Focus by Daniel Goleman
Unfortunately, this book was less than I expected. It discusses what others have before with less verve and focus than when Gladwell does it. And without any real discussion of application.
Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench? by Vince Staten
A personal memoir, with the memories tied to tools and a childhood growing up in a hardware store. I enjoyed my visit.
Age of Context by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel
An interesting exploration into how some current trends might create our possible futures.
The Difference Maker by John Maxwell
The subtitle pretty much sums this one up - making your attitude your greatest asset. And like everything I've read of Maxwell's it's logically laid out, filled with stories, and inspires me to better in my own life.
Every Day is an Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette
Hilarious and an interestingly offbeat perspective.
The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Interesting enough read with stories and experiential learning from a successful internet entrepreneur. Not particularly relevant to my own path but a worthwhile window on a particular slice of the business world. Pre-publication copy provided as part of my subscription to Knowledge Blocks.
Customer Satisfaction is Worthless by Jeffrey Gitomer
The book was good, with a lot of positive and useful thoughts regarding gaining customer loyalty, but I didn't think it was his best.
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
I'd never really had much regard for Ivan in the Vorkosigan saga, which was somewhat intentional on the author's part, so I'd originally resisted reading this book, but I was glad when I finally picked it up. Ivan bumbles through the adventure, after a fashion, then he wins through by his heart, not his wit, which is just as valuable as the work of his cousin.
The Sixth Discipline by Carmen Webster Buxton
Interesting exploration of cultures in a sci-fi story that is more about finding one's place and one's self than the romance that sets the structure of the story.
Snow White and Rose Red by Lilly Fang
A nice fairy tale world twist. I'd be interested in seeing more in this version of a storyworld-verse.
Mr. Darcy's Bite by Mary Simonsen
I have a weakness for Pride and Prejudice variations and this one was definitely amusing - what if he was a werewolf... and what that secret changes.
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo
A good novel for the mystery and a good novel for the supernatural integration. I liked the main character and his complicated emotional landscape.