All the books from Q2

The Mastermind: Drugs, Empire, Murder, Betrayal by Evan Ratliff

This came up on Audible’s recommendations for me based on my reading history.  I liked Bad Blood, so I thought I’d give this one a try. Many years ago, I remember local news reporting that 2 men from Roxboro were involved with some international drug related murder.  I wondered how they would get tied up with something like this and why they would be that foolish.  Well, this book covers that story and much more about the drug ring that they were caught up in.  This is an entirely different world to me, but it made for an interesting read. 

Running Rewired by Jay Dicharry

Apparently I will pay any amount of money for books that promise to keep me injury-free so I can run for a long time. I’ve read Jay Dicharry’s other book, Anatomy for Runners, so I picked up this one.  The advice is on par with what Lee Welch would say.  This means it’s filled with lots of good advice, some diagnostic tests, and strengthening exercises.  Helpful tip: Do not read this book on an airplane, unless you intend to circle back and complete the exercises you’ve missed. 

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

I have been trying to read books so I can better understand the world outside my small, narrow view. This was an eye-opening book about how tough it is for some people to make ends meet no matter how hard they work and how well-intentioned they are. Some people have just been dealt a bad hand and it can be really tough to overcome these situations.

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin

This was a great book to listen to prior to giving a speech at a conference – something I want to learn to do better but is also terrifying. This book is a pep talk for sure! I will probably listen to it again because it lists many things I already know but must continue to be reminded of so that I can put them into practice.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Hurari

This was the most interesting book I have read so far this year!  I had heard it was good but didn’t truly know what to expect.  The book covers the entire history of human evolution and explained how we arrived at where we are now as a human race – everything from government to economics and technology. It’s fascinating! Read it and let’s talk!  

Passion Paradox by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

This book has been big in running circles, but it’s a great read even if you’re not a runner. It was our Happy Running July book club pick and we had a rousing discussion about finding and pursuing our passions. I’m going to keep this short because I’m contemplating a bigger post about the themes this and another recently read book cover.

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

This is a super book and Melinda Gates is a super inspirational person.  She is attacking big problems in unconventional ways.  She’s done her homework on situations and understands that women must be empowered for true improvements in communities.  This means a woman must be able to choose if and when she wants to have children.  This I’ve taken for granted because of my very fortunate life circumstance.  When we empower women, communities improve.  I want to be like Melinda Gates, and I want to help women everywhere create better lives.

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

Jenna Bush Hager’s May book club was a good one.  I hardly read fiction, but enjoyed this book – especially on the tail of “A Moment of Lift”.  Some of the same themes ran through this book about a Palestenian women who tries to build her life in the US.  She does things by the book and is unhappy.  Her daughters seek the truth and choose to question the status quo and the story unfolds…

The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation by Sheri Salata

Sometimes,  even though it’s super disappointing at the time, being told no is a gift.  This is a book of stories and lessons learned by one of Oprah’s top producers.  It was geared toward women perhaps 10-15 years older than me, but there were still some great nuggets of wisdom for a 40 year old here.

Life is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance by Matt Fitzgerald
I’ve loved Matt Fitgerald’s books, so naturally I picked this one up.  But woah! This book is completely different than say, Endurance Diet.  It’s all about how running and racing parallels life’s ups and downs.  This, I completely believe.  Matt’s wife is bi-polar and so this is a big focus of the book.  I’m amazed at his attitude, patience and persistence through these struggles.

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Chad-Meng Tan

When I attended my company’s Creative Leadership course in Berlin in April, I was given this book.  It’s written by a Google engineer who created a program by the same name at Google.  The book will walk you through how to mediate in different work and personal situations.  I’m not much of a meditator, but am coming to understand that there is merit in doing so.  I’ll get there one day!

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell by Eric Schmidt

Having worked at Intuit for several years, I had heard all about Bill Campbell and his legendary status.  He was an important mentor to so many in Silicon Valley, including Intuit’s Scott Cook and  Brad Smith, as well as many from Apple, Google, and other companies.  A few months ago when this book was published, my LinkedIn feed lit up and that’s why this book was added to my list.  I enjoyed learning more about Bills approach to coaching employees and executives.  

Searching for Silvie Lee by Jean Kwok

I suppose I’m officially a member of Jenna Bush Hager’s book club. I #readwithjenna and this was her June pick. Jenna is forcing me to read more fiction than usual. I started this book on my first day of vacation and finished it by the third day. It’s a story about a woman who tries to find her sister, and in the process, discovers some deep family secrets.

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