Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

Biblio-files January 2018

This month, I finally felt like myself again with reading. I also began the new year on a mission to add reading at least 50 pages a day of business and project related books to my work days. It obviously made an impact as I devoured eight books this month. Feels good to be back on track, let’s hope I keep it up.

1. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. When I began reading this, it felt vaguely familiar. I realized that I started this book before, because I got to a page where nothing was familiar any longer and that was where I had stopped reading. I know why I stopped, this was a slow one to get into. But after my initial rough go of it, I decided to power on as there was something about it that made keep buying it. I’m glad I did. It was a bit bleak, but perfect for the raw weather of January and it’s stayed with me. Great story.

2. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. One of those little classics that you read quickly and are glad you did. It’s dated though. Some of it may no longer be true but much of the info is evergreen and will never stop being relevant to marketing. Glad I read it and will have it handy for reference.

3. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. I know there has been some recent controversy over the stories that Gladwell chooses to illustrate his theories, but I love his writing. He tells stories in such a wonderful way. I am always entertained and my thoughts are always provoked by his way with words. I’ll read anything he writes and have read most of his books already. Gladwell also had a podcast for awhile but unfortunately has not added to it in the past few months. The back episodes are worth giving a listen to though!

4. A Sudden Light by Garth Stein. I also have Stein’s first book, The Art of Racing In The Rain in my “to read” cupboard but I picked up this one first. I loved it. So much. A wonderful tale that I could not put down. I’m really excited to read his first book now as well. Looking for a good story to get lost in, here you go, this one’s for you.

5. Purple Cow by Seth Godin. Another now classic that anyone who is in business should read. Stay small, stay nimble and create those purple cows!

6. On Writing Well by William Zinsser. I read a book last year by an author who explained the different genres of books from an editors point of view. I had picked it up knowing I wanted to read this version, which is the same idea but from a writers point of view. I actually enjoyed the other book more. Not that I disliked this book, I enjoyed it, but it’s tough when you read multiple books about the same subject from different points of view to not choose a favorite. I chose a favorite. It was not this one.

7. Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. I finished this book and rated it three stars on Goodreads. Then it crept back into my brain and stayed there. It crept up on me and took me awhile to realize how much I really had enjoyed it, but I ended up going back and giving it 5 stars. I was actually more surprised when I first finished it that I had not loved it as much as I had the rest of her books. You know what really struck me? In the weeks since reading it, a lot of what was referenced in the book has popped up in the news. It made me realized the details from research and the immense back story involved. Knowing that made me really appreciate her writing more. I can’t say more without spoilers so how about this, if you have enjoyed Tan in the past, don’t skip this one.

8. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. I’m pretty sure I read this one after Tim Ferriss raved a few times about it on his podcast. I loved this book. It’s amazing. Everyone should read it. Who cares what it’s about, just go read it.

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