Very Good Lives – #AtoZChallenge 2019

Earlier in the challenge, I wrote about the Harry Potter series, which made an impact in my life. By that itself, J K Rowling is an author who inspires me. Her work is memorable, and brings hope. Many more readers would agree with me if I said that she has inspired many across the world. The tagline to this book, or maybe a part of the title itself said, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.” I know the importance of both, and thus felt like reading this short book.

Very Good Lives is a transcript of a speech that Rowling delivered to the students of Harvard University that covered her life, the challenges she had faced, and yes, the importance of imagination in life. Not about imagining the magical world that she created, but just about imagination in general.

Impactful speech

If the words printed on paper can help me imagine the impact the speech created to those who heard it in person on that day, then that speech must have been successful. I found myself agreeing with Rowling’s points as I read them, and the artwork that was there was quite beautiful too. I loved that the profits of this book would go to a non profit children’s organization. It’s a short book, as I said before. And I would reread the book again. I only wish the book was priced slightly lower, so its impact could reach more people. I think the price would be a deterrent to many book lovers.


This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.


Liked this? Read some of my earlier posts written about Books.


Vinay Leo R.
25. 04. 2019

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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