Book #20: Don’t Worry It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent

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Nugent’s book is funny and written in a format that lends itself well to millennials. It feels more like a collection of long blog entries than anything else and she speaks in a way that feels very natural and more like the spoken word than most of the nonfiction I’ve experienced. There are tons of little references to things that people of our generation experienced growing up and while at the book borders on the ridiculous at times there are certainly parts that ring a chord with me. The author’s experiences certainly reflect in parts many different people I’ve known. Her humor is cynical, sharp, and more than a little jaded. A good read for millennials but not a book I would recommend to people from an older generation since I think much of her humor would be lost on them. I enjoyed it for the most part but I felt like there was more than a little filler in it and she did repeat herself a bit but most comedians do so I won’t hold it against her.

Book: #20 of 100

Number of Pages: 188

Total Number of Pages: 5,927

Days Remaining: 300

Book #19: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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I really wanted to like this book since I love the concept but ultimately I just couldn’t get into it. I found the relationship between Lord Henry and Dorian confusing. I thought it was clearly a homosexual relationship at first but then the author was careful to never state this or even heavily imply that anything aside from a strangely close friendship between the two, being clear to outline that both had pursued many woman sometimes sleeping with them more than once at a time. I found most of what Lord Henry stated quite offensive and the racist descriptions of some of the characters made my skin crawl. I understand it was just the times but ultimately that in combination with the slow writing style just killed it for me.

Book: #19 of 100

Number of Pages: 176

Total Number of Pages: 5,627

Days Remaining: 303

Book #18: Men Are from Mars Women are from Venus by John Gray, Ph.D.

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I have heard a lot about this book over the years and I didn’t expect it to live up to the lofty claims that many people have made about it but I’m surprised to say that there was a lot of helpful information in it. The book was well written and provided clear cut examples and while I do think he went a little far in claiming that all men areĀ  and all women are a certain way I do think that he hit the nail on the head for a good chunk of the population and it did help clarify a lot of things for me. If you are on the fence about whether or not to pick this classic up I would say take the jump. It is a relatively short read and is just as relevant today as it was when it was originally written.

Book: #18 of 100

Number of Pages: 368

Total Number of Pages: 5,451

Days Remaining: 309

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Book #17: The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz, Ph.D.

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I really wanted to like this book but ultimately I felt like it focused too much on self confidence and not enough on how to build that confidence or use it effectively. Yes it did provide plenty of examples of how thinking big has lead to major changes in peoples lives but that is no secret in of itself. Alas like many of the books in the self help genre it seemed to do a better job of telling people what they would like to hear than anything else and while this may sell lots of books I do not think that it gives you the tools necessary to achieve any major success. I think I will look for something more practical the next time I delve into this genre and not use the number of copies sold as a major factor in making my decision.

Book: #17 of 100

Number of Pages: 238

Total Number of Pages: 5,083

Days Remaining: 311

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Book #16: The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

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This book has a way of making you think. Almost philosophical in nature it shows how time and circumstance can change aspects of ourselves and the relationships we have in our lives even if the core of who we are remains the same. It was interesting to see how the author had certain peoples lives intersect in every world while in others there seemed to become a part of the Gretas lives only through conscious effort or the circumstances of one world alone. The book seamlessly dealt with issues of identity, fate vs. freewill, the self destructive nature of human vs. it’s ability to create, and so much more. The only downfall I think this book has is that because we are constantly shifting through time we never did get full and complete characters. The protagonist seem to lack some of the depth and the emotional ambiguity that someone in her situation would be likely to feel. All in all a great read though and I would recommend it.

Book: #16 of 100

Number of Pages: 289

Total Number of Pages: 4,845

Days Remaining: 316