I’m no “live like you were dying” kind of person. I used to be daring–as a teenager, I went on international mission trips to third world countries without my parents, I bungee jumped from 70+ feet in the air, I loved adrenaline. But as I got older and became more aware of the dangers in the world, and now, as a parent, I’m no daredevil.
So when I stumbled upon the preview to The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, I was intrigued. Pausch, a regular guy who happened to make his life into something great and memorable, wrote this book as he was dying of cancer. And man, it really hit me.
I found myself working out on the elliptical with The Last Lecture perched on top of the machine, crying in the middle of the gym. Reading that this man was able to achieve so many of his childhood dreams and inspire others to do the same, reading that this man truly believed in being optimistic even while saying goodbye to his wife and small children, just gripped my heart.
So, PROS: Inspirational. Definitely made me rethink a lot of my lifestyle and thought process.
CONS: Sad at times.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.
Next up on the list is hardly worth mentioning. I found myself in a book drought for a few weeks and came upon a recommended read: Not Quite Dating by an author I’ve never heard of, Catherine Bybee.
The book started off in a way that got me interested, with a single mother working overnights at an IHOP and a rich man happening upon that IHOP after realizing he no longer wanted gold-digging women in his life. The man becomes infatuated with the young woman, and pretends to be something he is not to see if she loves him for more than his money.
PROS: Eh, I mean, it’s a cute quick read. But that’s about it.
CONS: Not sure where to start here. Poorly written. Very little character development. Predictable.
FAVORITE QUOTE: … Nada.
Book 16, and the last book of the year, I am currently reading. It’s called The Round House by Louise Erdrich… and I’m enjoying it thus far! Come back and see how it turns out. If you’re looking for something to read, review my reviews or take a look at my list from 2012:
2012 Book List
By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read)
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Devil in Pew Number 7
Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee
The Round House by Louise Erdrich