January 2023 – My Reading ListOn February 4, 2023 by Pam
This year, my goal is to read 150 books. I am using the Goodreads App to track my reading through the “2023 Reading Challenge”. I have read 10% of the books I want to read this year (including 2 I have already finished for February). Remember, for me, this includes books on my Kindle (which I read while knitting or crocheting), books I listen to on audible (which I do while I drive, cook or sew, or clean the house or walk) and the “real” book (which I would normally read at night, in bed, before I fall asleep). I love reading and I read ALL KINDS of books. I am currently reading “The Artist’s Way” which is a book of journaling and I plan to follow this – it will probably take all year. If you need a “lift” or some creativity in your life – I would highly recommend giving it a try.
Again, I have listed the books in order of preference….with my favourite at the top…
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
I listened to this book – her story is honest, heartbreaking and incredibly insightful. What women do to other women is unbelievable – we really need to focus on building each other up, supporting, encouraging and challenging each other to change the world.
Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock Potential in Yourself and Your Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey
There is SO much research on change but, this is very different. It provides a plan and a way to map out your change and come to terms with what you actually do and don’t do that prevents you from changing. Following this and getting support from your “group” would be life changing – if organizations took this seriously (especially in education settings) we would see unbelievable change and advancements in how we approach learning.
Home by Toni Morrison
Why have I never read this book before? The journey of a veteran, his courage and wisdom in the face of so many obstacles. History should be taught through story – we have SO much to learn.
The Appeal by Janice Hallett
This was a great story to listen to. Lots of characters, a community emeshed in drama (literally they put on a play) and a mystery and tragedy built on lies and status.
Spare by Prince Harry
So much criticism of Harry and his “fall from royal grace”. Who is telling the truth is the question of the day. I think the truth is always somewhere in between and this is certainly true here. It is a disturbing story of how his life unfolded and how judgement and lack of understanding – as well as inappropriate boundaries can destroy a family. His mental health journey is there – an open book – I hope his life gets more private and that he can give his children what he unfortunately did not have – the freedom to grow, live, make mistakes and learn – without judgement or cruelty.
The Six Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lencioni
This self-discovered way of organizing your workplace or understanding the various members of your family or community makes you think about your strengths and frustrations in working or living with other people in a whole new way.
The Son and Heir: A Memoir by Alexander Munninghoff and Kristen Gehrman (Translator)
The story of a son who discovered that his father wore a Nazi uniform. He becomes a journalist and writes his story – wealth, power, family, shame, terror, loss…this story is intriguing from page one until the end. How do you overcome your past? By moving forward, seeking to understand and taking one step at a time.
The Family Outing: A Memoir by Jessi Hempel
From an average middle class family to a complete transformation of almost every member of the family embracing their queer identities. It is a fascinating story of understanding, longing, and ultimately, breaking free.
Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away by Annie Duke
Written by a professional gamble, this book gives a lot of perspective to knowing when to walk away and understanding the opportunity exists by examining Plan B. We often feel defeated by walking away but, life is about learning to make decisions that move us forward, whatever they may be.
The Old Place by Bobby Finger
Keeping secrets from everyone in the place you have lived and worked for your whole life is a tough way of living your life. What happens when all is revealed?
Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
A fascinating pandemic book – this is a quick read that will have you on your toes.
The Housemaid by Frieda McFadden
Things are not always as they seem – be careful and don’t trust all the bright and shiny things or people.
QBQ: The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability in Work and in Life by John G. Miller and David L. Levin
This book is a super practical approach to re-gaining and recognizing personal responsibility . It is a quick read and gives lots of ideas for avoiding blame, victim thinking and complaining or procrastination.