Friday, April 17, 2009
Grace is a 30-something year old woman living in Australia who has obsessive-compulsive disorder. She is obsessed with counting, numbers, and measuring her world. For about two pages it's fascinating to be in the mind of someone with OCD, but by page 3 my own mind was wandering off to daydream about something more interesting. Every paragraph is filled with numbers and counting, and it gets old pretty fast. I admit, I had to skim through the majority of this book. Things get interesting and more readable about halfway through, when Grace enters therapy, but at this point I was pretty checked out.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
A fun read, and a must-read!
I admit to seeing this book around and purposefully not picking it up. It seemed to be everywhere, and I didn't want to fall prey to the hype.
Blink was referenced in 50 Psychology Classics (still reading and yet to be reviewed...), and I was intrigued.
The premise of the book is that choices that we make in an instant may be more right-on and sophisticated than previously thought. The author provides us with lots of information on the brain, current research, and real-life examples of people who know how to focus on "thin slices" of information when reading a person or a situation.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Not the most uplifting book. (read: depressing).
This book is about the friendship between two women, a young woman in her 30's and an older woman known as the village witch. Although I enjoyed the descriptiveness of the setting (a small village in Sweden), and like how the changing seasons impacted the overall mood, I found the story to be cliched and an overall downer. The author seems to be trying too hard to shock us...gee, what other horrific things can happen to these characters?
I do find myself yearning to travel to a small village in Sweden, however.