Book Review: 13 things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13thingscoverThe Booklover’s Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do has gotten a great deal of attention.  Huffington Post, LifeHack, Business Insider, and Forbes all wrote about this book and those are just a few of the Websites that brought Amy Morin’s book to their reader’s attention.  With so many prominent information organizations getting the word out, it was absolutely necessary for me to check this out!

Amy Morin has written a book that everyone should read, especially those in their teens and twenties.  This is a book for everyone though and a book that is timely.  Even prior to this book, it had not escaped my notice that people in general seem to less resilient than in the past.  They just don’t seem to weather the hardships that life slings their way as well as people used too.

Morin provides practical strategies to help readers with common habits that tend to hold people back from success.  One strategy struck me as particularly important.  Morin advises that mentally strong people do not give away their power.  As summarized on Lifehack, “They don’t allow others to control them, and they don’t give someone else power over them. They don’t say things like, “My boss makes me feel bad,” because they understand that they are in control over their own emotions and they have a choice in how they respond.”

#13Things now resides in my local high school media center.  The message is so important that I wanted as many young people to have access to it as possible.  Booklovers everywhere should read this book and pass their copy along to those that will benefit most from it.  Perhaps, with Morin’s help, we can build a generation of mentally and physically strong people that can tackle any challenge!

Book Details:  Published by William Morrow (December 23, 2014), 272 pages, ISBN:  0062358294.

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24 Books That Will Change Your Life

Business Insider has a wonderful slide show entitled “24 books you’ve probably never heard of that will change your life.”  It is a must see!  My to-read list on GoodReads just grew by 24 books…

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Potential of Asteroid to Hit Earth on January 26th

On January 26th, Asteroid 2004 BL86 will come dangerously close to Earth.  The asteroid is thought to be up to 1,000 meters in diameter.  Objects of this size are large enough to cause unprecedented destruction, or generate a mammoth tsunami in case they fall into the ocean.

What would you read if you only had three weeks until mass destruction of a kind not see in millions of years?  Some suggestions put forth by Zero Hedge are Lucifer’s Hammer, by Jerry Pournelle and The Perseids Collapse trilogy, by Steven Konkoly.  Zero Hedge suggests that you read Konkoly’s novel The Jakarta Pandemic before reading The Perseids Collapse though.  In addition, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy may also be pertinent, especially if you have young children, and it is very well written.  Quite frankly, The Road scares the hell out of me, as does No Country For Old Men and All the Pretty Horses.  Cormac McCarthy will keep you up at night.  Forewarned is forearmed!

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New Year’s Resolutions

If you are in the process of writing down your New Year’s resolutions today and they include travel, you might want to include visiting some of the world’s greatest libraries.

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2014 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

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Book Review: One Step Too Far


One Step Too FarThe Booklover’s Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The first thing you see when you pick up One Step Too Far is that is a #1 International Bestseller.  This is an immediate hook for me, as I’ve long held that European writers know how to tell a story better than American writers.  American writers simply put too much action in the book for me.  It just seems as if they’re already writing the screenplay, instead of telling me a good story.   Tina Seskis’ novel  did not disappoint me!

Emily Coleman has a happy marriage, a beautiful family, and a beautiful home.  She’s a former attorney who stays at home with her small son.  So what makes her get up one morning and start all over as Cat Brown?

Cat quickly makes a new friend, Angel, and begins working as a receptionist at a hip advertising agency in London. Cat’s new life could not be more different than her old one.  Angel teaches her how to survive and thrive on the London scene and soon Cat has risen through the ranks of the advertising agency.  Inevitably, Emily’s old life and her new life as Cat intersect.  You will have to read the book to find out what happens next!

This book was far better than even I had imagined.  While none of the characters are particularly likeable, by the time you get to the end, you can at least understand them.  In some ways this book reminds me of The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt.  The characters engage in some of the same destructive behavior and you wouldn’t want them for a friend or a family member, but you can understand why they do what they do.   This book was hard to put down.

Book Details:  Published by William Morrow (January 27, 2015), 304 pages, ISBN: 978-0062340078

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Obsessed With ‘Serial?’

Business Insider posted a list of 11 true crime books you should read if you are obsessed with Serial.  I am on Episode 5 of this terrific podcast.  While I have been a fan of This American Life for years, Serial far exceeds that program.  Check out the books and make plans for your post-holiday reading!

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