Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Did everyone who wrote negative articles about the content of this book not actually read it? All the premises that I've heard complaints on are covered in the introduction when she describes who her audience is.
It's a very clear and personal approach to things that an individual woman with her sights set on an executive position can actually do and think, many of which are just not covered in gender-neutral books on success.
Your Artist's Brain by Carl Purcell
Nice in-depth exploration of the elements that you actually see - and need to be drawing or painting for realism - and the kinds of symbols that your brain tries to put in place of what you see. I didn't do the exercises, because I was just browsing at the moment, but they also looked useful.
First Frost by Liz DeJesus
I met the author at Baltimore Comic-con and thought the premise was interesting - the fairy tales happened in Everafter and Snow White's descendants lived in the normal world. I bought it on Kindle afterwards and did enjoy it, but it definitely felt like a young adult novel, somehow, written for young teens who would look up to the seventeen year old heroine.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Delightful and amazing. Wonderful concepts to consider in making decisions and evaluations. Pieces were familiar from my other reason but he does an excellent job of explaining them and did portions of the original research that prompted the concepts. I'll be happily rereading this one again.
42 Rules for 24-Hour Success on LinkedIn (2nd ed) by Chris Muccio and Peggy Murrah
Decent LinkedIn book. I'm on the platform enough that little was of interest but a few subtleties, but worth recommending as a good up-to-date resource to someone not familiar with the network.
The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Science Fiction Art Techniques by John Grant and Ron Tines
Amusing for the eye candy and concepts but glad I got it with trade credit.
A Million Little Bricks by Sarah Herman
Enjoyed reading the unofficial history, although not a book I'd recommend to anyone who doesn't really really like Legos. Parts were great and parts where rather dry history of which waves of sets and themes followed others.
The Power of Story by Jim Loehr
Good book on shifting your mindset by changing your story. I can definitely see why many people would find his workshops successful. In the end, it's about energy, challenging assumptions, and developing purpose.
Where Underpants Come From by Joe Bennett
The idea was intriguing - journalist follows a pair of underpants all the way down to cotton in China. The resulting book was more about culture than manufacturing and it was a nifty journey.