Update on the Gilmore Girls Challenge

As the New Year starts to take shape, I wanted to share with you my progress on the Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge (#GGReadingchallenge).  I’ll check back again in a few months.  Have you gotten any further?  Keep me posted about your progress as well.


1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23. The Bhagava Gita
24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30. Candide by Voltaire
31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32. Carrie by Stephen King
33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37. Christine by Stephen King
38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
52. Cujo by Stephen King
53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
61. Deenie by Judy Blume
62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
64. The Divine Comedy by Dante
65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
66. Don Quixote by Cervantes
67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
73. Eloise by Kay Thompson
74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
75. Emma by Jane Austen
76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
79. Ethics by Spinoza
80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
83. Extravagance by Gary Krist
84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
112. The Graduate by Charles Webb
113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
125. Henry V by William Shakespeare
126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
137. The Iliad by Homer
138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
140. Inferno by Dante
141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
169. The Love Story by Erich Segal
170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
173. Marathon Man by William Goldman
174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
206. Night by Elie Wiesel
207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
212. Old School by Tobias Wolff
213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
219. Othello by Shakespeare
220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
237. Property by Valerie Martin
238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
240. Quattrocento by James Mckean
241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
270. Selected Hotels of Europe
271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275. Sexus by Henry Miller
276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277. Shane by Jack Shaefer
278. The Shining by Stephen King
279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282. Small Island by Andrea Levy
283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289. Songbook by Nick Hornby
290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298. Stuart Little by E. B. White
299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306. Time and Again by Jack Finney
307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312. The Trial by Franz Kafka
313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316. Ulysses by James Joyce
317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319. Unless by Carol Shields
320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion


The Gilmore Girls – Are you ready?


Unless you are from another planet …. ok or maybe you’re not obsessed with the life of a mother and daughter as they grow up together …. you are not aware that the Gilmore Girls is making an appearance on a television set near you (in your living room perhaps) during the Thanksgiving Season.

It’s only one day and it will be a marathon (a few hours) I will be recording and saving on my DVR (do people still use DVRs?)

In honor of such great news I thought I’d share and help you prepare for the event.  Here is the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.  How many have you read?

Book Review – First Women

First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First LadiesFirst Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading The Residence I was super excited to read this one. However, unlike The Residence, this one felt more like a gossip novel. Although interesting, in the way of a tabloid magazine but without the craziness, I am not sure that’s what I was looking for and I think that’s why only the 3 stars. I don’t think it’s the writing or the topic itself….. Actually, I’m not sure what I was expecting but I for some reason it fell short of my expectations.

One of the interesting aspects of the book was that it looked at all the friendships between the various women who have lived in the White House. I was particularly surprised at some of those. There were some that seemed obvious and one in particular which totally surprised me. Another aspect of the women’s lives which I find interesting is how they support each other. Although at times from different sides of the isle these women share an experience that very few of us will ever experience so, although not surprising that they turn to each other, it’s the ones they turn to that felt surprising at times. The relationship between Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton was one that made me chuckle and surprised me until I gave it a little more thought. These women, although political at times, are more often than not the glue that holds the family together and the attacks on their husbands during the presidential elections are felt, perhaps much deeper than we perceive. During the last election when Hillary ran agains Barack Obama, some things were said that cut very deep. It was interesting to see how Michelle Obama still feels the wounds.

It was endearing to read about Nancy Reagan. Always the lady…. her devotion to her husband came through in the book and you could tell the love the White House Staff felt for the couple.

All in all, this is a good read…. a look at a side of the White House that few of us ever get. It’s a great Summer read, light and quick and something you can read while laying out on the beach 🙂

See you next time.

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You by Caroline Kepnes

YouYou by Caroline Kepnes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book took me a month to read. I really enjoyed that the book was written from the perspective of the main character and I found it really interesting to see what was going on in his mind while he was coming up with the things he came up with as well as his reasons behind what he was doing…. sometimes he even convinced me that it was the only way to resolve the problem…. until reason took over.

Joe is a self-centered person who will stop at nothing to get the woman he set his eyes on…. Do I think this is a romance as some have filed it? Absolutely not. This book will make you cringe at times both due to some sexual content and also due to the reasons for the actions Joe chooses to take. However, don’t think that it’s only Joe…. there are others who are less then perfect.

I thought the book was very well written and the plot was captivating. However, where the book falls short is that I think it towards the middl of the book it just dragged. The reason for it taking me a whole month to read it. I just didn’t want to pick it up and read the same thing again. They’re on, they’re off…. it became a boring rollercoaster.

Having said all that, I would recommend this book to anyone who does not mind mild sexuality and some violence. I will be picking up her next book but I think I will have to give myself a short break from it so it sinks in a bit more.

Hope this was helpful.

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February Reading Wrap-Up

February is over and what a crazy end of the month it turned out to be.  Between things at work getting busier and Dakota acting up and my diet…. well, let’s just say…. it hasn’t been pretty.

I managed to read a few books this month towards my goal for 2016 as well as my 12-12-12 Book Challenge.


I read this book more because of my interest in the person and not so much her life as a designer.  I was interested to see what type of woman Chanel was and what inspired her to be who she was.  See my review here


A while ago I gave this book a try but at that time, perhaps I was not ready to read it, I couldn’t finish it and it wound up on my “Did not Finish” list.  This year as you know I am doing a reading challenge — see here— So I picked it up again…. turns out this time around I was ready to hear how much of an introvert I really am.  I loved this book this time around.  See my review here.


Big Magic was one of those books that lived on my “want to read” shelf for so long I almost gave up on it.  I’m glad I didn’t.  See my review here


Career of Evil brought me back to my once loved thrillers which I used to read all the time.  I will be writing a review of the book so I won’t say too much here but, although my most favorite book this month, I am glad I picked it up.


Brooklyn is the story of an Irish immigrant in the United States sometime after the war.  This is a story that will take you through all different types of emotions and pulls at your heart.  Being an immigrant myself there were aspects of it that I related with and others that I didn’t and am glad I didn’t.  I will also be writing a review of this book so this is enough for now.  Let’s just say that this is a good contender for one of my favorites of 2016.

It’s time to think about the list of books to read in March….. Stay tuned for that list which should be posted tomorrow.

What will you be reading?



Book Review – Quiet by Susan Cain



I read this book as a part of my Book Challenge.  This was a book which I had abandoned sometime ago because it made me feel uncomfortable, I think.  True, I could relate to the book and the author’s description of what constitutes an introvert but I did NOT want to be an introvert.  Gosh!!! if that’s what I am, how am I going to grow in my career?

I’m not sure what changed but this book was the first book I thought of when I needed to pick “a book I previously abandoned.”  Is my career less important?  is introversion more acceptable?  What?

Well, I think neither and perhaps both.  Introversion is more widely understood now and my career, although interesting and I still enjoy what I do, very much.  I am not willing to sacrifice anymore.  I am ready to discover other parts of my life and interests of my life and I am no longer willing to ignore who I am for the sake of a corner office of the glory of breaking through that glass ceiling.

Being an introvert is no longer perceived as being shy…. although when Susan Cain wrote the book in 2012…. doesn’t seem that long ago does it? a lot of the studies had not come to light.  I am pretty sure this book was the push we needed to learn more about the introvert phenomenon…. Not a phenomenon at all I am sure.

As an introvert, myself, I was very interested in finding how the world perceives me.  I am not shy and I have a few friends…. granted not a whole lot of friends but I truly believe that one or two true friends are all one person needs and absolutely all I can handle.

Although I like the book I felt like it glorified introversion to the detriment of extroversion.  Neither one is right or wrong, they both just are.  two siblings (me and my brother) can be totally different.  I, the more introverted and he, the complete extrovert.  Growing up we completed each other.  When things became too much for me to handle he took control of the situation and ensured that all eyes were on him.  This gave me the opportunity to “disappear” become invisible (hahaha I wish) in order to be able to deal with the situation.  We’re both married now and I use my husband for those moments when I need to become invisible…. but my point is that…. my brother is an extrovert but that doesn’t make him any less intelligent than I.  As a matter of fact, as far as intelligence goes, I think we are both the same but in different ways …. did that make any sense?

The book was very well researched and I enjoyed hearing all the stories as well as the research done in the name of introversion.  However, I don’t feel that it was balanced.

I would recommend this book to an introverted person who has not come to terms with why the world looks different from the world everyone else is on.  However, I would caution that person to remember that there is a yin to every yang and that the extrovert may also feel confused in an introverted world.

All in all, I am glad I went back to read the book.  It’s like the universe felt I was ready to finally understand it.

On to the next book.  Come join me in Goodreads



Just started reading “Big Magic” by: Elizabeth Gilbert

My Reading Challenge


I love books.  I love the smell of books, the feel of books and … ok, the look of books on my iPad.  I admit, I’m odd, I like the way the shelves look with all the books I’ve read.  Each one is a trip into a completely different world.  The problem is that…. the worlds are not that different.

As a child, I read anything and everything I could get my hands on.  Thanks to my father who was an avid reader just like me.  We had all types of choices… politics, history, fantasy, romance (I didn’t like those then and don’t like them now)….. But the fact is that I was not picky about what I read.  As I got older I developed a taste for non-fiction and it’s rare the book that I pick up that is fiction.  I tend to read mostly history, biographies, business related books, financial… etc.  Then are the self-help books, how hasn’t read those?

I think it’s time to expand my horizons.  I am close to finishing Mademoiselle Chanel and was going through Goodreads looking for my next book to have it waiting on my bookshelf when I came across this 12 Books, 12 Months, 12 Different Categories, challenge and I thought this would be perfect for me.  I know I don’t have 12 months anymore but …. who cares.  Even if I only do 11 months 11 books, 11 different categories; at least it’s more variety than I’m used to.

I will keep you posted on my progress and in the meantime, if you want to take the challenge with me, here are the categories.  Let’s get started.

-A book published this year
-A book you can finish in a day
-A book you’ve been meaning to read
-A book recommended by local librarian or bookseller
-A book you should have read in school
-A book chosen fr you by someone you know (spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF)
-A book published before you were born
-A book that was banned at some point
-A book you previously abandoned
-A book you own but have never read
-A book that intimidates you
-A book you’ve already read at least once

Let me know how you do.

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