Books Read in February 2010

I had a bit more on my mind this March than finishing up last month's list, but here it is. This is so much easier when I'm diligent about keeping up while I'm reading them instead of coming back a couple weeks later like I did this month.

Like a Charm by Candace Havens

A light supernatural romantic chick-lit I enjoyed while traveling.

Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

I loved this book. This is probably going to be one of my top recommendations for the year. I'm going to have to go into detail on Inventing Elephants when I start writing there again. It addresses the problem of why we don't do what we know we should and provides a number of ways to make it easier to change. Or, in other words, it addresses effective levers for systemic change.

Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World by H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelsen

I liked the title, although based on my daughter's current personality her ability to be independent is assured. They describe and suggest ways to foster the development of seven significant skills - perception of personal capabilities, perception of personal significance, perception of personal influence over life, intrapersonal skills, interpersonal skills, systemic skills, and judgement skills. I found it easy to read and will definitely be keeping it around to review every few years.

Flowers of Silk and Gold by Sumru Belger Krody

This book about four centuries of Ottoman embroidery was a bit dry, but had some really neat history in it. I hadn't realized that embroidered towels were so important in the culture, for example. I also liked how many of the wider pieces were made of thinner pieces embroidered separately, so not all the colors matched up as the different embroiderers interpreted the drawn on image a little differently. And the image plates of the embroidery were gorgeous. 

Lead Generation for the Complex Sale by Brian J. Carroll

A useful and easy to read book that ties in to the other two "complex sale" book I've read. Now I need to go back and pull the different pieces of information together... 

Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald

Modern faerie always gets my attention and the main character was a Red Sox fan, too, which actually figures in to the story near the end. I really liked how the author evolved the Celtic mythology into something that might have happened in the present day. My husband found a sequel, too, which I'm eagerly waiting to read.

Being Strategic by Erika Andersen

I liked the structure of this book, with its underlying historical story, shorter modern stories, development of the ideas introduced, and inclusion of action sheets. For her being strategic "means consistently making those core directional choices that will best move you toward your hoped-for future." It was easy to read and worthwhile for both individual and group goals. I'll need to read this one again with a particular problem in mind, because that will add a lot to my understanding. 

Moon-Flash by Patricia McKillip

A interesting evolution of perspective as a young woman in a primitive society discovers worlds beyond her dreams. I especially like the author's comments about how she wrote the book in the middle of writing a hard science book and was thrilled to not need to deal with the details, but just the humanity. I tend to like McKillip's books, although they're occasionally a little too fuzzy, and this one did not disappoint.

Rocket Dreams by Marina Benjamin

This was a pleasant read about how different groups of people reacted to the birth, life, and passing of the age of space travel. It was episodic in nature and some were better than others. I hadn't really expected the large amount of time spent on belief in aliens, but it did fit the way she wrote it. 

On the Nightstand:

Green to Gold, Salsa Soul and Spirit, Marketing Metrics