Book Talk: September 2015

Book Talk

Here’s what I read over the month of September!  P.S.  I’m determined to read one business book a month to blossom my skills, but didn’t love the one I chose for September.  I would LOVE to see your business-related book recommendations in the comments!  Thanks, friends!  – Tay xo

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Book Talk: September 2015 - Rising Strong

 Rising Strong – Brené Brown

5/5 Stars

 This is the 3rd book by Brene Brown I consider to be “life-changing.”  The Gifts of Imperfection (<Kindle version on sale!) and Daring Greatly had tremendous impacts on my life – and her new book, Rising Strong, is no different.

Her research combined with her relatable storytelling helps her readers learn what to do when they’ve fallen and how to get back up!   If we’re being vulnerable and daring greatly, we will fall down, but we don’t want to stay down.

I can’t rave about this book enough. I believe every human being needs to read all three of Brené’s books. They’re vitally important to living wholehearted lives full of bravery & free of shame!

 

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Book Talk: September 2015 - What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

5/5 Stars

 I think Liane Moriarty is a great storyteller of women.  I’ve read The Husband’s Secret, which I also thought was great. She tells interesting, easy-to-read stories about the intersection of women’s lives.  And I love them.

In this novel, Alice wakes up from a head bump and can’t remember the last ten years of her life.  To her, she’s the newly-married, newly-pregnant, young, carefree,  happy 20-something.  But the life she wakes up to has gone way off course.  And for the life of her, she doesn’t know what happened.

This is a simple read, enjoyable, easy – but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in depth and insight!  How do we let our lives and our loves slip away from us?

 

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Book Talk: September 2015 - The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
– Aimee Bender

5/5 Stars

 For some insane reason, Aimee Bender doesn’t get much recognition outside literary communities.  Those studying to get their various English degrees read her and love her, but she’s yet to come into the attention of the mainstream.  It’s their loss.  She’s magnificent.

I heard Aimee Bender speak in Las Vegas.  She speaks with the same magical quality that she writes.  Her work takes some deep truth about humanity and displays it in a simple and unusual way.

In this novel, the protagonist can taste the emotions of the person who makes her food.  It’s brilliant.

 
 

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Book Talk: September 2015 - Drops Like Stars Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering
– Rob Bell

4/5 Stars

 This is probably the only Rob Bell book out there that I’d not give a full 5 stars.  Rob Bell is one of my favorite people/speakers/writers/podcasters.

But my evaluation is not entirely fair.  Drops Like Stars was originally created to be an inspirational coffee table book on creativity.  If I had it in that format, I probably would have enjoyed it more.

Drop Like Stars is short and sweet.  Rob encourages all people to pursue their creativity in his typical Rob Bell way.  I was inspired, not awestruck.  Normally he leaves me awestruck.

 

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Book Talk: September 2015 - The E MythThe E-Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber

3/5 Stars

The E-Myth came recommended to me, but I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone else.  It definitely did not meet my expectations.

There were a few concepts that I found value in – especially the discussion on the Technician (the person who specializes in a skill) a Manager (the person who oversees everything), and an Entrepreneur (the person who envisions everything) – and how in small business, owners have to often wear all three hats.

But I really hated the format of the book.  There was a cheesy “real-life” dialogue between the author and a small business owner.  It just didn’t do it for me.

 

 

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First on my list for October is Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  Can’t wait!

Please leave your business book recommendations in the comments!!!

35 thoughts on “Book Talk: September 2015

  • October 1, 2015 at 6:24 am
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    What a great list of books! I love posts like this. Especially since you read more than one or two. Makes me happy :)

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    • October 1, 2015 at 7:02 am
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      Thank you! I’m trying to get through at least one a week – we shall see how October turns out! :)

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  • October 1, 2015 at 6:47 am
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    I am always looking for new books. Some of these look like books I’d love. Will be checking them out–we’re going on vacay for a month so I need them!

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    • October 1, 2015 at 7:02 am
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      I’d definitely recommend Rising Strong and What Alice Forgot as vacay reads!!

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  • October 1, 2015 at 7:10 am
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    Wow, these really, truly all sound great. Most of the time when I read someone else’s book recommendations I’m only interested in one or two. Pinning this list! Thanks!

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    • October 1, 2015 at 7:22 am
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      Aw thank you!! That means a lot :)

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  • October 1, 2015 at 7:20 am
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    I bought Rising Strong & Big Magic, but haven’t started reading them yet (on my “to do” list for next week!) I love Liane Moriarty’s books, and I remember loving one of Aimee Bender’s books that I read years ago. I am adding this new one to my list!

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    • October 1, 2015 at 7:22 am
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      Awesome Alyssa! Sounds like we have a very similar taste :)

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  • October 1, 2015 at 9:41 am
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    I’ve been looking for book recommendations and I’m definitely going to pick up Rising Strong now! Thanks!

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    • October 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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      It’s amazing!!!

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  • October 1, 2015 at 9:50 am
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    I haven’t read any of these but am certainly adding them to my Google Doc! I always enjoy hearing what people outside of my circle are reading – it keeps me sharp!

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    • October 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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      I love that you have a Google Doc for books! I need a Google Doc for books!!

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  • October 1, 2015 at 9:55 am
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    Love this list! I’m obsessed with Brene Brown. She’s such a genius. I recently picked up Give and Take by Adam Grant. It’s about the key to success being found in our ability to connect and interact with others. I haven’t read much, but it may be worth checking out!

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    • October 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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      I agree, Brene is amazing! Sweet – I’ll have to take a look at that book!

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    • October 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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      Oh awesome – I’ll check them out!

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  • October 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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    How did you find time to read all of those?! I finished What Alice Forgot not too long ago! Love Liane Moriarty!

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    • October 3, 2015 at 6:56 pm
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      I’m a total book nerd! I squeeze in minutes here and there!! Love her too!

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  • October 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm
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    What Alice Forgot is one of my favorite books by my very favorite author! Apparently it’s becoming a movie as well! I love Liane Moriarty!!!

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    • October 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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      OOOOOO that’s exciting!! I hadn’t heard that!

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  • October 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm
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    Man, you read some GEMS this month! Love it. I reeeeeeally need to read something from Brene Brown. I’ve heard so much about her lately! What one should I read first?

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    • October 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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      Gems indeed! Not all months are so lucky! Definitely start with The Gifts of Imperfection!

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  • October 2, 2015 at 12:12 am
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    I’m always on the hunt for a great new book, especially when I’m planning a vacation. I am very much intrigued by The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. That looks like an excellent read! Thanks so much for the literary inspiration. :-)

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    • October 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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      It IS excellent!! You should definitely try it!

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  • October 4, 2015 at 8:24 am
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    I cannot wait to read Rising Strong. Also on my list right now: Big Magic, #GirlBoss and The Opposite of Loneliness. I really just need to read more. In my new apartment, I specifically didn’t put a tv in my bedroom so I would read more. So far this has not happened. #netflixwinseverytime
    Robin | robineylea.com

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  • October 5, 2015 at 7:22 am
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    Wow, you read a lot. I loved What Alice Forgot, and have Brene Brown’s book just waiting for me to have the time to devote all of my brain to it. I love the premise behind the Lemon Cake one, will have to look in to that one!

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    • October 6, 2015 at 6:50 am
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      You will LOVE LOVE LOVE Brene’s newest!

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    • October 6, 2015 at 6:50 am
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      Let me know if you like them!

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  • October 5, 2015 at 7:40 am
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    Best book summary. There were a few concepts that I found value in – especially the discussion on the Technician (the person who specializes in a skill) a Manager (the person who oversees everything), and an Entrepreneur (the person who envisions everything) – and how in small business, owners have to often wear all three hats.

    ONCE i figured out my role, i went looking for people in the other roles to help me. its important to “stay in your lane” .

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    • October 6, 2015 at 6:50 am
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      Yes – this was an important eye-opening concept for me too!

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  • October 6, 2015 at 10:20 pm
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    I’ve heard of Aimee Bender but never known someone personally who read and enjoyed her books. Now I’m adding her to my TBR!

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    • October 7, 2015 at 10:38 am
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      She’s awesome! Her short stories are great too!

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