Book Review: 1984

When friends shared memes saying that 1984 was not a how-to manual, I didn’t understand but now I do. It became time to read 1984 when Susan Henking suggested it in a Facebook post in which she tagged me. Having never given much thought to the book, I did know it was about the idea of government eavesdropping but not much more. I always heard that Big Brother was watching. I understood it to mean that your conversations could be listened to and that you had less privacy. The world of 1984 was much more. I found the book to be unnerving especially in 2017. Read more

Book Review: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

There is one book that entrepreneurs have recommended more than any other book on Entrepreneurs on Fire. That book is Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less* by Greg McKeown. Essentialism focuses on removing the non-essential elements from your life so that you can pursue what is important. I was able to walk away with many ideas that I will be implementing as I reduce the number of things that I am working on. Read more

Book Review: The Underground Railroad

This is perhaps one of the most intense books that I have read in a very long time. As part of the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge, I had to read a book that had won an award in 2017. The book I chose was The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I chose this book because it had won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017, but also because of its topic. Even though it is a work of fiction, Whitehead based the book on stories that were true. It is a balance of the worst of man as well as some of the best of man. It is very reflective of the things that I see happening today. Read more

Book Review: Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes

If you’re an educator, you need to run right out and pick up Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes. If you use even a fraction of what you find in this book, you will improve your teaching. As an education geek, I could not put this book down. It contained lots of research and provided a stripped-down strategy for improving learning. Read more