Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland, Book Review

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland, Book Review In Susan Vreeland’s Girl in Hyacinth Blue, the star in the story is a Johannes Vermeer painting. After Dean Merrill’s funeral, a few colleagues from the mathematics department are talking, and at some point, the conversation moves to last words spoken. Cornelius Engelbrecht, mutters, “An eye like a blue pearl,” the last words that his father spoke. Usually a loner, the day brings back memories of his father, whom he buried years ago, on a day like this one. Cornelius invites one of his colleagues, Richard, to his home because he wants to show him something. Cornelius surprises his … [Read more...]

The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio – Book Review

7 Elements of Visual Storytelling from The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio

The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio – Book Review Every week, I come across an article talking about the importance of including images in your blog posts to increase traffic. For centuries, images have played a major role in societies and cultures. For instance, in archaeology, signs and symbols give us insights into what life was like in the past, and they are used to express ideas. We have heard it so many times, that we now know that great visuals that complement written text make for very powerful storytelling. However, many of the people who are telling us to add visuals to our text are telling … [Read more...]

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg – Book Review

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

The reading challenge continues with The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, please read Let the Challenge Begin – Book Recommendations for Summer 2014. If you are looking for a book to make you laugh, then The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg delivers. Set in Sweden, the book is a social commentary on retirement homes and the way that society treats the elderly. The five main characters – Martha, Rake, Brains, Christina, and Anna Greta - are dissatisfied with the way they are treated at Diamond House, a retirement home, so they decide to do something about it. … [Read more...]

Clover by Dori Sanders, Book Review

Clover by Dori Sanders

Clover by Dori Sanders, Book Review I learned about the book, Clover by Dori Sanders while taking my Research for Writers course online. During the course, there were clips of the film, which I learned was based on a book of the same name. Based on what I saw, the story sounded interesting, so I decided to read the book. The main character is a 10-year old, Clover Hill, who has recently lost her father, Gaten Hill, a few hours after his marriage to Sara Kate, a white woman. Clover by Dori Sanders is about the racial divide between Blacks and Whites in the United States, the issues arising from interracial marriages, as well as death … [Read more...]

Pinterest Savvy by Melissa Taylor

Pinterest Savvy by Melissa Taylor

Pinterest Savvy: Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest by Melissa Taylor Are you using Pinterest? Recently, while looking at my analytics, I noticed that I get more traffic from Pinterest than I do from Facebook or LinkedIn. I have a Pin It button on my website so I pin many of my blog posts. I have picked up a lot of tips reading books on Pinterest that I download for free at Digital Book Today. And whenever I come across a blog post on Pinterest, I always read it. I noticed Pinterest Savvy: Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest by Melissa Taylor on Digital Book Today so I decided to … [Read more...]