Review of Lives of Promise: What Becomes of High School Valedictorians: A Fourteen-Year Study of Achievement and Life Choices by Karen Arnold

What becomes of high school valedictorians, education,

Why I Chose This Book The book Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker was published sometime early 2017 and there seemed to be some buzz surrounding its release. What initially caught my eye, before I knew it was related to Barker’s book, was an article or two stating that valedictorians don’t become really … Continue reading Review of Lives of Promise: What Becomes of High School Valedictorians: A Fourteen-Year Study of Achievement and Life Choices by Karen Arnold

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Review of Gates of Heaven (Preview Edition) by Pamita Rao

fantasy novel, fiction,

Why I Chose to Read this Book Pamita Rao (I think it was her or some affiliate account) and I connected on Twitter one day and she sent me a message offering a free preview copy of her book. A free book?! Sure, why not. Upon signing up for her newsletter, I received a free … Continue reading Review of Gates of Heaven (Preview Edition) by Pamita Rao

Review of Watchmen by Alan Moore

graphic novel, alan moore, Dave Gibbons

Why I Chose this Book Why did I choose this book? I think I’ve been slowly gravitating towards graphic novels. I remember wondering a few years ago why the medium wasn’t more popular. They’re books with pictures! They have fewer words than a traditional text-based novel and they have interesting images. They’re like a transition … Continue reading Review of Watchmen by Alan Moore

Review of Bigger, Leaner, Stronger by Michael Matthews

weight loss book, fitness book

Why I Chose This Book I was talking with a colleague of mine about working out when he recommended I read two books, The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone, unrelated to fitness by the way, and Bigger, Leaner, Stronger by Mike Matthews. I exercised occasionally, but I sometimes yearned for a workout plan that I … Continue reading Review of Bigger, Leaner, Stronger by Michael Matthews

Review of The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cordone

grant cardone, success, the difference between success and failure

Why I Chose this Book A former colleague of mine recommended this book one day. The same weekend, I believe, I put this book and Bigger, Leaner, Stronger on hold at my library. I made it to the second to last chapter when I had to return the book. Fortunately, I had mentioned to a … Continue reading Review of The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cordone

Review of Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

horror, fiction

Why I Chose this Book I was looking for a new audiobook listen. Stephen King is pretty good. Gerald’s Game was available on Overdrive.com. Gerald’s Game This book is about a woman who ends up in a precarious situation and must overcome present and past obstacles with little help. Gerald and Jessie Burlingame are a … Continue reading Review of Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Review of The Original I Ching: An Authentic Translation of the Book of Changes by Margaret Pearson

margaret pearson, the book of changes

Why I Chose this Book I once searched for the most influential books of all time. I figured that would be a good list to check off some books. At the top or one of the top books was The I Ching. Sometime later, I went to the library. Among the religion section or Ancient … Continue reading Review of The Original I Ching: An Authentic Translation of the Book of Changes by Margaret Pearson

Review of Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

Why I Chose this Book Relatively recently, I realized or admitted that I think science fiction and fantasy maybe some of my favorite genres, for both film and books. A few months ago, I finally started watching the show Game of Thrones and binge watched it as much as I could. It really is a … Continue reading Review of Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

Review of Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Part 1 by Orson Scott Card

audiobook, hatrack river

Why I Chose this Book After the last audiobook I listened to, which was a nonfiction book, I thought to myself “I think stories, especially fiction probably work best with audiobooks.” No surprise. I then decided to look for a fiction audiobook, either fantasy or sci-fi, on overdrive.com. I’ve listened to Orson Scott Card books … Continue reading Review of Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Part 1 by Orson Scott Card

Review of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye-View of the World by Michael Pollan

audiobook, A plan'ts-eye view of the world, Michael Pollan

Why I Chose this Book My book choice can feel sporadic sometimes. At one point, I determined that my book selection should be more deliberate. I should read books that align with the goals in my life. One of them is to further my science knowledge and understanding. So, I decided that the next audiobook … Continue reading Review of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye-View of the World by Michael Pollan