Two Quotes & V. Short Book Reviews


I have been thinking about both these quotes this week. 1. Because I am always trying to figure out why reading is such a solace to me and I think it has everything to do with the quote. 2. I am still learning this exact thing (in a very good way) and I admire HRC’s resiliency.

“By allowing us to filter out distractions, to quiet the problem-solving functions of the frontal lobes, deep reading becomes a form of deep thinking. The mind of the experienced book reader is a calm mind, not a buzzing one.”

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr


“Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.”

Hillary Clinton quoted by this blog.

Also! My very short book reviews page is finally updated.

Published by Andrea Y. Griffith

owner of browsers. former librarian. wife. mother to two tweens and the cutest labradoodle in the world.

8 thoughts on “Two Quotes & V. Short Book Reviews

  1. Love HRC’s quote! Criticism, perceived expectations, glorification of busy … oh, daily lessons! What did you think of The Goldfinch?


    1. I need to start it. The size has caused me to delay a few times, but it is in the queue. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!


  2. Amanda, it is next on my list as well! Glad to know we might be reading it “together” AYG – you always have great things to share! Love you – see you Friday!


  3. HRC is my new Oprah. my surrogate mother for my 30’s. Thanks so much for sharing her quote! Much needed advice at this point in my life.

    Just read an article in my Time magazine about Barbara Brown Taylor. Have you ever read her books?


  4. I started Goldfinch so let me now what you think of BBT’s latest. Might read it after.
    I’m playing tag-along with your book club. 🙂

    If you all haven’t read it yet, might I suggest “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd? Finished it on honeymoon and can’t stop thinking about it.


  5. Okay, I just put invention of wings on my audible list. i love the reader who is narrating it! Read the BBT for sure. I don’t think you will be disappointed. She is a wonderful writer and just counterculture enough to be compelling.


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