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Dear Morning People, I Disagree.

You want to know when I get most of my work on the blog (and reading) done? Between 8-11 p.m. That’s night time, if you’re keeping score at home.

You see, there’s a myth out there—and it’s been floating around for centuries thanks, partially, to Ben Franklin—that in order to be successful in life, you have to be a morning person. Recently, people I respect, like Michael Hyatt, have written about it.

Other people, like Jon Acuff, have started what’s called “The 5 Club” built around people who get up at 5 a.m and do “awesome” things. This guy is just one of the many people who have written a book on the topic.

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The Power Of Quiet

I apologize if this is a little off topic today. I don’t normally post about nonfiction here at 101 Books. But as an introvert, I find this both fascinating and encouraging.

Susan Cain is a nonfiction author who wrote a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. I haven’t read it, but from what I understand she outlines what it’s like for an introvert to live in a world built around extroverts.

I love these types of animated videos, and I find this one especially effective. You might also remember the short animated video of The Old Man and the Sea in this style.

Anyway, this voiceover comes from Cain’s Ted Talk about the book. RSA took that audio and put it over an awesome little animated feature.

If you are an introvert, or if you know an introvert, definitely take the three minutes to watch this video.

And if you’ve read Quiet, let me know what you think!

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Giving Literary Thanks

Alert! It’s a holiday-themed blog post!

Today, let’s talk Thanksgiving–possibly the most underappreciated holiday in America. Put the Christmas lights down and giving Thanksgiving some love! So, with tomorrow being Thanksgiving here in the U.S., I thought I’d take some time to give a little literary thanks, 101 Books-style.

Here we go. I’m thankful for…

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The Perks Of Being An English Major

This one’s for all my fellow English majors out there. I’m sure you can relate.

Happy Monday!

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Stephen Colbert Drops Some Dr. Seuss Knowledge

As a reader, you love Dr. Seuss, right? Many of us probably spent our early years reading from one of Dr. Seuss’s 8,000 books.

Then, when you have kids, you get to read them all over again–something I’m experiencing these days.

A few weeks ago, two of my favorite people on earth collided–Stephen Colbert and Dr. Seuss. Colbert took an opportunity on The Colbert Report to poke fun at all of the product tie-ins (more than 70!) in the recent Dr. Seuss movie, The Lorax. He even closed the segment with an outstanding Seussian rhyme.

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What Happens When The Bookstore’s Closed?

It’s Monday. You’re a little bummed. Admit it.

So when I saw this video last week, I thought it was a perfect post for a Monday.

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3 Petit Fours That Look Delicious

When I heard Lolita was about a petit four (pronounced “pet-a-fore”), I got really excited, as I loved baked goods.

Nothing is more awesome than going to a party and finding a table full of smallish chocolate filled pastries with confectioners sugar. Who doesn’t love a nice petit four with a steaming cup of hot chocolate?

And who would’ve thought a novel about a petit four (pronounced “pet-a-fore”) would be one of the most highly regarded, classic novels of the 20th century? How creative is Nabokov guy?

So in honor of Lolita, I present to you three petit fours (pronounced “pet-a-fore”) that look delicious.

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Book Blogging

So I’ve been at this for nearly 15 months now, and I’m still enjoying it as much as the day I started.

If you didn’t know (and why would you?)  this is my third attempt at a blog. The first was a rambling personal blog that I didn’t promote and really didn’t care to. The second one was a golf blog that I updated 1-2 times a week and, at least for awhile, felt like I got into a flow of niche blogging.

But I’ve never enjoyed blogging like I do now. I don’t think you can write posts 5 days a week unless you enjoy doing it. If you’re not having fun, you’ll burn out and begin dreading sitting down at the computer. Believe me, I know.

But even though the blog is just part of this project–the other, of course, is reading 101 books–I feel the blog is almost more fun, just barely, than reading the books.

And along the way, I’ve learned a lot about blogging–and, more specifically, book blogging. This isn’t life-changing stuff you’ve never heard. But experience really is the greatest teacher, and this experience has taught me a lot.

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5 Disgusting Words That Make Me Cringe

I have a friend who hates the word “moist.”

It’s true. You may ask, “Hey Robert, what does the word ‘moist’ have to do with your 101 Book project?”

Great question, to which I would answer, “Hey there. Absolutely nothing.”

But, truthfully, this blog is not just about the 101 books. It’s about reading words. Yes, I read words. Lots of words. And then I sit down and write words about the words I just read. It gets a little wordy up in here.

So, with all that in mind, I thought I’d list my 5 least favorite words today. These are the words that make me cringe, twinge, squirm and scream. Sometimes, their usage might raise the hairs on my arms.

If any of these words appear in any of the 101 books, you can count on me automatically excluding that book from the top 10 in my rankings. That’s just how I roll, to borrow a cliche’.

Curious? Here are my least favorite words.

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Thoughts From A Chauvinist Pig

Are all the great authors a little bit crazy?

The reason I ask, and I apologize for being a little late to the game on this, is because of V.S. Naipaul. If you haven’t heard, the always controversial Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001 and also has a book (A House for Mr. Biswas) on the Time list I am reading, had some wild things to say about female writers last week.

“I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not,” he said. “I think [it is] unequal to me.” Oh, but that’s not all. He followed that up with, “And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too.”

On Jane Austen, Naipaul said that he “couldn’t possibly share her sentimental ambitions, her sentimental sense of the world.” And I’m sure she couldn’t possibly share your overinflated ego and narcissism, V.S.

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