Books Read in August 2011

The 5 Paths to Persuasion by Robert Miller and Gary Williams

I found this book very intriguing, although the title didn't fit as well as it could have. It's about the five decision maker personalities, particularly of C-suite folks, and what variations in approach are best for convincing each of them. Very actionable information with good stories backing it up.

Nomad Codes by Erik Davis and Susan Willmarth

Odd book of essays about interacting with various groups of spiritual and semi-spiritual experience. Reasonably interesting stories, but I"m unlikely to pick it up again.

Excel VBA Programming for Dummies by John Walkenbach

I needed to read this to prepare myself for potential aspects of my current temp job. It was actually intriguing, since I learned that the little bit of macro work I'd done barely scratched the surface. It's been awhile since I programmed but now I'm almost tempted to do it for fun. Although I still find a real purpose more motivating. And the book itself was well laid out and even had some embedded humor. I really liked the author's writing style.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli

Fantastic book. I loved the premise that meetings are for decision making (and that brainstorms or conversations are actually separate events.) In my current situation I do find that the daily production meeting is useful, although the author would cast it aside, but I've been in other meeting types which would have been improved if everyone had read this book.

Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Debt, Blood Bank, Blood Lines, and Blood Pact by Tanya Huff

I remember having read at least one book of this series in the 90s, but I didn't really remember any plots nor had I seen the TV series they based on it recently. I enjoyed reading the entire series this time around. They were very grounded as vampire/supernatural mysteries go and I enjoyed the idea that the vampire in question was the bastard son of King Henry the VIII.

The World from Rough Stones by Malcolm Macdonald

This wasn't my usual sort of novel, but I found it very engaging. The contrast between the two main couples was used to great effect. The growth of a reputation for success by looking out for opportunity and taking risks was intriguing to see laid out in detail. The story was just good enough to keep me returning even though it felt like it was taking forever to read the novel.