Linchpin by Seth Godin
I'd been avoiding this book because I didn't think anyone was indispensable on a business level but it blew me away instead. The parts that really got me were were those about the gift of emotional labor and art being about passion.
Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee
The book was decent but not exceptional. I appreciated the section on self-directed learning and I'm sure others liked the info on implementing organizational change versus personal change.
Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
I really enjoyed this natural history of innovation and it had some ideas that really stuck - like the adjacent possible being an innovation area that you can practically move into and exaption, finding new uses for what already exists. Others were familiar to me, like the long slow hunch. I'll be reviewing it again in the future.
True Story by Ty Montague
This book neatly introduced and expanded upon the concept of story"doing" versus storytelling. The concept is simple - backing up your words with actions. The value of the book lies in how he provides a framework for analyzing and changing your actions.
William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher
This version of Star Wars written as a Shakespearean play delighted me. The language wasn't as dense as I had hoped for but the asides and such that fit the medium were great. I hope he's able to write Episodes 5 and 6 this way also.
Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists by Katherine Dunn
Decent enough art book for personal expression, but nothing exceptional.
A bit of romance and a bit of intrigue in a dystopian future when only a few can read and one girl knows more than she thinks she does. I'm looking forward to the next installment to find out what exactly it is she knows.
I really enjoyed this series of mysteries set in medieval Wales. The culture is specific enough that it is both familiar and surprising. Gareth, Gwen, and Hwyel are distinctive characters and the romance between the first two is a very light touch.