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text 2018-11-21 22:30
24 Festive Tasks, Door 8 - Day of Penance
Luck of the Draw - Kate Clayborn
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World - Michael Lewis
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis - Joe Nocera,Bethany McLean
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
Polio: An American Story - David Oshinsky
Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It - Gina Kolata
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter

Penance Day

 

Book: I chose Luck of the Draw (Chance of a Lifetime #2) by Kate Clayborn. 

 

Task #1

My guilty pleasure reading is what I call the diseases and disasters genre. Doesn't matter if the disaster happened long ago or more recently, I just love to read a deep dive into those situations. Ditto for diseases. I also really like it when my fiction has diseases and disasters as part of the story and the characters have to overcome some serious stuff on their way to love and HEA. 

 

Non-fiction: Most of Michael Lewis' books, All the Devils Are Here, Polio: An American Story, Flu

 

Fiction: Homefront Hero and Mission of Hope by Allie Pleiter (former has Spanish flu plotline, the latter takes place right after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake)

 

Task #2

I know I am going to get some shit thrown my way, but my favorite team EVER is 

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My daughter's T-Ball team was the NYY and I was so happy to see her enjoy playing baseball while dressed out in my favorite team's jersey this summer. My heart hurt a little when they didn't beat the dirty socks in the playoffs, but there is always next year.

 

 

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review 2018-09-02 22:53
Secrets She Keeps
The Secrets She Keeps - Michael Robotham,Lucy Price-Lewis

Meghan is a popular mommy blogger married to Jack, a sportscaster.  They have two beautiful children, six-year-old Lucy and four-year-old Lachlan, and Meghan is pregnant with their third child.  Agatha, who works part-time stocking shelves at the London grocery, is an avid fan of the blog and watches Meghan from afar until a chance encounter in the store leads to a friendship.  Agatha tells Meghan that she is also expecting a baby, right around Meghan's due date.  

 

The novel switches back and forth between Meghan's and Agatha's first-person, present-tense narration.  Agatha has struggled to get in touch with Hayden, deployed overseas with the Royal Navy, to tell him that their brief liaison has led to a pregnancy.  Eventually, her communication with a navy liaison forces the issue and compels him to get in touch by Skype.

 

Although the title refers to the secrets "she" keeps, there are multiple characters keeping secrets, and not all of them are female.  The novel is not really a "whodunit," because the "it" unfolds so that the reader knows the doer, and the suspense comes from how the events unfold and how law enforcement figure out what has happened.  I won't get into more detail than that (to avoid spoilers), but I found this book utterly addictive.  

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review 2018-08-30 02:09
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This book felt like it took me an insanely long time to read. I started out trying to figure out word-for-word what happened. After a while, I kind of gave up on understanding it all. Luckily, Lewis seemed to support this with a general attitude of don't-worry-if-it-doesn't-make-sense-to-you-that-was-the-problem-it-didn't-make-rational-sense. 

After that, the book went much quicker. 

The story itself was very confusing, which is pretty much the point of the whole book, however I think Lewis did a relatively good job explaining everything and trying to make sense of it all. 

By the end, the book also went quicker because it was annoyingly repetitive. Lewis covers the events from various perspectives, which often leads to telling the same story over and over again. It got a little boring at times. 

I did like that this was a non-fiction book that was character-driven. It made the whole story more interesting. I was honestly more interested in most of their personal lives than anything going on within the stock market. Clearly I am not a person who cares about financial dramas. 

This is a good comprehensive look at the events leading up to the stock market crash. Confusing at times, I think Lewis does a good job of cutting through some of the confusion to help explain the complete chaos that unfolded. 

Overall, good read.

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review 2018-06-07 12:03
Flash Boys
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt - Michael Lewis,Dylan Baker

 

 

I really had no idea about HFT (high-frequency trading), let alone "dark pools," but nonetheless, appreciated Michael Lewis's telling of a disaffected group of finance guys looking to devise a new stock market immune from the loopholes that allow insiders to game the system, to the detriment of the average person with a retirement fund.  No need to be a finance wonk to appreciate this book.  Lewis does a great job explaining a murky topic.

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review 2018-05-24 02:02
Undoing Project
The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds - Michael Lewis,Dennis Boutsikaris

A little over a month ago, I attended a conference (I work in continuing medical education).  One of my favorite sessions was on psychology and behavioral economics.  By serendipity, concepts from the session are showing up in books I read/listen to.  Peak-end rule and elements of decision theory showed up in When by Daniel Pink.  And then...  Undoing Project recounts the story of Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky's friendship and collaboration.  What is now known as behavioral economics grew out of their work.  Tversky and Kahneman challenged and dismantled old assumptions about people's decisions being based on rational thought. There are numerous non-rational factors that affect the decision process.

 

The book is as much about the friendship and the collaboration processes that grew out of it as it is about the research that resulted from it.  I'm fascinated by anything about our brains--how we learn, how we decide, how things go wrong (or right) in these mechanisms.  Going back to my notes from the session I attended last month, I found that the speaker had recommended two books:  Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein (the authors of the latter were, of course, mentioned in The Undoing Project).  So I have requested the Kahneman book and checked out Nudge.  

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