Ron’s #16: Night by Elie Wiesel

June 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Love this book. Taught it again for the 12th or 13th time. Students love it, which makes assigning it much easier than other high school works. First review here. For the first time in all these years, a student had a problem with the truthfulness of Wiesel, and created a PowerPoint why it didn’t seem plausible “to her.”

Ron’s #15: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

June 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

A parent of a student I teach recommended this book to me a year ago. It looked interesting, but I do not run headlong into sci-fi books. Recently, I watched Atari: Game Over, a documentary about the company’s E.T. game. In it, the author of Ready Player One was interviewed, which reminded me about the book. I picked it up, and could not put it down again until it was over. Ready Player One is one of the most fun and interesting novels I’ve read this year. The story focuses on a teenager named Wade Watts, an outsider living in the year 2044. While his life living in a ramshackle trailer with an opportunistic aunt, he finds support, friends, and adventure in an online world called OASIS. OASIS started as a World of Warcraft-type of online game, but now has morphed into a complete online experience where people live and work and fight and love. At the start of the novel, the programmer of OASIS dies, but left his multi-billion-dollar fortune to the player who finds the secret Easter egg hidden somewhere within the world of OASIS. Wade spends years trying to find it. If I read this summary, I’d […]

Ron’s #13: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

I listen to Dave Ramsey on again off again throughout the year. It’s been more on lately. I appreciate his reminders and encouragement to get out of debt and build wealth, not for the sake of being rich, but rather for helping people and having freedom. I like that. While we are not in debt, I appreciate his focus on getting focused financially. That is more about his radio show than this book. I read it, and honestly would have not had a full picture without the radio show. I know that sounds odd, but the book feels piecemealed together, interrupted by stories that seem to interfere with the key points of Dave Ramsey’s plan. I don’t think that this book is a good starting point for the baby steps. I learned far more from his show than I did from this book. Coincidentally, I have a call in to the show to ask Dave a question, and I’m typing this as I await his callback.

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