Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, By Susan Cain

In short, Susan Cain’s Quiet is the definitive owners guide to the introverted personality, and as such, is a must read for anyone who is, or loves, an introvert. As an undergraduate, and again as a graduate student in Psychology, I enjoyed the required courses on personality theory. Even if most of the theories discussed… Continue reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, By Susan Cain

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, By Robin McKinley

Just as in the classic version of Beauty in the Beast, this story is about a young woman who is imprisoned by a beast in an enchanted castle in her father’s stead. However, unlike every other version of this story I have read, in this story Beauty is not beautiful. Instead, she is a tall… Continue reading Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, By Robin McKinley

Into the Heart of Borneo, By Redmond O’Hanlon

Upon my first cursory inspection this book sounded like manna from heaven. It met all the criteria of a great adventure story.

Shakespeare and Company, A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart

Reading Shakespeare and Company, A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, was like spending a wonderfully rainy afternoon in your grandfather’s attic going through dusty old photographs, maps, letters, and journals.

The Magicians, By Lev Grossman

If you were the kind of kid that spent your childhood opening every wardrobe you came across hoping to find the entrance to Narnia, or perhaps sat waiting for an owl to arrive on your 11th birthday with your acceptance letter to Hogwarts, then The Magicians by Lev Grossman might be for you.