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  1. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘Be yourself. Everybody else is taken.’ – Oscar Wilde Florida author Art Rios earned his degrees from Stetson University College of Law and Temple University and is an Adjunct Professor at Stetson Law teaching Immigration Litigation and Advocacy as well as practicing as a trial lawyer at Rios Immigration Law Firm in St. Petersburg, Florida. His emphasis is on defending immigrants in deportation cases. His credentials and experience are impressive, but as he states in his words, ‘Art Rios is a tri ‘Be yourself. Everybody else is taken.’ – Oscar Wilde Florida author Art Rios earned his degrees from Stetson University College of Law and Temple University and is an Adjunct Professor at Stetson Law teaching Immigration Litigation and Advocacy as well as practicing as a trial lawyer at Rios Immigration Law Firm in St. Petersburg, Florida. His emphasis is on defending immigrants in deportation cases. His credentials and experience are impressive, but as he states in his words, ‘Art Rios is a trial lawyer by profession, a student of humanity by choice, and a friend to all by nature. A connoisseur of good old-fashioned gab, he advocates for the revival of genuine conversation as a way to connect with others, expand our minds, improve our world, and get more enjoyment and satisfaction from life.’ Fortunately for us all, Art has shared his positive outlook in LET’S TALK, his book debut, in which he introduces his message as follows: ‘LET’S TALK is my dream to help people live exciting, easier, and exceptional lives now, not tomorrow… Our talks will be about finding simpler ways to leave the rat race, make life easier, and enjoy life’s pleasures…’ In a lighthearted and humorous manner Art presents fifteen ‘talks’ – and in his hands, reading his material indeed feels like a conversation! – on subjects ranging from pursing pleasure (indulge with moderation and discretion and without hurting anyone), enjoying happy hour, being yourself, gratitude, lazy time, being kind, time for solitude, self-realization, dealing with pandemics, ending racism and more. The aspect that makes this book so refreshing is the author’s talent in blending recommendations for living an exciting and relaxed life with his infectious humor, good sense, and spiritualism – honoring joy with judgment and responsibility and the essence of humanism. Each ‘talk’ is followed by ‘Talk Takeaways’ – realistic and encouraging and transformative tips to reach the goals presented. ‘If God blesses you with resources, be a blessing to others. Being generous is a soulful pleasure.’ To add to the pleasure of this ‘session,’ at book’s end there are 4 free bonuses in which Art discusses gratitude, and other items about which he has written. These are both entertaining and inspiring – conversations in videos! Straight talk about modern times – ‘talk about how to make your life an all-out blast, today.’ Buoyant, enlightening, inspiring, positive – and very useful - this is a book so full of healthy helpful energy that if just soars!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan Keefe

    An enlightening and inspirational self-help book. Art Rios, the author of this motivating and inspirational self-help book is not only an author, and lawyer, but he also teaches at Stetson Law and enjoys spending time with his wife Sharon and two daughters Maria and Alondra. You can feel the author’s enthusiasm for life pulsing from the pages as he, through them, fulfills his dream of helping people live exciting, easier, and exceptional lives. The emphasis throughout the book is to live your lif An enlightening and inspirational self-help book. Art Rios, the author of this motivating and inspirational self-help book is not only an author, and lawyer, but he also teaches at Stetson Law and enjoys spending time with his wife Sharon and two daughters Maria and Alondra. You can feel the author’s enthusiasm for life pulsing from the pages as he, through them, fulfills his dream of helping people live exciting, easier, and exceptional lives. The emphasis throughout the book is to live your life to your best and happiest you can now, not to plan for later, but now, because as we all know tomorrow is not guaranteed. As a trial lawyer, he has had plenty of time over the years to ‘people watch,’ study how they behave in good and bad situations and has used these experiences as a ‘student of humanity,’ to follow his dream, which he believes is his calling, to inspire people in positive ways. A self-confessed talker he has used this talent to reach into the hearts of his readers. He allows them opportunities to peep fly-on-the-wall into his life and uses examples to encourage others to follow their dreams and be better people. Cleverly he reveals how everyday life events can be altered to make them special, and how important it is to take time to share our lives with our loved ones. He encourages us all to discover ways to make our lives easier and more enjoyable, and reminds us that whether we are 18 or 80 it is never too late to make the most of your life and make it fun! Always keen to engage in conversation, we are encouraged to contact him through his website, email, and other forms of social media and tell him what we think. He wants to know, whether the comment is good or bad. No subject is taboo, and as long as no harm comes to anyone, we are motivated to enjoy all we can, from sex to food, wine, traveling, and much more. However, this book is not all light-hearted, the responsibility we have to do the right thing for ourselves, and to others is clearly emphasized. Written very much in the now, the subjects of racism and COVID 19 are discussed from a humanitarian standpoint, and the emphasis is very much on the need to look after each other, have thought and care for our neighbors and family, and be aware. In a world where being online is expected he encourages his readers to turn off the screens, and iPhones, take time away from them and reconnect with the outside world, or read, or meditate, just take time for you, because you matter! The power of this author’s positivity shines through in this life-changing book, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to improve their lives and learn to enjoy every day to its full potential.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Isabella Roy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “Let’s Talk” by Art Rios is a quick, uplifting read about how you can easily promote more face-to-face conversation in your life. Today, in-person conversation is usually business-related or oftentimes interrupted by the presence of cell phones. Whether we realize or not, in today’s 2020 world, the internet is slowly but surely suffocating people’s ability to converse. “Let’s Talk” encourages readers to put aside at least an hour a day to communicate with loved ones and friends - even over cockt “Let’s Talk” by Art Rios is a quick, uplifting read about how you can easily promote more face-to-face conversation in your life. Today, in-person conversation is usually business-related or oftentimes interrupted by the presence of cell phones. Whether we realize or not, in today’s 2020 world, the internet is slowly but surely suffocating people’s ability to converse. “Let’s Talk” encourages readers to put aside at least an hour a day to communicate with loved ones and friends - even over cocktails. Rios' first book, “Let’s Talk” outlines his refreshingly positive set of standards he holds for himself and those around him. Rio’s tips and tricks to encourage more conversation in life are simple and don’t involve any guilt trips. “Let’s Talk” even covers how to welcome a crisis as an opportunity. He discusses the COVID-19 Pandemic and how he’s living everyday as a chance to enjoy life’s happiest moments. His positivity radiates from the pages and inspires me to take life less seriously. At the end of all his short and sweet chapters, Rios provides top takeaways of his lessons, so even those on the go can read “Let’s Talk” in a week or less. “Let’s Talk” reminds me of the excitement I used to get before talking to a new person. Rios’ description of the gift of conversation are words I needed to be reminded of – especially while living in New York City during a pandemic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Bone

    “It’s straight talk about modern times. The subjects will be both timeless and timely.” Let’s talk is a new take on the old adage: live your best life. The author Art Rios in his own unique approach to pleasure and joy takes you through his big list that covers everything from having your own happy hour to 100 hours of solitude. No topic is off limits and he gives you straight advice from that friend you hate to ignore. I found a lot of his no nonsense advice thought provoking and a little funny. “It’s straight talk about modern times. The subjects will be both timeless and timely.” Let’s talk is a new take on the old adage: live your best life. The author Art Rios in his own unique approach to pleasure and joy takes you through his big list that covers everything from having your own happy hour to 100 hours of solitude. No topic is off limits and he gives you straight advice from that friend you hate to ignore. I found a lot of his no nonsense advice thought provoking and a little funny. I think my favorite chapter was Be Yourself. To me it was the most important chapter in the book as a whole. If even goes as far to admit his own shortcomings in that very topic. This is not your traditional self help in fact he pretty much, pushes ways that we ultimately have to help ourselves. I thought when I picked it up it would be one of those books but I can honestly say it was worth every cent and time it took me to read not because I was completely enlightened or anything it was nice to hear some new ideas that I am planning on implementing in my own life. I don’t know if all of them will be in my new pursuit of happiness but maybe putting in a few I can start living my own best life. He is by no means a wonderful writer and you will see a few boo boos in the editing or format but it will not take away from the message whatsoever. I will recommend this book to others just so maybe they can find their own tidbits of life to enjoy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Tofino

    Make the Most of Your Life! Art Rios, a practicing trial lawyer and teacher at Stetson Law, issues a boisterous and humorous challenge to the status quo in Let’s Talk. He says, “We sometimes get into a rut and don’t even know it. We let our dreams wither and our inner fire fizzle. We work, then go home, and are too tired to do anything else. We become zombies until the next morning, then do it all over again.” Though he describes the problem most of us face so succinctly, Rios spends next to no t Make the Most of Your Life! Art Rios, a practicing trial lawyer and teacher at Stetson Law, issues a boisterous and humorous challenge to the status quo in Let’s Talk. He says, “We sometimes get into a rut and don’t even know it. We let our dreams wither and our inner fire fizzle. We work, then go home, and are too tired to do anything else. We become zombies until the next morning, then do it all over again.” Though he describes the problem most of us face so succinctly, Rios spends next to no time rehashing it and instead invests his efforts describing a positive and passionate alternative vision in which people begin to “live exciting, easier, and exceptional lives now, not tomorrow.” Divided into fifteen talks, ranging on topics from gratitude, simplicity, and kindness to “Happy Hour” and “Lazy Sundays,” Rios addresses nearly every area of our lives in a way that encourages us to focus on the possibilities, to choose to simplify some aspects of life so that we can more fully enjoy others, and to pursue pleasure. Yet this is no selfishly hedonistic picture of life, as Rios constantly encourages the reader to balance pleasure with moderation, to never harm others, to drink responsibly, and to be generous. While loaded with practical ideas on what to do and how to handle material possessions, he goes far beyond that, providing spiritual inspiration and reminding us that generosity and kindness are what make a truly exceptional life. Maybe in the midst of the pandemic, you’re pondering what changes you can make right now that will last when things return to normal. Let’s Talk is like a frank and funny conversation over coffee (or wine!) with a good friend who is willing to help you boldly envision a better and more enjoyable future. Don’t neglect to click on the link to get the free Bonus Gifts – Rios provides Quotes and Takeaways from the book, as well as several video modules from his Let’s Talk Online Course. These are well worth your time and expand upon the principles in the book. Brimming with joy and positive energy, Rios is the mentor we all need for learning how to enjoy life to the fullest. I can hardly wait to read Let’s Talk, Book 2!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cair-Paravel De Loulay

    This book is a joy to read. Let's talk… Whenever I hear that phrase, I automatically assume (you know what they say about that, right?) that I have done something to have earned a talking to. Granted, it's usually all in my head and I didn't actually do anything wrong.  Let's Talk… is not a long book, but goodness gracious, it is so full of life and light. Mr. Rios is almost climbing off the paper and into your living room with you to have a chat and a small glass. His personality is so very vibr This book is a joy to read. Let's talk… Whenever I hear that phrase, I automatically assume (you know what they say about that, right?) that I have done something to have earned a talking to. Granted, it's usually all in my head and I didn't actually do anything wrong.  Let's Talk… is not a long book, but goodness gracious, it is so full of life and light. Mr. Rios is almost climbing off the paper and into your living room with you to have a chat and a small glass. His personality is so very vibrant that it really feels like a conversation.  He touches on a few subjects and in his manner, brings them to life. Life, love, family and even sex is brought to the the table and seriously (in a light hearted manner) discussed. No topic is denied, and he even shares his daughter's letter on the tragedy of racism. She is a wonderfully bright young lady and it is beautiful that they were willing to share her words with a broken, hurting world.  Our world is ever changing and at this moment, tottering on the brink of yet another new normality. It is so easy to look at the bleakness of it and crawl back into bed to wait for the shadows to go away. Mr. Rios has shared his gloriously brilliant light and it was a pleasure to read.  I loved it and am going to see for myself what I can do to bring light to my part of this dark world. Hope is never far away.  I am volunteering an honest review for the benefit of others. 

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valery

    Let's Talk: ...About Making Your Life Exciting, Easier, And Exceptional by Art Rios is an uplifting and inspirational book especially in these tumultuous times. Rios is a talker, loves interacting with people of all kinds, and loves engaging in conversation. That's what this book is all about. How about we all take a break from our computers, phones, tablets, and more, and simply talk with one another? Broken out into easy to read sections or conversations, fifteen in number, Rios opens the book Let's Talk: ...About Making Your Life Exciting, Easier, And Exceptional by Art Rios is an uplifting and inspirational book especially in these tumultuous times. Rios is a talker, loves interacting with people of all kinds, and loves engaging in conversation. That's what this book is all about. How about we all take a break from our computers, phones, tablets, and more, and simply talk with one another? Broken out into easy to read sections or conversations, fifteen in number, Rios opens the book with the absolute must of pursuing pleasures of all kinds from sex to travel to good food and wine. His philosophy is why wait until you are retired to begin enjoying your life. Do it today. Great takeaway and one most would agree with. Written with a great sense of humor Rios implores us to slow down, savor life, use a bit of moderation and have some humanity toward others. All of this makes perfect sense and is a refreshing take on living life. Love the cultural references that make sense when considering a one wine lunch too. Most importantly the author wants you to consider gratitude and kindness in your life, and for one, I couldn't agree more. Highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    DonDon

    Let's Talk is both deep and lighthearted at the same time. The author discusses many aspects of life in a unique and creative way with lots of humor and straight forward thinking. This is a great all-round book that can apply to anyone trying to find the lighter side of life regardless of age, gender or status. A self-help book that feels more like a chat with a good friend that really gets it. Highly recommend. Let's Talk is both deep and lighthearted at the same time. The author discusses many aspects of life in a unique and creative way with lots of humor and straight forward thinking. This is a great all-round book that can apply to anyone trying to find the lighter side of life regardless of age, gender or status. A self-help book that feels more like a chat with a good friend that really gets it. Highly recommend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Short and sweet guide to sweeter and richer lives One of the most poignant lessons I have learned throughout the Covid 19 pandemic, and all that it entails, is that I haven’t been living in a manor in which I get the most out of life. So recently I read Let's Talk: ...About Making Your Life Exciting, Easier, by Art Rios, and was really impressed by some of Rioses practical and well thought out examples of ways we can live full lives full of pleasure and happiness despite the circumstances. The b Short and sweet guide to sweeter and richer lives One of the most poignant lessons I have learned throughout the Covid 19 pandemic, and all that it entails, is that I haven’t been living in a manor in which I get the most out of life. So recently I read Let's Talk: ...About Making Your Life Exciting, Easier, by Art Rios, and was really impressed by some of Rioses practical and well thought out examples of ways we can live full lives full of pleasure and happiness despite the circumstances. The book is short and Rios wasn’t lying when admits to talking a lot. I found some parts wordy and repetitive. For example, I found the happy hour section very redundant and monotonous. Also, the ideas he presents are fairly common, simple, and easy. The are no new ground breaking ideas that you have never heard before. It’s best used as reference and collection of ideas when you are looking to suck a bit more narrow out of life. I loved the quotes he chose to put at the beginning of each chapter. I also really liked the diversity and well rounded comprehensive list and ideas he presented for all areas of your life. I particularly like the chapter on being yourself, because who doesn’t need a little affirmation and validation in this area. I think my favorite section was about pandemics. I have always believed that it is in the discomfort that we grow and change and this section seemed to echo that idea. Just because we are fr from ideal situation doesn’t mean we can’t spring board into living more exciting and easy lives. I would strongly recommend as a quick read to inspire and remind people to live fully in the greatness of this moment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    4.5 stars I enjoyed this self-help book of 15 talks written in short, easy to digest chapters. These simple chapters layout easy steps to help you live your life simply and with purpose. His lessons are positive, with helpful takeaways at the end of the chapter. This is a good little book for people to refer to, or read as a reminder. I think the author did a great job outlining simple steps, and I loved the final chapter. #LetsTalkAboutMakingYourLifeExcitingEasierAndExceptional #ArtRios

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd Russell

    Let me start this review by saying that not only is Let’s Talk a well-written and interesting book, it’s also an important one. The cover reads: LET’S TALK…ABOUT MAKING YOUR LIFE EXCITING, EASIER, AND INTERESTING. Art reinforces this goal repeatedly throughout the book. He does it in such a way that it’s a frequent reminder but doesn’t beat you over the head. What did I like about this book, you ask? Everything, is the answer. Let me list the Top 10 reasons (not in any specific order): It’s very r Let me start this review by saying that not only is Let’s Talk a well-written and interesting book, it’s also an important one. The cover reads: LET’S TALK…ABOUT MAKING YOUR LIFE EXCITING, EASIER, AND INTERESTING. Art reinforces this goal repeatedly throughout the book. He does it in such a way that it’s a frequent reminder but doesn’t beat you over the head. What did I like about this book, you ask? Everything, is the answer. Let me list the Top 10 reasons (not in any specific order): It’s very readable. Self-help books can tend to be dry. Let’s Talk is definitely not. There is quite a bit of humor. For example, on the first page of the book he says “I’m a trial lawyer - no,wait! Don’t close the book!” There are bits like this periodically thrown in. 3. There are meaningful quotes at the beginning of each chapter. They set the stage for what follows. And what I found particularly effective was how he quoted such a wide variety of people - from Buddha to John Lasseter to Cicero to Jack Nicklaus…and the list goes on. 4. I like that his goal is to create dialogue instead of preaching to us. He does this, in part, by reminding us on several occasions that we can click on his website - RiosTalks.com. 5. He makes a lot of cultural references that are just flat-out fun. At one point, he says that the one wine lunch and happy hour go together like “mac and cheese, Batman and Robin, rum and coke, chips and salsa, and Scooby and Shaggy.” Are you kidding me? Scooby and Shaggy? How cool is that? 6. There are 15 chapters in Let’s Talk. But Art identifies the 2 that are the most important - Gratitude and Kindness. I couldn’t agree more. 7. I really connected with his chapter on Power Vision. This is another name for The Law of Attraction. If you are not familiar with this concept, first introduced to us by Esther and Jerry Hicks, take a look. I think you will find that it just might resonate with you, too. 8. Art gives us 3 takeaways at the end of each chapter, which act as a great summary of what we just read. But don’t make the mistake of avoiding the content of the chapters. You will need that in order to receive the most impact. 9. Chapter 13 - Two Ears, One Mouth - hit me hard. It’s about listening. When my wife and I have been with people, we always compare notes to see if they asked the second question. Think about how many ask the first question in such a way that they don’t really care about the answer. They are probably more Two Mouths, One Ear than the reverse. It’s so important to listen, not just talk. But, sometimes, that’s hard to find. 10. In the Kindness chapter, Art gives us 20 ways to show kindness. I STRONGLY urge you and me and everybody to pay close attention to this list. We all need to be reminded of how important this is to us, our families and friends, and the world at large. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I think this is a terrific book. I am anxiously awaiting #2. I will be at the front of the line to pick up my copy. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on Let’s Talk. This is a book that actually makes a difference.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pegboard

    Let’s Talk: ...About Making Your Life Exciting, Easier, And Exceptional is a fun version of TED Talks, by Art Rios. Each chapter is a mini conversation the author has for his audience. He hits topics that are fun and makes himself available for more information through his multiple internet outlets, email, and courses. Each chapter ends with a summary, or “takeaways”. I loved the thought that we should stop viewing life through the eyes of others, instead live life through your own eyes. What I l Let’s Talk: ...About Making Your Life Exciting, Easier, And Exceptional is a fun version of TED Talks, by Art Rios. Each chapter is a mini conversation the author has for his audience. He hits topics that are fun and makes himself available for more information through his multiple internet outlets, email, and courses. Each chapter ends with a summary, or “takeaways”. I loved the thought that we should stop viewing life through the eyes of others, instead live life through your own eyes. What I loved about Let’s Talk is the gems of true throughout the book. Art Rios makes living fun, as he is really about the gritty things in life we sometimes overlook. My favorite chapter, or talk, was chapter #4 on Gratitude. The author states, “Gratitude is the foundation of all human virtues”. As much as I liked this chapter, I realized this is where I am lacking the most. Great reminder of what I should be doing. Overall, this is a glorious reminder of how to reconnect with people and how to use this to combine things that bring meaning to our life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janalyn Prude

    When I first started reading this book, I felt as if I was reading a letter from a friend. Art is so casual and relaxed it doesn’t feel like advice more like what a friend you really respect is done and you want to do it as well. I was blown away when I found out this man who is so seemingly friendly and lovable was a lawyer, Because these or not characteristics you think of one thinking of when thinking of a lawyer, alas he has one. Like they say fact is stranger than fiction. Moving on they ar When I first started reading this book, I felt as if I was reading a letter from a friend. Art is so casual and relaxed it doesn’t feel like advice more like what a friend you really respect is done and you want to do it as well. I was blown away when I found out this man who is so seemingly friendly and lovable was a lawyer, Because these or not characteristics you think of one thinking of when thinking of a lawyer, alas he has one. Like they say fact is stranger than fiction. Moving on they are helpful tidbits in this book but as you read them you are smiling the whole time I have done a few things in this book some I was doing already but others I would’ve never thought of on my own and at the end of the book there is a link to receive four free gifts and I couldn’t process it fast enough. It is full of inspirational and helpful ants and I can’t wait to see what else is in store. This is Brooke one and I can’t wait for the second book in the series. I highly highly recommend this book it is so very good and you will be smiling the whole time you read it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liliyana Shadowlyn

    I will admit - I go into self-help books fully ready to not really like them, but I found this to be a refreshing change on the many I've read. It was easy to read a part and put down, and come back to later (or skip around if you wanted to). I found Art's style to be effortless to read, and I appreciated the recaps at the end of each chapter. Overall an easy-to-read book, that encourages you to take little steps towards an overall big change. I will admit - I go into self-help books fully ready to not really like them, but I found this to be a refreshing change on the many I've read. It was easy to read a part and put down, and come back to later (or skip around if you wanted to). I found Art's style to be effortless to read, and I appreciated the recaps at the end of each chapter. Overall an easy-to-read book, that encourages you to take little steps towards an overall big change.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grymm Gevierre

    Self-help books are hit or miss for me. Many of these have to come at just the right time (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** being a prime example) or I won’t finish them. This book was short enough that I decided to give it a go, and I’m glad that I had. There are many quotable lines in this book. There’s a book with a similar concept (Crucial Conversations, for what it’s worth) that is great but doesn’t feel as personable as this book does. The idea of living the best life you can and how i Self-help books are hit or miss for me. Many of these have to come at just the right time (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** being a prime example) or I won’t finish them. This book was short enough that I decided to give it a go, and I’m glad that I had. There are many quotable lines in this book. There’s a book with a similar concept (Crucial Conversations, for what it’s worth) that is great but doesn’t feel as personable as this book does. The idea of living the best life you can and how important conversations are come through in the writing. As someone else put it in “…his goal is to create dialogue instead of preaching to us.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Green

    The first thing I liked about this book is that it is separated into thirteen different talks so you don’t need to sift through the book to find a specific talk. Art Rios challenges the reader to question why/when life stopped being interesting for them, which in turn makes you question exactly that and whilst pointing you in the right direction also offers advise and wisdom based on his own life experiences. I found this to be a well written and at times humorous self help book that I would hig The first thing I liked about this book is that it is separated into thirteen different talks so you don’t need to sift through the book to find a specific talk. Art Rios challenges the reader to question why/when life stopped being interesting for them, which in turn makes you question exactly that and whilst pointing you in the right direction also offers advise and wisdom based on his own life experiences. I found this to be a well written and at times humorous self help book that I would highly recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jelly Belly

    2020 was a really difficult year. As a freelancer, I was worried most of the year about contracts disappearing thanks to the Covid crisis. As a result, I was working constantly, taking any little job I could always panicking that it was going to be the last. Live had become a bit of a grind! That's when I discovered 'Let's Talk' by Art Rios. The self-help book is light and simple, and it has taught me the importance of taking time out for myself to do something I enjoy and to give myself permissi 2020 was a really difficult year. As a freelancer, I was worried most of the year about contracts disappearing thanks to the Covid crisis. As a result, I was working constantly, taking any little job I could always panicking that it was going to be the last. Live had become a bit of a grind! That's when I discovered 'Let's Talk' by Art Rios. The self-help book is light and simple, and it has taught me the importance of taking time out for myself to do something I enjoy and to give myself permission to put the computer away and have a lazy Sunday. It also helped me employ strategies to not always go to the negative, which had been a big challenge for me during a pandemic. Instead of focusing on what I'm losing - like time with my niece and nephew - I can be grateful for video calls and the pictures they draw for me. If you are feeling stressed and unable to switch off, this is a great self-help book for you. Life should be enjoyed and this Rios will help you find ways to do that, even in this difficult current climate!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mocrate Biacho

    This is a great self help book in my opinion, Art Rios provides help and advise on the more common issues that people face every day rather than more complex problems. The book is split into fifteen different sections/talks that I thought were great as you can head straight to a specific talk and it can be read in any order. Art touches on lots of subjects, life, love, racism and even the current pandemic and its talked about with ease and light hearted humour. This book is highly recommended es This is a great self help book in my opinion, Art Rios provides help and advise on the more common issues that people face every day rather than more complex problems. The book is split into fifteen different sections/talks that I thought were great as you can head straight to a specific talk and it can be read in any order. Art touches on lots of subjects, life, love, racism and even the current pandemic and its talked about with ease and light hearted humour. This book is highly recommended especially to anyone who is feeling the pressures of life amidst the pandemic we find ourselves in right now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Let's Talk by Art Rios Book starts out with reviews from others and free offer of other works from the author. Dedication page, table of contents then the story itself. There are many uplifting notes from the author, stories and common sense things. He makes the perfect case, being a lawyer about how to change your life, especially with the pandemic. Love the spots where he talks about family life with the pandemic and how treasured the moments are. Excellent read all about doing things now to make Let's Talk by Art Rios Book starts out with reviews from others and free offer of other works from the author. Dedication page, table of contents then the story itself. There are many uplifting notes from the author, stories and common sense things. He makes the perfect case, being a lawyer about how to change your life, especially with the pandemic. Love the spots where he talks about family life with the pandemic and how treasured the moments are. Excellent read all about doing things now to make life easier when you are older. Love the ideas and KISS, Lagom-which I've read a lot about recently, and decluttering things to name just a few. Religion is discussed and so many sensible ideas that we should already be doing. So much peace, calm and tranquility. I don't go along with all of the chapters but that's just my personal viewpoint. Ends with acknowledgements, about the author and bonus material offer. Received this review copy from the publicist and this is my honest opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lobstergirl

    Most (all?) reviews are from sock puppets. Voted onto listopias by sock puppets.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez

    [English review + Reseña en español] Let's talk (Book 1: ... about making your life exciting, easier, and exceptional) by Art Rios (Arturo R. Rios) Rios Talks, Inc. 2020 166 pages Overcoming, quality of life, health, spirituality. This is the first book in a series of talks by the author on various topics of personal growth and health. In it, the author defends the power of conversation and the enjoyment of personal and family life without complexes as the basis of a healthy relationship with others [English review + Reseña en español] Let's talk (Book 1: ... about making your life exciting, easier, and exceptional) by Art Rios (Arturo R. Rios) Rios Talks, Inc. 2020 166 pages Overcoming, quality of life, health, spirituality. This is the first book in a series of talks by the author on various topics of personal growth and health. In it, the author defends the power of conversation and the enjoyment of personal and family life without complexes as the basis of a healthy relationship with others and with oneself, concluding each talk with a quote from a famous thinker or philosopher. The topics of each talk are: 1: Moderate and compassionate pleasure. 2: Drinking and family life. 3: Self-discovery and self-acceptance. 4: Appreciation and gratitude. 5: Sunday rest as a ritual. 6: The power of the just amount. 7: Crises as opportunities. 8: Alcohol in meals. 9: Generosity and excesses. 10: Digital disconnection for human connection. 11: Visualization, confidence and achievements. 12: Personal retreat and self-knowledge. 13: To listen, to understand and to contribute. 14: Kindness and gratitude. 15: The problem with racism. The fifteen talks are quite entertaining, short in length but great in content, and straight to the point, with the light and friendly style of a good conversationalist who knows what he is talking about. The positive and joyful spirit that Art Rios displays in this volume makes it a quick and voracious read. Although I do not entirely agree with a couple of talks that make an apology for the consumption of alcohol as a habit, I give it a point in favor when it emphasizes that its consumption should always be with moderation, respect and within certain contexts. Overall, I think this book is an excellent and mature work on how to live a more pleasant, kind, respectful, and fulfilling life. ------- Let's talk (Book 1: ... about making your life exciting, easier, and exceptional) de Art Rios (Arturo R. Ríos) Rios Talks, Inc. 2020 166 páginas Superación, calidad de vida, salud, espiritualidad. Este es el primer libro de una serie de pláticas del autor sobre diversos temas de crecimiento y salud personal. En él, el autor defiende el poder de la conversación y el disfrute de la vida personal y familiar sin complejos como base de una relación saludable con los otros y consigo mismo, concluyendo cada charla con una cita de algún pensador o filósofo famoso. Los temas de cada charla son: 1: El placer moderado y compasivo. 2: La bebida y la convivencia familiar. 3: El autodescubrimiento y la aceptación de uno mismo. 4: El aprecio y el agradecimiento. 5: El descanso dominical como ritual. 6: El poder de la justa cantidad. 7: Las crisis como oportunidades. 8: El alcohol en las comidas. 9: La generosidad y los excesos. 10: Desconexión digital para la conexión humana. 11: Visualización, confianza y logros. 12: Retiro personal y autoconocimiento. 13: Escuchar, entender y aportar. 14: La amabilidad y el agradecimiento. 15: El problema con el racismo. Las quince charlas son bastante amenas, cortas en su extensión pero grandes en contenido y van directo al grano, con el estilo ligero y amable de un buen conversador que sabe de lo que habla. El espíritu positivo y alegre que Art Rios muestra en este volumen hace que su lectura sea rápida y voraz. Aunque no estoy del todo de acuerdo con un par de charlas que hacen una apología del consumo de alcohol como costumbre, le concedo un punto a favor cuando hace hincapié en que su consumo sea siempre con moderación, respeto y dentro de ciertos contextos. En general, creo que este libro es un excelente y maduro trabajo sobre cómo vivir una vida más agradable, amable, respetuosa y plena.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emerson

    Let’s Talk is a positive read that encourages the reader to go into life enthusiastically and make life exciting and exceptional. The book is an easy and conversational read that focuses chapter by chapter on different important and relevant topics from gratitude to pandemics. Each chapter gives a positive outlook while encouraging the reader to make the most of life. At the end of each chapter, there is also a list of takeaways that help make the read easy to take in as well as go back and find Let’s Talk is a positive read that encourages the reader to go into life enthusiastically and make life exciting and exceptional. The book is an easy and conversational read that focuses chapter by chapter on different important and relevant topics from gratitude to pandemics. Each chapter gives a positive outlook while encouraging the reader to make the most of life. At the end of each chapter, there is also a list of takeaways that help make the read easy to take in as well as go back and find the parts that are most relevant to your journey. Author Art Rios takes the time to introduce himself and why he is passionate about this topic, which is something I really appreciate in my non-fiction reading. While living in such strange and trying times, I am very grateful for books like this that encourage a brighter outlook. I very much enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to those looking for some positivity and motivation.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lenor

    Let’s Talk is the debut novel by Art Rios, where he shares his views on life and how to live in the present. This is a self-help book; but don’t be scared about this word, this is special kind of book, where the author with an incredible way of seeing life bring this tips to be better at everything you do with a lot of humor, so truly while reading this book you totally get the feeling of a conversation with the author. The positive vibes this book gives can change your way of living right now; I’ Let’s Talk is the debut novel by Art Rios, where he shares his views on life and how to live in the present. This is a self-help book; but don’t be scared about this word, this is special kind of book, where the author with an incredible way of seeing life bring this tips to be better at everything you do with a lot of humor, so truly while reading this book you totally get the feeling of a conversation with the author. The positive vibes this book gives can change your way of living right now; I’m not saying this book is magical in that way but if the reader learns to take the best from this book which is a total winner for me, it can truly improve the day to day; since being grateful, sharing good energy, looking at the positive things, is what this book is all about, so dive in and start living better.

  24. 5 out of 5

    G George

    This is a pretty fabulous self help book that does not have to be read in any particular order as it is divided into fifteen different talks focussing on various different topics. The best part of this book for me was that the author simplifies everything which makes things so much less daunting to broach yourself, its also filled with practical and sometimes spiritual inspiration. I enjoyed reading this book, it left me with a feeling of positivity and a much better outlook on dealing with certa This is a pretty fabulous self help book that does not have to be read in any particular order as it is divided into fifteen different talks focussing on various different topics. The best part of this book for me was that the author simplifies everything which makes things so much less daunting to broach yourself, its also filled with practical and sometimes spiritual inspiration. I enjoyed reading this book, it left me with a feeling of positivity and a much better outlook on dealing with certain issues. Highly recommended, especially in these difficult times.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aino

    Nice and chill book as it's name suggests it's kinda like having a conversation with someone. It made me grin, nod, shake my head and even laugh. The topics were interesting and so was the discussion about them. There were many things said that I didn't agree with but that is cool it's not like there is one right or wrong answer or anything. Overall I really enjoyed this book and think that it made me really think about stuff and that is always a joy. Nice and chill book as it's name suggests it's kinda like having a conversation with someone. It made me grin, nod, shake my head and even laugh. The topics were interesting and so was the discussion about them. There were many things said that I didn't agree with but that is cool it's not like there is one right or wrong answer or anything. Overall I really enjoyed this book and think that it made me really think about stuff and that is always a joy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Winter Rose

    I like how the main characters met each other, I love the plot and everything about this book. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on NovelStar, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  27. 5 out of 5

    EmmaPorzee

    The story is powerful; I like how it was presented. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  28. 5 out of 5

    Harold Chears

    Thought provoking build up!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Modesta Bachand

    Most amazing book for a quiet evening reading!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ben Rodenbough

    Extraordinary story.

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