Books I’m Reading – Summer 2010

September 1, 2010 § 1 Comment

I love reading more than just about anything else in the world.

Reading is Cool

At this moment I have six books in progress:

  • The Empty Nest – 31 Parents Tell the Truth About Relationships, Love, and Freedom After the Kid Fly the Coop

This book is great because it lets me know that it’s normal to be feeling all the crazy feelings I’ve been having about my emptying nest–elation, relief, and a wonderful sense of accomplishment mixed up with grief, emptiness, and surprisingly, a little bit of fear.

  • Problogger – Secrets to Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

This book was recommended by a classmate in the terrific blogging class I took this summer through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program. It’s about how to make money, and even a career, out of blogging. I’ll let you know if it works. 🙂

  • The Book Thief

I have to admit, I’m such a reader that I’m a sucker for any book with the word “book” in the title. I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time now, but I’m having a slow time getting started because I know it’s going to be a hard journey. It’s set in Nazi Germany–gulp–so I know I’m in for a heck of an emotional ride.

  • Olive Kitteridge

I’m having a hard time getting through this one, too. It’s thirteen short stories revolving around one woman (guess who). I’ve picked it up and started rereading it twice, because I keep forgetting all the characters in all the different stories. This book won a Pulitzer Prize, so by golly, I’m determined to finish it! It is quality stuff!

  • Start-Up Nation – The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle

This is a really interesting book about, well, let me quote off the jacket:

Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion-dollar question: How is it that Israel–a country of 7.1 million people, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources–produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK? …the book describes how Israel’s adversity-driven culture fosters a unique combination of innovative and entrepreneurial intensity.

As a 23-year resident of the Silicon Valley and an employee of some of the valley’s most successful startup companies, I’m fascinated by why “Israel’s policies on immigration, R&D, and military service have been key factors in the country’s rise–providing insight into why Israel has more companies on the NASDAQ than those from all of Europe, Korea, Japan, Singapore, China, and India combined.”

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

If you have not heard of this book, the third in a trilogy of thrillers set in Sweden, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL SUMMER? These books are hotter than…well…my hot flashes! Ahem. Seriously, these books are fascinating because:

  • You learn all about life in Sweden, including the country’s serious addiction to coffee
  • Some of the main characters work in the Swedish newspaper and magazine publishing industry
  • The protagonist is a KICK-ASS, CRAZY HACKER BITCH with major attitude and even more major baggage.

Check out this clip from the Swedish movie made from the first book in the series, The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo:


This book trilogy is the perfect summer read, and is largely responsible for why I haven’t gotten through some of my other books.

What are you reading this summer?


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