Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Book Review

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Book Review Preeminent science fiction and fantasy author, Orson Scott Card won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel for Ender's Game and Ender's Game: Speaker for the Dead, his best known novels. Published in 1985, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a military science fiction set in a future time. Humankind faces elimination by an alien race – buggers - from another planet. Humans have encountered buggers twice before, the last time 70 years ago, but earth’s hero, Mazer Rackham won the war for humans. Unfortunately, the buggers rose again and military officials are desperate to find the … [Read more...]

Creating a Personal Library

Creating a Personal Library1

Creating a Personal Library How do you create a personal library? How do you decide which books to include? I have always loved to read, and I have gone through phases where all I read was one genre. But today, I would like to think that my reading is more diverse and deeper. I have read many books that were entertaining, but not keepers, so I would get rid of them. I was never intentional about creating a personal library, and to be honest, I did not even think about it. In the summer of 2007, Harriet Rubin wrote C.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success, an article for the New York Times, which made me start thinking more about … [Read more...]

Global Reads: Travel the World

Global Reads: Travel the World I cannot remember a time when I did not enjoy reading, how about you? But when I read, I read books that interest me and reading books by authors from countries other than those in the West was not at the top of my list until I embarked on my first Virtual Literary World Tour. For new readers of this blog, my mother died unexpectedly on October 3, 2012, and my heart was broken. To heal my heart, I decided it was important for me to do something that I love, which was reading. To add depth to my personal project, I decided to read books written by authors who were born in 30 different countries. After … [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...]