Books Read in March 2011

Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts

This was a wonderful mix of inspirational talk about believing in and following your own creativity and mixed-media projects incorporating a variety of techniques. I picked it up mostly for the amusement value, as I only spent trade credit at the used book store, but for a woman near the beginning of her art journey it would be a perfectly timed read.

Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Wow. This was inspiring. But more than that, it provided a business case and rationale behind just getting started. I'll be reading it again. And then I think I'll go check The Dip out again for his philosophy on deciding when to stop.

Inda by Sherwood Smith

This was a great fantasy book, although obviously the first of a series. It's more of a political thriller than an action novel, but the politics are intriguing and well explained, especially the interweaving between an individual's feelings and long held feuds. I was especially taken by how the nature of leadership played in to the story. I found the world interestingly different from the usual and well-conceived and I SO want to see what happens next to many of the different characters.

Mixed-Media Collage by Holly Harrison

This book lived up to its sub-title - an exploration of contemporary artists, methods, and materials. It wasn't exactly a how-to book and it wasn't exactly a showcase book, but something of a mix between the two with some very interesting stories from the artists themselves.

Problogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett

I couldn't resist reading it, although I was sure I knew the contents backwards and forwards. And I did. It held up well from its original publication and went smoothly.It's a better selection for the newbie getting started than many ebooks out there.

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters by Barbara Silkstone

That was weird. It starts out normalish and spirals down into a morass of absurdity but then is pulled out by a last minute detailed explanation of how everything fit together and the jerks are diminished and the ordinary woman conquers. The emotional feelings are definitely an adult version of what the journey into Wonderland must have felt like for Carroll's Alice.

The Art Doll Chronicles by Catherine Moore

I enjoyed seeing the different aspects of this complicated round robin art project - the dolls themselves, how the artists reacted, and their own backgrounds. I had enjoyed my own time in round robins but you never saw everything in depth like this.

The Fox by Sherwood Smith

And Inda's journey continues. I liked how the author was able to carry two separate plot lines in this one. As the plot peeled back the world just got deeper and more enthralling. There was plenty of excitement and twists to go along with the more personal moments as well.

Secrets of Power Negotiating for Salespeople by Roger Dawson

Wow. I was quite impressed by this book. It broke down into understandable pieces a number of things I'd never thought of. It also managed to approach things in terms of understanding people and using that knowledge while avoiding things that felt slimy. It even pointed out a few unethical gambits with tips on how to counter them. I will be studying this book carefully.

The Accidental Salesperson by Chris Lytle

I wouldn't consider myself accidental, since I did deliberately go seeking this type of position as the next step in my career, but it sure wasn't something I'd originally considered or trained for in college, so I thought I'd see what I could learn. Some things were definitely framed differently and I will be reviewing it again looking for specific improvements in my own processes. Overall, it was a good book that really spoke directly to the person who felt like the title was meant for them.

How to Make Money with Social Media by Jamie Turner and Dr. Reshma Shah, Ph.D.

Neither a great book or a bad book on the topic. It did it's job and raised some good questions for business people considering social media use. There were good chapter key points and a useful checklist at the end to help ground the whole discussion in practical actions. I mostly read it because it was on my Kindle (free) and I was curious.

The King's Shield by Sherwood Smith

Oh, I so loved this book. Inda's story line and Evred's come back together and everybody has to adjust and change. There are emotional tugs and complications. There are victories and grief. One more book to go and I regret that will be the end of it (for all that the huge sagas sometime drive me crazy.) I'm waiting for it to arrive in the mail and deliberately not reading any other fiction in the meantime. I do know how it all ends, after a fashion, since I read the "what happens after" on the author's website, but I still want to read about how they get there.