Books of my life | Gary Sirak

Gary Sirak, president of Sirak Financial Services, has been a financial adviser for the last 35 years. He has written two books: “If Your Money Talked,” 2012, and his latest “The American Dream Revisited,” 2016, a collection of compelling stories from people who overcame a variety of adversities to achieve their American Dream.

books_sirakGary Sirak, president of Sirak Financial Services, has been a financial adviser for the last 35 years. books_american

He has written two books: “If Your Money Talked,” 2012, and his latest “The American Dream Revisited,” 2016, a collection of compelling stories from people who overcame a variety of adversities to achieve their American Dream.

books_switchQ. What do you tell people you’re reading? But what are you actually reading?
A.
I tell people that I am reading a novel written by Vince Flynn, which is true, I am. However, I am also reading “Switch on your Brain” by Dr. Caroline Leaf (240 pages, 2007) that I am really enjoying.

Q. Who is your favorite author and why?
A.
J.K. Rowling is amazing. Those books just swept me away. What a great storyteller.

books_leeQ. Do you have a go-to book for vacations?
A.
“Jack Reacher” series by Lee Child. I just find he’s a great and fun read. It’s a great story that starts on the first page. I found it amazing that he was able to grab me on page 1 and make me want to just keep turning the page.

Q. What is your guilty pleasure book?
A.
“Spenser for Hire” series by Robert Parker is a great read. It’s like spending the weekend with a friend. That’s how I feel about Parker’s writing.

books_catch22Q. What is a book you wish you had written?
A.
“Catch 22” by Joseph Heller (453 pages, 1961) or any of the Harry Potter books.

Funny story, I was thrown out of the Miami University library for laughing out loud while reading “Catch 22” … twice.

Q. What is next up on your reading list?
A.
“Pre-Suasion” by Dr. Robert Cialdini (434 pages, 2016). I heard him do a radio interview and was extremely impressed. I immediately went out and bought the book at Books-A-Million.
Q. What section of the library or bookstore do you visit first?
A.
Mystery. Hands down, every time. I go to fiction.

books_cursedQ. What is the last book you read?
A.
The last book I read was “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling (320 pages, 2016). I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling, and this was no exception.

 

 

books_thinkQ. What book got you interested in your career?
A.
When I picked up “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill (320 pages, 1937), I found it enlightening, entertaining and insightful. The fact that it was written a long time ago and the stories within it are still interesting today is one of the things that makes it my go-to book.

It always gets me back in the right frame of mind.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass