September Reading List

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Here's what I've been reading this past month (clockwise from top left):

1. Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
Just as good as the blog that made you stay up til 4am, laughing maniacally to yourself in the glow of your computer in the dark. There are some spectacular crossovers from the blog (Depression Parts 1 & 2, This Is Why I'll Never Be An Adult), but also brand new unforgettable stories...about a goose. Highly recommended.

2. Creative Confidence, Tom Kelley
Honestly, I judged this book by its cover. Which I loved. The content was just okay, mostly about creative problem solving for jobs that are not in an especially creative field. It was interesting, but didn't introduce any new concepts or tools for me. Recommended for people starting out in the creative field, or looking for a new way to look at their jobs.

3. Landline, Rainbow Rowell
An adult novel from the author of Eleanor & Park (a YA novel that I loved). I honestly didn't like this book very much. I was really intrigued by the magical-realist plot, with a time traveling phone that allowed the main character to call her husband in the past, before the troubles in their marriage began. However, said main character, Georgie McCool, was extremely annoying and unsympathetic, which made it really hard to care much about what happens to her. 

4. Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding
I was putting off reading this book since I read about the premise (spoiler-not-spoiler alert: Mark Darcy died). I knew it was going to be a bummer, but I couldn't resist when I saw it at the airport before our Mexican vacation. I'm just a sucker for Helen Fielding, especially as a vacation read. The book turned out to be much less depressing than I thought it would be overall (although there were scenes that made me cry and cry), and Bridget Jones is really as messy, funny, charming, and irresistible as she has always been. The story of overcoming, of dating in the modern age, of a certain age, of being a widow – all the things that horrify me in my most anxious moments – is actually really hopeful. Loved it for a fun read.

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
This is a reread for me. Believe it or not, it's actually one of my favorite business books. Originally published in 1937, Carnegie's references include Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Carnegie stories the way a modern business book would include stories about Steve Jobs, which is fascinating and charming in a hopeful-before-WWII kind of way. The main theme of the book is really teaching you how not to be a jerk, and to be genuinely interested in other people. And how the universe opens up before you when you really care about people outside of yourself. There's your wikipedia entry for it, now read the book.

6. Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon
Read this after I read Show Your Work. Great ideas and concepts in here, so it was a good short read. Read both, but if you had to only read one, I'd go for Show Your Work.

What have you been reading? Did you read any of the above books too? I'd love to hear your thoughts and any recommendations for new reads for me!