Last week I finished up reading The Last Train To Key West, my fun book in my alternating fun book, business book reading. It took me a while to write this review because I really wanted to get something else published between a book review. I don’t want my blog to just be book reviews. So, that’s why I waited and published a post about my narration recording setup instead.
But now it’s time to jump into The Last Train To Key West, a very good book that again I loved because it tied the narrative to real-life events. There are even some real historical books that the author referenced if you want to learn more about the events from the book.
I would write about what I liked about the book and what I didn’t like in two sections but this book wouldn’t get a section for what I didn’t like. I loved the book and how it tied three different stories together into one. It all tied together in unexpected ways.
I’m usually pretty good at foreseeing what’s going to happen. I did for some things in this book but not everything. There were still some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming or went a different way than I was expecting.
The book follows three women through their days in Key West and various other places in the keys. It follows Helen, Mirta, and Elizabeth. There are mob bosses, gangsters, law enforcement, and some interested occurrences between them all.
There’s not a lot to say without giving things away but I never knew about the hurricane of 1935. I’ve always been a bit scared of hurricanes and am glad I haven’t had to live through one. I’m just wondering if structures are built these days to withstand those types of hurricanes better. It’s only a matter of time before something like that hits again.
I’m already in the process of reading my next book, so I have a bit more to say about that the usual.
My Next Book, A Business Book
I’ve already been reading my next book for over four days which is a business book. I had a hard time choosing my book this time as there was nothing that looked good that was affordable enough. But, after much back and forth I settled on Beyond The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch.
I’m writing this a bit into the book (about 38%) but I’m going to write this as if I was still working on the sample. After reading the sample I still wasn’t sure if I wanted to read Beyond the 80/20 Principle. It wasn’t that it was horrible but it just wasn’t great. I’m not sure if it’s poorly written or if I’m just not smart enough to comprehend and follow along well enough.
I’d like to think I’m smart enough to comprehend and follow along but that’s not always true. There are all sorts of smartnesses of people and some are just too smart for their own good. They just can’t connect with ordinary people. A little preview of the future, I do like the book a bit more now but it’s still very hard to comprehend and the connection is sometimes lacking from the real world examples to how it connects to business.
Until next book review (a business book review).