March Reading Wrap-Up
I cannot believe it is April already. It seems like just yesterday it was January.
In today’s post I’ll be sharing short snippets about what I read in March.
First up is To Do…Doing…Done: A Creative Approach to Managing Projects & Effectively Finishing What Matters Most by G. Lynne Snead and Joyce Wycoff.
This book is about project management in a corporate setting but the lessons could be applied to any small business or personal projects like a home renovation.
It’s an older book, published in 1997, and it’s based on the Franklin Quest system. Franklin Quest was the company that acquired Covey Leadership merging the two companies into what we now know as Franklin Covey. Though older, the content is still relevant.
Next, we have Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies In a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou.
Elizabeth Holmes was a “Silicon Valley darling” who created a medical device that was supposed to revolutionize the medical industry by being able to run extensive medical tests with just a single drop of blood.
Unfortunately, it was a farce. The technology didn’t work. But Elizabeth was able to keep the illusion going for years, generating a net worth of $4.5 billion dollars according to Forbes in 2015. She fooled a lot of intelligent, high-powered people.
Bad Blood details the rise and fall of Theranos, her company. It reads like a political/business thriller.
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan For Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis. I enjoyed this one more than Girl, Wash Your Face. It has more actionable content, while maintaining that “cheerleader” vibe that Rachel is so good at.
People seem to love Rachel or hate her. Like with any thought leader or writer, my belief is to take what works for you and leave the rest. You don’t have to agree with or love every single idea from someone to benefit from their wisdom.
I, personally, can’t work up any outrage over the term “girlboss” which is a term that pushes Rachel’s buttons. But I love her 10, 10, 1 strategy. I intend to write a blog post sharing how I implemented this tactic in my own life.
Clean My Space and The Complete Book of Clean I wrote about in my spring cleaning post.
Lying Next To Me is a thriller by Gregg Olsen. I’m always thrilled to discover a new-to-me author with an extensive backlist. He also has some true-crime books that I’m considering.
The story of Lying Next To Me is the story of a husband who watches helplessly from a boat on the lake as his wife is kidnapped by a man on the shore. But, even with eye-witnesses, things are not always as they seem.
*This is not yet published. I read an advance copy via Netgalley. It will be available May 21.
The Widow Next Door by L. A. Detwiler—another well-written thriller with an unexpected ending. An elderly widow becomes obsessed with watching her new, younger neighbors across the street. How well do you know your neighbors?
Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies To Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny. I expected this to be about things like time management and productivity but it’s about money and mindset. Definitely a suggested read if you are struggling with money issues in your business.
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson was a recommended book from Ryan Holiday’s monthly newsletter. It had been sitting on my Kindle for awhile and I finally got around to reading it. It starts off a little slow but it is so interesting. There’s great detail about deep-wreck diving, the how-they-do-it, and the hazards. I also loved the parts about their research that went into identifying the wreck—the trips they took, the questions they asked, the source documents they read, the way they studied the U-boat captain to try and ascertain why he made the decisions he made. Absolutely fascinating.
Pirate Hunters is another diving story involving John Chatterton, the diver from Shadow Divers (above). This time Chatterton teams up with John Mattera to find the pirate ship, Golden Fleece. I enjoyed Shadow Divers more, I think because there is more tension, more mystery, but Pirate Hunters is still a fun read.
What did you read in March? Anything good that you want to share? Let me know in the comments. I love to talk books.