Tuesday, March 25, 2014

top ten tuesday: bookish bucket list

A weekly bookish meme

a bookish bucket list

one | visit 5 different small, local bookstores in 5 different countries and purchase something

two | attend a book convention (like BEA)

three | read 100 books in a year

four | visit 3 famous U.S. bookstores (like Powell's)

five | attend a signing by a current fave author (like Mary Robinette Kowal or John Green)

six | go on a bookish getaway (like a Jane Austen tour or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter)

seven | finish reading the Song of Ice & Fire series

eight | read a book in Korean

nine | spend a week rereading childhood faves

ten | get published (eek!)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

nonfic pick

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg

Blurb: In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

I'd give this to a friend who: Is struggling with the same bad habits over and over again.


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