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February Book Report

February 3, 2015

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Folks, does anyone remember that long dry spell right around the birth of a certain child when this English major (squared) did NO READING? It was rough and it was real.

But either because our lives are now more sane than they were in the first wild infant days or simply because I became desperate enough to become more strategic, I’m actually reading again. For Fun. Here’s a quick run-down of the books I’ve read or started since the beginning of the year.

David and Goliath. I ate this up. Malcolm Gladwell has never disappointed me and this one was no exception. The main concept is that disadvantages can force us to lean into other strengths, ultimately making the initial disadvantage an advantage. Fascinating stories and data presented with Gladwell’s typical terse voice – definitely the best book on my shelf so far for 2015.

The Inimitable Jeeves. A re-read. P.G. Wodehouse was my detox in college (and since). If I need a quick laugh, a little light reading, something more literate than the non-fiction on my shelf, this is where I turn. It never disappoints.

The Whole-Brain Child. This is mostly a psychology discussion of why toddlers and children think and act the way they do and what parents can do about it. It’s interesting and (probably will be) helpful, especially regarding tips for communicating with little people, but it’s a little slow – I think the authors could make their point more quickly.

The Parenting Collection. If you were raised in the late 80’s or early 90’s, your parents are – more than likely – familiar with the work of the child psychologist Dr. James Dobson. My mom gave Mark this set for Christmas. I’m excited to start it and garner some tips.

The Creative Family. (Am I becoming that over-analytical mom? Oh yes.) Mark got this for me for Christmas. One of my hero bloggers referred to this book and it looks like a lovely, quick, fun read. I’m also excited to support a fellow blogger!

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box. One of the perks of being married to an MBA student is the constant inflow of interesting business books into our home. Mark enjoyed and recommended this one highly and so it’s next on the shelf for me.

There’s still a tragic lack of fiction on this list, but – baby steps! I’m trying this program to see if I’m able to get my hands on more fiction that I’m not ready to purchase (small apartment problems). What are you reading?

*Disclaimer: There are sponsored links in this post, but I only promote books or products that I actually use, love, or recommend.

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  1. Emily, I totally read Leadership and Self Deception with Spencer over the break! It was fabulous! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

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