I watched the movie, Lion, based on this book this past summer and I knew I wanted to read the book after watching this moving story. The basis of the story is Saroo goes with his older brother one night to work and gets tired so he falls asleep on a bench at a train station. He wakes up and is disoriented and starts looking for his brother on a parked train. He falls asleep again and when he wakes up he is moving and can’t get off the train. He ends up far from home in Calcutta. He is lost and doesn’t speak the local language so he can’t communicate. He eventually ends up in home for children and is adopted by an Australian couple. Years later, he begins a journey to find his birth family in India. I can’t imagine the fear that both Saroo and his birth family felt. I felt his joy as he found his mother and siblings after a long search and many years of thinking about them. Great read!
Rating: 4 Stars
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
My son just read this classic in his 4th grade class, so I wanted to read it, too. I accidentally requested the abridged illustrated classic version from the library, so it was a really quick read. I had never read the book, but I remember loving the Disney movie with Hayley Mills as a child.
I loved the great outlook Polyanna had on life and the game she played to see how you could be “glad” in any situation. Great advice.
Rating: 4 stars
How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie
I thought this book had a lot of great tips, but it was a slow read. It took me over a month to read because I could just digest a bit at a time. It discusses the Essentials of Engagement, Six Ways to Make a Lasting Impression, How to Merit and Maintain Others’ Trust, and How to Lead Chage Without Resistance or Resentment. Overall I liked it, but it could have been condensed a bit more.
Rating: 3 stars
I’ll be back next month to talk books some more!