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Jan. 1, 2009, 10:02pm


I'll start my list with the following:

1. Eight Habits of the Heart - Clifton Taulbert.

I gave this book 4 stars because he eloquently explained something in 113 pages that I have been trying to understand for a long time. He says that community building occurs when people follow 8 habits of the heart: Nurturing Attitude, Responsibility, Dependability, Friendship, Brotherhood, High Expectations, Courage, and Hope.

Jan. 3, 2009, 12:17am

2. Remembering Laughter - Wallace Stegner - 3 Stars
I wish the book had been longer.
1. Eight Habits of the Heart - Clifton Taulbert - 4 Stars

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4. The Outward Focused Life - Dave Workman - 3 Stars
Great book written in devotions sized sections to provoke new thinking about the subject of serving

3. Jim Henson's Doodle Dreams: Inspiration for Living Life Outside the Lines by Jim Lewis
More of inspiration/ quote book

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5. The Man in the Picture - Susan Hill - 3 Stars
Victorian Ghost Story. Good read.

Jan. 10, 2009, 12:44am

6. No More Mondays - 2 Stars
I wished the library had had this book. It is probably a useful book for someone looking to become an entrepreneur.

Jan. 11, 2009, 8:55am

7. Camera - Jean-Phillippe Touissant - 2 Stars
I don't know how to explain my feeling or lack of feeling about this book. This was easy enough to read - but nothing really happens. Like life. At the end of it I didn't feel moved as I did with Stegner's book Remembering Laughter. I need to think about why I felt so blah about this book.

Jan. 12, 2009, 1:38am

8. How to be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work - Megan Hustad - 3.5 Stars
She provides a quick overview of most of the popular career/ self-help gurus of the past century. This was a very useful and insightful book. I recommend it. I wish I'd had this book before I started working.

Jan. 13, 2009, 4:17pm

>7 remikit:: great title, remikit! I could do with a guide to not hating work right now (sigh)...

Jan. 13, 2009, 11:47pm

Find the happy place before you go in to work and try to stay there. Music works for me, thinking about happy moments also works. Peace!

Jan. 13, 2009, 11:54pm

9. Signature Sins - Michael Mangis - 4 Stars
This is a good book. I love books that help me get leverage and work issues. This book had a couple of great ideas (tools) that helped provide more direction and help rather than just "you're backsliding". He describes the spiritual life as a journey that we experience as cycles that will continue until we leave this place (Purgation/ Illumination/ Union/ Stagnation - and so on). His concept of being stagnated helped me greatly.

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10. Emotional Awareness: Overcoming Obstacles to psychological balance and compassion - The Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman - 3 Stars
- Good book. As usual, I learned a lot from reading about how Buddhism treats the mind and our thoughts.

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11. The Doppleganger Chronicles: The First Escape - GP Taylor - 2 stars
- This was an interesting mix of a manga and light - very light young adult novel. I would not read this again. There promises to be more adventures with the three protagonists, but I'm not interested in reading them. The book reads in the style of "A Series of Unfortunate Events", but the book is too long.

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12. Market Yourself and Your Career - Jeff Davidson - 3 Stars. It's not the version linked in the Touchstones. For whatever reason, it is picking up the wrong book. %)
13. Power Networking: 55 Secrets for Personal and Professional Success - Donna and Sandy Vilas - 3 Stars

Both books have numerous useful tips on networking and presenting yourself.

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Jan. 27, 2009, 11:35pm

15. How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Presenting Your Ideas, Persuading Your Audience and Perfecting Your Image - 3.5 Stars - Frances Cole Jones

Great book. I want to buy this for reference once I find another job. %)

Jan. 31, 2009, 4:57pm

16. Only Uni - Camy Tang - 4 Stars.

Highly enjoyable. Funny. I love her books. Part of a Christian romance series of four Chinese/ Japanese american cousins who fall in love in spite of the manipulation / schemes of their Grandmother. For those looking for a great romance without all the bodice ripping, but a lot more humor - this is the series. Grandma kills me. lol.

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17. The Book of Tea - Okakura Kakuzo - 3 Stars
Interesting book. I wish it had been longer so he could expand on some of his ideas.

Feb. 2, 2009, 12:16am

18. Unleash the Warrior Within - Richard Machowicz - 4 Stars
Excellent book. He has a lot of great advice and a number of several useful tools / techniques to refine your goals, identify next steps and draft a workable plan towards achieving them. Recommended.

Feb. 7, 2009, 10:31am

19. Making It All Work - David Allen - 3 Stars
Good book. I will try to use his system, but I'm horrible with keeping my curiosity under control, which always results in multiple projects and books piling up around me.

Feb. 13, 2009, 12:17am

20. A Guide to the Good Life: the ancient art of stoic joy - William B. Irvine - 4 - Stars
I loved this book. I love the Stoics. If you don't have a Philosophy of Life - please read this book. If nothing else, it will make you think about what is the Good Life and whether you should have a Philosophy of Life. I think everyone should have one. Recommended.

Feb. 14, 2009, 12:12am

21. Tengu: The Mountain Goblin - John Donohue - 4 Stars
This is a great series about a history professor who also happens to be a martial artist and the mysteries he gets caught up in.

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22. Dialogue and the art of thinking together - Williams Isaacs - 4 Stars
Interesting book.

Feb. 17, 2009, 10:28pm

23. The Alchemy of Stone - Ekaterina Sedia - 3.5 Stars. Totally recommended. Mystery, magic and the brokenness of humanity wrapped up in a quiet little story that won't leave you untouched.

Feb. 21, 2009, 11:19pm

24. The Power of Impossible Thinking: Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business - Yoram Wind - 3.5 Stars. Good book. Of many good points, authors made a good point about categorizing and assimilating the information that comes into your life so that your knowledge is a "complete body of knowledge rather than random bits of information."

Feb. 21, 2009, 11:24pm

25. Pemberley by the Sea - Abigail Reynolds - 3 Stars - Ok book. Reviewed as a Modern day Pride and Prejudice, but I doubt whether a Jane Austen heroine would have acted like this heroine. It also probably ran a bit long. Still a good read for fans of Romance.

Feb. 28, 2009, 11:01pm

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27. The Good Life Rules: 8 Keys to being your best at work and at play - Bryan Dodge 3.5 stars
Recommended. I love books that talk about how to achieve "the good life."

Mrz. 16, 2009, 12:44am

28. CATS: The Nine Lives of Innovation - 4 Stars - Stephen C. Lundin

Great book to own and reread frequently. I love books on creativity.

29. Do What You Are - 3.5 Stars - Paul D. Tieger

Was eye-opening to see my personality explained to me when I thought I was so original. %). Personality quirks, likes and dislikes all laid in gory detail and projected future development based on Myers Briggs. Quite lovely. It also suggested that you design your job search to suit your personality. I will be taking advantage of its insights.

Both books are highly recommended.

Mrz. 21, 2009, 1:39am

30. Good in A Room - 5 Stars - Stephanie Palmer. I will have this book in my library when I can afford to buy a book again. So many good tips and practical ideas.

31. Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the five key roles used by effective leaders - 4 Stars - Esther Cameron & Mike Green - Another good book.

Mrz. 27, 2009, 11:27pm

32. Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End - 4 stars - Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

Great explanation of how teams and individuals lose confidence in themselves and their abilities and how they can rebuild and face future losses. Good read.

Mrz. 29, 2009, 9:36pm

33. The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit - 3.5 Stars - Azim Khamisa.
Very good book. Several useful exercises to dig up the lessons learned and how to get beyond some of the hits in your life.

34. The Leadership Dojo: Build Your Foundation as an Exemplary Leader - Richard Strozzi-Heckler - 3 Stars.
Good book.

35. The Lathe of Heaven - 3 Stars - Ursula Le Guin
Interesting story.


I liked the way the story ended with the world left in a marred state - and our hero agreeing to actively participate in changing it - on a personal level in his own life.

Apr. 4, 2009, 9:58pm

36. The Relationship Edge:The Key To Strategic Influence and Selling Success - 3 Stars - Jerry Acuff. Good book on relationship building.

37. Muse of Fire - Dan Simmons - 2 Stars. This book tweaked my nose. I didn't like the abrupt way it ended and I didn't like all the left over questions I had.

Apr. 11, 2009, 4:48pm

38. Strategy 360 - 2.5 Stars - Randall Bell. I like the framework of the book: look at your life and the strategies you've employed in each aspect of your life to find out whether they are feasible and giving you the results you want, but I did not like the way he fleshed out the framework. The sections under each module seemed jerky. It might have been a result of the framework and the limited amount of space he had to flesh it out. Still a useful read.

Apr. 22, 2009, 12:17am

39. The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell - 3.5 stars, Oren Harari
Good book - provides insight into Colin Powell's approach to leadership and many great principles

40. An Altar in the World - 4 Stars, Barbara Brown Taylor
Amazing book. I would buy the book if I had the money so I could reread it every year. I highly recommend this book.

Apr. 26, 2009, 9:14pm

41. Usagi Yojimbo, Book 1: The Ronin - 3 Stars - Stan Sakai
Fun comic book about a Bodyguard drawn as a Rabbit.

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42. The Myths of Innovation - 3.5 stars - Scott Berkun. I have to admit that this book was spoiled by a video of a talk he gave on the same subject. When I read this I heard his talk. For some reason I expected more information on how to be more innovative/ creative and that was sadly not in this book. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it as an examination of creativity and innovation and its myths. Don't see the talk first (smile).

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43. Usagi Yojimbo Book 2 - 3 Stars - Stan Sakai. Fun manga series continues about a Samarai rabbit.

44. Usagi Yojimbo Book 3 - 3 Stars - Stan Sakai. Same as above.

45. Upbeat: Cultivating the Right Attitude to Thrive in Tough Times - 4.5 Stars - Rajesh Setty. Although this is a very short book, the amount of actionable and useful information about managing your attitude and driving your life in the direction you want it to go in - in spite of the situation - makes it well worth the the money and the read.

Mai 16, 2009, 11:58pm

46. What Are People For? - 3 Stars - Wendell Berry - Good read.

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47. Godmother - 3.5 Stars - Carolyn Turgeon - Excellent read. Lyrical, beautiful and sad. Lovely book. Good read. Big caveat. Don't read this if you're looking for fantasy, science fiction. It's not that. I feel slightly ripped off by that.

Mai 26, 2009, 7:19pm

48. Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight - 3 Stars - Karen Scalf Linamen - Interesting book. Great ideas on how to change.
"between dissatisfaction and transformation is vision."

Mai 31, 2009, 12:17am

49. The Fine Art of the Big Talk - 3.5 Stars - Debra Fine. Very good book. Advice on how to diffuse conflict, talk with confidence and avoid miscommunication through words or body language.

Jun. 7, 2009, 10:18pm

50. The Three Marriages: Re-imagining Work, Self and Relationship - 3.5 Stars - David Whyte.

Recommended. A thoughtful look at the three key commitments of our lives that in order to live well, we need to work at (Marriage to our Work, Marriage to Self and Marriage to your Mate - or in the case of single people - to that idea or calling that we've married ourselves to - thinking Queen Elizabeth here). I love the fact that he did not leave single people out.

Jun. 7, 2009, 10:34pm

51. #ThinkTweet Book 1:Bite Sized Lessons for a Fast Paced World - 4 Stars - Rajesh Setty.
Recommended. 140 characters does not seem like a lot of space, but this is a book you'll want to read and reread to spur additional thought, prompt action and provoke change in yourself and others.

Jun. 8, 2009, 5:10pm

>43 remikit: book 51 sounds intriguing!

Jun. 18, 2009, 10:44pm

52. The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How - 4 Stars - Daniel Coyle. I have been learning Japanese and this book was an encouragement that the small, slow painful incremental steps can lead to progress. Good read.

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Responding to >44 FlossieT: - #Th!nkTweet definitely is a good read. I keep some books around to reread every year. That is one of them. It's like reading Wayne Dyer's books but the subject is business - few words, a lot of depth.

Jun. 28, 2009, 6:55am

53. Strategic Acceleration - 4 Stars - Tony Jeary - Excellent book. Recommended to help improve your effectiveness at achieving your goals.

54. The Power of Four - 3 Stars - Joseph M Marshall III - So so book. I was hoping for more to dos.

Jul. 19, 2009, 10:18pm

55. Reordered Love, Reordered Lives - 3 Stars - David K Naugle - Very good book. Gist: when we order our love of self, world, others and God, we will learn how to be happy.

56. Napoleon Hill's Golden Rules - 4 Stars - Napoleon Hill - Good book. Recommended for advice

57. The Life of Prayer: Mind, Body, and Soul - Allan Hugh Cole, Jr - 3 Stars - Good book on prayer - how to, practices and styles of prayer.

Jul. 25, 2009, 5:17pm

58. The Book of Qualities - 4 stars - J. Ruth Gendler - Wonderful book. She re-introduces us (if we hadn't already met them) to the qualities that come and go in our lives. Their personalities and quirks seem fresh, but in the end are as familiar to us as if they were old friends come to visit. I want a copy of this for my library.

Aug. 6, 2009, 11:04pm

59. The Great Eight - 4 Stars - Scott Hamilton
This is the most realistic book on how to be happy I have ever read. He gives you the first 7 of his 8 tips on how to be happy and then lays on the most important piece of advice in the book. He essentially tells you what few other books tell you outright: Happiness takes work. It doesn't fall in your lap or hit you in the head while you're not looking. I highly recommend that you read this.

60. A Simple Path - 3 Stars - Mother Theresa
Good book. Great Prayers. Good view of Missionaries of Charity, their work and their heart.

Aug. 21, 2009, 5:13pm

61. The Great Equations - 4 Stars - Robert P Crease - The most enjoyable book about math I have ever read. It has actually inspired an interest in finding about more about mathematics and some of the thinkers he wrote about. I highly recommend it, both for its educational value and for the way he opens up what is usually a dense and dry subject for non-mathematicians/ scientists. Excellent writer.

Aug. 23, 2009, 9:25am

The Great Equations sounds fantastic and I'd never heard of it before! Adding it to the list...

Aug. 27, 2009, 9:14pm

62. The Authentic Confucius - 3.5 Stars - Ann-Ping Chin

I enjoyed parts of the book and many of her quotes from the Analects, but felt in the end only marginally closer to understanding who he was. Maybe that's actually closer to the truth anyway - how close can you get to understanding someone in a biography without oversimplifying. A good sign is that I want to read the Analects. Good read.

Sept. 3, 2009, 6:05pm

63. The Art of War for Women - 4 Stars - Chin-Ning Chu
Good book. For someone who was turned off by the format of the Art of War, it was a great introduction and explanation of even some of the more difficult passages. I will have to buy this book as I will definitely want to reread it and refer to later.

Sept. 3, 2009, 10:41pm

64. What Matters Most - 3.5 Stars - James Hollis, PhD.

It can be a little depressing and humbling to realize that the stuff you worked your way through to reach a place of temporary rest is completely common to the human experience and not unique in any way. This book is a good read. It is not another self-help book.

It does not have lists of things to do. It is a discussion of how one might try to live a more considered life. As I mentioned earlier, I prefer the how tos, but this book spoke to me about my own experience and answered and raised questions that are useful. If you are interested in continuing to grow and change, it is a very useful book.

Sept. 13, 2009, 9:30am

65. Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality 4.5 Stars - Henry Cloud
As usual, Dr Cloud has written another great book. I recommend anything he writes if you're interested in personal growth. Be prepared to get to work because this scalpel cuts deep.

Okt. 8, 2009, 7:46pm

66. What's your body telling you? - 3.5 Stars

67. The Manga Guide to Databases - 3.5 Stars
Entertaining. And the best explanation of a database that I've ever seen. This is the second 'manga' version of a serious topic I've read and they excel at making things simple to understand and useful.

Okt. 11, 2009, 6:45pm

68. What French Women Know - 3 Stars - Debra Ollivier
Fun Read - Like French Women Don't Get Fat.

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79. It Doesn't Take a Genius - 3.5 Stars - Randall McCutcheon
A bit off topic for me, but I was dragged into the book by the true stories of students who were inspired by their teachers. As a former speech and debate student, some of those stories brought back memories.

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70. Being in Balance - 3 Stars - Wayne Dyer
Will be rereading this. Good advice

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71. Imagination First - 4 Stars - Eric Liu
Good book full of suggestions on how to increase and encourage the use of your imagination.

Okt. 31, 2009, 9:21pm

72. How to be Rich and Happy Ebook - 3.5 Stars - John Strelecky and Tim Brownson

Great book. Don't read it unless you're going to do the exercises. Lots of tools and insights to earn a recommendation. Ignore the title if it's making not want to read it. This is an extremely practical book that helps you define what that means to you, identify your values, goals and tools to help you get there.

Nov. 1, 2009, 7:46am

73. True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post Fact Society - 2.5 Stars - Farhad Manjoo
This book is great at explaining a problem that we all understand: we are a divided society. Truth is something that people we agree with tell us. It does a great job in explaining that. Unfortunately, it does not fulfill its promise: that we will learn his thoughts on how to live in a post-fact society. In fact, the only words spent on that subject seem to have been the last 5-10 words telling us to choose our sources of truth wisely. I wasted 3 hours on this. Don't read it.

Nov. 4, 2009, 12:28am

74. Angels and Dragons - 3.5 Stars - Molly Wolf
Very good book of thoughtful essays. She's definitely walked through what she writes about.

Nov. 7, 2009, 5:52pm

75. Can't See God Because I'm In the Way - 3.5 Stars - Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz

Nov. 7, 2009, 7:39pm

Congratulations on the 75!!

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Thanks. Trying to close out the year with my 100.

76. Deep Church - 3 Stars, Jim Belcher
I like people who try to find the middle way. I'm tired of division. Good book that attempts to explain each side to the other and find the good in both.

Nov. 7, 2009, 7:47pm

77. The Leader's Way - 2.5 Stars - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
I have to admit, that I did not really connect with anything beyond the first third of the book (focus on making the right decisions in our careers). The rest was written for someone at a higher level than myself.

Nov. 8, 2009, 1:23pm

78. The Way of Failure - 3.5 Stars - Mariana Caplan
Great book. This goes into the permanent collection. Not overly Christian, not overly Buddhist, this is a book that can speak to anyone who has lost anything. Which is just about everyone.

"If we can stay conscious through the losses, we stand to win a little slice of reality - a reality that may not be what we wanted it to be, that may not be of our choosing or our preference, that may conceivably be that which we most feared or dreaded, but a reality that is....well, real. Objectively real. Real in God's world. Real in the world of Truth. And that reality is worth all failures, and can and will unfold into untold possibilities."

Nov. 8, 2009, 11:12pm

79. Make Your Own Luck - 3 Stars - Eileen C Shapiro
Surprised me. This is a book about risk management - how to assess the risk associated with your decisions and make better decisions.

Nov. 14, 2009, 10:20pm

80. Chill out and get healthy: Live Clean to Be Strong and Stay Sexy - 3 Stars - Aime E Raupp

Nov. 14, 2009, 10:21pm

81. On Rumors - 3 Stars - Cass R Sunstein
Human nature. Depressing.

Nov. 15, 2009, 8:26pm

Isn't it, though?

Nov. 22, 2009, 12:57am

82. Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration - 3 Stars - Penney Peircy
This is too far out there for me, but there are some useful bits on engaging your emotions and getting in synch with your body.

Nov. 22, 2009, 4:58pm

83. Love Leadership - 3 Stars - John Hope Bryant

Nov. 22, 2009, 4:58pm

Diese Nachricht wurde vom Autor gelöscht.

Nov. 22, 2009, 5:22pm

84. Living in more than one world - 3 Stars - Bruce Rosenstein
Useful advice and tips learned from following Peter Drucker's example. It's always cool to learn from people who have successfully done the most with their time and their talents. Excellent book - like reading a similar book about Benjamin Franklin. Rich in ways to improve your effectiveness.

Nov. 28, 2009, 11:30pm

85. Just Enough Project Management - 3.5 Stars - Curtis Cook

86. Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair - 3 Stars -Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

Dez. 5, 2009, 10:48am

87. How to Sound Intelligent in Japanese - 4. Stars - Charles De Wolf

Dez. 5, 2009, 10:48am

88. Read Real Japanese - 4 Stars - Edited by Michael Emmerich

Dez. 5, 2009, 7:09pm

89. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull - 3 Stars - Richard David Bach

I think I've read this before. I still don't understand the 'wow' factor here (reaction from others), but I can appreciate the story.

Dez. 5, 2009, 10:31pm

90. Searching for Whitopia - 3.5 Stars - by Rich Benjamin
Don't be scared off by the title. An interesting book, but depressing. It recommends a direction, but the solution seems so far out of reach that it's really just a hope.

Dez. 6, 2009, 8:01pm

91. Conquering Fear - 3 Stars - Harold S Kushner

Dez. 8, 2009, 6:02am

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93. The Tide Always Comes Back: And Other Irrefutable Truths and Assurances - 3 Stars - Senator Jean Carnahan

Dez. 12, 2009, 9:35pm

94. Once Upon a Cow - 4 Stars - Camilo Cruz
Great book. Don't accept limitations without questioning them. Wish I had known this earlier in my life.

Dez. 12, 2009, 10:33pm

95. Bounce - 4 Stars - Keith McFarland
Excellent book. Explains how people bounce back from disintegration to re-integration. Redefined the meaning of morale for me.

Dez. 14, 2009, 2:05am

96. Think Confident, Be Confident - 3 Stars - Leslie Sokol

Dez. 24, 2009, 4:19pm

97. The Score Takes Care of Itself - 3.5 Stars - Bill Walsh

Dez. 24, 2009, 5:52pm

98. Safe People - 4 Stars - Henry Cloud
I'm beginning to hate reading his books. Good book.

Dez. 26, 2009, 7:49pm

99. No Time For Tact: 365 Days of the Wit, Words and Wisdom of Larry Winget - 3 Stars - Larry Winget.

Laugh out loud wisdom and hard truths.

Dez. 26, 2009, 10:04pm

100. You are What you Choose - 2.5 Stars - Scott De Marchi & James T Hamilton
Interesting, but not very useful for me.

Dez. 27, 2009, 4:24pm

100 books! Congratulations - and still time for one or two more..?