Wow, September was a busy month for me! Between traveling to several different work conferences and the Jewish High Holidays, I barely had time to read. That being said, here are three books that I really loved this month!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
It was really fun jumping back into the wizarding world of Harry Potter with the newest creation from J.K. Rowling. And while this play continues the Harry Potter story quite a few years later from where the seventh book finished, it feels like we don’t miss a beat with this crew! Focused on the parenting years of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, we learn a whole lot about their lives – careers, families, new adventures, and even a deeper back story on Voldemort. It took me about 20 pages to get used to the play format, rather than the novel style of the other books, but after that I truly set out on a magical journey with an incredibly story line!
Give Me Liberty
Christopher L. Webber
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been obsessed with great speeches and the people that give them. So for me, and anyone interested in American history, Give Me Liberty was a unique examination of some of the most influential speakers and speeches in our country, all centered around one topic: liberty. Because of the diverse mix of speakers in the book, including Patrick Henry (hence the book title), Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Martin Luther King Jr, I now have a nuanced view of liberty and how it does, and does not, show up in our society. It’s a dense read, yet truly fascinating.
The Last Lecture
Randy Pausch (with Jeffrey Zaslow)
I decided that during the High Holidays this year, I would reread one of my all-time favorite books – The Last Lecture. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, set out to leave a genuine part of himself with his kids by giving a final lecture – and it is life changing. In exploring all of the different ways that he set out achieve his childhood dreams, he shares a treasure trove of life lessons that will make you laugh, cry, dream, and hope. Whether you read the book or watch the lecture online, make sure you find time to check it out!