March 15, 2024

What I Read in February 2024


I read another seven books in February, which I was thrilled with in a short month. At fifteen books cumulatively, that puts me exactly on track to hit my goal of 100 books by December 31. Great! And I had a solid mix this month of fiction and non-fiction, which makes me feel like I’m learning and not just relaxing 🙂 5 stars: House of Glass, by Sarah Pekkanen: Stella is an attorney who is assigned to serve as the advocate for 9-year old Rose, who seemingly witnessed the murder of her nanny Tina. Tina was having an affair with …

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February 14, 2024

What I Read in January 2024


I read eight books in January, starting off the year strong. Yay! I am still shooting for 100 books in 2024, and I’m hopeful that this year I’ll come a lot closer than last year. Here we go! 5 stars: Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection, by Charles Duhigg: This was absolutely fantastic. Researcher Charles Duhigg teaches a framework for recognizing three different types of conversations people have (“what’s this really about?”, “who are we?”, and “how do we feel?”), and then teaches how to match those and take the other person’s emotions and experiences into account …

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January 8, 2024

What I Read in December 2023


I read nine books in December; that average of 1.5 books a week is what I should have been reading all year, but because I was less prolific most months, I only closed out the year at 81 books. That’s one of my lowest book reading years in a while, and I wouldn’t have even gotten to 81 if it hadn’t been for Bookmas! I am still keeping my 2024 goal at 100 books, though, as I think it’s a good stretch goal… and hopefully December starts a trend of me taking more intentional time for reading, especially in my …

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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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