Tuesday, January 11, 2011

39 & 40 of 52 Book Goal

Fell a bit short on my 52 book goal this year. Started strong, as I usually do, but totally fell off the pace when I started working down in Bentonville. Oops. Made a nice run at the end to lessen the pain for 2011 (that start to follow), as I have vowed to make up for my shortfall.

40/52: The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho, 2.5.5 Stars
Man, did I ever catch a lot of crap for reading Coelho down here in South America. I admit, I still list The Alchemist as one of my favorite books, but I've not read much by him since that really intrigues me apart from an enjoyable Brida. This book was no exception. Aside from a brief intrigue about the dark side of thought, the ending was totally unacceptable! Well, to me. :-)

39/52: The Ten Faces of Innovation by Thomas Kelley, 4/5 Stars
Great book by one of the leaders at IDEO, an idea agency that serves as a model for many other thought leadership companies in the world. I always enjoy reading about archetypes and Kelley does a good job of describing the influences that are needed to form successful teams.


Book #38 = The Likeability Factor by Tim Sanders, 1/5 Stars
Book #37 = Under the Dome by Stephen King, 3/5 Stars
Book #36 = Bodies Electric: The Novel by Colin Harrison, 3/5 Stars
Book #35 = Blue-eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas, 1.5/5 Stars
Book #34 = Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, 1/5 Stars
Book #33 = Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer, 3.5 Stars
Book #32 = New Moon by Stephanie Meyer, 1.5/5 Stars

Book #31 = Twilight by Stephanie Moon, 3/5 Stars
Book #30 = The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, 2.5/5 Stars
Book #29 = Breakable You by Brian Morton, 3.5/5 Stars
Book #28 = Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belski, 3/5 Stars
Book #27 = The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho, 1.5/5 Stars
Book #26 = The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, 3/5 Stars
Book #25 = Where the River Ends by Charles Martin, 4/5 Stars
Book #24 = Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin, 1.5/5 Stars
Book #23 = The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst, 3/5 Stars

Book #22 = When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin, 4/5 Stars
Book #21 = The Holy Man by Susan Trott, 4/5 Stars
Book #20 = Shopgirl by Steve Martin, 2/5 Stars
Book #19 = Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, 1/5 Stars
Book #18 = On the Beach by Nevil Shute, 2.5/5 Stars
Book #17 = Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White, 3/5 Stars
Book #16 = The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright, 4/5 Stars
Book #15 = The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander, 3.5/5 Stars
Book #14 = Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss,
Book #13 = Captivate! by Adam Nisenson, 2/5 Stars
Book #12 = Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, 3/5 Stars
Book #11 = Maggie by Charles Martin, 4/5 Stars
Book #10 = The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin, 3/5 Stars
Book #09 = Duma Key by Stephen King, 2.5.5 Stars

Book #08 = Every Woman Has a Story by
Daryl Ott Underhill, 2/5 Stars
Book #07 = Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin, 3/5 Stars
Book #06 = Maybe (Maybe Not) by Robert Fulghum, 4/5 Stars
Book #05 = The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt, 1/5 Stars
Book #04 = The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis, 2/5 Stars
Book #03 = Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L'Amour, 3/5 Stars
Book #02 = The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson, 3/5 Stars

Book #01 = Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, 3/5 Stars

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