Tuesday, August 25, 2015


I've read three more books to tell ya'll about.
First I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  I read this book in order to understand my youngest daughter better.  In the prologue, Susan writes "Without introverts, the world would be devoid of the theory of gravity, the theory of relativity, Chopin's nocturnes, Peter Pan, Orwell's novels, The Cat in the Hat, Charlie Brown, Google and Harry Potter."  It's important to realize that introversion is not a handicap.  I learned some good things.  BUT the author is very liberal and a lot of her examples bothered me because of the political leanings.  More often than not instead of trying to understand the point about introversion vs. extroversion, I was frustrated with her beliefs in things like global warming, etc.  I guess this book was interesting, but frustrating.  I'm not sure what kind of a recommendation that is.
Trina lent me her copy of The Seamstress: A Memoir of Survival by Sara Tuval Bernstein.  It was so good that I ordered my own copy.  But it was also horrible.  Good and horrible?  Yes!  Because Seren Tuvel is a Jewish Holocaust survivor.  There was a lack of bitterness throughout this book.  Seren simply tells about the beatings, questionings, and other forms of torture she and her family endured at the hands of the Nazis.  She always has hope.  Even after the war, Seren simply tries to recover, find her family members and work.  She never complains, although she would have been completely justified to do so.  I also loved how Seren was intense loyal to her sister and friends.  She uplifted, and helped those around her.  This biography showed high ideals and strong character that were developed during the Holocaust.  It's inspirational - as good as The Hiding Place.
I LOVED Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.  This is a book that if you haven't read already, should be high up on your list of books to read next.  Especially if you like fantasy and Brandon Sanderson.  The characters are compelling and the mysteries throughout the book are intriguing making this book extremely hard to stop reading.  By placing a bunch of great characters and placing them in a wondrous and strange world, Sanderson has managed to create an original and powerful story that shows how being human can mean so many things to different people.
Kotten Kandy and Scott read this book before me.  They talked about it all the time.  Now I understand the hype.  It's fabulous.  I highly recommend this book.
So that's my book reviews.  Time to start another one!


  1. I would love to barrow your copy of "The Seamstress" sometime. Glad for the "Quiet" Review. I thought I would want to read that one, as I had seen other reviews. Think I'll find another book on introvert vs. extrovert if I ever have the time to read it. I have so many other books lined up :)

  2. I really liked Quiet. But then I am an introvert. ;-) I don't recall the political stuff, but I'm sure they were there. I think i was enamored with the argument that all you extroverts can be a pain in the neck. Generally we wouldn't expect you to change so we just withdraw. But we love all you extroverts. You save us a lot of trouble by doing all the talking for us.

  3. Reading your Dad's and Sister's comments was interesting too. In the last few years I've resigned myself to being an introvert - happily resigned even. But I also love talking when it's one on one, so is that an I or E thing? Mom