Review: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath is the third Malcolm Gladwell book that I’ve read. In this book Gladwell explores the myth of battling giants. His point is¬†that what makes a giant so large and intimidating can also be the giant’s weakness. He starts the book with the Biblical story of David and Goliath, and then moves on to other interesting topics: classroom size, prestigious colleges, the cure for childhood leukemia, dyslexia, crime, etc. In every story, Gladwell reveals that what we believe to be true isn’t necessarily the case. This book is so fascinating. It makes for a perfect audiobook (read by Gladwell himself). It’s engaging, and […]

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Review: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

I enjoyed listening to this audio book on two levels: the inspiring story of the boys on the 1936 Olympic rowing team and reminiscing about my days of rowing crew in high school. I was blown away by the amount of research Brown must have done to write this book. The details on the boys lives and the surrounding events added greatly to the story. Although I don’t usually appreciate a lot of back story or tangents, because this book was nonfiction, I didn’t mind it. At the beginning, the story alternated between Joe Rantz and the other boys trying out for the team and […]

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Review: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

I enjoyed both of Gretchen Rubin’s earlier books. I already wrote about how The Happiness Project¬†inspired me to start my YA book club. So I was very eager to read her newest book, Better Than Before. And it did not disappoint. This book is written in the same style as her other books. Rubin explores the principles of habit formation by using herself and her sister, Elizabeth, as the primary examples. While what you might take away from this book could be considered self help, it reads more like a blog. I enjoy hearing stories about Rubin and her family – especially as this is […]

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