I track my books on Goodreads and often read other people’s reviews after finishing a book to see how my opinions compare to others, particularly when I diverge from the majority. I came across this Goodreads user’s shelves on such an occasion and they made me laugh out loud. My shelf labels are pretty boring in comparison. Her review of the book was just as honest and entertaining as the […]
I love books – the smell of them, the feel of them, and of course the stories in them. I even love ebooks. Their portability and ability to preserve passages and look up words on the fly helps make up somewhat for the loss of some of the personality of their hard copy counterparts.
Along with posts on books, I’ve also tossed in some book reviews and suggested reading to keep your mind sharp and entertained.
They are all the things the civics books tell us the good citizens should be: partisans but never zealots, respecters of the facts which attend each situation but never benders of those facts, uncomfortable in positions of leadership but rarely able to turn down a responsibility once it has been offered … or thrust upon them. They make the best leaders in a democracy because they are unlikely to fall in love with power. Quite the opposite.
~ from The Stand by Stephen King
I’ve been on a personal/professional development reading kick recently and I just finished reading The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership. Co-written by Bill Walsh and Steven Jamison, it’s an interesting combination of football field-meets-boardroom. To be sure, there are many parallels between coaching a winning football team and a winning business team. However,
As part of my effort to whittle down my pile of books waiting to be read, I chose one to read last week that had been sitting on my Kindle for probably more than a year. It started off strong, but got pretty bogged down in the middle with a rather sedate plot and characters that thought about, talked about, and did the same things over and over. Nothing quite […]
It’s time to do some spring cleaning around here, and by that I mean that it’s time to whittle down my stack of books that are waiting to be read. I guess I’m pretty bad about downloading books to my Kindle or picking up handfuls of used books and then eschewing them in favor of a book recommended by a friend, a shiny new title that I come across in […]
I’m getting ready for another trip and as usual, I’m on the hunt for a few good books (preferably novels) set in my destination location. This time, I’m heading to New Orleans and while searching for good stories set in the Big Easy, I came across a link to Trip Fiction and I was all “Where have you been all my life??”. So, because sharing things is nice, I’m sharing […]
I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan. In addition to well-written characters, part of the appeal for me is the fascinating time period it’s set in. If you’re a fan too, here’s a list of Books to Read if You Like Downton Abbey just in time for the new season to start here in the US.
We buy these difficult books because we feel that, while not very exciting, they are in some way good for us. It’s sort of literature-as-bran-flakes philosophy. If something is dry and unpalatable, it must be doing something good for our constitutions. ~Chris Baty, No Plot, No Problem
I have a private blog that I use to catalog the books I’ve read and my unfiltered thoughts about them, collect favorite passages from my reading, and gather interesting new words I come across. I was experimenting with the WordPress.com mobile app and my tablet’s built-in voice recognition software last night to dictate a book review. Now, the voice recog is usually amazingly accurate, but after I spoke into it […]