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What I’m Reading (April 2013)

Another wide-ranging selection of books…

Last month, I mentioned having read and liked John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines.  I was hesitant to read his latest book, The Fault in Our Stars, because a novel about cancer-stricken teenagers seemed a bit on the depressing side.  One of the main characters expressed similar sentiments, stating, “cancer stories suck.”  Well, this story might revolve around teenagers and cancer, but deeper and funnier than I expected.  Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are two unforgettable characters.  After I finished The Fault in Our Starts, I read Paper Towns, which I recommend as well, but only after reading The Fault In Our Stars.

Still Points North is the recent memoir of Leigh Newman.  Her parents divorced when she was young and she grew up being shuttled between the Alaskan frontier of her father and the city of Boston with her mother.  Her parents divorce sends her life on an interesting journey all over the world and into a relationship where she confronts her past.  A very good read.

Cal Newport’s So Good They Can’t Ignore You is his first “business” book with the stated goal of dispelling the myth of “finding your passion.”  Through examples and analysis, Newport proposes that trying to “find your passion” and then a corresponding career is a recipe for disaster.  He contends that people are ill-equipped to find their passion until they apply themselves to a particular field of work.  Only by developing what he calls career capital does one find “passion.”  In other words, you have to do things to discover what you like doing.

I’m still plowing through the Parker series by Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake).  Most people consider these four- Deadly Edge, SlaygroundPlunder Squad, and Butcher’s Moon (which is the most violent and bloody of the series so far) to be among the best in the series, particularly as they differ from the previous books.  With these four, the author took the formula he’d created and turned it on its head.  After Butcher’s Moon, Stark/Westlake took a twenty-something year hiatus from the Parker character.

Some other books I read this month:  Looking For Calvin and Hobbes:  The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip by Nevin Martell, Carry On, Warrior:  Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Melton, and Speaking of Faith:  Why Religion Matters by Krista Tippett (she is the host of the OnBeing podcast)

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As for the blog this month, I’m still taken aback by the response to my post, You Never Really Know.  The feedback on that post went far beyond anything I expected.

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