My Year of Revival Goal: to renew my interest in reading by taking on the goal of reading one book a month. Let's see how I do. Perhaps you'll find something in my list that you will enjoy too.
1) The One Minute Manager: Balances Life and Work (I think that's the one, I'm not looking at the cover.)
The thing I liked about this book is that is simple and makes sense. My favorite word in this book? Autonomy...love this word...
2) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Smartly written young adult fiction. I won't give any thing away. What I will state is I was moved to laugh, to feel hopeful and to feel heartbreak and sorrow. I will read this again.
Recommend? Absolutely, I'm looking to read another John Green novel because of the writing being so good. So real. So honest. Again, a book I know I will read again.
3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Short of having real issues with "Death" being the narrator and the "afterlife of process of collecting souls", there was a lot I did like about this book. I liked the realistic aspects of depictions from both sides of WWII. Not just a Jewish perspective or a Nazi perspective but a perspective of young people who lived through and endured the experience of war. It seems that war isn't biased. Suffering happens to everyone on different levels. This book did a good job of relating many of those stories.
Based in Molching, Germany on Himmel Street. A colorful collection of neighbors and some laugh out loud moments. You can't help but like and respect Rudy Steiner. I found myself feeling a fondness towards Hans Hubberman in a way I liken to the fondness I felt for my Grandfather. Kindred spirits perhaps?
Recommend? Yes, if you can get past the narrator... keep in mind "he" plays a BIG part in this book.
4) I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai