I read fewer books than usual, but that's because I spent nearly two solid weeks on one book that I checked out from the library.
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
I'd been interested in this one when it was first advertised and it lived up to my expectations. I loved this comprehensive portrait of Thomas Jefferson with philosophical complexities and daily details. It was well worth the time.
I also read:
Affliction by Laurel Hamilton
This one had a little bit of everything that is good about this series and I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it also had some of everything that has made me very tired of this series and moved me from buying them to borrowing them a single time.
The first one is free on the Kindle strikes again. I was fascinated by the novel in which the world of Faerie was using a virtual reality game to access the mortal world again. And the entrance was through a couple of complex characters, playing on both stereotypes and individual experiences to create Jennet and Tam. The story was good enough I bought the next two in the trilogy.
The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
My husband read this first and described it to me as Ocean's Eleven in fantasy. And it was. And there were a few great plot twists, some very prosaic moments contrasted against an epic "good vs evil deciding the fate of the world battle" that wasn't exactly supposed to happen right then. I recommend this one.
Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity by Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn
Not bad. It's a case for simplicity in business and government and three steps to achieve it - empathize, distill, and clarify. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend the book, it's definitely would get me talking to the author's consultancies if I needed this kind of work done.
The Image - My New Kindle Paperwhite
Due to returning the library books and mostly reading ebooks - this month's picture has only one item - my new Kindle Paperwhite. My parents gave it to me for Christmas and I adore it.
I love how much smaller it is than my three-year-old keyboard based Kindle, partly because of the electronics and partly because the case can be so much tighter because the Kindle is backlit instead of needing a built-in overhead light. I love the way it looks and interacts and how pleasant it makes the reading experience. It's a little more difficult to eat with my right hand and turn pages with my left, but that's a minor detail.