Books Read in June:
The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham
A nice effort on focusing in, acknowledging that no one answer can be correct but providing something insightful, and then expanding back out. Although what caught my attention most was the one briefly described in the intro, the one about making a marriage last - always assume the other person has the best possible intent.
How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy? by Karin Lindner
The book was very much a journey through ideas of how to attract people to the industry, a subject I'm certainly interested in. I blogged about the ideas in the book and the one idea that I thought was missing from her proposals.
Threshold by Sara Douglass
I appreciate this fantasy novel for the magic of both spirit and glass, for the striking images of the malevolent, visionary, purpose that the Great Pyramid was constructed for, but most of all for the winding story that doesn't let go.
From Alchemy to IPO: The Business of Biotechnology by Cynthia Robbins-Roth
This was written for potential investors, but I found it an interesting bit of context about an industry that I'd never really had a reason to think about. And I learned some science while I was at it, so I was happy.
Secrets of a Strong Mind by LaRae Quy
The author of the book was the first standout here - a female FBI counter intelligence agent - and then she had great stories about grit, approaching what people want, struggling and succeeding, trying things in different ways and so forth. I definitely recommend it and have subscribed to her blog.
Always Eat Left Handed by Rahit Bhargava
This was a very personal success/personal development book focused around fifteen stories, many of them ones he lived through. After each story he delivers three actionable tips. It was lightweight, as I expected with that title, and enjoyably mind-tickling.
Year of the Dragon: Books 1-4 by James Calbraith
Entertaining. The Western side of the world is in some ways reminiscent of Temeraire, but not so much as to be painful. And most of the story takes place in China and Japan. The culture clashes and adventure and struggles of young people to be adults are pretty good and I'll be interested in seeing where he takes the story in the next book.
The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
The actionable part of this book is a small slice of it, more of a manifesto. The bulk of the book is stories about how Josh put the principles into action. Some reviews complain about it, and I'll admit it wasn't what I expected, but I don't think the instructions would have been effective without the personal experience to back him up. And the stories were fun to read and helped me see how I could put the principles into action myself, which I expect was the point.
Graphic Novels - I also read four more of the Birds of Prey graphic novel issue collections - Sensei & Student, Between Dark & Dawn, The Battle Within, and Perfect Pitch. I am still entertained and moving on to some more issues. I especially like the relationships between the characters and trust/manipulation/friendship/partners. And some of the asides like - "Rain just makes my costume squeak." from Black Canary.