I’ve slowly been making my way through a whole “stack” of books I downloaded, and thought I’d share them here. Per usual, it’s a bizarre mix of novels, business/thought books, and outright embarrassments. Here’s the scoop:
1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette: Holy schnikies, I didn’t want this book to end. I loved the structure of the book (the story is told through a mix of emails, letters, and more), the cultural commentary, the characters, everything. It was laugh-out-loud funny, sad, poignant, redeeming — just great. I highly, highly recommend you read this! I liked it so much it may make it onto my short list of “books I read once per year” — which, so far, there’s only one other title on that list.
2. Kate: The Future Queen: This is the embarrassing one, in case you hadn’t figured that out. I’m endlessly fascinated by the Duchess (aka, my imaginary best friend and hair muse), so I thought I’d breeze through this light book about her life. It’s somewhat poorly written, with fake sounding, badly attributed quotes and only a few tidbits of biographical info not yet released via the extensive media coverage on her, but it was fun nonetheless (without sounding like a total creepster, the parts about her childhood were new-to-me and interesting). Think of this one as Cheetos — you know it’s bad, but at the same time, it’s kind of good and you can’t stop eating it.
3. The 5 Love Languages: I first learned about this book from Sabra (on her old blog) and have been intrigued ever since. Even after being in a relationship for nearly 11 years, there are still plenty of times when we’re not speaking the same (love) language. Communication being key and all — on every level — I decided to finally read this book. So far, so informative!
4. The Lowland: Have you read Jhumpa Lahiri’s other books? If not, you should probably get on that. I can’t wait to read her latest offering, The Lowland. Lahiri is a wonderful storyteller, who crafts beautifully lyrical prose. This should be good.
5. Daring Greatly: This book caught my eye because the subtitle mentions how vulnerability can open up so many good things in life. This past year, I’ve been working a lot on making myself more vulnerable, but in a very positive way (without getting too therapy session on you, I’ve found that vulnerability actually allows me to let go of being such a control freak). I thought it’d be interesting to read about this topic as it relates to business and other parts of life.
6. The Power of Habit: The subtitle of this book is “why we do what we do in life and business.” This, I gotta know. I do so many things out of habit — of which 75% I’m probably not even aware of. Interesting to examine what’s helpful and what’s holding me back.
What’s on your bookshelf right now? Anything that’s a must read? Or a don’t read, for that matter?