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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Happiness

Yesterday, during a conference call for the virtual book club I belong to, #truthchat, we discussed shortly about happiness and the one thing that makes us happy. On today I discovered Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian psychology professor, who studies happiness in people. He has two books of interest. I have added them to my to-be-read list: "Finding flow: The psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life" and "Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention." Do you know the one thing that makes you happy?

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As I Lay Dying By William Faulkner

This book can really be described in one simple word, "Wow!" Having never read a book by William Faulkner, I can now say I am a FAN!  Even though the book started off as a challenging read, I am happy to report that I enjoyed it until the very last page.

When I started the book, I didn't know what to expect. Being from North Mississippi and having visited Faulkner's home several times, I really wanted to see what all the "fuss" was about. I checked out the vintage version from my job's library.
"As I Lay Dying" details a journey of a family determined to bury Addie (the mother/wife) in a specific location based on a promise.  The journey to get Addie (which happens to be the name of one of my best friends) is unbelievable.  From the making of the coffin, the accident in the Mississippi River, the flying buzzards, the cement, to the fire, each page draws the reader deeper and deeper into the plot. Faulkner's imagery, similes, metaphors, and…

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Yes, I know the title of this book. No, I did not make a mistake. No, the title should not be "The Art of War," even though that supposedly is a good book.

Thanks to @duchessdi (please follow her) I was able to read the book during my NO Spend Month. She let me borrow it via the Nook application. Technology is amazing. Want to know more about that? That's on my more personal blog. Check it out!

This book is about the control resistance takes when it comes to creativity and being a writer. Even though this book is specifically for helping writers overcome resistance and write their masterpiece, the principles laid throughout this book can be applied to ever day life.

One of the principles that I think of often since reading this book is "If I was the last person on Earth, would I still do it?" Applying this to everything you do can make you stop wasting time on things that truly don't matter. If you wouldn't do it if you were the last person on Earth, th…

Book Teaser... The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

After reading Literary Marie's Blogpost on Tuesday Teaser, I decided to participate.  Here are the rules:


Grab your current readOpen to a random pageShare two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that pageBE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!My current read is The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.  I turned to page 73.   Two teaser sentences include:  "The scariest thing was telling his wife," recalled Onofrecuk. "I was afraid to go to her house by myself, so I asked Zaitsev to come with me."