Paid to Think by David Goldsmith
In person, this book is big and heavy. I read it on my Kindle, though, mostly for cost reasons. I'm going to need to read it a few times to really digest it. I'm not sure he said much that others haven't said, but there were some good rearrangements and mental frames in there. The subtitle is A Leader's Toolkit and it qualifies.
Beautiful Evidence by Edward Tufte
The intersection of the visual elements with the pure numbers for the understanding and presenting of data was interesting enough. I particularly liked the sparklines idea. But overall I'm not as enamored of Tufte's books as I was some years ago and I'm not really sure why.
Alice Cooper, Golf Monster by Alice Cooper
Very random read for me, but a great deal of fun. I'd heard Alice on his dj show a couple times I had to travel late at nght, but was not really familiar with his music, show, or life. I loved the depth of his life, the bits of humor, and how important golf became to him, first as a hobby and then as a substitute for alcohol.
Libriomancer by Jim Hines
I eagerly awaited this book hitting paperback because I loved his fairy tale series so much and this sounded so intriguing - a magic where you're pulling things out of books and making them real. It delivered on my expectations with a complicated character, deep plans, and effective, creative, and natural use of the magical rules build into the world. I am now eagerly awaiting the sequel coming to paperback.
Raw Art Journaling by Quinn McDonald and Tonia Davenport
I love the idea that meaning in life (and art) is made not found but I'm not entirely sure the book followed through. However, it was a nice variation on other journaling books I've read with an intriguing focus on artful, hidden, and otherwise modified words.
I really wasn't expecting much of the first book. It sounded reasonably interesting and was free on Kindle so I gave it a try. And I was sucked in. The odd politics caught my attention. Braden was a very interesting character, all twisted up in goals and alliances and possibilities, that kept me reading more than the "normal girl dropped into strange world" main character. She was fine, just not as compelling. I liked Lichgates enough that I immediately purchased Treason and kept reading. I'm interested in seeing how the author continues the story when the next one comes out.
Guiding the Gifted Child by James Webb, Elizabeth Meckstroth, and Stephanie Tolan
I'm trying to be parentally responsible when I read books like this, but there were no surprises here, but then I lived the whole "gifted" label and pull-out programs thing. I still remember being upset that I missed the cupcakes that everyone else had one week and being thrilled I got to dissect a shark a different week. It has good coverage on the topic, though, in understandable language. I most enjoyed the two small case studies at the back.