In 2012, I read 60 books and set my 2013 goal at 75. In 2013, I read 89 books (and I just might finish one more today to make it an even 90). I am not going to lie: I am pretty proud of myself for this accomplishment and will likely brag about it for the next 12 months.
As with last year, I am sharing my top five reads in each of three categories. The links are to my reviews on Goodreads.
Business books (or, what I consider books that I can apply to my business):
Epic Content Marketing by Joe Pullizi
Get Lucky by Thor Muller
Without Their Permission by Alexis Ohanian
A/B Testing by Dan Siroker
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Other non-fiction books:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
How To Be Interesting by Jessica Hagy
Die Empty by Todd Henry
Haiti: A Shattered Nation by Elizabeth Abbott
The First 20 Hours: How To Learn Anything Fast by Josh Kaufman
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
For 2014, my goal is 120 books. Ten books a month: I don’t know if I can do it, but I will have fun trying. If you follow me over on
Goodreads, you can keep up with the books as I read them.
When I was a teenager, my mom gave me a book titled
14,000 Things To Be Happy About. Since that time, I have always kept a list of things that make me happy.
The original book my mom gave me in 1991, 22 years ago.
She put an inscription in every book and on every gift that she gave me. And always dated it.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are 101 things I am thankful for (in no particular order):
My dogs, Betty and Blanche
Wanda and George
The kitchen table in my childhood home
Books and reading
The Big Chill soundtrack
The color pink
Packing a suitcase
Unpacking a suitcase
Comfortable hotel rooms
My front porch
My back deck
Feeling confident when I walk out of my back door
Pretty toes and feet
A shiny, new piece of technology
Big hats, well, hats in general
Light blocking curtains
Big, bear hugs
Waking up early
Going to bed late
Running five miles
TOMS shoes, because they make me feel good when wearing them
MOR marshmallow-scented body products
Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle lipstick
Nars Orgasm blush
Purses and bags
My emerald earrings
Mom’s diamond earrings
The Graduate movie
Watching my dogs sleep
Starbucks green tea latte with soy, hot or over ice with no sweetner
Rain, when sitting on my front porch
A lamp-lit room
My flat iron
My dining room table
My chaise lounge chair
Opening my front door to find new packages delivered that day
The Apple start-up bong
Blank notebooks notebooks
Reusable water bottles
Really big purses
Dinner with friends
Classic vanilla cupcakes with white icing
Reese’s peanut butter cups
New Balance “big N” grey sneakers
The Boss Ladies
The Global Orphan project
Entrepreneurial spirit and energy
Carry the Load
Brown Sugar Cinnamon PopTarts
Audio books for long car rides
A fire in my fireplace
Being a godmother to a beautiful little girl
Eye masks for sleeping
This morning, I sat down with
Ashley Blackstone of THV in Little Rock to talk about Carry the Load coming through North Little Rock and Little Rock TODAY. You can view the interview below and click here to learn more about Carry the Load, sign up, spread the word or donate!
I got to meet Joey the cat while I waited for our interview to start!
This morning I spoke with Chris Kane at KATV in Little Rock about Carry the Load and its mission to bring back the meaning of Memorial Day. The National Relay has been crossing the country this month and will hit North Little Rock and Little Rock tomorrow, Tuesday May 21st.
Please go here to learn more, sign up, donate and help spread the word. Funds raised go to three great organizations that help support the families of those who have fallen while serving for us.
KATV – Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports
Last week, I made a quick day trip to Dallas (thanks to a dear friend who let me swoop in on her day and home for the interview!) to talk with
Jim Douglas of WFAA in Dallas/Fort Worth about Carry The Load and its mission to bring back the meaning of the Memorial Day. You can read the WFAA article here and watch the interview here:
Last night, I was able to sit down with
Craig O’Neill of THV 11 in Little Rock and talk about Carry The Load and invite all Arkansans to participate. To learn more go to the Carry The Load website. Here is a link to the TVH 11 article and you can watch the video here:
The month’s issue of
has a special section for Memorial Day. I am honored and grateful that they chose to include Carry the Load in that section. Inviting Arkansas Read the article here.
I am very grateful today to the
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for covering Carry the Load and helping us get the word out in Arkansas. Here is a link to the full article (it is behind a paywall). Carry the Load will come through Little Rock on TUESDAY May 21st. Please take your time to share the message, show up and walk, show and cheer other on, or give to this worthy cause. We are bringing back meaning to Memorial Day and turning it into Memorial Month! Thank you for your support.