Other People’s Worlds – Sometimes it seems like our fellow man is more stranger than friend. How do we connect with each other when politics and electronics seem determined to keep us apart? One of my coping strategies is to immerse myself in memoirs and biographies. I am particularly fascinated by people who live in worlds far different than mine.
The Future of Business – With technology and industry transforming at seemingly breakneck pace, I was disappointed by the ho-hum nature of business books released this year. It seemed like most were the same old regurgitations on how to be a more effective leader, have a more effective product, run a more effective business, be a more effective whatever-whatever-whatever. Nevertheless, there were a few new titles that got me excited. Their commonality: an emphasis on the future of business.
Politics without the Politics – Ah, the P-word. Right or left, we are all a bit exhausted by politics at this point. That said, with A LOT going on in today’s world, I felt drawn to finding context to the daily headlines. These books range from wonkish to whimsy, but all giving perspective without being too political.
Our Planet – Our planet is changing. It’s inevitable and overwhelming. What can I, as a Midwestern soccer mom, possibly do about it? As I learned from these books, I can do a lot surprisingly. In a country devoid of climate change political leadership, we still have the power as individuals to make an impact.
Middle Grade and Young Adult Rays of Sunshine – As I look back at this past year, I mostly failed at balanced reading. My book list was admittedly (and perhaps insufferably?) deep and dark. Exception: These middle grade and young adult titles.