Saturday, January 1, 2011

TBR Challenge 2011

 books07 Roof Beam Reader is hosting the to be read challenge of 2011. You pick 12 books that has been on your TBR for at least a year. you then pledge to read those books. My list is as follows.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames- David Sedris
My Abandonment- Peter Rock
Local Anesthesic- Gunther Grass
The Reader-Bernhard Schlink
Woman Who Run With the Wolves-Christina Estes
The Trial- Franz Kafta
Boludolingo- Umberto Eco
Mary Mcgreedy- Walter Keady
Life is Elsewhere-Milian Kumdera
Swallows of Kabul- Yas Mina Khadra
Remembered Rapture- bell hooks

Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Reading and Blogging Resolutions

To read 200 books. This will not include audio books as I am Deaf and cant hear them anyway. It will include good old fashioned books.

To try a book from each genre. Becoming involved with the book blogging world has exposed me to new genres and I have no idea what they are talking about so I want to correct this.

To be more consistent with my blogging. I have really gotten lazy with blogging. I want to try and post 3 to 4 times a week.

To comment on other blogs more. I lurk at a number of different blogs and never comment. If I don't comment then I cant expect no one to comment on mine. Right?

Become more proactive in getting interviews and such on my blog. I know reviews is a big part but other stuff make a blog more exciting.

Become adept with social networks. I am still learning how to interacting well with people on twitter and such. I want to become even better.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

7 habits

You remember while you was in collage, your friends that majored in something such as business administration talked about books such as this one and how much it has helped them over the years? While you who majored in a liberal arts degree who thought themselves above such books scoffed as such nonsense. Fast forward 5 years later and it is clear who is making more money and stuff and you start to wonder if there were a timeless piece of wisdom in such books, so you finally get it from the library and see what you may have missed.  This was one of those books.

The idea is there are seven principles of highly effective people. By effective it seems getting people to see things your way or as Covey describes it, an agreement that works for both people.

He outlines each step as a stepping stone to true independence which is really interdependence. By completing each step you supposedly become more and more effective at achieving your goals.

The one thing that surprised me was that Covey states in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is he advocates sticking to a principal centered pardagram. I was under the impression that most “business” books was all about getting ahead but I was mistaken.

Overall I enjoyed this book. It not a literary masterpiece but it does have some good advice.

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