Amazon’s Best Picks for Books this February

Business Insider published an article this morning on Amazon’s best book picks for the month of February.  Some of the books that had already made it to my “To-read” list were also on Amazon’s list — Paul Auster’s novel  4 3 2 1 and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  I’ve never read a book by either author, but both have been on my radar for some time.  If you are a Book of the Month Club member, you may want to chose Pachinko, an epic novel that follows several generations of a Korean family.

Best Books This August

Business Insider just posted an article about Amazon’s best books for August 2016.  The best books according to Amazon are:

  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • I’m Supposed to Protect You From all This by Nadja Spiegelman
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  • Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller
  • Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
  • To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
  • The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
  • The Last days of Night by Graham Moore
  • Good As Gone by Amy Gentry
  • Christodora by Tim Murphy
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Check out the book covers and descriptions at Business Insider!

Amazon’s Best Books of the Year

Business Insider just posted an article listing Amazon’s top ten books for 2015.  Topping the list is Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies.  I feel a little out of touch this year, not having read a single book in the top ten — not even The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  Winter is coming and it will definitely be time to catch up on reading for me!

Business Insider‘s article includes also a link to Amazon’s complete list at the end.  You can read the article here.

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.