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More Random Books Finds this Summer

Posting again before I build up too high a stack!  These books were got at library book sales during the month of July.

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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Book Shopping

 

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Non-Fiction I’m Liking (Summer 2017)

If you’re still looking forward to taking your summer vacation and searching for inspiration in a non-fiction read, consider one of these as your beach companion!:

“At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life,” by Jennifer L. Scott~ Wanting a little more French elegance in your everyday life? The second of Jennifer L. Scott’s non-fiction trilogy (so far) was a memorable read for me a couple of years ago.  Of course I wanted to read this after having read her first book, Lessons from Madame Chic.  I so enjoyed reading about creative ways to establish a lively routine at home.  Conversational in style, Jennifer feels like a trusted friend and I also am a devoted follower of her blog and youtube videos.  I really can’t think of anything to nitpick about it and I’m hankering after Book #3 (Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic)!  This book is perfect for stay-at-home mamas, but not relegated only to that stereotype.  All of us can benefit from living more consciously and happily when we’re at home.

“The Creative Habit”: Learn It and Use it For Life,” by Twyla Tharp~ Speaking of creativity, anyone who claims or aspires to be any type of artist will heartily enjoy this book, written by a NYC dance choreographer. At first I was going to pass on by this, but after taking a closer look I realized it had contained within it lots of encouragement for achieving my dreams of becoming a VO artist.  I’m only on Chapter 5 and I’ve already taken pages of notes and there are even interesting exercises for discovering how you are hardwired creatively.  I was afraid that perhaps the content would be too over my head, but I found it to be easy reading and am having a hard time putting it down.  Having a block and don’t know how or if you should continue forward?  I think you will find the author quite reassuring with a lot of good advice.  This book is a must-read for you!

 
 

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Audiobook Review: “A Curious Mind,” by Brian Grazer (Read by Norbert Leo Butz)

22669010Genre: non-fiction; self-help; motivational

Story Review: I picked this audiobook up on a whim while on a trip to my local library.  The very first thing that attracted me to it was the title: A Curious Mind.  I think the word curiosity describes me.  Even when I’m disgusted or repulsed by something, curiosity drives me in further to explore.  I love to learn!  I love anything interesting.

I tend to gravitate toward non fiction when it comes to audiobooks. I don’t have as much time to listen to fiction on audio, I get bored when I do, and I envy the reader because I want to vocally create the story myself.  Non fiction is different.  If it’s interesting it has my attention from the beginning, and I’m an avid note-taker.

I had never heard of the name Brian Grazer (Hollywood film producer and self-called ‘storyteller’) before, but I was surprised that I was familiar with some of his films. Some of them include A Beautiful Mind, 24, and In the Heart of the Sea. I wasn’t really sure what his book would be about, but it turned out to detail Grazer’s technique on how he approaches life.  In a word, with curiosity.  It wouldn’t hurt any of us to take a few tips on staying open to learn new things, taking opportunities as we come across them, and being humble and grateful in this world.  There are so many interesting things to learn and people to meet!  I liked Grazer’s reasoning that curiosity leads to success, and his list of benefits stemming from curiosity.

I probably would have appreciated a little more practical advice on how to apply curiosity to one’s everyday life. Not all of us have the leverage or opportunities to meet the kinds of people Grazer has (which have included Princess Diana, Isaac Asimov, and Fidel Castro).  But I took six pages of notes, so I think I enjoyed the book!

Thoughts on the Narrator: The preface is read by Brian Grazer himself, but the rest of the book is narrated by Norbert Leo Butz.  I’d never heard of him, either, but his reading never lost me or bored me.  His voice was clear-cut and stage-practiced.  Since this was non-fiction, I have no idea how he would do performing fiction with voices and dramatic emotions.  I am very picky when it comes to narrators (another reason why I listen to so few), but his was a presentation I could well tolerate.

I think it would be hard to listen to this without at least a pen and notebook. This is for anyone who desires to achieve goals in life!

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Random Books Post, the Thick of Yard Saling Season

It’s about time I posted about my random book findings, as I have about three STACKS (deserving of capitals) to update on.  Please forgive me for posting links to goodreads.  It was just a little too much HTMLing for me.  But as always, you can click to view them up closer on slideshow and read my comments on them all.  Ready?  Here we go!:

I told you. random. stacks.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Book Shopping

 

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Non-Fiction Books I’m Liking (Spring 2017)

Passed and Present, by Allison Gilbert~ Do you have a growing collection of objects that hold fond memories? Maybe they are things that remind you of your childhood, or memorabilia from a deceased loved one.  Over time, these items—as beloved as they are—begin to take up a lot of space.  It can be difficult to part with them and can feel like a loss all over again.  Because I am very sentimental, I am beginning to feel stressed by the amount of material things I am fond of.  That’s why this book caught my eye as I was passing the new release shelf at my local library.  It’s chock-full of creative ideas one use to put their heirlooms and other memorabilia to good use.  Some of it involves art projects, or different display techniques, while other ideas invite the participation of others (friends, family, even strangers).  What’s nice is that this book isn’t just about the practical use of cold objects, but that the point is aimed at keeping the memory of one’s parent/grandparent/friend, etc. alive.  I was able to get a couple of good ideas I would like to implement someday.  It’s worth checking out!

The Gentle Art of Domesticity, by Jane Brocket~ This was a book I picked up at a book sale and didn’t realize how interesting it was until I got it home and got to looking at the pictures. Just the title alone has won me over, but each chapter after another holds it’s own interest as well.  If you have an interest in noticing art in the everyday small moments, this book is for you.  I don’t pretend to be a June Cleaver, I don’t like crochet or sewing or making every blessed thing from scratch.  But I love the idea of glorying in texture and patterns, identifying one’s style and expressing that in everything.  The author’s own style isn’t particularly my own but I was inspired to create different pinterest boards for myself based on what I like.  Jane Brocket’s conversational rambling of thoughts also make for interesting reading.  And I’m sure the bright colors in the photographs will be enough to brighten anyone’s day!

 
 

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Book Sale P’s & Q’s

Hi, folks! I’m pretty excited because tomorrow I will be attending a humongous library book sale in my area and I’m getting all my stuff gathered around to go.  Some of what I’m taking includes:

Crossbody purse (the less I have to hold, the better),

Money (of course)

Some sturdy bags (this isn’t a bag sale, and I don’t know what will be provided so I’m prepared just in case),

Water bottle,

Calculator,

Tablet (access to goodreads, etc),

Lunch,

Glasses (need to see long distances),

Comfortable clothing (suitable for lots of bending over, standing),

TBR Notebooks (maybe- except it’s hard to hold too many things while shopping).

This sort of sale isn’t for the faint of heart. I know sometimes people can get downright rude and pushy.  But there are also lots of nice people, and I’m praying people remember their manners and make it a pleasant experience for all.

However, lately I’ve been contemplating an ever-increasing issue when it comes to these sales, especially the big ones in the cities like tomorrow. And that is that it’s getting more popular for book resellers to show up.  Believe you me, I don’t have hatred for these folks (because I confess: I’m one of them).  But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.  Playing by the rules, respecting others, respecting the books and other items for sale, and making sure that what you’re purchasing will be of value to you is important to remember.  But when resellers (or others, for that matter) cheat, hoard, scoop, push, steal, etc.– that gives themselves and all resellers a bad name.  The fact of the matter is, there really are others out there that just heartily enjoy a good book sale and wish to go treasure hunting for themselves.  And when they look over and see someone thoughtlessly stuffing half the table into their bags without even bothering to seriously check if it’s worth it—just stuffing for the penny’s risk of a chance at profit—it takes the fun out of it.  Then they get offended if someone gives them a hairy eyeball.  That’s when the Friends of the Library become not-so friendly and rules change, book resellers get banned, and prices go up.

When I go tomorrow, I will have 3 missions. One is to shop for my book selling business.  The other is to find interesting non-fiction books that pique my fancy, or exciting novels I’ve had on my TBR list.  And finally, I shop for my church library as well.  I can’t wait!

What are some things you like/dislike about library book sales?

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Book Shopping

 

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The Fun Begins! (Random Book Post)

I don’t know about your part of the country or world, but where I live the book season has begun in earnest.  As a result, I have two teetering piles of books to share with you!  I have now run out of space on my 1 1/2 bookcases, have books in storage, and have organized piles around my small bedroom, so I don’t know where I’m going to go with these.  But as I recently told my hairdresser: I know I have a problem, but I don’t intend to fix it.  Besides, I comfort myself with the fact that if it’s books, it’s not hoarding.  I’ve been collecting them in a pile until I created a post here to process them, so I’d forgotten about some of them until I rediscovered them this evening.  It’s like Christmas twice!  😀

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Book Shopping

 

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