The Memoir: Stories of Life Worth Adding to your Reading Lists

The misunderstood and often overlooked genre of Memoir merits your attention.  I'm the first to admit that as a reader memoirs did not catch my attention.  I assumed they were not much different from the autobiography of which I have read few because there are very few people whose whole life story interests me. It... Continue Reading →

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Review: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations is a collection of twelve books of the personal writings of Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius.  Aurelius was a practitioner of Stoic philosophy and Meditations is the result of analysis of Stoic philosophy and the application of it to his life. Don't despair, the book isn't nearly as long, boring, or complicated to read as... Continue Reading →

2017 Edgar Award Winners

The Mystery Writers of America have selected the best in the mystery fiction and non fiction genre with the announcement of the 2017 Edgar Award winners. Best Novel - Before the Fall by Noah Hawley "On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later,... Continue Reading →

Review: The Element by Ken Robinson

The Element is a popular personal development book about finding your element; the intersection of your natural talent and your personal passions.  This book is often included on lists about creativity and while it features the stories of many creative people, it is not actually about creativity. "The element is the point at which natural... Continue Reading →

Review: Writing Well by Mark Tredinnick

I first read Writing Well by Mark Tredinnick a few years back.  It has held pride of place on my writing book shelf because it is one of the most helpful and beautifully written books on writing I've read so far. "Writing Well is a guide to expressive creative writing and effective professional prose. The... Continue Reading →

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

In my part of the world the Pulitzer Prizes were announced at 9pm last night but no matter the time zone people all over were ready and waiting to hear the news of the 100th anniversary Pulitzer Prize winners. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen What a year for Viet... Continue Reading →

Review: Langford’s Basic Photography by Michael Langford

Langford's Basic Photography was first published in 1977 and continues to be updated with the most recent 9th edition published in 2010.  This photography book comes highly recommended and is the prescribed textbook for some courses.  Michael Langford is a well accomplished and respected photographer and teacher. "Michael Langford, renowned author, teacher, and practitioner, is... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #06

This week the 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist was released.  This is my most anticipated lit prize of the year and you can be sure that the longlist will have a few gems on it.  This year I've picked two books from the list that I expect to be really good. The first is The... Continue Reading →

Review: Quiet by Susan Cain

An absolutely great book all introverts should read.  This book is written in such a way that extroverts will enjoy it too and even understand themselves a bit better.  I found this book personally very self-affirming and it gave me hope and power.  Cain describes the world of an introvert, the different kinds of introverts,... Continue Reading →

10 Top Books about Our Minds

Every now and then I love a good Non Fiction book and I seem to enjoy the books about our minds and how they work the most.  I've put together a list of 10 top picks to read about our minds from what I've read and what I want to read.  I'd love to hear... Continue Reading →

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