When Was the Last Time You Took Your Reading Up a Notch?

Scarpetta and VI Warshawski

When Was the Last Time You Took Your Reading Up a Notch? I read broadly, and I read books of varying levels of difficulty. As part of my informal liberal arts education, I am reading the classics. A few days ago, it occurred to me that the books I am reading should be global because we are living in a global world. Over the past three days, I have been creating my 30-60-90 Day Plan, and I have been intentional about the books that I intend to read during the next three months, making sure that not only the books are diverse by their subject matter, but diverse in terms of where the authors were born. Because reading the classics is … [Read more...]

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review Published in 1936, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier is a romance novel steeped in suspense and murder, with a theme that deals with identity. In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Thomas C. Foster describes the importance of story starters, the weather, the names of characters and so on, and the role they play in the story. In Jamaica Inn, the setting, which is Gothic, is integral to the story, keeps the readers in suspense. If you have been reading The Invisible Mentor blog for a while, you have been introduced to the … [Read more...]

Jack Layton Personal Library

Jack Layton

Jack Layton Personal Library Jack Layton was a Canadian social democratic politician who led the New Democrat Party - 2003-2011 - from 13 Members of Parliament to 103. Born on July 18, 1950, Layton died on August 22, 2011 after suffering from cancer. As can be expected, there were many political books in his personal library, which was not as diverse as many of the other successful people whom we have featured. Jack Layton was highly educated, “graduated in political science from McGill University with a BA (1970) and from York University with an MA (1971) and a PhD (1984). His PhD thesis dealt with globalization.” Canadian … [Read more...]

Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling

Elements of Storytelling

Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling Don’t you just love it when you find useful content? While scanning my ContentGems Daily Summary, I noticed “Kevin Spacey Closing Keynote Highlights,” so I decided to click on the link because I thought that the actor, Kevin Spacey should know about storytelling. In the five-and-a-half minute video, the famed actor talks about the 3 elements of storytelling, as well as a few other tips. I think that the ability to tell engaging stories will enable us to write better articles and blog posts that captivate our readers. Effective storytelling is a skill that I am developing, but I am not close to … [Read more...]

Marilyn Monroe Personal Library

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Personal Library When you think of Marilyn Monroe, the photo of her wearing a sexy, white dress blowing in the air often comes to mind. And she isn’t the dumb blond that many may think she is. In fact, Marilyn Monroe was well read and had over 400 books in her personal library from various genres – American literature, French literature, Russian literature, poetry, plays, art, music, science, biographies, gardening and pets, humor, politics, religion, psychology, reference, travel and much more. It is true that she may not have read all the books on her bookshelf - think of the many unread books in your personal library … [Read more...]