Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Lifeby Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus is a fantastic book for people looking to live with more purpose. Their philosophy is to remove the excess “stuff” in your life and live with greater intent. This book is about their personal journeys to find their happiness and become a minimalist. It was interesting to see how they both came to this discovery independently. I really liked that both Millburn and Nicodemus told their stories very directly and with little preaching. It was truly just about what was right for them. They each felt that in order to be happy they had to de-clutter and de-stress their lives, even if this meant giving up money and possessions. They completely changed the way they were living by changing their shopping habits and only living with things that were absolutely necessary. This concept may fly in the face of our consumer driven society, but what a great message to learn. I finished the book rethinking my need for material things (books do not count as material things) and putting more emphasis on people.
I am looking forward to reading their second book, Everything That Remainsand hearing about what happens after the “stuff” is cleaned up and the focus has moved to relationships, service and doing rather than buying.
Here are a few book events that we will be hosting for the month of June:
June 8th(Sunday) 1:00 – 2:00 Book Signing with Lee Marie Schnebly. Ms. Schnebly is the author of Confessions of a Glommer. Her self-help book is perfect for better understanding types of loves and how to find your happiness with others.
June 14th (Saturday) 1:00 – 2:30 PM Book Talk & Signing with Jenny Milchman. Ms. Milchman is the mystery author of Cover of Snow andRuin Falls. Her novels capture small towns’ angst and fears that are sure to create a roller-coaster ride of emotions and suspense.
June 15th (Sunday) 1:00 – 2:00 PM Book Signing with Kristy Harvey. Ms. Harvey will be signing her book Mindfulness on the Move. This book discusses her personal mindfulness journey and learning to fully engage her senses in every moment in order to be in the here and now.
June 15th (Sunday) 2:00 – 3:00 PMBook Signing with Jessica Hickam. Ms. Hickam’s debut YA (young adult) novel The Revealedis sure to please readers with her mix of mystery, supernatural powers and romance. This is sure to be an addictive read that will hold you until the very last word.
Alice LaPlante’s debut novel Turn of Mindis incredible. This is the story of Dr. Jennifer White’s descent in to Alzheimers and the murder of her friend and neighbor, Amanda. Jennifer is starting to have trouble recognizing her friends and family. She finds herself easily slipping into the past, and just as easily slipping into a present that makes no sense. Now she is the prime suspect for Amanda’s murder, but no one is able to figure out if she did it due to her failing memory.
This book is written from Jennifer’s perspective as well as from her journal entries. It was fascinating to learn the story in this method and so well executed. The police’s attempt to uncover the murderer was such an intriguing aspect of the novel, as were the dynamics between the characters. The timeline does jump around a bit to highlight the effects of Alzhiemers, but was in no way confusing. LaPlante has done such an excellent job with this novel that it is hard to believe it is her first. We can’t wait to see what she writes next.
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Daniel J. Levitin’s non-fiction work entitled This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession is an eye-opening look at the connection between music and our mind. Levitin tells us why we are emotional attached to the music from our youth, why jingles get stuck in our head, and how composers produce pleasurable music by exploiting the way our brain views the world, among many other intriguing theories. The book is easy to read even though the ideas are complex and often mix science and psychology together. After reading this book you are sure to look at music and the brain in a whole new way. This is a perfect read for anyone interested in the working of the mind.
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson was an incredible fascinating read. This non-fiction book looks at the experiments that were once created to identify a psychopath. Often the experiments are now considered illegal to perform, such as giving the subject a countdown to an electric shock. However, much was learned from this beginning research. Ronson finds in his search that most psychopaths have abnormal amygdalas causing them to react differently to tragedy or pain. They don’t have the feelings that trauma usually invokes. The book looks at the Hale test, which is the official test used today to determine if a person is a psychopath or has psychopath tendencies, giving examples of the questions asked and the process involved in both administering the examine and taking it. Ronson also looks at CEO’s and other people in power to determine if they are psychopaths. Overall, this book was just filled with interesting information and would be great for any true-crime fan to read, as well as anyone else interested in psychology. Ronson’s book will be out May 12th.