Read It Forward

“I have so many favorite stories in Animal Wise,” says author Virginia Morell. “I loved meeting Alex the African Gray Parrot, a parrot that the scientist Irene Pepperberg had taught to mimic the sounds of over 100 English words. He understood that these sounds were labels – for example, he knew that the sound ‘yellow’ referred to the color yellow. Irene could then ask him questions about his understanding of the world. It was remarkable to watch her ask these questions, and to listen to his answers. He had a sweet little voice, rather like the one Dustin Hoffman adopted for his character in Rain Man. When one of his companion parrots was struggling to pronounce a word, Alex interrupted him and said, ‘Talk clearly! Talk clearly!’ I realized then that Alex truly had a mind of his own.”

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society – from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Susan Cain’s extraordinary bestselling book Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves. We asked Susan to share some tips for a quiet holiday. Enjoy!

“We keep ‘fancy’ books out on our shelf in the living room, some classic faves, and old school books/non-fiction, etc,” shares RIFer David P. “There are several books about our hometown history/reference. We only read physical books. I always have a book on my nightstand. We get a lot of books from the library, but end up buying some books when we love them! We have a great used bookstore here that we buy and sell books from as well. It’s a good way of recycling books and obtaining new ones! ” Learn more about Read It Forward’s Share Your Bookshelf sweepstakes.

“This photo is Wall One, the main bookcase in my collection,” shares RIFer Bunny C. “There are several others but this one is the main one everyone sees. I organize by genre. My Stephen King collection is the left hand side, and then it progresses to horror and fades into YA down on the right. Across the room is a smaller matching bookcase that has my middle grade, fantasy, and non-fiction (reference). Downstairs, I have children’s books and the dreaded ‘unsorteds’ (lol).” Learn more about Read It Forward’s Share Your Bookshelf sweepstakes.

We want to know how you live with your books. We want to see your bookshelves, we want to know how you organize your bookshelves! Do you do it by author, do you organize by genre? Maybe you have more than one bookshelf for different kinds of books, maybe you have a bookshelf in every room of your house. Or maybe your books sit in happy piles around the room. However you do it, we want to know how you live with your books. It’s easy to participate! All you have to do is send us a photo or video of your bookshelf!

“After A Dog Named Christmas was released, and made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, more than a few people agreed with me that holiday fostering could be done,” writes Greg Kincaid, author of A Christmas Home. “Primarily, they were people that loved dogs, or at least hated to see them suffer, and were willing to take a chance on saying yes to a different approach. Four years later, with the help of Petfinder.com, Random House, and Hallmark, Foster A Lonely Pet for the Holidays has moved from the pages of this little book and into over three thousand shelters that have chosen to say yes. The lives of tens of thousands of dogs and cats have been improved and, in most cases, literally saved. For the last several years, the animal shelter in my home town has sat virtually empty on Christmas Day. It’s a happy stillness.”