While summer is almost coming to an end, I like to reflect on the book that I have enjoyed reading. I challenge myself to read at least one book per month. It seems this year for some reason, it feels easier. I am allowing myself more time to read; I am enjoying the reading much more.
I wonder, do I pick better books than last year? I am admitting that I like to read a non-fiction book together with a business book to mix it up. Sometimes, at night, my concentration for a business book is weak if non-existent.
Chasing the flame, Samantha Power – the life of Sergio Vieira de Mello. What an inspiring but also sad book to read. Sergio, the Brazilian born diplomat, donated his life to a career at the United Nations which then ended in his death at the bombing in Iraq. Certainly, a full life with many great encounters of interesting people and politicians while traveling the world to say the least. An inspiring man; I went to visit his graveyard in Geneva where nice, fresh flowers adorned his gravestone.
City of the beasts, Isabel Allende – while this book was classified as YR (young reader), I was totally fascinated by the story and would not have thought it would be for young readers given the fact that there were some gory and dark moments that was not for a young or frail reader. I enjoyed the trip to the Amazon with its wild adventures and spooky incidents with wildlife and ghosts or the like. I could totally picture myself going on an adventure with the protagonists. I do not want to give away the story. This is an adventure and a journey for the young and young at heart.
All the light we cannot see, Anthony Doerr – I am still in awe of this well-crafted book. The suspense was there until the last of the 500 pages. The story tells about lives in World War II. It is fiction but so real and down to earth. A young, blind girl who was able to walk in her neighborhood thanks to the creativity of her father building her a model of the city. What a great and practical idea. The blind girl was independent and clever thanks to his model. She and her father had to flee to St. Malo, a port city in Brittany, France. Parallel, young Werner in Germany in the German army and his life story. I enjoyed the many human but sad moments in the book.
The shoe dog, Phil Knight – the story of Nike. What an interesting read, Phil Knight was a CPA at PWC (Price Waterhouse Cooper) while building his empire of Nike. It started out with his hunger for traveling around the world in his younger years. It can be a fascinating read even if somebody is not a sports person. It has interesting cross-cultural elements as well as a sense of business combined.
My next book is: Factfulness, Hans Rosling – ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think. I will report back once I am through this. I love his TED Talks where he talks statistics and the world. RIP Hans. I miss your dry sense of humor.
I love to dedicate more time to reading and I promise I will. It seems while traveling reading is an important aspect of my work. There is always more learning and I am hungry for more. My goal for life long learning does not end with twelve books.
"Take it from the Iron Woman" Global Business Coaching with Sports Parallels (Mueller,
2017) available on Amazon as paperback or e-book. Enjoy the read and post a
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