Last year, one of my goals was to read one book a month for a total of 12 books. I was sailing through my goal earlier this year but the past few months have been sucking it up and I am most likely going to end up one book short (I mean, there are a few days left in 2016… ;)). Here are the ones I’ve knocked out so far this year: 

 

Most recently, I finished reading “Boys in the Boat.” I actually heard about this book from the CEO of my previous company. He said it is one of the best books that he’s read, and once I heard it was about sports, I was on board. 

 

In case you haven’t heard of it, here’s the summary:

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

 

I feel like “grit” has become a buzzword in business lately and this book definitely summarizes that as it covers the journey that the Seattle rowing team undergoes to make it to the Olympics. I really enjoyed reading this book — especially because it showcases the dichotomy between the rowing team and Hitler’s rise to power. 

The one thing I must note —> it is very slow in the beginning. It’s interesting, but it seems like you are getting a lot of back story (which is relevant, don’t get me wrong) about each of the members of the rowing team that it can drag on a bit. But the last 100 pages? I did not want to put it down, and literally, could not put it down. 

I think there are some great lessons in “Boys in the Boat” about perseverance and how to beat the odds. I also think it’s inspirational in so many ways. So, if that’s what you’re looking for, I definitely think this is a good read for you. 

 

Have you read “Boys in the Boat”? What did you think? 

What should I read next? How many books did you read this year? 

 



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