I’ve been reading three books lately that you might be interested in reading yourself. These books are all really different from each other so maybe one will peak your interest. I have linked them all to Amazon but I have no affiliation with them … Other than getting a lot of books from their site. I do love the ability to get a sample on my Kindle for free before I decide if I want to buy it. Audible.com is how I find my books that I listen to. The thing about audible is that they let you return anything you decide to abandon while listening. I have returned several audio books with same day or next day service and no questions asked. They have great customer service.
Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us by Daniel Pink
Here is Daniel Pink’s TED talk about motivation. This is worth watching.
Autonomy, mastery, and purpose are the main motivators for people. This applies to education, parenting, and business. Pink takes us through several experiments to illustrate his point. He shows us how attempting to motivate people with ‘carrots and sticks’ (rewards and punishments) can actually have an adverse effect on motivation. Pink claims that people need to have choice, the time and opportunity to master something, and authentic purpose in a task to be optimally motivated.
Every teacher, parent, and employer should read this book.
It’s great on audio but you will probably want to underline a few things to refer to later.
Veronica Mars: the thousand dollar tan line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
The 20-something detective has traded in practicing law for private investigation. It is interesting but not much to think about. I have seen this book praised on other blogs so I picked it up thinking ‘if so many people think it’s great…’ It’s just ok.
Sometimes I like a book that’s ‘just ok.’ I listened to it on a recent road trip I took alone and it did help the drive pass without much angst.
However, I didn’t much care about what was going to happen next. Finishing it wasn’t a top priority like it is when I’m reading a book I love. The plot line seems thin to me, simple. There just wasn’t much to really grab me.
Today I just saw someone call this book a Young Adult book. That fits. I didn’t realize it was a YA book, so maybe I was expecting too much.
The Creepy Book
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
You have probably seen this around. I think it’s currently on all of the Best Seller Lists. This book is about a woman who rides a commuter train every day and makes up stories about the houses and people that she sees out her window. Her imagination and her life begin to cross paths and you never know what is going to happen next. The author switches view points with every chapter so you get to see what is happening from all of the main characters’ vantage point. I really like this set up for a book.
Any more information and I would have to put up a spoiler alert.
Read at your own risk.
I really wanted to know what happened so I barreled through it. I think someone has bought the movie rights so you may see it around for awhile and on the big screen.
I am listening to and reading Middlemarch By George Elliot right now. It is so long. I’m not sure when I will be able to write a review on it. It is over 35 hours on Audible but since it is referred to by some as one of the great English novels, I thought I should read it. It is read by Juliet Stevenson who has a wonderful reading voice. I love the accent.
Modern Mrs. Darcy has a Minimalist Summer Reading Guide that you might want to take a look at for some great books to read this summer.
I hope you have a great day!