What I’ve Read Lately

OutliersI just finished Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell and thought it was excellent. His book studies the most successful of us from sport superstars to millionaire computer programers and statistically breaks down the reasons for their success.

The book was enlightening and encouraging. Hard work and an element of chance plays a part in each story, but Gladwell digs deep to get to the layers that make up each profile and find the true elements that contribute to success. Five stars!

EssentialismI also finished Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown this last month. This book is one of the pivotal pieces of literature that I will recognize years from now as being a turning point in my life. Essentialism forced me to finally realize that I can try to do everything but I will never be able to do everything well.

Since reading McKeown’s book I’ve been evaluating my life and choosing the parts that I find essential. What things make me happy and fulfilled? Essentialism helped me identify these things and gives me the focus and drive to cut out the rest. Again, five stars!

Both excellent books, I’ve been able to enjoy listening to the audiobook versions by downloading the free OverDrive app on my phone. OverDrive allows me to log in to my local libraries selection of ebooks and audiobooks and enjoy them for free.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work is published in print and online publications, including “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4 and “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. Her novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® finalist. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. All her books are available on Amazon. Currently, she publishes Space and Time Magazine, a 52 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com.
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