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Good Morning, Good Life: 5 Simple Habits to Master Your Mornings and Upgrade Your Life

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  945 ratings  ·  142 reviews
"Not a morning person? Not a problem! I want you to wake up on your terms and no one else's."

Morning routines. We hear about them all the time. We see them on social media feeds and in online videos. We read about them in memoirs and self-improvement books. So, what's the big deal? What's so important about what we do every morning?

In Good Morning, Good Life, Amy Schmittau
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2019 by Gatluw House
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommend
Probably the most helpful book I've read about mornings, mainly because it doesn't assume you should do exactly the same thing as everyone else. Dinging it a star for some formatting issues. ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I felt like most of this was good advice, until Landino starts to discuss how to handle morning routines when you have kids and it becomes very clear that Landino does not have children (she does state that outright, but it was already obvious) and doesn't realize that children are not as moldable and considerate of boundaries as she thinks they are. I already get up 2 hours before my six-year-old does specifically so I can avoid boundary-testing in the mornings, but I have friends who don't hav ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Update: I finished the book a couple of weeks ago, and my opinion hasn't changed. I got some useful information, but nothing that I hadn't already heard on her YouTube channel.

I'm roughly 2/3 done with this book, but I have opinions. First off, some context. I started watching Amy on YouTube a few months ago, and I really do like her mission and message. Full disclosure...I thought I would low-key hate her at first, but she is probably one of the few "influencers" I've encountered who presents a
My Bookish Delights
I love productivity books (and videos, etc) so I may be biased since I'm preset to enjoy a book like this. I thought it was easy to read, had some quotable passages, and some good tips to get you started. The overall message is that everyone's morning routine will look different based on your own personal needs and that there's no one right way. It did have some short interviews with "successful" people interspersed and that was okay, but honestly, I just skimmed over them because I didn't reall ...more
Review to come soon. I really enjoyed this honest and easy to follow guide to creating morning routines from Amy Landino. I've followed her for a long time as a YouTuber and when I heard she was publishing this book, I eagerly picked it up. It's a combination of a personal narrative to how she made the commitment to changing her routines and setting herself up for success, and she uses that experience to break down a step by step approach to building something that works for "going after the lif ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I read this for an online book club. There is nothing overtly wrong with the advice, but there is nothing earth-shattering either. I learned that this book was distributed through self-publishing, which explains the near-constant formatting issues throughout each chapter.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m obsessed with morning routines. So sue me.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I guess I don't really need a morning routine. What annoyed me most about this book was the accusation that I'm addicted to drama; she's clearly projecting. Our lives and goals are too different for this to work for me. I'm sure better books on this subject exist. ...more
Bailey Mullen
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amy’s voice shines through her writing! She definitely was narrating it inside of my head (not the worst thing). I love her videos, but actually reading out the steps made it seem a lot more attainable for me. I’m a firm believer in a good morning routine! I love that she cuts down the excuses and labels that we put on ourselves and replaces it with motivation and a bit of humor. 💫

The only downside is the format was a little bit off in some places, but it wasn’t distracting or anything for me.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I bought this audiobook on a whim, I always like listening to self help books when I'm in a slump. I did enjoy listening to it, although I don't think I'll implement her recommendations. It did made me think about some aspects of my life, and it did have an effect that other self-help books didn't have (although those books were surely better than this one!). Maybe it's repetition, maybe when I hear the same advice five times, on the fifth time I start to GET it? I don't know. It still was a ple ...more
Natalie Polito
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this simple and possible advice for helping create a morning routine for myself specifically!

I also was pleasantly surprised not only the solid morning advice, but SOLID life advice. I love the examples of real life scenarios Amy used and how it shaped her into making the changes that have lead her to this fulfilled life.

Also pausing the reading to read short interviews of successful people are their specific morning routines was a really cool perspective on how it really is about the i
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would have given it a full 5 stars, but there were some areas that tripped me up structurally since there were breaks between paragraphs. Amy Landino is a very organized and efficient person so the only thing that I can attribute these mistakes to is the fact that it was written and published within such a short time frame... Beyond that the actual content of the book is incredibly helpful and I can’t wait to start my journey of using this as a resource for my morning routines
LaKena Marotta
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this take on making mornings great. It runs parallel with Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning but with a less in you face approach. If you like the idea of improving your day starting with your mornings, but Elrod’s S.A.V.E.R.S were overwhelming try Landino’s approach. She makes it feel like anyone can do it.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good morning routine and have been watching Amy Landino’a YouTube channel for a while, so it seemed natural to pick up her book. A lot of the ideas & suggestions shared in the book can be found via her channel, but sometimes reading them with actionable steps in front of you is a bit more motivating. The formatting and editing leave a bit to be desired, unfortunately.

Overall, I really enjoyed Amy’s tips, and at times found it hard to read at night because I was so pumped to wake up and
Heba Ayman
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Natalyn Houk
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good routine. This book was interesting and I love the suggestions... I don’t know if I’ll actually try them out, but I might, which is always a step in the right direction.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Especially the actionable steps.
Mehek Naresh
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Well structured and well thought out.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
After discovering Amy’s YouTube channel a few years ago, my days have become so much more productive and mindful ever since implementing my morning routine. This book is great for those inspired to start or just productivity junkies in general.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amy gives practical advice, tips, and strategies to use to make your best morning routine! Definitely check it out!
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. I started it and thought it was good, because Landino discusses her first marathon. I like running and hope to run a marathon one day, so I thought this book was going to be loaded with some practical insights. After the marathon bit, I realised this book was a bit too preachy for me, with not enough substance.

The more I read, the more I felt it was a book about Landino rather than about how to make early mornings your best tool for a productive life. I really felt t
Boomers Gems
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm giving it 4 stars cause it has good advice and is a quick fun read, but it really deserves 3. The editing mistakes are obnoxious. One or two times I could've looked past it, but I lost track how many times the paragraphs cut mid sentence. Very annoying. Too bad she rushed the outcome of this cute book.
The content is good. I've been watching her youtube channel for a year or so and honestly I didnt really learn anything I haven't heard her say in a video. But I do like that it's in a book s
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really didn’t need to know what face cream her morning routine involves. This was more like a written version of the slightly narcissistic ‘what I eat/do/wear in a day’ YouTube videos everyone is posting. Maybe more suitable for a young audience who are starting their mindfulness journey.
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really wanted to like this book more than i did, especially because i love amy and her youtube content. so here's why im givinng this 3 stars..(id go 3.5 if i could, but no higher) :

* besides a few helpful tips and new idese, the book just felt pretty redundant to me. a lot of what was said, mentioned, or advised had been previously addressed in a previous video. so, nothing I didnt hear already.

* one of my biggest pet peeves are editing and/or grammatical errors and this book had both. and
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. I've never heard of Amy Landino before, but I'm a fan of Ryan Holiday, who was interviewed as part of the book. He's been giving Amy a spotlight on his social media, so with his recommendation I figured I would check it out. Unfortunately, Amy seems to be just like any other run-of-the-mill influencer who thinks she discovered boba tea, meditation, or whatever up-and-coming trend is starting to make its way into the mainstream. I stopped reading when she equate ...more
Eliana Connelly
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I follow this woman on YouTube and I enjoy her videos A LOT. So when I got her book, I started reading it already with a bias perspective. However, I can attest the book is great. It’s empowering and motivational to help you go after the life you want. It gives you tools to respect your time first and to believe in yourself.

After finding Amy on YouTube, I made some changes that seemed simple yet they had a tremendous impact on my productivity for the better. I am even able to get 7 hours of sle
Steve Miller
This won't be an unbiased review. I am a fan of Amy Schmittauer Landino's You Tube channel so, by extension, I am a fan of this book. What makes this an uplifting read is that there is no rigid you must do this, then this, then this every morning or you won't have a great day formula that must be adhered to without fail. Instead, it is a witty, well thought out guide that allows each individual to grow, foster, and reap the benefits of a personalized morning routine and the positive effects that ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Good morning, good life, fellow Goodreaders! I picked up this book because I am a long time follower of Amy Landino, and after having watched many of her YouTube videos and read her first book, Vlog Like A Boss, I was so stoked when I found out she was writing another book—this time dedicated to making our morning's magical. In this book she offers tons of actionable advice for going after the life that you want starting with your morning. She breaks every part of it down and gives you tons of a ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
I am a huge fan of Amy Landino and still am. I listen to her podcast and watch her youtube videos and her advice has truly changed my habits and life. I got this book and read this to start my 2021 off to the right start, and unfortunately, I was very disappointed. The quality of her work online does not match the book. The editing and organization of the book is not as clear as I thought it would be. I found myself reading a section thinking I already read that section but it was related to a d ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In true Amy Landino fashion, this book is not meant to be a passive read. Full of actionable, thought-provoking prompts, Good Morning Good Life delves into designing a routine that best serves you, your lifestyle, and your goals. Apart from Amy’s own Master List of ideas, morning profiles of successful people in various walks of life are sprinkled throughout the book.

OPINION: The book reads in Amy’s voice which is simple, sometimes comedic and compelling on all occasions. I personally prefer a m
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