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My Current Book List

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ALERT: Off topic post - no technical or computer information ahead!

I wanted to take a moment and dive into something personal and talk about my current reading list. I have five books on my nightstand. Two have bookmarks in them, and two were just placed there today. One has been there for a few days and I really don't want to read it, but I feel like I have to. I'll start reading one of the newest two tonight.

All of the books are from the library. My personal reading policy is that I will read everything I can for free. I will purchase the books that I need to read more than once.

Book #1 - The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life - I love the back cover quote, "The important thing is to find wet snow and a really long hill." The book is a tad dry and is fairly long, which is why I am still reading it slowly after receiving it for Christmas. I love the concept of "Inner Scorecard/Outer Scorecard" which he discusses in depth and can best be described as measuring yourself by your own standards and not the world's.

Book #2 - No More Mondays by Dan Miller. I don't work in a "Monday" world, and am reading this solely on a recommendation from Dave Ramsey. It's a very inspirational book and worth a read. I did start reading this when I was employed as a regular, full-time employee with Sharp Electronics in preparation for self-employment.

Book #3 - Building Findable Websites: Web Standards SEO and Beyond by Aarron Miller. I feel like I need to read this book as my company starts to pay closer attention to web searches and getting found on the internet. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is like voodoo to me. I don't understand it. If we're going to be paying a significant amount of money to support SEO, I want to know how that money is being used.

Book #4 - 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller and Dave Ramsey. Again, I actually requested this book before my push into self-employment, but it just arrived today. I am hoping to use this book to help keep me motivated each day!

Book #5 - Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker. I am a dad. I have only a daughter. Do I need to say more? She's my world. I want her to grow up to be a strong, confident woman with a great Inner Scorecard view (see Book #1, above). I consider this my "continuing education" section on parenting.

Just Returned to the Library - Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

It's difficult keeping five books going all at once. I hope to keep up this pace, which is a far cry from the books that I read last year. That's another story for another post.