“All In” by Mark Batterson

Read this book along with my small group. The basic premise is that you will not experience the fullness of God in this life unless you are all in. I am not going to write much about this one except to say that I did not care for it at all. While I do believe that the more one submits himself to God, the greater the joy experienced (joy does not = happiness); I have a strong distaste for the legalistic approach taken by the author.

“On the Decay of the Art of Lying” by Mark Twain

Finished my book on the airplane and found this one downloaded to my Kindle. It is a short essay Twain wrote for a competition. Wonderful read! Herein Twain declares that we are all liars and that lying is good. He further poses that we are losing the craft of lying well. In summary, the wonderful art of lying advances humanity in a positive way. We are still liars; however, we have more often began to lie for self-advancement or without thought for the greater harm.

“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.