This book was fascinating. I'm already on the Paleo diet and loving it, but this book illustrated exactly why carbohydrate rich diets is making us fat...moreThis book was fascinating. I'm already on the Paleo diet and loving it, but this book illustrated exactly why carbohydrate rich diets is making us fat, and adequately explained how the conventional wisdom of calories in/calories out is making us overweight and miserable. I recommend this book to anyone who is hoping to be healthier, leaner, or just can't stand being overweight and has tried everything.(less)
This book wasn't just affirmation or a soft-spoken battle-cry, it was a window into our minds. Because the reason introverts and extroverts b...more4.5 stars
This book wasn't just affirmation or a soft-spoken battle-cry, it was a window into our minds. Because the reason introverts and extroverts behave differently is simple: Our brains operate differently. As a life-long and now proud and un-loud introvert, it's never been a mystery that I prefer the silent, the thoughtful, and the solitary. Extroverted people drain me. Sure, I was always aware that I despised small talk and idle gossip (the fuel of extroverts), but I wasn't sure why they needed it. I just knew they loved to talk. To excess. My younger sister is a poster-child for extroversion. She's always on the phone, plays music when she rises from bed, and talks continuously. She's not being loud to annoy me (though I'm sure that was a bonus for her), she needs the noise and stimulation to feel comfortable.
Ideas come from individual and focused, creative thought. We should foster silent thinking, not hinder it with noise and brainstorming sessions. Cain's exploration of how classrooms operate brought up a good point: perhaps one reason the US of A struggles in math and science in comparison to other nations (say any Asian country) is the style of teaching. Forcing youngsters to think in groups rather than as individuals who can focus, is taking a disastrous toll. Offices with open floor plans, same thing. No one has ever said "Wow, that meeting gave me so many good ideas!"
I wish everyone, extrovert and introvert alike would read this book. It has helped me understand why my extroverted friends act the way they do, and I wasn't expecting such knowledge from this book.(less)
The first two books were quite good and extremely entertaining. I gave each a pretty high rating because both books had me clicking the next button on...moreThe first two books were quite good and extremely entertaining. I gave each a pretty high rating because both books had me clicking the next button on my Kindle with frequent regularity. Even with this novel I was riveted, but not as satisfied as I was with the previous novels.
Each writer has a different voice and style, of course, but Collins has a habit of going into "summary-mode" all too often. For great chunks of the book I didn't feel like I was there at all, only reading the cliff notes version of events, a glossing over. I also wonder what Collins has against commas. She seemed reluctant to use them, and favored sentence fragments instead... To each her own, I suppose.
One of the annoying letdowns of this book was the preachy, unoriginality of the "people are bad" theme. How many times have we heard that one? People kill each other and are violent for petty reasons. And yet, despite authors and screenwriters (speaking through actors) say it, humanity goes on just the same. Has anyone, after reading or hearing a character or narrator say something like "humans are violent and kill each other for greed, power; shame on us, etc, etc," ever set down the book or paused their movie to reflect?
As a whole, I felt the series was quite entertaining. I have learned the hard way not to have high expectations of a series ending, so I wasn't as disappointed as some have been with Mockingjay. Like I said, it was fast-paced, and the dystopian world was well crafted, albiet scary. I wish Collins would've gotten more detailed rather than summarize for me, but that's what star ratings are for, right? 3 out of 5 it is, then.(less)
My only problem with the book was that I read it while coping with a cold. It made me want to get up and go running. I was loaned this book when a fel...moreMy only problem with the book was that I read it while coping with a cold. It made me want to get up and go running. I was loaned this book when a fellow kick-boxer saw me wearing my FiveFingers and told me I should read the story. It was amazing. McDougall, suffering with terrible foot pain, searches for answers only to unlock the key to true happiness.
I too have dealt with horrible foot pain for years and was ready to give up, but, as McDougall finds, we were born to run. The less we have on our feet, the happier they are. (less)