Current Reads-When Breath Becomes Air

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Written by a young, dying Neurosurgeon/scientist in the last months of his life. He tells you his story of becoming a doctor, his curiosity for the meaning of life, and his life with cancer. His honest portrayal of being diagnosed, treatments, and accepting the end is heartbreaking. I read this book in one sitting.

 

The second book I read was The Prophet.

This book needs no explanation.

Current Read- The Art of Southern Charm

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I’m a Bravo-aholic and I love the reality shows on this channel. There…I said it. I admit it.  And one of my favorites is Southern Charm with Patricia Altschul being the wealthy, refined mother giving advice and some great one liners to the other, younger cast mates.

If you’re a fan of Southern Charm, Patricia Altschul, or the refined southern lifestyle, then this book is for you.

Find Your Character Strengths Quiz

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The VIA Institute of Character states your character strengths are the qualities that come most naturally to you. Using these qualities on a daily basis will significantly improve your life.

The quiz is free at viacharacter.org, but they do use your information to further their study.

My top 5 character strengths:

  • Appreciation of Beauty & Exellence
  • Fairness
  • Love
  • Love of Learning
  • Gratitude

And if you want to take this a step further, Yale University has a free course of their most popular class, “The Science of Happiness”. This quiz being one of the first things you do.

I just started the course this week and if you’re interested, you can find it at coursera.com.

Current Read-The Perfect Nanny

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One of my goals this year was to read 20 books. I’m behind, so I’m trying to play catch up. This was a perfect book to slam out. A couple in France decide to get a nanny, but choose the wrong one. They are amazed with her organization and “Mary Poppins” ways with the children. But the nanny has mental issues and kills the two children. This is not a plot giveaway since the book tells you this in the first chapter and then works its way backwards. Even without plot twists or whodunnits, I was intrigued throughout.  I definitely recommend this book.

Side note: This book is fiction, but there was a similar true story of a nanny in New York, 2012 who gruesomely killed two children as the mother and third child were swimming at a local pool a few blocks away.