Quiet.

I recently read the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t stop Talking, and discovered that I am officially an introvert.  I’ve always kinda known this, but when I silently answered “yes” to every question on the author’s list of introvert qualities, I didn’t realize I was so far on that side of the scale!  I kept finding myself nodding in agreement while reading, laughing or even grimacing because I could relate to the feelings and situations presented.  I appreciated the dissection of introverted leadership and why it’s a good thing (Chapter 2), as well as her suggestions for encouraging an introverted child.  I also liked Chapter 9, where she looks at effective communicators and public speakers who are indeed introverted, but you’d never guess it. (The secret? If you’re passionate about your subject, have a true love for it, this may outweigh the fear of speaking about it. Duly noted! This took me way back, when I had to give a speech in a Public Speaking class and talked about tea. I even handed out a few of my favorites. I was terribly nervous however… but maybe I appeared confident? I’ll never watch the video they took of us to critique… 10 years later…)

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Bookstore Browsings

I had some time to myself last night at Barnes & Noble–bliss! I always feel like I walk around and find so many books that look interesting, and I tell myself I’ll remember to check them out later, but nope. Never happens. So the last couple of times, I’ve snapped pics of the book cover so I don’t forget. Here’s what caught my eye last night, completely randomly:

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The Sweet Life in Paris: David Lebovitz. Ohhh, this cover. I was really tempted to buy this one on the spot from the cover alone. :) Darn you, self control! I will definitely be reading this… thumbing through it brought me back to my Sugar Rush days–I will always have a soft spot for pastry chefs. David Lebovitz is a renowned chef from the Bay area, and now lives full time in Paris, writing. Sigh.

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