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

Book Review: Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian London

History is always fascinated me. I love to look into other worlds and other times to see how people dealt with the day to day. Recently, Bernadette and I have started to watch Downton Abbey, a show about Victorian England and the different classes of people. So far, I have enjoyed watching how the aristocratic and servant classes work together in their society. It is interesting to see their struggles as well as the cooperation and support they provide each other. This series prompted me to learn more. I was fortunate to come across the book written by Elizabeth L Banks called Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian London*.
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Book Review: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

How is it that one civilization advances to the point of putting a man on the moon and another civilization is still using stone tools? Jared Diamond has provided the answer in a most fascinating book called Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. In this book, Diamond took me through a multi-continent journey, where he explored various civilizations. He explained why some civilizations advanced and dominated other civilizations throughout the course of history.

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