I love to read. Normally I have a “professional” book going that I read in the morning before I dive into work and a “fun” or “historical novel” that I read in the evenings. Here are the books I’ve read in 2020 in three categories; Books that make me better. Historical / Non-Fiction. Just for Fun. I assume if you are reading this, you love reading books too…check out this interview I did recently with four other book lovers. Watch now.
Each link below will take you to a short summary I have written about the book. I do this so I can share book ideas with others and to help me remember which books I’ve read and the actual correct title and author 🙂
Books That Make Me Better
Retirement by Design: A Guided Workbook for Creating a Happy and Purposeful Future. By Ida O. Abbott, JD.
Life’s Great Question : Discover How YOU Contribute To The World. By Tom Rath. Author of Strengths Finder as well. Good stuff here.
Transpirations: Guidance for the Head & Heart through Career and Beyond. By Thomas Bachhuber, Ed.D. A view of the career process with through the filter that Thomas calls, Transpirations is a combination of “transitions” and “spirits”as he says, “transitions inspired by the spirit.”
The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving Up. By Jane Finkle. As an extrovert, I am always looking for insights on introverts to better understand them.
Small Teaching Online Applying Learning Science in Online Classes. by Flower Darby with James M. Lang. I’ve been teaching online for 18 years and this reinforced much of what I know and gave me some great tips.
Virtual Training Basics by Cindy Huggett . Ditto to my above comment.
Small Teaching :Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. By James M. Lang. This is filled with research on how people learn and much of this was instituted into Flower Darby’s book above.
Creative Lives: An Anthology by Ed Murphy. It is a collection of stories from a variety of people who work in a creative industry and how they got into their jobs.
The Treasure Hunt of Your Life: Seeking Your Calling, Encountering God, Finding Yourself. By Rebecca Schlatter Liberty. I love how serendipity is included in this book of the “treasure hunt”.
Walking with Glenn Berkenkamp: 35 Wellness Walks to Expand Awareness, Increase Vitality, and Reduce Stress. By Glenn Berkenkamp. My backpacking buddy Howard sent this to me, knowing that I love to do walking-meditation.
Historical and Non-Fiction
Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate By Mark Kurlansky. This book is worth it for the pictures in it alone. But his world-wide research on what is killing off salmon is fascinating and frightening.
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster. By Adam Higginbotham. I knew this was a bad thing but had no idea of the depth of the event and how the Russians had hid it from the world for so long.
America’s Game: The epic story of how pro football captured a nation. By Michael MacCambridge. Yep, football and why it is America’s sport. Its great.
Beyond The Trees by Adam Shoalts. If you love the wilderness and canoeing, you will love this 2500 mile canoe trip across the top of Canada.
The Invention of Nature: Alexander Van Humboldt’s New World By Andrea Wulf. Van Humboldt was probably one of the last people on earth who literally knew everything there was to know about all of the sciences in the 1800’s and he was able to tie it all together to give us understanding of nature in a completely different way.
Road to Valor by Aili and Andres McConnon. Thank God people like Aili and Andres saved this story about the Italian bicyclist who rode in WWII. This should not be forgotten.
JUST FOR FUN BOOKS
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. John LeCarre
As I write this blog, I am finishing up Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre who sadly passed away this month. I will have a link here later this week.
Port City Crossfire. By Gerry Boyle
Flood Tide. By Clive Cussler
Jim Peacock is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a weekly email for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for CCSP, GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching.
He is the author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Your Clients Create Their Next Move and the recipient of the 2020 Kenneth C. Hoyt Award from the National Career Development Association.
Sign up here to receive my TOP 10 TIPS WHEN WORKING WITH AN UNDECIDED PERSON. You will also receive the career practitioner’s weekly email on a variety of career topics, industry news, interesting events, and more.