“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I picked this one up because it is my son’s next required school read and I never read it when I was supposed to. Well written, decent story; however, I cannot grasp how this is required reading for an honors english student. There are so many other truly wonderful classics that cannot find a way into academia. Perhaps there is just a tremendous lack of classics written by American authors and our schools want to represent some element of honorary patriotism. Nonetheless, it was a fun read – just didn’t add any value to my life.

“1984” by George Orwell

I picked this one up in an airport because I finished the book I brought with me sooner than anticipated. The choices were sparse and this one caught my attention because of the iconic Apple commercial based on this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Though accidentally reading it so close to Fahrenheit 451, it served as a complementary study on futuristic theory. The book is well written. The characters are vividly displayed. The point of the book, whatever that might be for you, is worthwhile. In my opinion, this should replace 451 as required school reading.

“David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell ranks among my favorite authors. Blink, Tipping Point and especially Outliers are among my favorite personal, leadership and business reads of all time. I also enjoyed What the Dog Saw; however, it is of a different genre – more of a coffee table collection of short stories. David and Goliath is a combination of both. Gladwell explores the weakness of perceived power and the power of perceived weakness by sharing a wonderful collection of true stories. At no point does Gladwell propose that a deficiency is desirable, simply that they can be overcome. Continue reading ““David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell”