Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#33: The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry (Barry Green)

Barry Green’s book The Inner Game of Music was one of the best things I read during my graduate work. The Mastery of Music did not let me down either. Green examines characteristics that are important to every musician (and many other professions as well) by examining the performers of specific instruments that exemplify that quality. Who can doubt that a trumpet player epitomizes confidence? Filled with wonderful stories and honest reflection, The Mastery of Music is a book that should be read by every musician.

For a more detailed review of the book from a musical perspective, check out the post on Collaborations on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

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#32: Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

Catching Fire has been sitting in my to-read stack for almost a year. This summer, I finally got around to reading the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. When I first began reading the book, I was sorely disappointed. It didn’t begin with the spark that I had come to expect from Collins. I almost put the book away in order to move on to something else. I suppose I was picking up on the feelings that my youngest niece had expressed about the book. As I continued to read, I found extremely thought-provoking writing about revolution and rebellion that fascinated me. When the twist of the games finally appeared, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I’m anxious to read the final volume of the trilogy to learn how the story ends. I’ll pick up the book next week and add it to my bedside collection in order to guarantee that I return to the adventures of Katniss, Gale, and Peeta before the summer is over.

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