Shelf Control #6: “The Rise” and “50 Psychology Classics”

Shelf Control is a weekly meme created by Lisa at Book Shelf Fantasies where bloggers feature books they own and would like read. It’s a way for readers to take stock of what they own and get excited about the books on their shelves and devices.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, so I’ve decided to feature 2 books instead of just one. I chose the books at random and was surprised to see that both books are based in psychology.

…I guess this is a sign that I should start reading the nonfiction books I own.


My first pick of the week

Title: The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

Author: Sarah Lewis

Genre/Subject: Nonfiction; psychology

Published: 2014

Length: 259 pages

Goodreads summary:

From celebrated art historian, curator, and teacher Sarah Lewis, a fascinating examination of how our most iconic creative endeavors — from innovation to the arts — are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts.

…Written over the course of four years, this exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of a creative human endeavor. Each chapter focuses on the inestimable value of often ignored ideas — the power of surrender, how play is essential for innovation, the near win — can help propel you on the road to mastery, the importance of grit and creative practice. The Rise shares narratives about figures past and present that range from choreographers, writers, painters, inventors, and entrepreneurs; Frederick Douglass, Samuel F.B. Morse, Diane Arbus, and J.K. Rowling, for example, feature alongside choreographer Paul Taylor, Nobel Prize winning physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, and Arctic explorer Ben Saunders. (Goodreads)

Where I got it: Book Outlet

When I got it: Last year

Why I got it: I was inspired by her TED Talk on how the idea of failure can motivate us.


My second pick of the week

Title: 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do: Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books

Author: Tom Butler-Bowdon (editor)

Genre/Subject: Nonfiction; psychology

Published: 2006

Length: 301 pages

Goodreads summary:

This is the curious reader’s guide to popular psychology, an invitation to embark on a journey more than a century in the making. Comprised of excerpts from fifty books and covering hundreds of groundbreaking ideas, 50 Psychology Classics explores foundations of the field (William James’s ‘The Principles of Psychology’) as well as contemporary writings (Malcom Gladwell’s ‘Blink’). Among the topics included are: 
* The Science of the Brain
* Tapping the Unconscious Mind
* Happiness and Mental Health
* Personality and the Self
* Human Motivation
* The Dynamics of Relationships
* Creative Power and Communication Skills (Goodreads)

Where I got it: Barnes & Noble

When I got it: 2014

Why I got it: Simply because I’m interested in the subject…and the book was discounted. 😉

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Book Cake Book Tag

As I sit here with my stomach grumbling dreading that I’ll have to cook something (I hate cooking), I thought to myself, “Why not do the Book Cake Book Tag that Ann of Ann’s Reading Corner tagged me for ages ago?”

Actually, that’s not what I said to myself. It was more like “Ugh… I don’t feel like cooking. Lemme do a book tag.” Either way, here I am with another book tag and one I was actually tagged for this time! 🙂 I’m catching up. Kinda. Ann tagged me for this last year, but better late than never, eh? Thanks Ann! 😀

By the way, after some searching, I found that the tag was created by booktuber Suddenly Lorna.

Flour: A book that was slow to start but picked up as it went along

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

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Try a Chapter Tag, Pt. 2

I’ve always wanted to do another round of the Try a Chapter Tag (here’s my first one), so I’m glad to finally get another chance to do it. I recently completed the 2 books I’ve been actively reading and am now looking for 2 more to start on. (I tend to juggle 3 these days.) Since I’m long overdue to read the ARCs and other recently published books I won in giveaways, I’ve decided to use this tag to choose two ARCs/recently pubbed books to read next.

The tag was created by Malia at BookParadise, a booktuber. The guidelines are as follows:

Choose 5+ books you’ve been meaning to read.
Read up to the first chapter, prologue included.
Decide if you’ll complete it or set it aside.
Here are the books I’ll choose from.

Some of these were published earlier this year so I’ll include the publication dates below.

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Finally Fall Book Tag

I love book tags and I love fall, so when I saw this one around booktube, I decided to do it. The tag was created by Alina at Tall Tales.

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting!

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.)

I decided to take  this question literally and chose a comic book — I Hate Fairyland, which because of the bright colors used in the illustrations, has a vivid setting. The comic book is dazzling and filled with such an abundance of bright colors that they are almost overwhelming. Many readers have enjoyed reading this story about a girl who is brought to Fairyland and is stuck there for over 20 years because she can’t find the key to the way out, but it didn’t appeal much to me . I think the hype spoiled it for me making the funny portions a bit stale. I went in expecting too much.

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Weekend Reads #77: I Try Not to Think About It

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

This weekend’s topic:

(from Sara LeTourneau’s blog)

How would you answer Henry Ford’s question? What happens when you believe you can do something? How about when you have the opposite mentality? Is one more helpful than the other when it comes to achieving goals? What other thoughts did you have when you read this quote?

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10 Literary Questions Tag

Today, I bring you the 10 Literary Questions Tag, curtesy of the Green Onion, who tagged me. He was tagged by Marta, the Book Mermaid, who I have to mention because the original tag is in Portuguese and she translated it to English so peeps who don’t know Portuguese can do it too (like me!). You’re awesome, Marta!

And shout out to Green for tagging me! 😀 (Totally love his blog!)

Apparently for this tag, one must answer the following 10 questions and then tag 10 peeps to do it. Here I go! 😛

What is the most beautiful cover on your shelf?
Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child by Lian Hearn

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