Book Lists: Episode X

It’s been way too long since I’ve had a book lists update.  I think that was because I was experimenting with taking a sabbatical from book lists.  Well, I think the real reason is that I always told myself that if I just waited another week, I’d finish another book.  That may or may not be true.  Who knows.  But as much as I can remember, the books I’ve read over the past 5 months:

  1. Stringer: A Reporters Journey into the Congo
  2. Never Have I Ever: My Life So Far Without A Date
  3. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action
  4. The Love Queen of Malabar
  5. Vagabonding: The Uncommon Guide to Long Term Travel
  6. Brick Lane
  7. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers
  8. A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

Ugh, sort of pathetic that I could barely do a book a month, but whatever.  I’m working on being less judgmental- apparently that applies to myself as well.  Stringer was absolutely fantastic, and it half made me want to be a journalist and/or do something adventurous and/or at the very least visit the Congo.  I mostly bought Never Have I Ever because she basically wrote the book about what I thought I could write about (so really I bought it because I was jealous that she wrote this book before I did), and I wanted to see what she had to say.  It was pretty decent- she put words to some of the things I felt (and thought I was just crazy), and there were some parts that I was skimming over, but overall I liked the message a lot. Which is that female friends are awesome. I concur. Start With Why is a great book for someone starting a business.  I’m not sure when in the business you should be before you read it (I think there’s a lot more crucial books to read) but I guess it depends on what you’re struggling with.  There’s a TED video that basically sums it up, but the book was useful as well (i.e. the timing was good for me).  The Love Queen of Malabar was great- I learned so much about the elite women of Kerala, and about feminist literature in India, generally.  Highly recommend it.  Vagabonding was pretty decent as well.  It was a while ago, so I don’t remember much, but I remember thinking, that was a cool book (clearly there was less actual learning that came out of it).  Brick Lane was amazing and brought me to tears (but then again I cry for the Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff so my standards are low).  But it’s about a Bangladeshi woman in London and I loved it.  The Hard Thing About Hard Things is one book I think every entrepreneur who has raised money (and is in the middle of trying to raise more money/getting to the next milestone) should read.  It doesn’t make much sense if you are just starting out, but it was a perfect read for me this month.  I couldn’t put it down.  A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea was amazing, and was sort of a magic realism-ish look at the life of a girl in post revolution Iran.  Loved it, highly recommend it.  Again, tears were there (but again, low standards with that).


I have decided that I’m going to be less clinical about this whole book thing, and just read what I find fascinating.  I’m swapping out my trashy TV time for books, so I think we’ll see a lot more fiction on this list.  I’m going to try and substitute actual travel for books (when I can’t actually leave my location and/or don’t have enough money to do so) so we’ll see how it goes.  Therefore no ‘what I’m reading now’ list.  Just…what I finish.  I think that may give me more freedom (at least in my head) to do what I feel like.  Lets see if that changes anything.

Let the experimentation begin

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