Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Everybody Ought to Be Rich: The Life and Times of John J. Raskob, CapitalistEverybody Ought to Be Rich: The Life and Times of John J. Raskob, Capitalist by David Farber

I really wish that when you mark something as "to read" that Goodreads had a field where I could add info about who recommended this book, or where I heard about it. I have no idea how I heard about this biography. I typically don't read biographies. Perhaps it's because I read media about the new musical "Empire" that premiered off-Broadway in January. Perhaps it was in an industry publication I read, since John Raskob did some very early and innovative fundraising in the first few decades of the 20th century. Or, maybe at one point Amazon offered it free on Kindle and I downloaded it. I don't know.
Through this book, you learn a lot about the US and how, even in 1901, there were so many systems not yet written into existence. John Raskob worked his way up and into extreme wealth, even withstanding the Great Depression. I think it's worth a read.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Scarpetta (Kay Scarpetta, #16)Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'd given up on the Scarpetta series after I abandoned the last one because I found it unreadable. However, thanks to a recommendation by a coworker, and backup from Goodreads reviewers, I have this a try. Very readable, and one I didn't want to put down.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thanks, Shutterfly!

Thanks for the free art print, Shutterfly! What a great souvenir from our summer vacation.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Book Review: Legacy by Ron Underwood

Legacy: How Much Can You Learn After You Know It All?Legacy: How Much Can You Learn After You Know It All? by Ron Underwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As part of my 2015 reading challenge, I needed to read a book set in my hometown. Luckily, I found out that Ron Underwood published this book this year, and it's set in my hometown, Gowrie, Iowa. I have to admit, I wasn't positive I'd like it (before I read it). I left small-town Iowa for a reason. It just was not for me as an adult. So I was suspicious. Well, I really liked this book. The writing is good and the story and characters are pretty well-developed. And it was super fun knowing all the details mentioned in the book's setting, and even some familiar character names!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for SuccessHow to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'd have to say this book was a wake-up call. Really good perspective on what over parenting can be doing to our children, and action steps to change and be the parent you really want to be. Great examples. A quick read.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review - The Dinner by Herman Koch

The DinnerThe Dinner by Herman Koch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I don't want to give any spoilers, but it definitely surprised me as characters revealed themselves.  STOP READING if you haven't read it but want to!

My mom recommended this book to me. Or rather, I wanted to check off my 2015 list of "A book your mother loves."  Ends up it was originally written in a foreign language, which is another 2015 category. So I'll probably read another book that my mom loves and count this book under the foreign category.

Anyway, this book started out clever and funny. Which was enough to keep me reading.

Then, it gets dark.  Characters who before simply seemed private (or public with a private side) begin to become more obviously horrible people.

Excellent reading experience!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Quick Review of Nick Hornby's Funny Girl

Funny GirlFunny Girl by Nick Hornby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quick read for a 450 page book. Nick Hornby never disappoints. I kept it at 4 stars because it wasn't life changing, but it was cute and I really liked it.

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