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38 reviews

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

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4.25

Incredible story, made even moreso by the fact that it’s a true story. A book you don’t read, rather one you survive alongside the crew of the Endurance. Finished the book with a sense of amazement, relief and inspiration. Remarkable. 
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

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Did not finish book.
Sawyer never took interest while reading aloud to him :(
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

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4.75

Just finished reading, still digesting… heavy book, in a variety of ways. As I revisit a few segments I highlighted it is remarkable how well set up the plot was. The journal, O’Brien, the shopkeeper… I will reread this book at some point and I’m certain it will hit differently. For the moment though it left me feeling… depressed(?). As if my general individualist bend or world view is somehow futile in the face of the Party or Big Brother (or big government) :(
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 33%.
Useful read, good insights. Just struggled to enjoy… any of it. Felt like it was full of good, rational tools and techniques that I’m just unlikely to use in the near to mid future. 
Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein, Reid Hastie

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4.25

Good read. Lots of useful insights on group work and group structure. Even more-so there are numerous tactical insights that can be applied in a variety of ways. Lots of notes being taken from this book. 
God Speaks Your Love Language: How to Experience and Express God's Love by Gary Chapman

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3.25

Chapman’s Love Languages book has been a blessing to my marriage. This book applies the same lens to your relationship with God. It’s hard to articulate why, but I struggled to make it through this one. Perhaps due to what felt let an excessive number of examples. That said, I am glad I read it and gleaned several anpplicable insights from it. 
Foster by Claire Keegan

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4.5

I was told this was a story where "not much happens, but it's still really good." Definitely agree. Claire Keegan seems to make each sentence do work. There is little filler here, each line carries water and adds the story. She has a remarkable way of making the mundane suspenseful. The ending is exactly what you knew it would be, and yet Keegan still manages to find away to make it gut-wrenching. An excellent example of strong writing. Of the economy of words.
Predatory Thinking by Dave Trott

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3.75

Short essays/blogs essentially, on varying forms of creativity and marketing. Easy to read, digestible and at times inspiring. This is a book best enjoyed in small doses, doled out over time so as to inspire and encourage you to think outside the box. 
The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan

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4.5

Fantastic. Can’t help but hear Mike Duncan’s voice at various points. Much like his podcast Duncan makes this monumental story digestible, engaging and entertaining. Will be loaning this book out to any friend that is willing to give it a shot. Big fan. 
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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4.25

Really enjoyed. Almost hard to believe she wrote this as a teen. Intense and relatable. Will make Eliza read this.