What is it about? When a surprising invitation arrives in the post, impoverished spinster Miss Ophelia Trent wants to turn it down. With no funds for a new gown or even slippers, she’s afraid of becoming the latest laughingstock in Society. With her mother’s gentle insistence, and a borrowed antique gown, Ophelia decides to take one last chance to find a suitable husband.
The ball to which she’s been invited is everything she could have dreamed, including a marriage proposal to the "perfect" man. However, she longs to see the stableman whose easy smile and soulful eyes have etched a mark on her lonely heart.
Should she stick with "perfect" or let her heart take a chance at finding true love?
What did I think? What a lovely read. If Jane Austen wrote short love stories, it would read a lot like this.
I liked the main character Ophelia. She was so kind and lovely that you wanted her to win in the end.
It's only .99 cents on amazon, so pick up a copy.
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What is it about? In this insightful and pathbreaking reflection on “doing nothing,” Billy Ehn and Orvar Löfgren take us on a fascinating tour of what is happening when, to all appearances, absolutely nothing is happening. Sifting through a wide range of examples drawn from literature, published ethnographies, and firsthand research, they probe the unobserved moments in our daily lives—waiting for a bus, daydreaming by the window, performing a routine task—and illuminate these “empty” times as full of significance. Creative, insightful, and profound, The Secret World of Doing Nothing leads us to rethink the ordinary and find meaning in today’s hypermodern reality.
What did I think?I just loved this book! Loved it.
Don't let the title fool you, this book is not filled with 'nothing'. It's packed with interesting insights into life.
The book opens up in a grocery story. A man is at the checkout counter and what ensues is typical of the average human: to avoid the mundane-ness of waiting, he creates a competition between checkout lines. Who will get done first? After an opening like that, I was hooked.
It takes to understanding why we create little competitions for ourselves on a day to day basis. The kind of "imaginative ingenuity" that "ritualizes and dramatizes daily life".
It discusses six aspects or principles behind waiting. (I won't spoil the book by listing them here.) And how the feelings towards waiting varies depending on where you live in the world.
Another section of the book--and really the reason I picked it up--is the section on daydreaming. When do most people daydream? Why do people daydream? Fascinating study.
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Creativity 101 by James C. Kaufman
What is it about? Creativity 101 serves as a brief, engaging introduction to the field of creativity. Dr. Kaufman presents the cutting-edge research and analyzes new and emerging theories in the field. This book investigates the many definitions of creativity, as well as how it is manifested and measured in schools, the workplace, business, art, media, and more. Key topics discussed: The "Four P's" of creativity: person, product, process, and press How creativity influences personality, motivation, intelligence, and talent The dark side of creativity: the remarkable relationship between creativity and mental illness Emerging directions in creativity research, with discussions on neuroscience, the media, and literature The Psych 101 Series Short, reader-friendly introductions to cutting-edge topics in psychology. With key concepts, controversial topics, and fascinating accounts of up-to-the-minute research, The Psych 101 Series is a valuable resource for all students of psychology and anyone interested in the field.
What did I think? This book was really inexpensive so I picked it up from Amazon (now, however, the price has gone up), it touches on the subject of Creativity (duh!) and what defines it.
What makes a person creative? What makes one creative person different from another?
I really liked some of the sections, like the one on Historiometrics, pioneered by Simonton. He defined creative people based on their biographies and factual information. In one of his studies, he divided the lives of 10 composers (Bach, Mozart, Chopin...) into five-year periods and measured each composer's productivity based on works and themes. Here's what he found: The composers who wrote the best music, wrote the most music. Quality is related to quantity.
As a writer I found that interesting. That means: the more we write, the better writer we become.
There was also discussed the correlation between creativity and mood. Does being in a bad mood make you a more creative person? The findings are still inconclusive but there are basis for both theories.
Why did I give the book only three stars?
It's not the content, it's the way the content is laid out. Instead of adding footnotes, he often places the references right in the paragraphs, leading to long, hard to read paragraphs. I found myself skipping points because of the excessive citations.
Other than that, an interesting read.
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