Book Explorations

That has a catchy title, doesn’t it?

In the past year I have looked at books by Oliver Sacks, Elizabeth George, Shannon Kelley, and others. The concept of each blog hasn’t been a book review, but rather, a book exploration.

There are way too many book critics out there, and I don’t want to be another one. If I don’t like a book for whatever reason, I’ll stop reading it. I don’t have the energy to write paragraphs on why I didn’t like the book!

Having explained myself, I’ve decided to redirect my blog specifically to book explorations. Operating under the assumption that the book is worth reading, I want to share with you readers what points stood out for me, how I’ve personalized what I’ve learned, and finally as with any good research study, what further research or reading needs to be done so that I fully understand what I’ve just read.

I’ve always enjoyed reading, and I’ve always been a fast reader. I think it’s important to read just for the sake of reading. As an academic, though, I need to move beyond pure enjoyment and be the perpetual learner I claim to be.

The books I’ll be exploring, for the most part, will be those specific to psychology, educational psychology, music psychology, and music. I will sneak in a book or two by Frank Peretti or Richard North Patterson as they are published. This brings me to my next point: Learning must be relevant, so any book discussed in my blogs will have been published in the last two years.

I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions as I work toward this new goal. Also feel free to suggest books relevant to my interests that I should read. And, by the way the next book I’m exploring as promised is Anthony Storr’s Music and the Mind.


About debhalasz

I am a free-lance writer, skilled in writing press-releases, profiles, web copy, articles, and album reviews. I also am a skilled researcher in all areas. I have a MS degree in Educational Pscyhology and am currently in the dissertation phase of my PhD program. My passions are second language learning, learning strategies, music, musicology, neuroscience, and neuroeducation. I am a fan of all genres of music and love learning more about both indie and major-labeled artists as well as the behind-the-scenes people who make them look so good! View all posts by debhalasz

3 responses to “Book Explorations

  • Martha Giffen

    This is my first time to your blog and it's great the way you clarified what you will be writing about in this post. I am an avid reader so I look forward to your book explorations. I just finished reading Keith Richard's “Life” and if you can get past the bad language and drugs, it's a fantastic book about the music of the Rolling Stone and also a look at the success of their business. Glad to have found your blog!

  • Steve

    That sounds great…

    If you're focusing your blog differently, you'll want to come up with a new tagline so as not to confuse your readers or new readers.

    I look forward to reading your reviews. You should network with Janette Fuller on the FB Blog Comment Mastermind group…she also has a review site and maybe there is a good connection there.

    You might be able to do joint reviews or guest posts for each other…just a thought.

    BTW…I have an interest in psychology as well, and I really loved the book “My Stroke of Insight” (I think that's the title)…it might be just outside yoru 2-year rule, but even if you don't review it, you might enjoy it.

    It's about a neurosurgeon who has a stroke and she tells her story from the perspective of a scientific mind, but also makes great human applications. Very accessible and fascinating.

  • Deborah W. Halasz, MS, CAGS

    Thank you Martha and Steve for your valuable input! I have updated my tagline and bio! I look forward to your comments as I focus on books!

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