Tag: Atul Gawande

5 Fiction and Nonfiction Books I Did Not Care For but You Might

There are so many winning books out there.  As an avid reader, I enjoy learning the jewels inside of them.  Below, I’ve compiled a list of those that were definitely would not read again.

#1 – Memory Man

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Memory Man by David Baldacci  was a stunner. Not in the way I expected, however.

Based on the high level of reviews and awards nominations (Best in Fiction, 2015, etc), I was thrilled to get into this book.

It started with a solid plot and characters. Then… ugh. It made this transition indicating a severe case of poor fact-checking. The plot fell apart and the story line became inconsistent. My husband and I both struggled to finish this book.

It was labor-intensive and a big let down in comparison to the solid way the book had begun. Perhaps there was a deadline. Regardless, due to the let-down, I do not recommend Memory Man. 

 

#2 – Every 15 Minutes

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Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline was recommended by an old coworker of mine who happened to be reading it at the same time.

A work of fiction, at times there was almost too much inspiration and some of the dialogue felt forced. Overall, an interesting story-line and the projection of a sociopath had you cautiously peering around every corner.

 

#3 – Descent 
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Descent by Tim Johnston was originally lent to me by my Mom. She had bought it after thinking I’d recommended it. Although, not the case- I was happy to give it a read.

This novel was eerie and a little dark. Female kidnapped and held prisoner kind of thing. It was okay. I little twisted and uninspiring. That being said, if you enjoy varietal writing and suspense, I think you’ll be happy with this one.

 

#4 – State of Wonder 
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State of Wonder  is a novel about a career-driven woman who is sent into the amazon forest looking for fertility cures by AnnPatchett.

This story was tough for me to get through. The first half of the book, I didn’t feel a strong connection with any of the characters.  The amazon experience made it interesting and the final quarter of the book had me excited to turn the pages until the finale. Although a tremendous amount of effort was required to get to that point, when I reached the end, closure on multiple levels had pieces missing.

 

#5 – The Checklist Manifesto

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The Checklist Manifesto, as the title indicates, is a justification for checklists by Atul Gawande.

Excellent book overall on concept. Also well-written. Would have appreciated more hands-on, checklist development material to use in various industries rather than stories about checklists.  A few is fine, overall, the fact the book was purchased indicates a support for checklists. The point was driven home again, and again, and again.

What would be on your list?

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