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.”
“One of my most cherished Thanksgivings occurred on a year when none of my traditional family was present,” shares Sarah McCoy, author of The Baker’s Daughter. “Some might think that a tragedy and others a blessing . . . . I’d recently moved to El Paso, Texas – two thousand miles from all of my beloved kin in the Virginia/DC Metro area. My husband had to work Thanksgiving eve, so we couldn’t fly home to be with everyone. In lieu of scampering about the kitchen baking with my mom, aunts and grandma, I sought out a meal-delivery program in my new community. I went in with the intent of working at a soup kitchen, aiding the less fortunate and needy, but when I saw that my local firehouse was on the list of meal requesters, I stopped.”
Meet the Saturday Night Widows: ringleader Becky, an unsentimental journalist who lost her husband to cancer; Tara, a polished mother of two, whose husband died in the throes of alcoholism after she filed for divorce; Denise, a widow of just five months, now struggling to get by; Marcia, a hard-driving corporate lawyer; Dawn, an alluring self-made entrepreneur whose husband was killed in a sporting accident, leaving two small children behind; and Lesley, a housewife who returned home one day to find that her husband had committed suicide. The women meet once a month, and over the course of a year, they strike out on ever more far-flung adventures, learning to live past the worst thing they thought could happen.
The Mochimochis from Mochimochi Land took over Crown Publishing. They infiltrated the Random House building, stormed the 6th floor and captured Crown’s publisher. The battle was documented by both sides on Twitter using the hashtag #MochimochisAttack. Follow the entire Mochimochi-Crown publishing battle! It’s terrifying, it’s adorable, it’s really happening! Not sure what mochimochi are? A mochimochi can be anything, from fearsome baby gators to pigs with beehive hairdos, from the toe-nibbling monster slippers to an assortment of itty-bitty hamsters, micro mountains, and human beans complete with comb-overs! Super-Scary Mochimochi here, and they’re taking over, just in time for Halloween.