Two Hits and One Miss: 3 Books I’ve read recently.

I’ve impressed myself! I’ve actually read three books in a row, rather quickly this month. One only took three days! I don’t know how I did it, but I’m on fire to read more of what’s on my long list of “to read” and feel so accomplished that I finally finished some books (and didn’t quit halfway through).

The past few months, I’ve started several books, got halfway through and found myself extremely bored. I don’t like to tell anyone they have to “finish” a book they start, so I’ve been trying to give myself the freedom to put down a book I don’t like.

So, I’ve read three – two hits, and one miss…

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

I don’t have much to say about this book. It made me sad for the lives of those on reservations and for the young man’s options. I didn’t like it, but I can now say I finished it and have the understanding of it to help students reading it in a class.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I don’t like to read fiction as often as I did years ago, nor fantasy books much at all. This story was of little interest to me at first, but I thought I’d give it a try from all the hype. Yeah, yeah, I’m always late to the “popular” party. I read it over the course of three days. I was sucked in to the story quickly and wanted to find out what happened.

One thing I forgot I love about YA fiction is that it is so easy and fast to read. I prefer non-fiction far more with deep thought about the subject matter, but this book was intense and kept moving along. I loved the characters and the dynamics. I’ll be continuing to read this series to find out how it all goes down…

The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle

Ah, non-fiction, I love you so. This was a refreshing read from what I had read the days before. I love research, studies, and personal growth. The greatest take-away from this book is that by failing, and failing often and well, you find yourself succeeding far greater than one who takes the safe path.

We all should know by now how often I fail at all the things I attempt, but I keep doing it anyway. Over time, it’s served me well.

If you have children, or if you always stick to the safe path – I recommend you read this book. It covers everything from how we’ve learned growing up (and what should be encouraged) to the financial sector, the broken healthcare system, and everything in between. I love her final thought on buying less than you can afford, so you free up more opportunity and money to allow for riskier mistakes – which leads to bigger successes.

Off to read more new books, though I may re-read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch for a good reminder about life, love, and loss.

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