Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Book Review

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd is surprisingly found on the Mad Men Reading List. What makes it surprising, is that it is a children’s book for the under five-year old category. I want to also add that the book is found on many of the must-read children’s book lists. I was curious why Goodnight Moon would be on the Mad Men Reading List so I bought a copy to read. Related Post 25 Books: Mad Men Reading List The first thing that struck me is that there aren’t any real humans in the story, but rabbits … [Read more...]

Very Good Lives by JK Rowling, Book Review

Very Good Lives by JK Rowling, Book Review Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by JK Rowling is the commencement address she delivered to Harvard University graduates in 2008. While preparing for her speech, she asked herself two questions: What she wished she had learned at her graduation, and what lessons she has learned since graduating 21 years ago. She came up with two topics – the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination. Seven years after her graduation, JK Rowling experienced failure of epic proportion. She had a … [Read more...]

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Book Review

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Book Review The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins has been one of the most recommended books over the past six months. I bought my copy a few months ago and just got around to reading it. When I saw the name of the book, Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith came to mind, although the stories are very different. I think Highsmith’s book is a bit darker than this one. The Girl on the Train is well-written, I enjoyed and I recommend it, but I didn’t love it the way that so many people do. Any book that tells a story from multiple points of view, I … [Read more...]

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Book Review

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Book Review Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie is a book that I have been wanting to read for a while now, and I just got around to reading it. I love mysteries because the well-written ones enable you to hone your problem solving skills, as you use the clues to figure out who committed the crime. Oftentimes, as with life, you do not have all the information, then you have to make assumptions. Additionally, all information is not created equal, so how much weight do you … [Read more...]

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell Are you striving to become a better problem solver? I love detective stories, and I have mentioned here that reading these kinds of books enable you to become a better problem solver. This year I am reading globally, so I chose Faceless Killers: The First Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell because it is set in Ystad, Sweden. This book is ideal for learning how to problem solve because the case takes a long time to solve, which is probably more representative that in detective stories set in the West. The pace of the story is a lot slower, and the … [Read more...]