Read Any Good Books Lately?

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  • November 29, 2010
  • Helen Murphy

If I ever make it on the show Hoarders it is going to be because of books.  You’ll see the camera crew come through my front door and pan over piles of books and I’ll be sitting on one of the piles (because there is nowhere else to sit) tearfully exclaiming, “I am planning to read them all. Really, I am!”

Most of the books I buy are for pleasure: novels by Michael Chabon, Christopher Moore and Glen David Gold, to name a few.  However a handful of them are for professional development.  One of my favorites is the quintessential self-help book, “How to Make Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie – a perfect book for those wanting to know how to win others over to a certain way of thinking.  Another of my favorites is William Zinsser’s classic, “On Writing Well.”  This how-to book, although long, is surprisingly digestible and provides many useful tips and tools: avoid jargon, how to beat writer’s block, how not to bore people to tears with your writing, etc.

What I want to know is what do you read? What do you read for professional development? What do you read to unwind during the weekend?  What books have blown your mind?

I need more books to add to my piles….

I’ll let you all know when my episode of Hoarders runs.

2 responses to “Read Any Good Books Lately?”

  1. Helen, I think you and I could split the episode. 😉 My name is Starr and I too am a Book Hoarder. Recently, I have been recommending A Reliable Wife (give it a chapter or two and then POW – you won’t put it down), American Wife (quick read fiction LOOSELY based on Laura Bush’s life (primarily the pre-Bush years)), and of course, The Help (love it, can’t wait for the movie). On the professional development side, I’ve recently read a book on presentation skills as well as measurement in PR (from PR News), but I can’t recall the exact names – I suppose the information within is what really matters. 🙂 Thanks for the post on one of my favorite topics!

  2. Helen –

    I’m reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest right now. Dark but utterly compelling and a real page turner. Recently read The Poisonwood Bible and it absolutely blew me away. If you want some good suggestions, check out the 52 Books blog: http://52books.tumblr.com/.

    Ummm…PD books, I’ve honestly not read many lately. I have a hard enough time keeping up with all the great content on that front from online sources. One of my faves being Saw Whitmore Media Survey. Gives me all kinds of great tidbits and bunny trails/topics to go investigate.