I‘m working on some book revisions this week and next, which means that I’ll be too caught up in the throes of ecstatic joy to be able to write much here other than Quick Takes. I will have such rock-solid confidence in the the usefulness of these efforts — I shall find myself so immersed in hope at the knowledge that, despite the fact that my literary agent has said that my last 1,632 efforts weren’t good enough, the 1,633rd time just might be the charm! — that I will forget all about the fun and instant gratification that come with writing for my blog.
In the meantime, let’s talk about what we’ve been reading lately. I’ve been wanting to share some good titles I’ve found recently, but haven’t had time to craft lengthy, detailed reviews. I know a lot of other folks are right there with me in terms of busy-ness, so I thought we could do a round of Twitter-inspired book reviews, where we share thoughts on recent reads in 140 characters or fewer (not counting the title itself). Here are mine:
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon:
A tour de force manual for achieving excellence at whatever work you do. Full of fresh insights. Everyone should read this.
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath:
Chock full of interesting ideas. Didn’t blow me away, but lots of solid thought-starters here.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot:
It boggles the mind to consider all the data & stories Skloot sifted through to craft this true story. Informative. Heartbreaking. A++.
Unearthing Your Ten Talents: A Thomistic Guide to Spiritual Growth by Dr. Kevin Vost:
Just started reading this, but so far looks like another informative & inspiring book from Ph.D. psychologist Vost.
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell:
I didn’t think I was easily offended by profanity, but #$%^! There’s a lot of &*^%$ cursing in this #$%@! book!
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis:
Huge thanks to Simcha for recommending this campus novel. Laughed uproariously, recognized myself to an eerie extent in the main character.
The Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield:
Tragic. Gripping. Staggeringly well written. It is books like this that remind us what it is to be human.
Now, tell me about what you’ve been reading, in 140 or fewer characters! Here’s a handy character counter if you need one. I look forward to reading your reviews!