What I’m reading (February 2014)

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Each month I link up with Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy to share what I’m reading. There’s a great community there and I highly recommend checking out some of the other posts if you’re looking for a new book!

Unfortunately, I’m not super enthusiastic about most of what I’ve been reading this month. But here goes:

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The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg – three grown children face some unspoken childhood trauma when they come home to visit. I like Berg’s writing, though she does rely on predictable tropes some. It’s quick reading, and I’ll probably finish it to see if it improves.

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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp – I am really enjoying this one because it combines two things I’m interested in lately: habits and art. I think anyone who writes, paints, sings, dances or does anything artistic at all could benefit from this book. (I’m only a few chapters in.)

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The Circle by Dave Eggers – a novel that takes our current digital culture to the nth degree. The Circle is a company that looks a lot like Google, but whose employees trade privacy for the endless perks of working there. It’s a bit like Fahrenheit 451, and does make readers wonder what price we might pay in the future for all the technological breakthroughs and digital connection. It’s an interesting idea, but the main character is one dimensional and it’s annoying to see the world through her eyes.

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Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk – an interesting, practical guide for marketers (I would include bloggers, because we market our content, even if it’s free). It’s full of case studies and tangible examples, and I’ve implemented what I’ve learned quickly.

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Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout – I read this book after enjoying Strout’s The Burgess Boys last summer. None of the characters particularly grabbed me, and I couldn’t picture meeting any of them in real life. The story itself lacked depth.

What have you been reading lately?

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11 thoughts on “What I’m reading (February 2014)

  1. I’m glad you’re enjoying The Creative Habit. Your review really doesn’t make me want to pick up Elizabeth Berg (which is okay–my reading list is already too long). And I’m totally intrigued by the premise of The Circle.

    Thanks for sharing your reading with us!

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