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Aloha Fellow BookCrossers,
I really enjoy the BookCrossing community because it provides me with an outlet to release my books as well as find treasures amongst other book lovers. The genres that I like most are Literature & Fiction (especially Historical & Crime Fiction), Mystery & Thrillers, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Current Affairs, Eastern Philosophy and Psychology - Human Behavior and Organizational Behavior.
My favorite authors are: Literature/Fiction - Jose Saramago (Portugal), V.S. Naipaul (Trinidad), Amitav Ghosh (India), Milan Kundera (Franco-Czech), Umberto Eco (Italy), Alexander McCall Smith (Scotland), Doris Lessing (London, UK), Arturo Perez-Reverte (Spain); Historical Fiction - Peter Ackroyd (London, UK); Margaret George (USA), Phillipa Gregory (UK); Crime Fiction/Mystery - John Banville (Ireland) aka Benjamin Black, and C.J. Sansom (UK) Sci-Fi/Fantasy - China Mieville (London, UK; Spirituality - Deepak Chopra (USA) and Business Leadership/Management - John P. Kotter(USA), Warren Bennis (USA) and John C. Maxwell (USA).
In 2011, I continue to pursue Business Leadership, the Man Booker and Pulitzer Awards book list. However, I am directed to Spirituality books as well.
"Number of Books Read in 2011" Goal is 100
Books Read in 2011:
1. THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK by Timothy Ferriss
2. THE BHAGAVAD GITA According to Gandhi
3. EDGAR CAYCE on the AKASHIC RECORDS by Kevin J. Todeschi
4. SECRETS IN THE FIELDS by Freddy Silva
5. THE SOUL OF LEADERSHIP by Deepak Chopra
6. THE NEXT DECADE by George Friedman
7. WHALE HUNTING by Tom Searcy
8. GETTING NAKED by Patrick Lencioni
9. THE ORGANIZATION OF THE FUTURE 2 by Frances Hesselbein and Marshall Goldsmith
10. LIFE ENTREPRENEURS by Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek
11. DECODING 2012 by Melissa Rossi
12. 2012 AND THE GALACTIC CENTER by Christine Page MD
13. 2013 AND THE END OF DAYS OR A NEW BEGINNING by Marie Jones
14. THE BLACK SWAN by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
15. THE BED OF PROCRUSTES by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
16. THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES by joseph Campbell
17. ALL MARKETERS TELL STORIES by Seth Godin
18. BUY-IN by John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead
19. TOTAL LEADERSHIP by Stewart Friedman
20. CONNECTED by Nicholas Christakis, and James Fowley
21. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING by Norman Vincent Peale
22. THE 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene
23. THE MORAL LANDSCAPE by Sam Harris
24. REWORK by Jason Fried & David Heinmeier Hansson
25. GETTING MORE by Stuart Diamond
2011 Trade List:
These are a few quotes from A Book Addict's Treasury:
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things.
Francis Bacon, ‘Of studies’, (1625)
It would be wrong to think that because I read books, any books, some over and over, I enjoyed them. I did not read for pleasure; I was an addict. I read for greed. I jammed books into my brain like a compulsive eater glutting up another. My reading was mostly displacement activity; when other children were playing, or getting exercise, training in some sport or hanging out with their mates, I was reading. The only alternative was boredom so heavy and slow that it squashed my soul flat.
Germaine Greer, in the Pleasure of Reading (1992)
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HOBBIES: Rummaging for books at Library book sales, book fairs and garage sales, long walks by the ocean with my dogs (Black Labrador, St. Bernard, Welsh Corgi and a miniature dapple dacshund), sitting in coffee houses reading with my hubby over a nice cup of Earl Grey, and spending time with friends and family in Hawaii and Ohio. To support literacy, we will send all our nieces and nephews in Ohio gift cards to buy books for their birthday! LIFE IS GOOD.
"The wise man reads both books and life itself." by Lin Yutang