Books Read in May 2014

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

I enjoyed this mind-stretching book, although it was a little like stretching in that I didn't really remember it afterwards. People do some weird things.

Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The book took the interesting stories of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics and pulled lessons from them, to make it easier to look for other counterintuitive elements and think differently. I enjoyed it but it didn't stand out in my memory.

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

This book and its approach to the philosophy of success impressed me. I definitely want to read the book. I'm also now interested in reading some of the classic stoic texts.

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles deLint

Really sweet modern, yet timeless, fairytale that is beautifully illustrated by Charles Vess. And I got the book because I met the author, one of my favorites, and the artist at a Fairy Festival at Sproutwood near to home.

Pitch Perfect by Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman

A good selection of perspectives on how to communicate more effectively. 

How to Think on Your Feet by Cherie Kerr

The book was worth a read, but I won't be keeping it and think I got more out of Pitch Perfect.

Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work edited by Jack Canfield and others

Like all the others in this series, it was full of inspirational little stories.

Stupid Science by Leland Gregory

Funny, itty bitty science related stories. Amusing.

The Next Level by Scott Eblin

The book is intended more for the manager rising to an executive position, so the advice isn't currently relevant. But I still enjoyed seeing the presence and people skills I'd like to reach at some point.

Taekwondo by Bill and Katie Pottle

After earning my white belt black stripe I wanted to start learning more about the martial art and sport and this was the most accessible book to me. It was a solid introduction and I was glad to read it.