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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer Time… and the Reading is Easy

For almost two years, I’ve been working on two books: an anthology of short, powerful, true stories, and a young adult fantasy novel. In my spare time, on every train ride, I try to sneak in reading time for inspiration, for knowledge, and for fun. The three books below are several that I consider five star reads.

Alexander Hamilton—(Ron Chernow) a full length biography. This is a good one, a look into the founding of the upstart republic, The United States of America. How Hamilton put the wheels into motion of the financial levers that created the first central bank. Also an opportunity to see how the U.S. experiment has shifted since its founding and to understand why things are the way they are today.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief—(Rick Riordan) this is a fun one. A young adult read about a young boy with ADHD and dyslexia who finds that he is a demi-god with tremendous superpowers. A fun, light read with positive messaging that someone with behavioral health issues can be seen as an asset rather than as a liability.

48 Laws of Power (Robert Greene)—this one is non-fiction, and I had to digest it in pieces. A fascinating read on how people have gained, lost, and regained power throughout recent and ancient history. Examples include Chinese emperors, P.T. Barnum of circus and showman fame, and members of Louis XVI’s court. While some of the methods for obtaining power are a bit amoral (in my humble opinion), Greene also surmises at a reversal of certain kinds of power-grabs, that can protect you should you be on the wrong end of a tyrant’s big stick.