I’ve discovered a new-to-me author! I love it when that happens.
I regularly read Michael Hyatt’s blog, and last week he had a post about Andy Andrews and his new book called The Noticer Returns. I was intrigued, buy I knew I couldn’t read the current book without first reading The Noticer. It was on sale at the time for $2.99, so I snatched it up.
I’ve finished The Noticer and it is fantastic. First of all, it takes place near Gulf Shores, Alabama so that made it fun for me to read. The book is entertaining, easy to read, full of wisdom and inspiring. The book is about getting a new perspective on things.
Both books follow an old man named Jones. He’s full of wisdom and he shows up in people’s lives at just the right moment with just the right insight. He’s the kind of man you wish you could run into sometime. Jones has the perspective on life that we all crave.
Look at it this way… As parents, we often tell our children, “Make good choices. Make good choices today…” which is a bit like telling them to go flip a quarter and get heads every time. One cannot expect a child (or anyone for that matter) to make good choices without understanding how good choices are made.
So, if you want to create a winning culture for your family or organization, take some time to determine how to shape the thinking. As Jones explains in the book, “All choices and decisions are the ultimate result of how you think. And what you think. And how much you think about it. And the subjects you choose not to think about…”
The books are not about parenting. They aren’t preachy. They’re about life and choices and gaining perspective. Jim and I are always telling our kids to “Remember who you are and make good choices”. I hope we’re also teaching them how to do that. If I could make this book required reading for our kids, I would. (Whenever I try to convince them to read a book, it turns them off of the book. Anyone else have that problem?)
I’m pretty sure I’m going to be tracking down everything Andy Andrews has ever written. If you’ve read other books by him, I’d love you to tell me about them in the comments.
I also recently read The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.
I was sent this book as part of the She Reads network. It’s written by an author that I’ve only heard of because of the good reviews of one of her other books, Me Before You. And I actually didn’t even realize this book was written by her until I started writing this review. Sometimes I don’t pay very good attention to things!
The story centers around a painting and follows two women. One lives in France during WWI and the other is in England in current times. They both have strong connections to the painting.
The author writes in such a way that it’s very easy to follow both stories. I especially enjoyed how she spun the historic scenes. However, I never felt connected to the characters. I couldn’t understand why they did the things they did. Their choices did not endear them to me at all. But I’ve read other reviews on She Reads and on Amazon and many people loved the characters and the book.
National Novel Writing Month (Nano) is coming!
November is National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a novel, I highly encourage you to join in. It’s a little like a marathon for writers. The goal is a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. 1667 word per day.
Although I haven’t participated in several years, I did complete the challenge 5 years in a row. So fun! And now I have a collection of poorly written novels. Despite my good intentions, I didn’t edit a single one of them. And now their stories are fading from my mind.
Novel #1 – A young librarian befriends an old man who leaves her a fortune tucked away inside various library books.
Novel #2 – Mina stands to lose her restaurant where she feeds everyone from the neighborhood minister to a former drug addict to…other characters I can’t remember! They all pitch in to help save her corner cafe.
Novel #3 – An old man asks a single mother and her teenage son to move in with him. He does this to avoid going to a nursing home, which is the plan his grown son has for him.
Novel #4 – Elvis Presley Jackson grows up in Eastern KY and… I can’t remember what happens to her, but she goes by Presley and there are a few vivid scenes that mean nothing because the story never went anywhere.
Novel #5 – Lacy runs away from home and holes up in the attic of a farmhouse where two sisters live. She’s pregnant and her father did not approve of her recent marriage to a young man who was sent to Vietnam soon after the wedding. I don’t remember why she ran away or why her father didn’t approve or what happened with her husband.
Have you ever participated in National Novel Writing Month? I’d love to hear about your novels!