Book Review: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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Given the popularity of Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, I’m surprised I only just read it this week. It’s been in my queue for years, but I never had a copy and for some reason, I just didn’t buy it. Earlier this year, I found a copy on my apartment building’s bookshelf, so I snatched it up and included it in my September TBR list. I enjoyed it a lot, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. Knowing how much you can take away from the messages, I ended up with 4.5 stars even though part of me thought it could have pushed the envelope a bit more. Then again, it is almost 15 years old and this type of literature has only become popular in recent years. For its time (minimal social media or digital blogs!), it was definitely motivating.

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Rather than critique the book, I’ve decided to focus more on the messages within it. Life is short. You should remember the valuable things when you’re in the latter stages approaching death. Perhaps if you develop a terminal illness, you’ve been given an opportunity to squeeze in as much as possible before you do actually pass on. It seems odd to phrase it in such a manner, but rather than just die unexpectedly, you have a rough time period in your head… you can try to achieve a few goals and make whatever changes you can before it’s too late. Of course, a terminal illness comes with extraordinarily negative impacts, but I’d prefer to focus on the benefits you can reap from the messages in such a book.

It’s not important how clean your house is, tho I often obsess over it. It doesn’t matter if you traveled the world and saw amazing things when you don’t have anyone you love by your side. And you’re not gonna focus on the little things in those last few moments. So make the most of it… find people you care for and share your feelings. That’s basically the gist of the autobiographical work on a very cursory level. Albom goes back and forth between his younger days with Morrie and his older days with Morrie, and as readers, we see the change in him across time.

I kinda feel like this was one big way to accomplish a goal, but we can also implement his ideas in smaller form across each day. That’s where I found the greatest lessons in his words. I’m on a kick to read a few more of his books this fall, too.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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15 thoughts on “Book Review: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

    scr4pl80 said:
    September 12, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    I was a little disappointed in this one too. I think I was expecting something a bit more dramatic? Five People You Meet was better in my opinion. Try The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mr. Albom. I really liked that one. By the way, I just did a blog post about Father Figure. Great read. I even got over the fact that my namesake character is a B1tch. Have to figure out a way to get an autograph from the author to attach to my copy 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 12, 2018 at 2:43 PM

      Hi! My mom just gave me three of his books, but I’m not sure which ones. They’re in a bag I haven’t unpacked onto the shelf yet! I’ll let you know if it’s in there. I do love Five People… I heard there’s another book about what happens afterward in heaven. I’m not sure it’s a sequel, but I hope so.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 12, 2018 at 2:44 PM

      I’m about two days behind reading blogs, but I will catch up this week. I’ll go look for your post this afternoon. Thank you so much! As for the book, I’m sure we can figure out a way…. I’m still hoping to get to Brooklyn to see your journal. What dates will it be there?

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        scr4pl80 said:
        September 12, 2018 at 3:03 PM

        It is on tour right now and heading to Atlanta at the end of September. I’m thinking it will be back in Brooklyn in October. 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 12, 2018 at 3:11 PM

        great!

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    Martie said:
    September 12, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    This is an oldie but goodie. I just gobbled up this one.

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    Caroline Vincent - Bits about Books said:
    September 13, 2018 at 1:45 AM

    My two favourites by Much Albom are ‘the Five People you meet in Heaven’ and ‘For one more Day’. The first one blew me away with the theory of life and death, the characters. And the second is just wonderful and shows how we don’t (want to) see our parents outside of their role and how changing the perspective opens up whole new worlds. Loved it, so touching.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 13, 2018 at 7:41 AM

      I think For One More Day is in the pile of books my mom lent me last weekend. I’m excited now. I’m in total agreement with you on the Five People.

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    carhicks said:
    September 14, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Great post Jay. These books are all quick reads with some kind of message that I love. I think I need to reread this one, as I read it so long ago. I did not like Five People you Meet in Heaven as much as this one, but that is not the popular opinion. I do like your take on this one.

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    A. Wilson said:
    September 16, 2018 at 10:11 PM

    I agree. I enjoyed the book and the progression but it wasn’t as good as it was hyped up to be. I do think any rating between 3.75 – 4.5 is fair.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 17, 2018 at 7:32 AM

      I’m glad we’re on the same page. Lots of great stuff but the organization could have been better.

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    September 18, 2018 at 10:30 PM

    I like that you shifted your attention towards the message for your review. It’s definitely a great one that I can get behind of. Great review, Jay. 🙂

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    misifusa said:
    September 21, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    I liked the messages in his book too. I read it long ago but the messages stayed with me and threads of the story line…thanks for reminding me Jay!

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