What I’m Reading December 2015


A deluge of work at the bookstore (I’m not complaining) plus a retiring employee means less time for reading  this month.  Mostly, I’ve been binge watching The Mentalist with my hubby and youngest son, but I have picked up a few books.


The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

I can’t wholeheartedly recommend this book, although I’ve enjoyed every Morton novel I’ve read.

Her MO is unravelling intergenerational stories piece by piece till all the secrets are told and all the mysteries are solved.  That will get you turning pages.  This one is no exception.


The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

I haven’t finished this book yet, so I can’t give a full review, but the tenets Schwartz proposes are good mind-stretching exercises. The basic idea is that too many choices is a negative.

I personally love to shop at Aldi, where there are fewer choices.  It is overwhelming the number of choices we have in modern life.  We need some way of limiting them.

Implementing what I’ve learned from the Power of Habit this year has changed my life. (See Power of Habit and Power of Habit, Part 2.)

It’s interesting to me to think that establishing habits actually limits choices.  (Will I get up after the alarm goes off?  Will I exercise today?) I believe limiting our choices is a good and necessary pursuit in our culture today.  Limitless can be paralyzing.


Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

One of my all-time favorites that I re-visit periodically.  Written sixty years ago, this book is truly timeless.

Listen: “What a circus act we women perform everyday of our lives.” Really?  1955?

“how to remain whole in the midst of the distractions of life, how to remain balanced, no matter what centrifugal forces tend to pull one off center: how to remain strong, no matter what shocks come in at the periphery and tend to crack the hub of the wheel”

I love her reflections.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Classic business book and an influential book for me personally.

Lencioni nails it when he identifies what trips teams up.  “Absence of trust” is dysfunction number one. I believe that is true. It’s interesting to me that Brené Brown is taking on trust as a key component to whole hearted living in her free online instructional course. I’m curious to hear her take on it.

I’ll need to come back to 5 Dysfunctions in the future.  Top shelf “purple crayon” material.

I still haven’t been able to read any of the New Releases that are Getting Noticed, and it won’t happen in the next two weeks, either.  Maybe January.

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What are you reading this month?



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