Around here, January means crazy Indiana weather and basketball.
We had a good Christmas with our kids. Pete got a puppy for Christmas.
The stress of December spills over into January, but good things are on the horizon.
Linking up again with Modern Mrs Darcy’s Quick Lit.
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How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs
I had trouble focusing on this book, but I think it’s indicative of stress in my life, not necessarily any fault of the book.
I liked the fact that he comes from the perspective of a Christian and an academic and even addresses biases people tend to have against those two groups.
Chapter one, Beginning to Think, has the subtitle “Why it wouldn’t be a good idea to think for yourself, even if you could.”
My favorite Chapter was The Age of Lumping and the very telling illustration of the author’s experience with Timothy. The point here is that we’re conditioned to categorize people, but sometimes it works against us.
The One Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results by Gary Keller
I’ve been wanting to read The One Thing FOREVER. I think I’ve been on my library’s waitlist for over a year.
Now I know what all the rave reviews are about. This is a GREAT book!
It addresses the problem of distracted focus and the importance of lasering in on your most important work in order to achieve excellence.
A huge light bulb moment for me reading The One Thing was the idea of chaos derailing you and distracting you from your one thing.
Chapter 17, The Four Thieves of Productivity hit me hard.
The Four Thieves are:
1. Inability to Say “No”
2. Fear of Chaos
3. Poor Health Habits
4. Environment Doesn’t Support Your Goals.
Wow. These were so good and right on the money.
Count to Ten by James Patterson
I picked up Count to Ten at the library because I know James Patterson is a super best selling author and I wanted to study his work.
The story is fast moving.
It has short chapters.
There were quite a few characters with strange names that were hard to keep track of.
That’s one thing that John Grisham does well– starts with only a few characters and adds them slowly.
Interesting plot. It’s a mystery, so the intrigue and unanswered questions moved the story forward.
In my mind, every great novel is a mystery answering the question, What happens next?
Another reason I picked up the book is that it is set in India. My parents live in India 8 months out of the year, so I was interested to learn more about life in that country.
Although there were a few tidbits here and there that reminded you of the setting, I didn’t feel like it really explored the culture. I felt like the characters could have been Americans. They didn’t seem to think and act like Indians.
Maybe I was expecting too much.
I just know that it’s possible to live in a country and not really understand the way of thinking of the people around you.
I won’t be picking up another James Patterson soon. Even though language and thematic elements colored only a small percentage of the book, it’s enough to put me off further reading.
In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence by Kayla Aimee
Light-hearted stories that highlight deep truths. Her daughter is a hoot and she’s got some pretty funny stories herself.
I liked the way scripture informed her decisions and changed her life.
I loved her emphasis on grace. I loved her views on traditional values.
I started following Kayla Aimee’s work after I took her Affiliate course as part of The Genius Bloggers Toolkit. Her course was packed with so much helpful information. I knew when she offered something it was going to be high value.
When I had the chance to be part of the launch team for the book, I jumped at it.
In Bloom is about overcoming insecurity and Kayla tells personal experiences.
I will definitely be hand-selling this one at the store.
What are you reading this month?