What's the point of a Summer Reading Club if I'm not in it? Here's what my literary life looks like at the moment:
I'm still bogged down in The Rule of Four. I have a couple of flights coming up this week. Those are great times to finish books!
I have to confess - I'm a sucker for self improvement/business motivational books. I'll go through these phases where I'll read four or five of them in a stretch. I read "The Dip" a couple weeks ago, then picked up The BrandYou50 by Tom Peters. Both of these are excellent books if you're into that sort of thing. The Tom Peters book is of particular interest because he was among the first to harp on the idea of personal branding. This is kind of old hat now, but 10 years ago when he was writing this book it was huge and groundbreaking. As a musician, this kind of book is sort of the story of my life. We're all sort of "free agents" and every artist is a "brand". So it made for some good reading.
Today I was at the library and ran across an interesting book by Brian Tracy. I honestly can't remember the title! It has "focus" in the title I know. Brian Tracy is a great thinker when it comes to goals and personal productivity. Heaven knows I need a little bit of both right now! So I'm pretty fired up about reading this.
I know. I know. These kinds of books don't exactly fit into the "summer reading' mold, but I've found that the secret to reading a lot of varied books is to just follow your moods and not beat yourself up too much. OK, so I've never gotten around to reading City of God or Shakespeare, but it's working pretty well right now...