Books Read in October 2011

Rumpel by Eileen Cruz Coleman

An in-depth retelling of Rumpelstiltskin that had some very interesting ideas in it, but seemed somewhat disjointed. It took me a while to read because I kept leaving and returning. Basically a good story.

Changes by Mercedes Lackey

I always enjoy reading a Valdemar book and Mags is an interesting character, although the strong dialect got a bit frustrating to read sometimes. Not the best, but still enjoyable. 

Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture ed. by William Irwin

This was FUN (well, for me anyway, since I'm both somewhat geeky and introspective). It took the moral and philosophical issues that are played out as part of comic book stories and tied them into the writings of philosophers who look at the things more abstractly. They have a whole series of books like this and I'll want to get some more.

Gifts in Sand and Water by Annie Bellet

A nice collection of fantasy short stories. I found especially interesting one where Delilah was not betraying Samson but helping him.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

I'd been referred to this book by one of the Success magazine audio interviews and found it everything I'd hoped for. Some was a bit over the top, but the key principles and comparisons were things I would like to return to and think about.

We Are All Weird by Seth Godin

The concept is intriguing by itself - that consumer marketing has changed because the opportunities for choice have made weird the new normal. And it's different when you are marketing to weird than a standardized normal. And then the book elaborates in a helpful way. I suspect I'll read this again.

Fierce Converations by Susan Scott

Very good book about having the conversations you've been avoiding and doing it in an effective way that makes work or home relationships work beter. 

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

I'm still enjoying this young adult Greek/Roman demi-gods in modern times series. The quest felt like a bit of a repetition in tone from the first books, but the characters and their concerns were so different that the feeling was just swept away

Break Your Own Rules by Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath, and Mary Davis Holt

I devoured this book in an evening but even if I'd paid full price for it (free because I won the In Bubble Wrap giveaway) it would have still been worth it. The subtitle of the book is "How to Change the Paths of Thinking that Block Women's Paths to Power" and each concept along the way is clearly laid out as a comparison of typical vs. necessary. It's hardly the first book in the genre, but it resonated with me, and I recognized a couple behaviors that I had displayed in the past that had probably been working against me reaching my goals. I'm looking forward to applying their counterparts, of course, first I need to adapt these ideas and others to helping me get a career job...