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A Review of My Summer Reading

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I’ve gotten heavily involved in reading social media, primarily Twitter, and the many interesting links to news stories, blogs, and studies I get from those I follow. But I wanted this summer to try to pull back a bit on that and get back to reading more full books. I’m taking a few moments to check back on how I did this summer. Classes begin tomorrow, so I’m counting today as the last day of summer reading.


  • The Ordinary Leader: 10 Key Insights for Building and Leading a Thriving Organization, Randy Grieser (Confession: I’m only about halfway through this.)
  • Leading at The Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition,  Dennis N.T. Perkins **
  • The Resurrector (4th in the The Dominic Grey Series), Layton Green**
  • The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, Robert I. Sutton**
  • The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, Friedman
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, Michael Bungay Stanier

Audio Books

  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, JD Vance
  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir, Sherman Alexie
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah**
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil DeGrasse Tyson**

I took on a new administrative role last spring, so much of my reading this summer was about workplace leadership. I also did a lot of driving this summer, so I was able to take advantage of the time for audio books.

I liked all these books. (If I dislike a book, I stop reading it.) If I especially liked it, I put ** after it.


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