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My Reading List – Summer 2017


This quarter’s list has some really outstanding books. Option B and Tools of Titans are must reads for everyone – their content is applicable to adults of all ages. If you didn’t see my list from last Fall/Winter, please take a quick look – there are several amazing 5-star books that I’ve already re-read since then, and highly recommend.

My Rating Scale
5 – Simply Amazing: Loved the style and the content; added significant value to me, and will be one I re-read.
4 – Very Good: Engaged with most of the content and found some fantastic nuggets throughout.
3 – Good: Had a great chapter or two; overall was average.
2 – Ok: Had one or two things that I resonated with or found helpful; as a whole was just so-so.
1 – Pass: My time was better spent elsewhere.

5-Star Reads
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Simply an incredible book with wisdom for anyone who has ever faced loss of any kind: death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, unfulfilled dreams. I enjoyed the On Being podcast interview where Sheryl and Adam talk with Krista Tippett about their learnings. I’m already re-reading the book again, it is rich and deep.

4-Star Reads
Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
A monster of a book that took me a couple of months to digest, but was well worth the time. I love how he broke it down by the proverbial “healthy, wealthy, and wise.” I mostly resonated with the wise section, but there were fantastic learnings all throughout. There is something in this book for everyone.
Do Over by Jon Acuff
Gone are the days of working the same job for 35 years. Every single one of us will, at some point, face a change in our career. It could be something that we choose for ourselves or something that is thrust upon us. Either way, no one should attempt to navigate the change without Jon’s wisdom.
On the Clock by Tim Enochs
An inspirational novel that spurs thoughts about our assumptions. If you want a good uplifting book that you can read in one afternoon, this fits the bill.

3-Star Reads
Mastering Leadership by Robert Anderson and Williams Adams
One of the most important disciplines of leadership is taking time to stop and assess your beliefs. This book helps us to do so at a deeper level by looking at and understanding our personal operating system, what is at the core of each of us, and how it impacts how we live and lead.
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
We’ve all felt left out. Lysa shares her own hurts in hopes of helping us to recognize that we’re not alone, and that because we all have similar feelings and experiences that we should draw together in greater community.
Practicing God’s Presence by Brother Lawrence, Robert Elmer
A short book of writings from a 17th century monk who sought to experience God’s goodness and joy through the regular chores and tasks of the day, like washing dishes. It is a perspective-changing read.
The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire
While not as helpful as I had hoped it would be, there are millions of women who would find Sheila’s style and wisdom helpful.

My Next Review
Below are the books on my current reading list; my January review will include as many of them as possible, and maybe a few others.

Learning to Lead by Fred Smith
The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier
Business Boutique by Christy Wright
The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman
Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday
Finish by Jon Acuff
To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink
Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss

What was one of your 5-star books over the past few months?
What are you currently reading?

PS: Rather than doing affiliate links to Amazon and putting cash in my personal pocket if you purchase a book from my reading lists, my Amazon links provide a portion of the sale to be donated to one of my favorite non-profit organizations, The Cupcake Girls. I appreciate you making the purchase through my link to support the incredible work they are doing.

My Reading List – Spring 2017


I got excited about so many books in the spring months, that I ended up starting way too many, causing me to only finish a few. I’ve shared the rating and summary for the ones that I finished, but I look forward to sharing a much longer summer list in early October. You can also look back at my Fall/Winter list that had some of the best books that I’ve read in over a year.

My Rating Scale
5 – Simply Amazing: Loved the style and the content; added significant value to me, and will be one I re-read.
4 – Very Good: Engaged with most of the content and found some fantastic nuggets throughout.
3 – Good: Had a great chapter or two; overall was average.
2 – Ok: Had one or two things that I resonated with or found helpful; as a whole was just so-so.
1 – Pass: My time was better spent elsewhere.

4-Star Reads
And Still She Laughs by Kate Merrick
One of the most honest books I’ve ever read on grief is by Sonali Deraniyagala who lost her husband, two sons, and mother and father, while vacationing on the coast of Sri Lanka when the 2004 tsunami hit. Kate shares her own story of suffering, with the 3-year journey through childhood cancer and subsequent loss of her daughter. What I love about Kate’s book is that she didn’t shy away from showing her moments of despair, just as Sonali did, but Kate brought it back to finding hope and turning her suffering into joy. Kate’s book is a must-read for anyone who has ever experienced grief and loss.

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
The profoundness of Ann’s book is found in a challenge to change our perspective about our “thorn in the flesh”. She shows us the benefits of embracing it, rather than looking at it as a curse, “we can be brokers of healing exactly where we have known the most brokenness.” This book needs to be read slowly, and in small bites, because her words hit deep. It is intense and beautiful. Her previous book, One Thousand Gifts, is definitely one of my top 10 favorite books.

2-Star Reads
The Harvey Girls by Lesley Poling-Kempes
This is an interesting historical read about the life of the women who worked at the restaurants and hotels along the first railroad lines in the western U.S. If you’ve ever been to Gallup or Raton, New Mexico, and wondered how or why in the world a town wound up there, this book will provide you with the answer. The testimonials were great, but the historical aspects were pretty dry. When it comes to looking at different women in history who have influenced how we work and live, The Girls of Atomic City, is one of my favorites.

My Next Review
Below are the books on my current reading list; my October review will include as many of them as possible, and maybe a few others:
Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
Learning to Lead by Fred Smith
The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier
Business Boutique by Christy Wright
On the Clock by Tim Enochs
Mastering Leadership by Robert Anderson and Williams Adams
The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
Do Over by Jon Acuff
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

What was one of your 5-star books over the past few months?
What are you currently reading?

PS: Rather than doing affiliate links to Amazon and putting cash in my personal pocket if you purchase a book from my reading lists, my Amazon links provide a portion of the sale to be donated to one of my favorite non-profit organizations, The Cupcake Girls. I appreciate you making the purchase through my link to support the incredible work they are doing.