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Book Review: Spymaster 📚

Most of the books that I read are nonfiction. I like to spend my reading time exploring new thoughts and interacting with new ideas. That being said, many nonfiction books can be quite boring. Reading them one after another can take a toll.

I remember in middle school how my mom would read Jeffrey Archer novels. For her birthday, I bought her one of them, and was intrigued by the idea of a long-running series.

I decided last year that I wanted to find a nonfiction espionage/historical fiction series that I could get into. I read Rainbow Six, but I didn’t like Clancy’s way of writing. It was challenging for me to follow, and the books were so dense. I tried one other series, but found the writing to have too much unnecessary sex.

Brad Thor hit it out of the park. I read this book in just a few days and loved every minute of it. His action sequences, unlike Clancy, got right to the point. The book lives up to its promise to be a thriller. 
Lucky for me, Thor has released a new book in this series every year since 2002. I’m going to circle back to the beginning and read the whole thing. It just might take me a while.

Would I recommend: YES

ISBN: 978-1476789415

Episode 87: Three Special Guests

Benedict welcomes three of his friends to the podcast. Things take a dark turn.

So Tired

Middle of the day,

Hard to keep eyes open. Great,

Hours until bed.

Finished reading: The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor 📚

Andrew McMahon is a remarkable storyteller. 🎵

Website Security Policy

SSL is great,

When it works. When broken, ugh.

Much time lost today.

Currently reading: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 📚

When mailing a letter, I always choose a stamp based on the recipient.

Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up 📚

I was first introduced to Marie Kondo on The RapidWeaver Show. Ben, one of the Realmac bros, brought up the book on the topic of minimalism. I’ve come around to Ben’s way of seeing things and finally got into this book.

It lived up to the hype and gave me a different perspective. I really enjoyed it and look forward to finding some time in the near future to do my own tidying.

I found the central idea of the book to be profound. Only be surrounded by things that spark joy in you. What a wonderful way to manage your life.

Would I recommend: YES

ISBN: 978-1607747307

Book Shopping

Went to a bookstore,

It was full of people. Great!

Best way to book shop.

Currently reading: The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor 📚

Episode 86: Pigeon Puppet

Benedict built a puppet while Felicity & I ran an errand. The kids tell you all about it.

I spent part of my Saturday morning at a local bookstore with my daughter. We walked through the stacks, I picked a book off of the shelf, and bought it with cash. The ultimate reading experience. 📚

Finished reading: Spymaster by Brad Thor 📚

This magnet board sparks joy.

Magnetic board with sun, ice cream, sandles, and blueberry magnets

Friday Night Chores

Summer Friday nights,

Mow lawn, wash cars. Then, relax.

Done for the weekend!

Finished reading: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo 📚

Welcome back, Summer. ☀️

Morning Errands

Loaded the kids up,

Drove all over town. Four stops,

Home in time for lunch.

In the last 30 days, I’ve consumed a total of 190 grams of sugar. A 20oz glass of Coke has 65 grams of sugar in it. Pretty incredible.

Episode 85: New Car Seat

Felicity’s new car seat arrived today, so I caught up with her to get her thoughts on this milestone.

Book Review: Boys Should Be Boys 📚

A few months ago I read Meg Meeker’s Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. I found that book incredibly helpful in understanding my daughters better, and how to apply that knowledge to my parenting. I picked up Boys Should Be Boys with the same intention, only for my son.

This book was not Meeker’s best work. I found it dry and somewhat difficult to follow. Her audience was for mothers and fathers of boys, which meant that there was a considerable amount of content that didn’t apply to me. I read it so that I could better understand Alison’s relationship with our son, but it made the journey less pleasant.

There were some good ideas sprinkled throughout, and of course, a few lessons that I’ve already began to implement. I just don’t find myself as overwhelmingly satisfied as I was when I finished Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters.

My main gripe with this book is that it could use a revised edition. Published in 2009, it was full of dated references that sounded silly, even though they were only a decade old. Meeker recently published a new book for fathers, called Hero, which I intend to read in the coming weeks. It’s my hope that that title will meet some of my learning objectives.

Would I recommend: NO

ISBN: 978-1596980570

A Short Story

My son wrote a book,

He is creative and proud!

Bonus: a good plot.

Currently reading: Spymaster by Brad Thor 📚

It took me too long, but I finally registered chetcast.com. Much easier to say and, one year in, I think this show is going to be around for a while.

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