What I’m Reading January 2016


The Lake House by Kate Morton


I was disappointed by The Lake House at a couple different levels.  But, I did make it through to the end, which says a lot for a fiction snob like me.

I do enjoy the multigenerational, flash back-and-forth between centuries, reveal-the-secrets-at-the-end style of writing that Kate employs.  For me, personally, I found the immorality to be distracting and, without giving any spoilers, I walked away thinking, “Too much coincidence.”

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The Art of Work by Jeff Goins


Wow.  What a great book.  Where I’m at in life right now and what I’ve been thinking lately–actually, always– made the truths of this book hit home for me.  So profound.  New insights.  Jeff featured journeys of people who aren’t superstars, whose stories are not well known.  That made them easier to relate to.  Anecdotal evidence can be twisted to prove any theory, but what Goins said rang true.  It struck a chord, and his conclusions made sense.

I’ve started through this book a second time in an attempt for better understanding.

My “aha!” moment came in chapter 7 when he talked about the portfolio life.  Boy, does that sound better than “doing a bunch of different things and can’t make my mind up about any of them.”

Highly recommended.

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Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham


I’m almost afraid to admit I’m a John Grisham fan.  But, hey, what can I say?  He can tell a story.  Grisham characters can be a little cartoonish, but you’re mostly always guaranteed a twist you didn’t see coming.

The Rogue Lawyer is an unlikely hero.  He lives by his own code of ethics.  The story actually paints a realistic picture of modern morality.  What I do isn’t as bad as the really bad guys.  If they cheat, then I have to cheat to beat them.  But, not too much and don’t get caught.  And if you’re in the pursuit of” justice”, almost anything’s okay.

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The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson


How could I not read a book called The Bookseller?

I had trouble getting into it at first.  But, now, it puts me in mind of It’s a Wonderful Life, describing two parallel lives and how differently life can turn out based on one pivotal moment.  That’s a good point to wrestle with.

What is real and what is imagined?  How can we use our imagination to help us cope with reality?  A couple more good points to wrestle with.

Very satisfying.

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