Badass Habits by Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero’s latest, Badass Habits, is a jaunty read that outlines a 21-day self-improvement strategy for, as the title suggests, developing new habits — or ditching old ones. Not unexpectedly, the focus lies primarily in the former: building habits and fostering the mindset you need to do it. Taken at face value, many of the… Continue reading Badass Habits by Jen Sincero

The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum

At the recommendation of a fellow violin student, I picked up The Practice of Practice by musician Jonathan Harnum. Admittedly, I was initially skeptical of the rave reviews my fellow violinists gave the book, but it absolutely lived up to the hype with delightful anecdotes, eye-opening data, practical mindset tips, and widely applicable practice strategies.… Continue reading The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

So who else besides me read the book after the movie? Howl’s Moving Castle (the Studio Ghibli movie) is a glorious fever-dream delight. And if you enjoyed that, you must read the YA novel that inspired (at least the first 15 minutes of) the movie. In the book, Sophie shines as an even stronger heroine than she was depicted… Continue reading Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones