With Halloween behind us, Thanksgiving just ahead for the U.S., and the season of giving imminent, things can get a little hectic. So, this week is the last Book Review Week of 2018. We hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, and perhaps picked up a new favorite along the way. We’ve tried to reiterate through our monthly recaps what’s been reviewed, but in case you missed them, or just want to dive right into some good books, we’ll post the full list end of this week.
This weekend was filled with rekindled dreams and successes, so I’m a little late in posting yesterday’s book review. With the shortened week upon us, I hope you’ll forgive a bit of two-in-one reviews. In this week’s Book Review week, we’re taking a look at books we’re in the middle of, and what are our thoughts are at this point. Full reviews will be posted in early 2019.
The One Percent Advantage – Atomic Habits by James Clear
Sunday. It’s a good day to begin planning for the week and in Atomic Habits by James Clear, you’ll have the tools to make good habits or break bad ones. Atomic habits are micro changes stacked one on top of the other with the goal of becoming 1% better.
Throughout the book, Clear offers clear, demonstrable examples and worksheets to help you make your plan. Ultimately, it’s about bite-sized changes, easier to swallow, rather than large unmanageable chunks. The idea is once you get in the habit of a small change, you can add the next one, and so on. And soon, it’s not what you have to get done, it’s what you want to get done.
I’m putting the book to use slowly and in some areas, I’ve already seen improvement. In others, there’s a little more work to be done. And there again is another thread from the book. What you want to do will change, and your habits with it. We are works in progress, and each day is our story so far.
Good Prevails Against All Odds in All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I’m not quite halfway through this book, but already the main characters Marie Laure of France and Werner of Germany, have cemented their places in my heart. You know those characters so richly assembled, you’d swear you knew them somewhere in real life? These are those characters. Add to that turns of phrase that evoke the senses, and Doerr’s grasp of “show don’t tell” is someone to emulate in my own writing. This is one of the reasons I have yet to finish the book. Every time I read a phrase like, “the carpet sucked at his shoes”, I want to go to my own writing and try to work through verbiage as deeply as Doerr.
It’s important to note, Marie-Laure is blind, but her father is a master craftsman and creates scale models of locales for her to follow first with her fingers, then with her feet. Werner is a natural engineer, his curiosity leading him to an old busted up radio which he repairs, and learns of a world beyond his own. A girl and her father. An orphaned boy. The back cover explains; this is a story of how two people, from warring countries, try to be good to one another against all odds.
Just now, in the book, the Nazis have invaded Paris. Marie-Laure and her father have fled to SSaint-Malo to stay with a reclusive uncle. Werner, an orphan, has been drafted into the Nazi youth corps. Already, I can see this book a timeless classic and the awards that pepper its cover speak to the same.
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