August 2016 Books of the Month

Books of the month?



Books of the month.

In the spirit of the election climate, we are going to read a book from Hillary Clinton’s book list and a book from Donald Trump’s book list.  Together.  At the same time.  It should be fun.

I liked a facebook page called “Book Bub”, which gives you book ideas based on certain similarities or themes.  For example, yesterday’s post was titled “24 Books to Read Instead of Watching the Olympics”.  Some of the titles listed are John Updike’s “Brazil” and Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken”.    Another post was “Four Books Recommended by George Clooney”.  You get the idea or you can check it out for yourself too.  Here’s the link;  Book Bub

Several days ago the subject was “12 Books Recommended by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  I’ve inserted the link in case you would like to see the entire list of books that they recommend.  A few from Donald Trump’s List are “All Quiet on the Western Front”  and “The Power of Positive Thinking”.

Hillary Clinton’s list includes Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Poisonwood Bible”, which if you recall from a previous Wild About Books post is on my top 10 list as well.  She also includes “The Color Purple” and “Little Women”.

The books that I have chosen for us to read this month include one from Donald Trump’s list and one from Hillary Clinton’s list.  They are both memoirs and they are both by Chinese women.

Hillary Clinton’s book is “Wild Swans” by Jung Chang.  Clinton’s quote about this book selection;

“Set against the historical backdrop of imperialist China, the rise of Communism and, finally, Mao’s cultural revolution, Wild Swans is an inspiring tale of women who survived every kind of hardship, deprivation, and political upheaval with their humanity intact.

Donald Trump’s book is “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua. Trump’s quote about this book selection;

“I’ve read hundreds of books about China over the decades.”

Can reading from a presidential candidates book list help you decide who to vote for?

Yes!  Hell yes.  This is Wild About Books.  We know that what a person reads is who that person is.  You know that you have gotten to know me, the author of this blog, better because of the books I have read and recommended for you to read.

If you are still undecided about whom to vote for during this presidential election, perhaps reading these two book choices will help you with that decision.   And if you do know who you will be voting for, these books will possibly justify that decision.  Not just justify, but maybe make you excited for who you will be voting for or maybe even change your mind.

I recommend that you find out what your local politicians are reading in order to help you with your choices.  I’ve always wanted to add that question when I’m interviewing people for positions at work.

“What are you reading?”

Would that be an appropriate question in an interview?

One time I put a math question in an interview for a school foods manager.

“If a recipe calls for 1/8 teaspoon of salt and you are quadrupling the recipe; how much salt would you need?’

Interviewee’s answer; “you put the 1/8 teaspoon of salt in 4 times”.  Yep….that is not a wrong answer; indeed.

I digress.  This is not a Wild About Math blog.

I have started both of these books, but just barely.  I gave them a quick Wild About Books approval, but no guarantees.  We’ll see how it goes.  Feel free to endorse one book or the other.  Maybe we’ll vote in November about which book we enjoyed more.

More great reading suggestions can be found at Wild About Books blog.

Also, If you are looking for some comic relief I highly recommend this video.  It has nothing to do with anything; it’s just fun.

Click here.




One thought on “August 2016 Books of the Month

  1. Since you welcome comments ta on this blog, and I haven’t been here in a log time, I will say two things about that list…
    1) Donald Trump’s quote is probably 100% accurate. Not much doubt in my mind that he actually said thise words, but I doubt they were in reference to this book because I doubt he really read the book.
    2) Hillary’s quote is unlikely something she said. Sounds *exactly* like something the publisher said (wrote) though. Makes me wonder if she really read this book.
    Having said both of those things, i can also say that I’M going to read both books and I’ll give you a personal quote to go along with Hillary’s and Donald’s afterwards 🙂


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