No challenges completed this month – school is definitely eating up my reading time! Up to 181 books for the year, nine this month alone (no DNFs); six fiction/three non-fiction.
Completed in September:
- The Duchess War (ebook, fiction). I asked Litsy for recommendations for snarky, witty, feminist romance like Sarah MacLean, and this was the most common recommendation. I don’t know that I’d put them in the same league, but this was definitely a fun read.
- Wonder (paperback, fiction). This was a book club pick, and definitely not something I’d have chosen for myself. I had issues with some of it, but I can’t fault the overall “be kind” message.
- My Plain Jane (audiobook, fiction). Nowhere near as good as My lady Jane, but still enjoyable. (I wish they’d kept the original narrator, though.)
- The Word is Murder (audiobook, fiction). I’ve never read anything by this author before, so I’m not sure if this was a good example of his work, but I found it entertainingly self-referential. A fun mystery listen for the quieter times at work.
- Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation (hardcover, nonfiction). A solid read. I especially liked the pieces about how companies grew actual offerings through collaboration. If I had a leadership library, this would be in it.
- Queen of the Tearling (audiobook, fiction). This was a “pick something fantasy that’s available from the library right now” choice for me, so I had no expectations going in, other than seeing it labeled as YA on Goodreads. THIS IS NOT YA. I read afterward that some people compare it to a cross between Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games, and…I guess? Yes, there’s a lottery choosing people to go off to a horrible fate. So there’s your Hunger Games, if you squint. As for GoT, well, there’s a lot of rape. So, yeah. There you go. I suppose I found it enjoyable outside of the rape, the history of rape, the sideways references to rape…I really, really want to send the author a copy of this amazing article by Seanan McGuire, because FANTASY WITHOUT RAPE IS A THING. To quote Ms. McGuire, “I do not understand—I will not understand, I refuse to understand—why rape has to be on the table for every story with a female protagonist, or even a strong female supporting cast.”
- Word by Word (paperback, nonfiction). A fantastic book club pick! If you’re a word geek like I am, you’ll love this book.
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (hardcover, nonfiction). A marvelous recommendation from my sister-in-law. If you love running (or want to understand why someone you love loves running), check this out.
- Witches of Lychford (audiobook, fiction). This was another random “it’s available” pick from the library, but a good one! I wish it had been a full-length novel instead of a novella, and I wish my library had the rest of the series on audio.
Started in September (or before) and Still Going:
There are a lot of books on this list! With the exception of audiobooks I listen to at work, which I cycle through based purely on what’s available; things I need to pick up for school; and book club picks, I’m going to try not to add to this list before the end of the year.
- Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition (paperback, nonfiction)
- Collaborative Leadership: Building Relationships, Handling Conflict, and Sharing Control (ebook, nonfiction)
- The Confessions of Socrates (ebook, fiction)
- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (paperback, fiction)
- Hogfather (paperback, fiction)
- Kill the Farm Boy (ebook, fiction)
- Leader Evolution: From Technical Expertise to Strategic Leadership (ebook, nonfiction)
- The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All (nonfiction, paperback, textbook)
- Mrs. Queen Takes the Train (audiobook, fiction)
- Night and Silence (hardcover, fiction)
- Organizational Behavior (paperback, nonfiction, textbook)
- Principles of Managerial Finance (nonfiction, ebook, textbook)
- Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature (hardcover, nonfiction)
- The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling (paperback, nonfiction, textbook)
- The Things They Carried (fiction, paperback, textbook)