Read Any Good Books Lately?
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.