Books Read in July 2009

The Force by David Dorsey

This was a strange book. It was a novel about everyday things, circling around within the typical thought processes that a person might have, but its everyday from the perspective of a sales manager at Xerox. It really swept me into a salesman mentality and even into the mental conflicts between hard selling and consultative selling. If you've ever wondered what your corporate sales force is feeling, give this a read and see if it helps you understand.

Hawkspar by Holly Lisle

This was one of those delightfully annoying books that grabs you and crowds out everything else your're reading until you're done. Whew. A different fantasy world with an interweaving of voices, cultures, expectations, great characters, and a truly satisfying ending.

Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain by Scott Adams

Fun collection of strange and quirky essays. A bit of Dilbert, but mostly a peek into the brain behind it. I enjoyed picking this one up as the last read of the night before I turned off the light.

In the Making: Creative Options in Contemperary Art by Linda Weintraub (ABANDONED)

I picked this book up because I liked the concept - getting to see some interesting art and artists grouped by the ideas behind their work. Unfortunately, it just kept dragging. The artist interviews were printed in hard to read colors. The main sections were written in an academic style. I could have kept going, but one-third of the way through I asked myself if there was really a reason to do so and came up with nothing. Back to the used bookstore it goes!

Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker

I kept recognizing ideas in this book that were picked up and developed elsewhere. Drucker systematically went through the different ways that innovation could be achieved and I really appreciated that logical format. I think it would be interesting to go through this book with a specific business in mind, continually asking how this or that method might apply.

Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

A lot of this book really stuck the first time around and it was refreshing to go over it again. I didn't take notes this time, just absorbed. I do wish I'd used little sticky notes to indicate the points that grabbed me the most, since there's a book club discussion going on about it and I want to participate.

The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman

This is the NEW version that combines the previous two (which I hadn't read) and is subtitled Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less.

It was interesting to see a business book written in such a conversational tone, complete with occasional asides and comments about this area wasn't his expertise, so he got his friend (giving the name, URL) to help out. I LOVED it. Both the style and the content. I'll be able to take a number of ideas from this book for building my own business.

On the Nightstand:

Making Things Happen; Guns, Germs, and Steel; Guerilla Marketing