Made in America by Michael Shulman
Nice journey into the center of four manufacturing companies succeeding in the USA, all creating something specialized and as far away from a commodity as you're going to get. Michael writes creatively and tells the stories well, ones that belong in the world of manufacturing as I know it.
Secrets of Six-figure Women by Barbara Stanny
I really liked the concrete nature of the twist to this success book - and that it was based on a multitude of interviews with women who'd reached the goal. It's ten years old, but doesn't feel dated at all. The attitude and the options are still the same.
Made in China by Donald N. Sull
A completely different book from the other "made in" I read this month. This one is about what can be learned from successful Chinese entrepreneurs because the changing environment they've faced is similar in many ways to how the business climate overall has evolved to. It wasn't the easiest book to read, but the lessons were uniquely presented and it was definitely worth my time.
Youtility by Jay Baer
Excellent approach to the soul of content marketing - usefulness and desirableness. I didn't run across anything new to me, but it was all put together in a great package that will reach a different audience than the blogs and other bits.
How to Talk so Kids will Listen by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
I've started using pieces of this, to some degree of success. It really captured some of the things I'd wanted to do or say but didn't know how to talk about. The whole concept of looking for cooperation, not obedience, really resonates with me, no matter how obvious the other options are.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
This took me a lot longer to push my way through than I thought it would. The ideas were intriguing and I really how the world-building played out, but I don't think the book would have captured me on its own if I hadn't seen the movie and knew where we were headed.
Mr. Darcy's Bite by Mary Simonsen
Amusing twist on Pride and Prejudice in which Mr. Darcy is a werewolf and how that changes the plot.
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The story advances but the book did not particularly thrill on its own.
Hit List by Laurell Hamilton
I really enjoyed the return to a more mystery style book and seeing more interactions with Edward. I liked the main character's growth from the last books. However, the end felt rushed, which isn't unusual.
Bastion by Mercedes Lackey
Still reading this series. Parts still feel repetitive from previous series. But I really enjoyed seeing where Mags came from and the overall action and story were good.
Once Upon a Time Machine by Andrew Carl and Chris Stevens
Fantastic graphic novel retellings of various fairy tales. And these are out there and futuristic retellings, but do such an excellent job of capturing the core moment. I highly recommend it, if this is a genre you enjoy.