Category Archives: Book Reviews

Top 50 Books to Read Next List

This is my reading list. What I’ve read, what I’m reading, what I’m going to read next. As an English major, I feel that it my sworn duty to at least attempt to be well read. My goal is to read interesting, entertaining, meaningful books by gifted authors and expand my mind. Continue reading

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My Top 10 Favorite Books | 2016

Here are my top 10 favorite books read in 2016. Enjoy.
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My Review | Big Fish

The book is whimsical, but it was a little sad too. For me, I saw a good man who had dreams and eventually became weary of the world when he stopped having his adventures and maybe started having regrets. Nostalgia for a time gone by, forgotten. Continue reading

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My Review | Beautiful Ruins

I loved this book, its characters, locations, themes and humor. A lot of reviewers focus on the social satire of Hollywood, but I focus on Pasquale, a man who is trying to turn his seaside, nearly deserted, Italian village into a resort. He has dreams of building a tennis court into the cliffs above his place, Hotel Adequate View. One day a beautiful, young American actress arrives. Continue reading

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My Review | The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen was the greatest polar explorer of all-time … first to the South Pole, first to the North Pole, who successfully navigated the Northwest and Northeast Passage. Shackleton’s bad luck was epic and really incomparable, but bad luck was fairly routine in polar exploration. There was a good chance that you were going to suffer and suffer for a long time and suffer to the brink of death. But there were nations lining up to explore the globe and achieve great feats. Roald was inspired as a young man to do big things. Continue reading

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My Review | The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

I read the first 200 pages on my iPad on a flight from Colorado Springs to Los Angeles, like a hot knife through butter. I liked the characters, the setting and the story. And I liked the writing. It was simply and clearly written. “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” was a breath of fresh air. The story focuses on reading, writing, books and stories, and the world of storytelling. Continue reading

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REVIEW | Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Flow” is a very influential book in the world of psychology. The author, Mihaly Csikszentmihlyi, poses the question, ‘What makes life worth living?’ With this inquiry as the starting point, the author reveals years of pioneering research that adds to our understanding of happiness, creativity, and human fulfillment by describing the common elements of ultimate experience or “flow,” a state of heightened focus and immersion in art, athletics, work and life. Continue reading

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