Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is successful in Hollywood for being authentic to herself  She was the talented writer of the TV hit show The Office and created and stars in her own show The Mindy Project.  In her second book she reveals more of a Hollywood insider scoop, musing on fame, body image, relationships and working hard late into the night for her career.  She comes across as a friend; her anecdotes and irreverent take on life's situations made me chuckle and laugh out loud.  It is an entertaining read.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

     Decide, then don't decide.  Rubin says, "Habits require no decision from me, because I've already decided.  Am I going to brush my teeth tonight?  This freedom from decision making is crucial, because when I have to decide -- which often involves resisting temptation or postponing gratification -- I tax my self-control."  Putting much of our everyday lives on automatic allows us to use our daily limit of self-control & decision making where it's really needed, instead of wasting it on mundane things.
     Rubin presents very practical strategies for habit formation, the main one being:  Work with yourself and your personality!  Do you need outside accountability or a good reason for doing (whatever behavior) before a habit sticks?  If you decide to quit or cut back on (x), are you personally more likely to be successful going cold turkey forever, or indulging in moderation?
     Written with plenty of humor, research, and personal examples, "Better Than Before" might just help you make your New Year's resolutions into habits that stick.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Ideas

I love the Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications at Christmas time. They are chock full of new and pretty ideas to experiment with. Found at the call number 745.5941, you will find a treasure trove of books on the subject. This year's issue is found on the "NEW" shelves. I used ideas from pages 10 and 11 for the display in the library, on the bulletin board, in the children's non-fiction area. The three trees are made form string, snowflakes, and handmade ornaments. What fun to try something new! If you have a creative bent, or.....just like looking, try out these books.