Reading to Improve

Reading was a habit for me in the past. I’m not quite sure when I dropped the habit, but I did somewhere along the way. All I know is that I do want to pick it back up. The many different adventures the stories take you through are exhilarating. This time, not only do I want to read for fun, I want to read to improve myself. If anyone has any recommendations, please send them my way.

These are the books that I seem to return to every now and again. They’re definitely recommended – at least once in your lifetime.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale by Dale Carnegie

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will –
It’s all in the state of MIND.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles, don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But soon or later the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!

The Rook

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*spoilers below*

The Rook immediately grabs your attention as it throws you in the middle of the action. The story of Myfanwy Thomas – or the girl who lost her memories start to unfold before you. This girl wakes up in the midst of pouring rain and is surrounded by dead bodies. She doesn’t know how she got there nor does she know who she is. Does she have amnesia? Yes, but not in the usual way you think a person would get it. Her amnesia was caused by an act of supernatural power.

It turns out, Myfanwy is a Rook, a high ranking official, in the Checquy. The Checquy is a secret organization that protects Britain from supernatural disasters and she has some powers of her own.

The girl before her memories are wiped, apparently left herself notes. She knew she was going to lose her mind before it was going to happen. It was also someone from her own secret organization trying to get her!

As Myfanwy struggles to find out who the traitor was and why he/she is trying to destroy her, she has a newfound understanding of her abilities and she isn’t afraid to use them. Simultaneously, another secret centuries old organization that is the enemy of the Checquy has been slowly rebuilding their army..

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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*some spoilers below*

For those of you who didn’t know, this is a play script with a hardcover on it. I, for one, did not know until I picked up the book. With that being said, this is not a terrible book. It doesn’t take long to pick up a flow in reading. It’s a quick read that can be completed in one sitting which is understandable; it’s a play.
This play follows the life of Albus Potter – the bratty child of Harry and Ginny who can’t escape his last name. It gets quite irritating the way he acts and it almost made me want to put the book down. I would smack him aross the head if I could. They really portrayed him as some self-loathing character; who eventually realizes that life isn’t all that bad. Life is about making the best out of what you have.
While growing up, Albus dislikes his father more and more. He hears of constant tales of his father’s heroism and it reminds him that he will never be as great as his father. Albus overhears about Cedric Diggory – the boy who died because of the boy who lived. He hears rumors of a Time-Tuner, a time machine in a form of a pendant, and seeks it out to undo the death of Cedric. Albus and his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy, use the Time-Turner to go back in time unaware that the slightest changes in history causes large ripples that affect their current and future lives.
This play was a little disappointing, but I am sure if this play was acted out, it would be much better. I will probably never find out unless it gets brought over to the States. Maybe even in the form of a movie. The story of Ilvermorny is way more intriguing than this. That’s definitely a story I can get behind and it’s only available on Pottermore.