Things Booktubers Do

I’m on Booktube – that means I make YouTube videos that are specifically about books: what books are about and my experience reading them: that’s a lot of what you’ll find on Booktube. However, most tubers will probably tell you that their most popular videos are book hauls – the ones they make showing the…

Spring Forward With These Non Fiction Reads

Now that those of us in the northeast have endured the spring-forward time change as well as a blizzard that seemed to have come out of nowhere, it is time to start burrowing out of winter hibernation and thinking instead about how to make a better place in the world that is opening back up…

How To Write A To-Do List

At the start of every day, as we plan our schedule and visualize the experiences we want to have that day, how many of us take the time to strategize what we want? Or do we simply wait to see what will happen so we can react to it? John Maxwell recommends that we ask…

2016 Winter Reading Challenge Results

Twice each year, Megan hosts a reading challenge – a summer challenge and this winter game that runs from November to the end of January. I’ve participated before and really enjoyed it, because even when I didn’t complete all the requirements, it was fun pushing myself to try to work off a reading list and I met some…

2016 Most Influential Non Fiction Reads

One of my 2016 reading goals was to read 100 books in a year. In January, I thought I would go for an even split and read 50 fiction and 50 non-fiction. While I met my overall goal of 100 books, the even split didn’t really happen – I only read 35 NF titles. I’d signed up…

Good Judgment

There is a science and an art to prediction. Computers can handle the science really well. Put some factors in an algorithm and a well-programmed computer can tell you all the possible next steps but as to which of those possibilities will lead to the best outcome for some potential scenario you have created, even IBM’s supercomputer…

Bestseller Lists

The New York Times, that bastion of pride which every author ascribes to have recognize their work and every reader wants to have their own choices validated by, has published their 2016 bestseller lists. From the 20 bestselling fiction works of 2016, I’ve read a single book, The Girl on the Train, and I didn’t even…

Weapons of Math Destruction

“Math is life” is a statement I tout to my students often. But quite often in our society, the way we use math is to our detriment, instead of our benefit. Weapons of Math Destruction is a fascinating description of the algorithms we use to describe and predict life and how we are affected by those…

November Goals

Looking back at October, it wasn’t a bust but it wasn’t a great success either. I read a little, wrote a little, worked out a little, paid a little better attention to my diet, saved a little, made some new friends. Nothing extraordinary. Not that my new friends aren’t extraordinary because most of them are….

2016 Winter Reading Challenge TBR

Cold weather like today’s means the winter reading challenges are near. I am doing this one by Megan that starts on November 1st and goes to January 31, 2017. If you’re in the mood for a reading challenge, click to sign up too. Challenge Categories: 5 points: Book that is at least 150 pages long – Interpreter…

Radical Beauty and The Fountain of Youth

A quick internet search of Deepak Chopra will bring up the statement that he believes “that a person may attain “perfect health”, a condition “that is free from disease, that never feels pain”, and “that cannot age or die”. Chopra is quite an interesting person and knowing his background, what do you think would be included in…

What Productivity Looks Like To A Procrastinator

Recent college graduate, Chris Bailey, had two awesome full-time job offers. But like many recent grads looking to delay their foray into the real world, he took a year off instead to delve into a project he hoped would change his life forever in a good way. Like many others before him, Bailey started a…