What about that bookshelf

I noticed today that I had a blog category called “What’s on my Bookshelf”. I don’t remember what I was thinking when I created that category, but figured it would sure be nice to prove that I can read. Things have been so crazy, that it has been hard to find time to read.  I am great at buying and starting books. But then I put them down, don’t find the time to come back to them, forget what I have already read and then feel like I would have to start over.

So Australia was a good opportunity for me to get some reading done. Anyway, I can definitely recommend both of the books I read, for different reasons, and thought I would mention them here.

First, A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, by Dan Pink. Great read and pretty quick too (despite the passage of time between when I started the book and when I finished it). The book addresses left brain versus right brain dominant thought in light of the “flattening” of the world; how many left brain activities are outsourced and right brain skills are becoming more important. Interesting read and makes you think about your role in the economy. You might not want to think about it, but I’m right brain dominant, so my reaction was more “whee!” than “uh-oh”.

I also read The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud. Not a business book, but really good. It’s about 3 college friends struggling with life in New York as they face 30. So if you are looking for a novel to read, I would recommend it. It’s the kind of book that you don’t want to put down because you want to find out what happens.

So, see? I can read. I just started Eat, Pray, Love. Don’t judge. I don’t know how I feel about it yet. I’m not even half way through but I totally get the “eat” part.


Comments (3)

  1. David K. says:

    In case you didn’t already hear, "The Emperor’s Children" is being made into a movie:


    I managed to "discover" Elizabeth Gilbert well before "Eat, Pray, Love" became the "must read" book for all women that it is now. I highly recommend her earlier book called "The Last American Man."


    – David

  2. Marion says:

    I was all over the eat part, just like you, and must admit she totally lost me during the pray chapters to the point that I could not enjoy the rest of the book.  

    I gave the book to my sister as a present because I felt Elizabeth’s story her own – including going to India, can you believe it?  Being the youngest of five, there is hardly ever a chance to offer advice so I thought the book would do it for me.  That reminds me, she never told me what she thought of it…  mmmhhh…

    Anyway, hope you enjoy it.

  3. HeatherLeigh says:

    David K. – I didn’t hear that. I always love seeing the movie AFTER I have read the book to see how the director’s vision matches up with what I have in my mind. How is it that they listed the genre as comedy? I’ll take a look at Gilbert’s other book. I do like her writing style (it’s very accessible…..almost blog-like?).

    Marion – Yeah, I worked my way farther through the pray part last night. I’ve decided that I don’t have to identify with it to enjoy it, I think. I will say that if I had to meditate, I would have the same problems with a restless mind that she did. It’s just that I’m not sure I would try to meditate in the first place. And now we understand why I can’t sleep through the night 🙂