AMI, the Alliance Management Institute through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, is a conference for nonprofit professionals and students entering the nonprofit world to network and learn from each other. For someone so interested and involved in the nonprofit sector in my area, what could be more amazing. You, however, might not find nonprofit administration and social issues the most interesting topic in the world. Maybe you prefer to think about and enjoy discussing classic literature. There’s something magical there.
Here at AMI, I’ve found over 500 people who love the nonprofit sector and working towards correcting/bettering social problems. I’ve found people who are very interested in my thoughts and ideas about foster care, my theories on program planning, and my near obsession with volunteer and donor engagement. But here’s the magical thing I think you need to know: Whatever it is you love, someone else loves it too and would love to discuss and explore it with you.
Side Note: This post was originally titled “Wrapping Up Salt Lake City.” I planned to give you a run-down of what I ate, what I did, where I shopped, where I stayed, and show a ton of pictures. However, I felt this lesson that I learned was more important. I will, however, share some photos from the trip throughout because why not? So let’s do this.
When this post goes live, my Salt Lake City adventure will have already come to a close and I will be on a plane headed to Houston. Despite the fact that I haven’t yet left for SLC, I can already tell you that by Wednesday morning I am exhausted and ready for a relaxing, quiet, plane trip. No one in my life would ever argue the fact that I am an introvert, but that never gets in the way of my travel and adventures. In truth, I think my introvertedness enhances the experience for me!
For my English class this semester, we’re currently reading Ray Bradbury’s short story “August 2002: Night Meeting.” I love Bradbury’s style over all and always have. After a few years of not reading him, this piece feels like coming home. One quote early on in the story caught my attention though;
Today is the last day of my first week back at school. Last week, however, was the Bout of Books 11.0, as many of you may already know. I posted my TBR for the week and finished a whopping 24 pages of A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan and an amazing 30 minutes of the Stardust audiobook. Over the entire summer, I read a total of 2 books and started somewhere around 15 books. It’s official, I’m in a reading slump.
At the beginning of this semester, I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for a class. I was very excited to read a contemporary novel in a class and I just knew I’d be dying to review it. About 3 months later, that review hasn’t happened. So what did happen?
I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. I was a good book, but that’s all I have to say about it. It is outside of my normal genre, but that shouldn’t mean I can’t review it. I have, in the past, reviewed novels of all different types, so why not this one?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is about a journalist, Blomkvist, who is called to an island by a rich, old company head. His formal reason for being on the island is to write Mr. Vanger’s biography. In reality, Mr. Vanger has asked Blomkvist to use his investigative techniques to look for the person who killed his granddaughter, Harriet. In the course of thinks Ms. Salander comes to work with Blomkvist and the two find a few too many skeletons in the closets of the Vanger family.
This book really didn’t make me have any lasting feelings. It sounds enthralling, and it is. The beginning is kind of miserable because of the vast amount of exposition and the lack of action, but it’s survivable When the action picks up, the action is fun. I felt satisfied with the climax and resolution and the ending is perfect for a sequel. These are the types of books I love, surprising, well-developed, and well-written. But this one just didn’t do it for me. I don’t know why, but I simply do not and have not felt moved to review or even write about this book.
Perhaps you’ve had better luck with this novel or series. Have you read this book/series? What did you think? Did it make you feel anything?