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My day job is as a trainer, elearning consultant and instructional designer.  A career path I have to say that I love and suits me perfectly!  One of the professional associations of which I am a member is the American Society for Training & Development or ASTD.  This past weekend was the big ASTD conference and expo.  I volunteered for one day and, consequently, was able to attend the conference for free one day.  I would have loved to attend the entire conference but am grateful to have been able to go for even one day.

All that to say that even during the one day I attended the conference, I managed to come up with a good list of future reading.  I am not usually one to read a lot of business type books but these sound interesting to me.

  1. The Inspiring Leader by John Zenger, et al.
  2. The Extraordinary Leader by John Zenger, et al.
  3. Driving results through social networks by Robert Cross
  4. Groundswell by Charlene Lee
  5. Grown Up Digital by Dan Tapscott
  6. The Influencer by Kerry Patterson, et al.
  7. Sketching User Experience by Bill Buxton
  8. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, et al.
  9. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
  10. ASTD Learning System by ASTD

If I had to pick 2 to focus on, it would be The Influencer and Grown Up DigitalThe Influencer because it is written by the same group who wrote Crucial Conversations (also on the list).  I have not read Crucial Conversations but my organization has offered training on the topic, which I found to be very valuable.  The Influencer sounds to me like it would be just as valuable.  Grown Up Digital on the other hand, talks about the net generation, how they will influence demoncracy, how they think and considerations for educators.  Read on!


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Book sale season continues!   Unfortunately, three of my favorite book sales were all last weekend.  I was only able to go to two of them, AND my stay at those two was short, due to other weekend obligations.  However, I did make some great finds.

  1. Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout
  2. Madam Secretary, A Memoir by Madeleine Albright
  3. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

By far the best find was Olive Kittredge.  This book recently won the Pulitzer Prize AND the copy I found is a First Edition, First Printing.  Like many of you, I collect first editions of Pulitzer Prize winners.  Unlike most years, this year it was just shear luck that I even knew who won the prize, let alone found the book at a booksale that I was only able to visit for ten minutes.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about it!

My usual booksale scenario is to take a quick spin around the room looking at every single table and, in theory, every single book for those that really jump out at me.  I then follow up with another go around, this time slower, to keep my eyes open for anything I may have missed.  On the second go round, I may also pick up books that I decided against the first time around (if they are still there, they were probably meant for me…right?).  Sometimes my favorite sections (i.e. mysteries) deserve a third go round.  So now you understand why ten minutes at a booksale is just a crime!

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Although I love buying books to add to my own personal library, I am also a frequent patron at the local public library in Fairfax County, VA.  Today I stopped by the library to pick up a copy of The Gardner Heist, the True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser.  Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it?  I heard about it from the Corcoran Art Gallery events list, the author will be doing a book signing on April 2nd.

Finding ideas on books to read or just add to my personal library is a constant quest for me.  While I was at the library today picking up the book listed above, I also picked up a brochure put together by the library titled, “Looking for a Good Book?”.  It contains a great list of books with lists of books.  I haven’t looked into them but will definitely be taking a look next time I am at the library!  Check out my listmania list of these books on Amazon.

There are two I am most interested in checking out.  The first is 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, by Peter Ackroyd.  This one  has a group on LibraryThing that is worth checking out for further information.  The second one I am definitely checking out is 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century.  I LOVE mysteries and am always looking for new authors so can’t wait to get my hands on this one!  Read on!

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