Reading Roundup March {2017} | Enduring All Things

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Reading Roundup March {2017}

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Hello readers! Welcome to another "Reading Roundup," the monthly linkup on the last Tuesday of the month, where we share what we read that month.

If you read my my monthly goals for this month, you might think I read The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers this month. You'd be wrong. I'm learning more and more (though I don't know why it's taken me so long to learn this) that I cannot stick to a plan when it comes to reading. No mater how hard I try, I never end up reading what I set out to read at the beginning of a month. Sigh. I should stop making those specific goals. Anyway, lets get to what I did read this month. How about that?

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (only $1.99 on Kindle right now)

Last month, I joined a group on Facebook called the Shield Sister Sanctuary. It is part of the Shield Sisters Initiative and was created for both business (blog) support and life support with a big emphasis on self-love and self-care. Anyway, they do a Book Club Discussion in the Facebook group on the last Thursday of every month and this month, they read How to Win Friends and Influence People.

First of all, you should know that this is a very old book. It was first published in 1937. While I read the revised edition, there were still some dated language and references. Personally, I liked this. But I can see how other people might not.

Anyway, the book is set up in four parts with five to ten principles in each section. I truly believe that each of the principles are very important and helpful in dealing with people. However, at times I felt the book dragged on. Each principle got its own chapter full of examples, quotes and stories. On one hand, I felt the point could have been carried across just as easily by simply listing the principles and maybe including one example. On the other hand, Carnegie was simply driving his points home and I'll probably remember them better for all the drilling.

I'm glad I purchased this book instead of renting it from the library because it did change my way of thinking and I can see myself re-reading it in the future. Or at least thumbing through it from time to time. Which makes me almost wish I got a print version instead of kindle.

I do recommend this book! Even if you know these principles, it's a good reminder for how to be kind, smile, and make people feel important.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

I decided to read this because Worthington Community Theatre (the group I did both The Music Man and A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol with) is performing it next week. I had never read or seen the play but had heard great things about it. I was not disappointed. WCT's spring comedies are always hilarious and truly entertaining. There is always some sort of mix up and lots of dramatic irony (my favorite kind). This show will be no different. I highly recommend reading this play and I'm sure I can recommend seeing a performance as well! I will say, I had to go back and re-read a couple lines just to keep everyone straight. I'm not entirely sure but I think it will be easier to keep people straight when it is acted out. However, I also believe you would benefit from reading the play before seeing it.

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