Last week was my birthday. I am not a difficult person to buy birthday presents for as I love reading.
My wife brought home a book she was sure I would enjoy by an author we had previously read and thoroughly enjoyed. This new book was “Talk to the hand: The utter bloody rudeness of everyday life, or six good reasons to stay home and bolt the door.” by Lynne Truss.
Previously we had read her book, “Eats, Shoots and Leaves.” A book about how little things like punctuation can make a difference.
All I can say is if you want to read a book that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and nod your head vigorously in agreement; then either book should do it. Lynne Truss has her tongue firmly inserted in her cheek as she satirizes with reckless abandon.
The following day my parents sent me some Amazon money to allow me to choose books for myself. Not because they don’t know my tastes in books but because they can’t keep up with which books I have read.
I decided here to go for one fact and one fiction:
Penelope Trunk’s “Brazen Careerist” – I have been enjoying her site (see my links) and the excellent career advise she gives there. I can’t wait to read the book.
Lee Child’s “Bad Luck and Trouble.” – This is the latest in Mr. Child’s Jack Reacher series of thrillers. If you want hard-boiled, well thought out action with a good plot then this is for you. Each time I get another Reacher novel I promise myself to take my time and read a little at a time. However, I end up reading it in one sitting. You cannot put these books down.
Finally, I was going on a job interview and I wanted a book to inspire me and get my mind into the right place for doing the interview. I spent the evening prior to the interview re-reading the incredible Sun Tzu’s “Art of War.” and the following day sitting in the waiting room I read some of the pages I had flagged. This was probably the best interview I have ever done. This book can apply to so many different situations where you need a strategy to succeed. If you haven’t read it then I recommend getting this book now.