The last two months were pretty heavy handed in the business category as I had a tiny meltdown that led to my devouring knowledge in order to drag myself out of a series of panic attacks. It worked though, because knowledge is power, people.
1. If Minds Had Toes” Lucy Eyre. Imagine there is an afterlife for philosophers and the residents decided to see how much they can teach a teenage boy in a few months by inviting him for visits to their world. Its been a long, long time since I’ve pondered philological teachings. It was enjoyable in a bizarre way.
2. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld. I have loved every single one of her books and they just keep getting better. Sittenfeld captures your attention and gives you a reason to ignore everything else in your life and just read. I cannot wait to see what she writes next!
3. The Harm in Asking by Sara Barron. Hmm, I can’t remember much about this one. I actually flipped through it and still nothing. Did I read it? I know I did, so that means that….
4. A Place at The Table by Susan Rebecca White. I loved this book. I’m realizing I have an incredible for soft spot for books whose main character grew up in the south, but they now live in the North East. Strange being that I live the opposite life. Anyway, this is a charming tale of three characters who we learn about by bouncing back and forth from past to present and back again. Its beautifully woven and a wonderful book.
5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I have not seen the movie yet. I did cry when I saw the preview in the theatre, but I decided I wanted to read it first. I cried. Hard. Through pretty much the entire book. I don’t know if I even want to see the movie now as how it played out in my head is how I think I want to remember it. I might start crying just thinking about reading it. Excellent, excellent read.
6. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I really thought I had read this but in an airport book store, I picked it up and read the back and realized that I never had. Which was even funnier as when I read it I also realized I had been obsessed with and talked incessantly about a book I had never read. Very glad I finally did though as I am big, big believer in the 10,000 hour theory.
7. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. If you reading enjoy business books and have been led to believe that this is one, you need to get over that idea. I really enjoyed it, but in the way I enjoyed the Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling books, as autobiographies by awesome women. Interesting to read her story and glad that she stresses that hard work and being frugal while growing the business were the secrets to her success.
1. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. Part of me didn’t want it to ever end and part of me couldn’t wait to finish it to see what happened next. I really loved it, a great story about family dynamics from the perspective a young girl.
2. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. I was apparently on a dysfunctional family kick this month. Another great read, although this one drags in parts. But excellently written.
3. The New Rules of Marketing & PR by David Meerman. Meh. There are already newer rules. Covers too many areas too broadly.
4. Luxury Fashion Branding by Uche Okonkwo. A textbook and as dry as you would assume. I am not in the luxury market so this was more out of wanting to educate myself in other markets. The second half is pretty outdated, but the first half is really interesting as it covers the history of the luxury market.
5. UnLabel by Marc Ecko. Just as I read the book on the luxury market to see what that sector is like, I read this one out of curiosity on the making of a street wear brand. Not as educational in a broad sense as the luxe book, but fascinating as an autobiography!