I started by own book review blog on blogger.com as my New Year's Resolution before I ever found out about this website. I plan to share all of my reviews on both platforms now, but I would LOVE to have people check out my previous posts.
Here's to many more books, many more reviews, and sharing the joy of reading!
I recently went to Barnes & Noble to buy some books for my birthday. I found a table that had a buy 2 get 1 free deal, but you had to pick books on the table. Immediately I knew two books I wanted. I had no idea what I wanted for the third book. So I meandered around, picked up a few different books, read a few different pages, and stumbled across this book. I had never heard of it before, never heard of the author, and had no idea what it was about. But I've always been interested in cognitive science (science of the brain) and a "why we do the things we do" study of psychology. It peaked my interest enough where I picked it up and brought it home. As soon as I started reading it, I realized I would need a highlighter for all of the morsels of knowledge Duhigg provides along the way.
The book covers three different sections. The first section explains how habits form as part of every day life. It breaks down the science behind the formation of habits and how we can change them. The second part of the book shows how to focus on successful habits to grow an organization or company. The third part looks at large society groups, like churches or the civil rights movement, and how they respond to habits. Throughout each section, it continually reminds you how the habits are formed.
As I'm finishing the book, my group of friends has decided to go on a diet starting August 1st. Here I am reading a book about understanding your habits (both good and bad), learning how to change bad habits and create new habits, and finding the insight to recognize why I may have failed before. What wonderful insight it has provided for me! I still have to put in the hard work, but at least I feel like I know what to look for now. I can follow some of the advice and plans in the book to set myself up for a better chance at success. I really am intrigued to know if my diet will be more successful now that I've read this book.
Not only did the book make me think about my upcoming diet plans with my friends, but it opened up the thought process for a number of different habits I've formed. To quote from the first chapter, "more than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day" aren't actual decisions, but habits. If we can become more observant and retrospective as to why we have created habits for ourselves, it is remarkable to think of the outcome we may be able to have. Of course, there are positive habits. Not all of them are negative. I guess the point is to sit and understand why the habit exists, if it is a positive or negative habit, and if there is a way to change it for the better. I may not want to change every habit I have ever formed, but I'm hoping that this book has at least given me the option to change some of my habits for the better.
On The Book Report:
And The Whippoorwill Sang
by Micki Peluso
I love this heartwarming family tale, ‘And The Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso!’ It is beautifully written and I could not put this book down.
It is about a large family handling the constant changes in their lives as the grow up and the heartbreaking lost of one young daughter. The story is part family struggles; part lost, and part romantic comedy. Think a touch of the TV show The MIDDLE’s Mike and Frankie.
Micki Peluso’s descriptive style as well as her description of emotions and places add charm and meaning to the story. She defines each of her children and family members well. I feel that I really know this family.
When I got this book I was worried about how I would be emotionally while reading it having lost members of my own family. I rarely read non-fiction. But in truth, I was able to fully relate and see parts of my own life that would have been upsetting, now with clarity.
Find Micki Peluso at: http://mallie1025.blogspot.com/