Top Recommendation for the Month: As You Wish by Cary Elwes
The details were delightful and the pace stayed light and fun throughout this focused biography. I enjoyed the side comments from the other actors and team members as well. They enriched the book. And next time I watch The Princess Bride I will have a much deeper appreciation for that already amazing sword fight and will be looking for that accidentally "elegant way of sitting" caused by the broken toe...
Little Platinum Book of Cha-Ching by Jeffrey Gitomer
It's a great sales success book with a similar format to his other work - readable, digestible, useful. What made it stand out was that it's grounded in the work of Patterson, who popularized the cash register. I enjoyed the reaching back to an older philosophy of sales success and making it relevant.
Stuff by Ivan Amato
I enjoyed it, mostly because the subject matter of materials science is dear to my heart and I love reading the stories surrounding it. It's not as accessible to the non-enthusiast as some other popular science books I've read, but whether that's a flaw depends on your point of view. I learned some new things and understood others better than I had before.
The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum
Very accessible and with great information. I enjoyed the stories, how he brought in different theories, and suggested ways they could apply to an individual. I'm looking forward to rereading the book and translating the ideas into the kinds of things I practice - as I am most definitely not a musician.
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I enjoyed the final book, and was very happy with a couple elements. Sadly, my overall response was more of the "whew, that's finally over." and less of either satisfaction or wishing for more.
What I Like in Poetry by William Lyon Phelps
I found a copy of this book at a library book sale, with a dark green cloth cover. I hadn't read poetry for awhile and thought this would be a nice mish mash. It was. And I enjoyed it, although I did wonder why he would have had published such a thing. He was apparently a well regarded literature professor at Yale.
Just Draw It by Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp
Very pretty collection of drawing exercises. It's not book for the sketcher just getting started, but rather for the one with some idea of the mechanics who wants some ideas for fun practice to get better.