The Last Lecture
This book was written by a computer science professor with pancreatic cancer who had been given 3-6 months to live. It tells of his story of his lecture about realizing your childhood dreams. He knew it would be his last lecture, and not only was it for himself, but for his young children whom he wanted to pass on his last bits of wisdom. The book was an extension of the lecture, and contrary to what it could be, the book was not depressing or sad. It told the story of a man who stayed positive and upbeat despite the grim circumstances he was facing. It is full of great pearls of wisdom and challenges the reader to live life to the fullest. One of my favorite quotes from the book was this:
Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
Another was a quote he left for his daughter:
When it comes to men who are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.
I rated the book 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads, and would definitely suggest it to friends as a to-read.