What to Read this Fall

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Hello Readers. I would first like to start off with an apology for not posting last Thursday, things have been rather busy lately, so I will also go ahead and add that I will not be posting on Saturday’s anymore and will be going back to my usual posting days.

Ok, so for today I would like to share with you my Fall reading list, although it only contains three books, I have other projects and things I’ve been working on so I really don’t read as much as I used to. But my goal is to read a book a month.

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Number One

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This book was given to me at Christmas and I still haven’t managed to read it, so with the movie version coming out in October, it’s a little extra motivation for me to read it.

The synopsis reads…

EVERY DAY THE SAME

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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Number Two

What We All Long For by Dionne Brand

My sister read this book for an English class and just ended up purchasing the book, she totally recommended it after she finished.

The back of the book reads…

Award-winning writer Dionne Brand powerfully delves into uncharted aspects of urban life, the bitter sweetness of youth and the secrets of families trying to hide. Tuyen, an aspiring artist whose family arrived from Vietnam in the 1970s, rejects her immigrant family’s hard-won suburban Toronto comforts. Instead, she lives in a rundown apartment on College Street that she shares with her friends-each of whom is grappling with familial complexities and heartache. Tuyen’s parents are still haunted by the loss of their son Quy, who disappeared in the chaos of fleeing Vietnam. Now, unbeknownst to his long-lost family Quy has become a criminal in the Thai underworld-and he’s coming to Toronto. Amid the dynamic rhythms of the city, the tension surrounding Guy’s arrival mounts, and leads to a violent, unexpected encounter that will alter forever the lives of Tuyen and her friends.

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Number Three

Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

I have looked at Susan’s TedTalk, and her blog, but I have yet to finish reading her novel. I started it almost a year ago and never got through it for some reason. But I promise I will.

(This description is from Good Reads, found at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8520610-quiet?ac=1&from_search=true)

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.

This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

What books have you been reading? What books do you want to read?

-Brittany

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