Books . . .So my buddy Steve had recommended a book to me "The 4 hour work week" and after it showed up on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, I figured it must be a sign, so I decided last night to get the book. I decided at 9:15 however and Borders and Barnes & Noble both close at 10. So I decided to wait until today to get the book. After dinner Teri and I headed to the Barnes & Noble in Lakewood. I love going to that store. There is just something about a book store, you never know what you're going to discover. The one thing I DON'T like about Barnes & Noble is they don't have kiosks where you can look up titles to figure out where they would be. So I asked and was pointed in the right direction of "The 4 hour work week" by Timothy Ferriss.
It was amongst a shelf of "Business Bests". This is what I hate about Amazon and sometimes what I LOVE about Amazon. Despite Amazon's best efforts with their "Search Inside" feature, I can't just go to a shelf of related books and pick up and hold each one. Thumb through it. Read the jacket. Feel the binding. I know, this sounds weird, but I love books. The texture. The way the type is set. The font. The leading, the kerning. It all adds to the whole experience of BUYING a book. OK, if I'm buying a programming book, or something that technical in nature, I'll head over to Amazon, throw it in the cart and it arrives a few days later. But tonight, I was presented with a whole slew of business books. Not just business books, but "Business Bests". Jim Collins "Good to Great" was there. As was Spencer Johnson's "Who Moved my Cheese". I've not read the former, but it's on my list. I have read the latter and it is a GREAT book.
So with the "4 hour work week" in hand, I started exploring other books. Well needless to say, I can't walk out of Barnes & Noble with just one book when I'm in these moods. That's why occasionally I love Amazon, because it doesn't tempt me to buy more and more and more . . . So I got:
- The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
- Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber
- Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Red Book of Selling
- Get in the Game by Cal Ripken Jr. (Those of you that know me understand this one)
- The Everything Labrador Retriever Book (Which one of these kids is doin' his own thing?)
So I'm well stocked for the summer reading season. Time to stop typing and get reading . . . reviews to follow!