I worked in the digital marketing department of one of the
big five publishers for over six years, so like the rest of these ladies, I’ve
read a lotof books. Like, a LOT a lot.
I’m a tough critic, but I’m far from being an editor! I’ve
only read a handful of books that I really could not finish. And most of those
involved a plot where girl is engaged, girl meets another boy, girl has overly
sexualized affair with said boy, finance finds out…you get the idea.
I rate my books on a scale of 1-5, with a score of five
being one of the best books I’ve enjoyed, and a score of one meaning that I
couldn’t finish the book. A score of five will be reserved for the
best-of-the-best. Most good books will receive a score of four.
Women’s Fiction, Mystery/Thriller -
I want to read a book that has me thumbing the corners so
much that by the last page, the width of the book has doubled in size from bent
pages. A book that is so well planned and executed that tears pour from my eyes,
or have me shouting “WHERE DID THAT COME FROM??!” – in a good way! A book that
might have some purple prose, but written with a purpose.
Favorites: Shantaram (Roberts), The Dogs of Babel
(Parkhurst), Winter Garden (Hannah), The Lock Artist (Hamilton), Andorra
I do, actually, enjoy reading business books, and I have a
shelf devoted to them at home. It boils down to two things:
•Does this book work for me, right now, with
where I am in my career? Or do I need to be a C-level executive to put what
I’ve learned to good use?
•Does this book use too many business
terms that nearly put me to sleep? I recently tried to read a book that came
highly recommended by a senior executive, and couldn’t make it past the first
ten pages. Business ≠ robot. I want to be invested in the knowledge the book
provides, not feel like I’m sitting in a college lecture.
Favorites: Managing Oneself (Drucker), What to Ask the
Person in the Mirror (Steven), Reaching Your Potential (Kaplan). Almost
anything by Drucker, Lencioni, Goleman.
Cooking, Health & Fitness -
I love food. I love running. I have to run because I love
food so darn much. I try (and regularly fail) to be health-conscious, so I am
always up for a good cookbook or running book that I can put to good use.
Favorites: The Juice Generation, Eat and Run (Jurek), Born
to Run (McDougall), The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics
(use the turkey recipe amended for your needs - it works flawlessly every
Memoirs/Travel Memoirs -
I love a good memoir. There isn’t much to say here aside
from whether I deem the person worthy of writing a memoir (sorry, Lena
Dunham!), but I love little nuggets and insight into the lives of people I
Favorites include: After All (Moore), Eat, Pray, Love