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1/12 Books: The One-Week Job Project

The major problem I had with this book is that it’s not quite what I thought it would be.  The other problem is that it was written by a 25-year-old for 25-year-olds.  Apparently I require a lot less navel-gazing than other people my age.

The One-Week Job Project is about Sean Aiken’s quest to find a job he is “passionate” about.  He travels around Canada and the United States in a variety of roles, boosted by some media coverage he received over the course of the year.  I must have caught some of that coverage because I knew about the book before it even came out.

I thought it might be a short overview of 52 different careers.  Instead it was a somewhat pedantic quest for the author to “find himself.”  It also quickly devolved into a love story of sorts featuring, naturally, the author.

It was an entertaining enough read but I can’t say I’d recommend it.  Also, I realize this isn’t the best of book reports.  But it’s my kind of book report.

12 Books

This post comes to you as part of E‘s 12 books in 12 months project.  The goal is to read 12 books in a year – 12 books that we might not ordinarily be too motivated to read, but that have been on your to-read list.  Next up: Infinite Jest.

1. Story of O, Pauline Reage
2. The Four Hour Workweek, Tim Ferris
3. Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
4. The One-Week Job Project, Sean Aiken
5. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
6. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman?, Richard Feynman
7. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
8. Light in August, William Faulkner
9. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
10. At least one book from my photography collection, TBD.
11. Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
12. A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick

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