December 8, 2023

What I Read in November 2023


I read six books in November – holding steady at about 1.5 books a week, though I really ought to be averaging 2 a week to hit my goal of 100 books a year. And three this month were novellas, so not even full books. Maybe I ought to revise my goal for 2024? 5 stars: The Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset into Action, by Eduardo Briceno: The Performance Paradox describes the focus so many of us place on performing (and being perfect) vs learning and making mistakes, and argues that people and organizations should foster growth mindsets …

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November 10, 2023

What I Read in October 2023


Seven books read in October is just a notch up from September’s six, but still only puts me at 66 books for the year. I am not making up ground, but I am really enjoying what I’m reading? So there’s that. 5 stars: Love, Theoretically, by Ali Hazelwood: Elsie is an adjunct professor in theoretical physics who is barely making ends meet; she’s desperate for more money, health insurance (especially with her diabetes), and time to actually work on her research. She’s one of two candidates interviewing for a dream job at MIT, but she’s horrified to realize that one …

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October 4, 2023

What I Read in September 2023

Six books read in September puts me at 59 books for the year – woefully behind my goal of 100 books, but still trucking forward! 5 stars: The Boyfriend Candidate, by Ashley Winstead: Alexis is a school librarian reeling from a breakup – her boyfriend cheated on her, lied about it, and told her she was mousy and boring in bed. So she decides to act out of character, be irresponsible, and pick up a one night stand at a bar to prove to herself that she’s not those things. Unfortunately, the hot guy she picks up turns out to …

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September 28, 2023

What I Read in August 2023


I read ten books in August, which definitely helps me catch up on my goal of reading 100 books a year! That puts me at 53 books for the year, which is about two months behind, but it’s getting things back on the right track. I read a lot of lighter stuff this month, but Kara Goldin’s biography / business book was an awesome nonfiction read that was equally compelling to zip through. 5 stars: Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters, by Kara Goldin: Kara Goldin is a business / tech innovator and the founder of Hint Water. While I wasn’t …

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August 23, 2023

Trinidad College Graduation at Colorado State Penitentiary


I had an incredible morning. It started with a glorious cool morning run with Sadie, which was certainly lovely. But when I got home, before I started work, was the best part of my day: I hosted a watch party to livestream several of my friends from Colorado State Penitentiary graduating cum laude from Trinidad State College. What an incredible, against-the-odds accomplishment with all the barriers they faced completing the curriculum while in a level 5 maximum security prison! 🎉 I recorded the graduation, which you can watch here. At the very least, watch the first 15 minutes for an …

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