Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Much of who you are on a day to day basis comes from your mindset. Your mindset is the view you have of your qualities and characteristics, where they come from and whether they can change.

Carol Dweck, a Psychology professor, found that people tend to either have a “fixed” mindset or a “growth” mindset. A fixed mindset is the belief that your qualities are fixed and cannot be changed through effort, and a growth mindset is the belief that you can change your qualities with effort.

Dweck’s research clearly shows how we can limit our success in love, work, and relationships with a fixed mindset, and with a growth mindset, create a love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishments. 

Dweck acknowledges that it’s not easy to rid yourself of the fixed mindset, but teaching a growth mindset creates motivation for learning in all areas and enhances relationships. 

When you read Mindset, you’ll see how.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

One morning, at the age of eighty-three, Etta wakes up and decides she wants to see the ocean. She packs a knapsack, grabs her husband’s rifle, and leaves Otto a note;

I’ve gone. I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there. Don’t worry, I’ve left you the truck, I can walk. I will try to remember to come back.

Etta then sets off walking the 3,219 kilometers from Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia. Along the way she ends up with a coyote for a companion that she names James.

Meanwhile, Otto finds Etta’s note and understands why she has left. So Otto waits patiently for Etta’s return, writing her letters and finding things to occupy his time.

Eventually Russell, who has long standing ties to both Etta and Otto stops in for a visit, and upon finding that Etta has left, he is determined to set off after her.

The story weaves in and out from past to present, tying the relationships of all the characters together, and creating a wonderful novel about family, friendship, love, hope, honor, memory, and last adventures.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury

Two childhood best friends make a promise to each other to return years later and read letters written and sealed away beneath the old oak tree. As the date slowly approaches much has changed with both Ellie and Nolan, and Kingsbury weaves a tender story of loss, love, forgiveness, second chances and the power of faith.

The character’s intermingled stories stir the soul, as they deal with heart-ache, shame, and the messy reality of being human, and making mistakes. “The Chance” illustrates tremendous power of forgiveness, not just for those who need forgiving, but for those who have been wronged.

The reviewer is sure that any of Kingsbury’s life-changing novels will inspire and not disappoint.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Department 19 by Will Hill

The Department 19 books are a fictional young adult series written by author Will Hill.  They are about a secret organization that was founded over a century ago by Van Helsing and other survivors of the famed Dracula.

Department 19 is responsible for policing the supernatural and keeping the fact that they exist a secret. Part thriller, part horror, these books are packed with mystery and suspense. The reviewer thinks this series is great because of the unique mix of fiction, fantasy, and the supernatural.

Fans of action and fantasy books should check this series out!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bullied Kids Speak Out by Jodee Blanco

Have you ever felt hopeless and alone, afraid to face your peers, knowing that they will torment you, emotionally and even physically? Then you are not alone.

In Bullied Kids Speak Out, Jodee Blanco shares true stories of teens that have faced harassment, humiliation and complete despair as a result of being bullied. She shows how these teens had the courage to stand up to their bullies and reclaim their lives.

The stories show their victories over their situations and how many helped to change school policies and in some cases, even befriend their tormentors.

The reader will applaud these stories and be inspired by their strength and courage and the reviewer recommends this book to teens and parents alike.