The No Complaining Rule (#11/50)

This wasn’t a bad book necessarily, but I don’t know that I would recommend it to just anybody. My hopes were really high because I read another book by this same author called The Energy Bus. It was recommended to me by a co-worker, and if I were ever in a management-type position (not my cup of tea, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared), that book is one I would use to craft my management style. This book? Meh. The general premise perhaps. Still doesn’t mean I think reading it was worth my time.

Title – The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work

Author – Jon Gordon

Page count – 131

I’m not going to relate this too much to my personal life because it is usually not wise to talk about work stuff on the internet. All I will say is read between the lines and message me directly if you’re curious.

The general premise of this book is that mindless complaining (that is, complaining with no desire to find a solution) is unproductive, brings down morale, and reduces both individual and company performance. I would agree with this statement. There are two main reasons I didn’t care for this book Continue reading “The No Complaining Rule (#11/50)”

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Statistics update #1

So my very first post, outlining my Rules for this Fifty Book Challenge, said that I was to have 1) no more than half of my books be re-reads, 2) at least half of the books be by women, and 3) at least one quarter of the books be by people of color. Let’s see how I’m stacking up so far…

The Invasion of the Tearling (Erika Johansen), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Rebecca Wells), Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik), The Lord of the Rings, part two: The Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien), Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church (Rachel Held Evans), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling), Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God (Elizabeth A. Johnson), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling), The Thing Around Your Neck (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

Re-reads: 5/10 (just squeaked by on that one)

Women: 9/10 (about what I expected, tbh)

POC: 2/10 (and that’s only because I’m counting one of the RBG co-authors who’s Israeli-American…let’s just say there’s room for improvement here)

The Thing Around Your Neck (#10/50)

I originally went to the library to look for Adichie’s Americanah because it’s been recommended to me by so many people. I’m kind of glad that particular branch’s copy was checked out because I found this collection of short stories instead. I feel like Adichie is going to be my new Toni Morrison: every book of hers I pick up, I enjoy very much; and even though I don’t totally understand the culture about which she is writing (because I am a relatively privileged white American), I can’t help but feel transported and captivated by it. Which is what storytelling is all about, yes?

Title – The Thing Around Your Neck

Author – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Page count – 218

Each of the twelve stories in this collection either takes place in or involves people from Nigeria (which is where Adichie grew up). She uses multiple frames of reference and frequently handles the themes of ethnicity, nationality, and immigration; gender roles, sexuality, and marriage. My favorite stories Continue reading “The Thing Around Your Neck (#10/50)”

The Goblet of Fire (#9/50)

Book version: “Did you put your name into the Goblet of Fire, Harry?” he [Dumbledore] asked calmly.

Movie version: “HARRY DIDJA PUT YER NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIYAAA?!?”

The movies generally did a good job following the books, but this scene…just…ugh. Anyway, loved this book – as I do the entire series – so without further ado, here is the next selection for my Fifty Book Challenge:

Title – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author – J.K. Rowling

Page count – 734

**Major spoilers for this installment!! Don’t read ahead if you haven’t read the book!** Continue reading “The Goblet of Fire (#9/50)”

The Prisoner of Azkaban (#8/50)

Harry Potter books are like Lays potato chips. You can’t read just one. I’m going to continue with the strategy of reading two books at a time because I’ve found that alternating actually helps keep my attention and finish the books faster. Sometimes, it takes me a long time to finish a book because I’m just not in the mood for it, but if I have more than one option to choose from at any given time… Anyway, we’ll see how that strategy works for the remainder of the series (Just four more to go!).

Title – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author – J.K. Rowling

Page count – 435

 

**Minor spoilers for the third HP book and background information from previous books** Continue reading “The Prisoner of Azkaban (#8/50)”

Quest for the Living God (#7/50)

This dense, slow-going read was totally worth the time it took to wade through! The student in me wanted desperately to get out color-coded highlighters and sticky notes to start outlining a research paper.

The one major criticism I have is that the last chapter on the Trinity could have been cut for time. Not that it wasn’t interesting on its own (assuming you enjoy delving into discussion of the nebulous concept of “three persons, one God”), but Johnson’s linking the chapter’s thesis to the rest of the book didn’t quite fit for me. The rest of the book, however, was academic yet relatable and engaging, and so very, very relevant to our current politically-charged, religiously-divisive culture.

Title – Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God

Author – Elizabeth A. Johnson

Page count – 228

This book is divided into ten chapters: the first being an introduction to Continue reading “Quest for the Living God (#7/50)”

The Chamber of Secrets (#6/50)

So, I decided it would be a good idea to read three books at once. First, I started what I can only describe as a theology textbook (Although, I was that girl who actually read her textbooks for fun. Don’t judge me.), and it is – understandably – a little too dense to read for long stretches of time. So, to break it up with something lighter, I returned to the greatest series of all time: Harry Potter. I am almost done with my theology book and hope to have that review posted by the end of the weekend. My third book is a sort of self-help book about positivity in the workplace. I am reading that during my lunch breaks at work, so it could take some time…Stay tuned.

Title – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author – J.K. Rowling

Page Count – 341

***No major spoilers ahead – just minor plot details*** Skip to the quote at the end if you haven’t read the books and don’t want to spoil the fun 🙂 Continue reading “The Chamber of Secrets (#6/50)”