Last Monday, I decided to read some of/skim through a book a day in September (to get in the habit of reading more, and to encourage me to go through my books).

Well, this is off to a bit of a bumpy start, as I didn’t prioritize reading on Thursday and Friday. (Thank you to everyone who liked/messaged about Emy. She continues to improve, which is fantastic! Though the accompanying increase in feistiness has made it more difficult to give her the medicine 😛 A good problem to have, I think.) However, I still want to challenge myself to read as much as possible during September, with the intention of looking at a book a day.

So far, I’ve read something 50% of the days of the month. Let’s see if I can get that number up by next Monday…

 

Dates: Thursday, September 1 – Sunday, September 4

Posting: Monday, September 5

 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Book: Harper’s Rules: A Recruiter’s Guide to Finding a Dream Job and the Right Relationship, by Danny Cahill

Intention: skim, determine if I will keep this to read more another day

Accomplished: read through page 38 (of 156)

Impression: definitely keeping for further reading

  • Book is written as “parable,” POV is first person, narrator is not author but protagonist of parable
  • Understandably, the protagonist being a female character written by a male made me uneasy at first, especially before I adjusted to the rhythm of the book. (All writing has rhythm, and sticking to the rhythm throughout a work is a sign of a great writer. But I digress…) The headhunter hero is not the main character, otherwise, the headhunter author might as well have just written in first person; “man swoops in to save damsel in distress” narrative is a bit tired, but a staple culturally, so I think in this case, it’s a decent enough vessel to get the point across.
  • Style is quirky, light-hearted; I like it. Rolled my eyes in a couple places, but it’s pretty clear that was the author’s intention.
  • Looking forward to reading more. Advice seems useful, but scattered through the book; I’ll probably read through quickly and then go back to reread the advice. Benefit of advice distributed in this way is that there is time to process/digest the information alongside the protagonist.

 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Book: The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations [Advance Reading Copy], by James Surowiecki

Intention: skim, determine if I will keep this to read more another day

Accomplished: read through page 22 (of 272)

Impression: keeping for further reading

  • Conversational tone, regarding scholarly findings; collects complicated information and presents it in a simple, but not simplistic manner.
  • I’m liking the examples so far, and I’m curious to read to more of the studies and instances when groups were not smarter than individuals (examples which the intro promises will be increasingly prevalent as the book goes on)
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