What I've Been Reading Lately, Vol. X | Alyssa J Cori: What I've Been Reading Lately, Vol. X

January 27, 2021

What I've Been Reading Lately, Vol. X

I have a few good books to share since my last reading post. One of my goals for this year is to read The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro (it's a 1,000+ page book about Robert Moses...so it's going to take a while), which means that it may be a while before I have read enough books to warrant a roundup. Today I'm going to share a variety of books, from one on personal finance, to a memoir, to a light read, there's something for everyone!
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Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout ⭐️⭐️

This novel is a series of short stories that all somewhat tie into one another. I gave a low rating because I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character and I especially did not like how there was thinly veiled commentary on politics in the form of introducing a caricature of a Trump supporter. I really can’t stand when a group of people is reduced to a stereotype, and I found it off putting. It did give a good look into how people can lean in to their prejudices, but I am not sure if that was actually the intention of the author. This is ultimately not a book I’d recommend.

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was the perfect, lighthearted book to get in the Christmas spirit! I loved reading the Shopaholic books as a girl, and it was so sweet and nostalgic to spend time with Becky again. This is a fun novel and I’d say it’s good to pick up for a quick read.

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

As a Disney lover I was excited to read this book and learn more about the creative and strategic leadership that makes it such a great company. Iger’s book provides so much more, including lessons that serve both your career and personal life. My mother said it best when she described Iger as “being a real life Mickey Mouse” - a person who treats others fairly and operates with integrity.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money by Robert T. Kiyosaki ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is one of those books that could have been 100 pages, but was 300. The information is incredibly valuable - how to think about your personal balance sheet and income statement, how to acquire assets, what type of income you should focus on - and you can read it quickly by using the study sections. My main takeaway is that I need to eliminate fear of money and embrace confidence in my ability to make money work for me. You’ll only get so far as an employee, so the key is to build up your assets. Definitely gave me a lot to think about and start acting on!

Defending Jacob by William Landay ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was a fast read and I didn’t want to put it down! Why three stars then, you ask? Because the twist came too late and wasn’t explored as thoroughly as I wanted. There were also loose ends that were never adequately addressed. Read this if you want a “oh man, just one more chapter” feeling, but don’t expect to be satisfied by the end.

What have you been reading lately?

-Alyssa J

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