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Unexpected Fall Pleasures

Good Books to Read for Business & Pleasure * November 2014

November is deep fall. It’s a time to enjoy the cold whatever way you like — snuggled up in front of a fire with a good book and a cup of tea, held tightly by someone you love, or outside enjoying the cool, crisp air.

Speaking of being held by someone you love, I’ve been thinking lately about the importance of loving vs. being loved. I used to think it was of the utmost importance to be loved. Then I found out the truth.

November, too, heads us into the holidays. I enjoy the idea of heading into holidays more than I enjoy the reality. This year I’d like to say I’ll spend time, pen in hand, writing personal notes to everyone I’ve loved and with whom I’ve worked. I like to imagine myself crafting gifts — some small treasure for everyone who helped me, this year, to love my life.

This, then, is my November resolution: Use the holidays to not only read good books, but to give back — to add my own sparkle and shine to the short winter days and long winter nights.

Fall Back: Good Books to Read

Business

Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo.

Voted one of the best business books of year in 2014, Talk Like Ted was recommended to me by my own business coach and read by everyone in our coaching circle. With ringing endorsements like these, there was no way I was going to ignore this book.

Learning to speak well in public, but also to tell a compelling story, is a skill that will help you get clients and enhance your professional and brand images. This book is a must!

If you would like to have this book for your very own, purchase Talk Like Ted at the Anna Colibri Amazon shop.

Pleasure

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

After reading IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation last month, I needed some intelligent comedy to provide a little relief. This book provided it.

The fact that I read most of it in a hammock on a boat in McCovey Cove while watching the Giants game on and off didn’t hurt my mood, either. The book is quite funny, plus pokes fun at the world of high tech, private school parents. I like being laughed with!

If you are in the mood for intelligent humor, this book is your go to.

If you would like to have this book for your very own, purchase Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel at the Anna Colibri Amazon shop.

Children

Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

Coraline is kind of creepy and, perhaps for that reason, my kids enjoyed it well enough. Some aspects of it, such as certain characters’ buttony eyes and Coraline’s steadfast courage, were memorable and appealing. As a rule, I love loving books and Neil Gaiman produces excellent results, but this one falls just slightly flat. Despite these reservations, Coraline is enough of a well-written crowd-pleaser that I nevertheless recommend it.

If you would like to have this book for your very own, purchase Coraline at the Anna Colibri Amazon shop.

Enjoy your fall with these books to add color.

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