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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of ImaginationVery Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not sure what drove me to reading this book other then the fact that it was by the same person responsible for the Harry Potter series but I am glad I did.

This short read, a commencement speech she delivered at Harvard University, somehow managed to pack inspirational and motivational cues in a way that didn't annoy but hit home with me even though me and author J.K. Rowling are obviously living different lives.

The God MachineThe God Machine by Chandra Free

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm not really sure how I feel about what I've just read. The premise is intriguing and I liked the imagery but for some reason I just felt ... meh. This story is to be continued and I get the impression that things will really kick off in the book(s) to follow; I just wished it did a better job with this book as it's the beginning.

I did enjoy the Foreword which was written by Doc Hammer, one of the minds behind TV's Venture Bros.



RoomRoom by Emma Donoghue

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So I of course became aware of this story after its movie was released. While I didn't see I thought it had an interesting story and hoped I would enjoy it as a read which I did.

The story, which is told from the perspective of 5 year old Jack who has literally lived his whole life insides one room. It's his whole world and all he understands until his mother who is also in this "room"decides to escape their captive.

Once freed inside a new world for Jack we get to see how it affect him along with those around him. All these new experiences and his naivety about some of the things us 'outsiders' take for granted makes for a captivating, emotional yet frustrating read.

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