ingredients.

~ Why ~
I love hearty sandwiches with delicious fresh bread that is toasted so making paninis are fun and creative. I like the simplistic instructions and variety of so many dish options with sometimes unique ingredients I would never expect in a panini.

Some of the notable recipes are Grilled Cheese with Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower Cheesesteak, Perfectly Peared Press, Cajun Chicken Panini, Mediterranean Tuna Salad Panini, Grilled Oysters, the Great Hoagini, Chorizo Quesadilla, Pork Medallions, Garden State Throwdown, Caprese Avocado Toast, Apple Cider Doughnut Panini, Homemade Aioli, Mango-Lime Slaw, Orzo Salad, and Muffuletta Olive Spread.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like sandwiches, especially toasted or grilled ones, may have no need for this book. Others may have issues finding some of the ingredients such as pastrami, traditional mustard powder, and specialty hot sauce, but the suggestion locations added are helpful.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes. It would be nice to have a detailed photograph of a panini machine so some could understand it better and realize a George Foreman Grill may work too.

~ Want ~
If you love crispy and sometimes gooey sandwiches that are restaurant quality, this cookbook may be the answer, especially if you want something tasty with unusual ingredients.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #TheEssentialPaniniPressCookbook #SeanCurry

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The Easy Italian Cookbook

Title: The Easy Italian Cookbook
Author: Paulette Licitra
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-164611-508-2

“As you master the straightforward methods of this style of cooking, you’ll soon discover how easy it is to enjoy the enticing aromas and irresistible pleasures of Italian cuisine any night of the week,” Paulette Licitra states in the introduction of her book, The Easy Italian Cookbook: 100 Quick and Authentic Recipes.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixty-four-page paperback targets those interested in making quick and authentic Italian dishes. After an introduction, the book is divided into ten sections that have one hundred recipes, followed by measurement conversions, references, index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

The first chapter has descriptions of almost forty ingredients including the explanation of destination of origin labels and extra-virgin olive oil. The next nine chapters contain recipes of aperitivi and appetizers, soups and salads, polenta, risotto, and frittatas, pastas and sauces, pizza, breads, and focaccia, vegetables and legumes, poultry and meats, fish and seafood, and pastries and desserts.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed by serving size, prep time, cook time, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in bold in order used on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Often added are variation, ingredient, and pairing tips.

~ Why ~
My husband is Italian so we enjoy authentic food from Italy, especially the lasagna recipe that has been past down five generations in his family. I like this book’s mouth-watering descriptions with their simplistic instructions and variety of so many dish options.

Some of the notable recipes are Campari and Soda, Clams Oreganata, Tortellini in Brodo with Spinage, Sicilian Orange and Fennel Salad, Spaghetti Cupcake Frittatas, Risi e Bisi, Fresh Egg Pasta Dough, Amalfi Lemony Tuna Capellini, Parmigiano Crackers, Sesame-Cheese Bread Sticks, Eggplant Parmigiana, Garlicky Lentils with Fried Croutons, Chicken Saltimbocca with Sage and Prosciutto, Rustic Sausage Meatballs, Cod Acqua Passa, Lightly Fried Calamari, Chocolate Tiramisu, and Espresso-Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like cooking, especially Italian food, may not appreciate this book. Some with diet restrictions may wish caloric content was added for each dish.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes. The eggplant parmigiana dish is the same as we make, but I was disappointed there was no lasagna recipe included (maybe it is too time-consuming).

~ Want ~
If you love Italy and its wonderful food, this is a good source for many quick, authentic recipes, but you may notice there are no pictures to make you crave for a bite or two.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#TheEasyItalianCookbook #PauletteLicitra #RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub

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Easy Dog Food Recipes

Title: Easy Dog Food Recipes
Author: Scott Shanahan
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-539-6

“By cooking for your dog, you know every single ingredient going into their body,” Scott Shanahan writes in the first chapter of his book, Easy Dog Food Recipes: 60 Healthy Dishes to Feed Your Pet Safely.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-forty-two-page paperback targets those interested in cooking healthy meals for their beloved pet dog. After an introduction and instructions, the book is divided into two sections that contain sixty recipes, followed by measurement conversions, resources, recipe index, index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

The first part includes three chapters on becoming a chef for your dog, its nutritional needs, and setting up your kitchen. Part two has five chapters on making small treats, meaty mains, sumptuous extras, broths, stock, gravies, and recipes for both humans and canines.

Each one-to-two-page recipe begins with its title, followed by prep time, serving size, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in the order used with numbered directions. Often highlighted are tips of variations, ingredient substitutions, and prep tips. All include caloric information.

~ Why ~
We have a three-year-old beagle who we like to keep healthy while keeping his weight down. I like the simplistic instructions and variety of so many meal and treat options, often using normal household ingredients. Including the nutritional section with what is good and bad to eat, a portion control chart, and the eight edible recipes for both owners and pets were thoughtful.

Some of the notable recipes are blueberry bars, pumpkin cookies, chicken and sweet potato treats, salmon and rice, chicken and lentils, ground beef and macaroni, scrambled eggs, mashed cauliflower, roasted beets, lamb bone broth, turkey pan gravy, sardine and arrowroot gravy, cheesy chicken and broccoli bake, simple beef stew, and hamburgeroni.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like cooking, especially for their dog, may have no need for this book. Others may have issues buying fresh vegetables. There is not one photograph of a completed food product, only pictures of dogs.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed meals.

~ Want ~
If you want to make easy, homemade meals and treats for your favorite furry friend, this makes a lovely cookbook that concentrates on fresh, healthy, safe dishes that uses mainly household goods.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#EasyDogFoodRecipes #ScottShanahan #RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub

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First-Time Mom’s Baby Memory Book

Title: First-Time Mom’s Baby Memory Book
Author: Emily Ramirez
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-663-8

“This open-ended memory book allows you to write about whatever you feel like–or whatever your little one is doing–whenever you want,” the back jacket states in the book by Emily Ramirez, First-Time Mom’s Baby Memory Book: Record Precious Moments and Memory.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-seventy-page paperback targets first-time mothers devoted to documenting the many aspects and emotions of motherhood as they relate to their newborn.

After an ownership page, there are two to three statements to complete on half the pages with quotes from famous people on pastel-colored pages on the other sides. Each section has about five lines to fill in answers. Occasionally there are boxes to check as the answers, and there are a few pages to add photographs.

Random example statements include:
Something I’m proud of accomplishing before becoming a mother is …
The ride home from the hospital was …
You generally loathe/tolerate/love diaper changes.
The foods I craved while expecting you were …
The biggest mess you’ve made so far has been …
Something I hope for your future is …
The emotions you have currently mastered include …
I do/do not currently have yogurt on my clothes …
My parenting style could best be described as …
The most important thing I can teach you is …

Random example quotes are from Serena Williams, Gina Carey, Peng Liyuan, Catherine Jones, Gayle Wray, Carrie Fisher, Gilda Radner, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Mila Kunis, Paul Reiser, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mr. Rogers, and Erma Bombeck.

~ Why ~
Remembering the birth of your first child is cherishing and amazing as you experience the day to day joys, exhaustion, frustrations, and unconditional love. The book has plenty of topics for a mom to think about regarding her child and herself.

~ Why Not ~
Due to exhaustion, most first-time mothers have no time to sit and write their thoughts in a book or even flip through its pages trying to find a statement to ponder. Others may want a memory book that is not as detailed to keep their facts and memories of their baby. Since the book is for mothers, there is a high percentage of questions about her and not the child with nothing for a father to complete. Most of the quotes are from the entertainment industry which may mean little to some.

~ Wish~
I found it frustrating that there was no organization of this book as its questions jump around regarding the age of the child to what the mother is feeling. I wish it came in a hardbound version with folders to add photographs and mementos.

~ Want ~
This book would make a nice gift for a new mother who has it all together and is highly organized so has the time to fill in all the blanks, but I, as a grandmother, felt it was too complicated.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#FirstTimeMomsBabyMemoryBook #EmilyRamirez #RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub

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Brain Candy

Title: Brain Candy
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-851-9

“Help these archeologists uncover the secrets of this lost civilization!” the children’s book, Brain Candy: A Challenging and Fun Maze Book for Kids states at the top of one of its mazes.

~ What ~
This ninety-four-page paperback targets children ages six to nine years old who enjoy figuring out mazes. With no profanity or too scary scenes, over seventy-five colorful themed puzzles fill both sides of the pages with start and finish directives.

After an introduction with instructions, this book has a multitude of mazes for kids to follow through the open-area lines to accomplish a goal. Themes include a spiderweb, octopus, hog hedges, swimming with a porpoise, a digging dog, UFOs, leaves, bees, brains, pizza, popcorn, sea monsters, water park, roads, and more. The ending has all the answers.

~ Why ~
Our six-year-old granddaughter is bored during the stay-at-home coronavirus situation, so this is the perfect book to keep her busy. I loved the crazy animals, oddball items, and unique things to look at while trying to go from start to the finish line. Including the 3D mazes are challenging for older readers.

~ Why Not ~
Some of the mazes may be too hard for younger ones. They may be hard to view for some children based on their busyness. There are only six 3-dimensional mazes. It states it is for ages six to nine, yet it also mentions third to fourth grades so may be confusing for first and second graders.

~ Wish ~
This book may be too complicated for those with vision or concentration issues. I wish the mazes could be formatted from simple to complex so a beginner could start at the front of the book and work up to the harder ones to do.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for something to occupy a child’s time, this would be a fun source if they enjoy figuring out puzzles and mazes.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#BrainCandy #MazeBookforKids #RockridgePress #CallistoPublisher’sClub

Rated: 4.5 of 5 stars.

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How Much Money Do I Need to Retire?

Title: How Much Money Do I Need to Retire? 2nd Edition
Author: Todd Tresidder
Publisher: FinancialMentor
ISBN: 978-1-939273-06-2

“The amount of money you can afford to spend in retirement is dependent not only on your actual investment returns but also on the order of those returns,” Todd Tresidder writes in his book, How Much Money Do I Need to Retire: Uncommon Financial Planning Wisdom for a Stress-Free Retirement.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and–twenty-six-page paperback targets those planning or getting ready to retire from work. After an introduction, the book is divided into three sections, ending with a conclusion, bonus material, afterword, glossary, and author’s biography. With a few black and white charts and numbered lists, bolded or italicized words are included.

The writer explains in the first section the smart way of conventional retirement planning, dividing the topic into five parts that discuss retirement costs, assumptions, essential questions, accurately estimating investment returns, and figuring out your “magical” retirement number. The other two sections cover obtaining a creative lifestyle and simplistic cash-flow planning.

~ Why ~
Although this book was published in late 2019, before the coronavirus and stock market fluctuations, I like that it advocates one should be aware of what is ahead as retirement approaches. Since I retired at age fifty (yet still maintain my small business) and my husband did two years ago, we heartily agree with the book’s many concepts about not taping into principal, assume plausible outcomes, and spending less than you need. I appreciate the details explaining the Monte Carlo calculator’s limitations, expectancy models based on valuations, diversifying with passive income, and scenario analysis.

~ Why Not ~
While the book is well-written, there is plenty of the writer’s referral to his early retirement and free online downloads or other books he has written (which does factor into his personal passive income suggestions). Some may be frustrated there are no charts or forms to fill out to obtain a magic number that technically does not exist. Those who only rely on their monthly pension and social security checks after retiring may panic over the potential of their dwindling funds not lasting. Others may prefer a traditional retirement planning with someone else doing all the footwork and monitoring it for them.

~ Wish ~
While reading this book, I noticed passive real estate and business incomes were often promoted as well as insurance and annuities. Since my husband and I were fortuitous in planning our retirements by paying off all debt including our house early and always living within our means, I did not find anything new in the book, only reinforcement that we made the right choices when it came to saving for retirement.

~ Want ~
If you are young and have years or decades to plan your retirement, this is a good read to help you understand how to save and be wise in your investments, but there is no full-proof way to ensure your wealth, especially with the current status of our economy in 2020.

Thanks to the author, Book Launchers, and Bookpleasures for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#HowMuchMoneyDoINeedtoRetire #ToddTresidder #FinancialMentors #BookLaunchers #Bookpleasures

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