Happy Monday! Time to recap what I read last week!
The first book I read in 2018 was Works Well with Others: An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You by Ross McCammon
"Esquire editor and Entrepreneur etiquette columnist Ross McCammon delivers a funny and authoritative guide that provides the advice you really need to be confident and authentic at work, even when you have no idea what’s going on.
Ten years ago, before he got a job at Esquire magazine and way before he became the etiquette columnist at Entrepreneur magazine, Ross McCammon, editor at an in-flight magazine, was staring out a second-floor window at a parking lot in suburban Dallas wondering if it was five o’clock yet. Everything changed with one phone call from Esquire. Three weeks later, he was working in New York and wondering what the hell had just happened.
This is McCammon’s honest, funny, and entertaining journey from impostor to authority, a story that begins with periods of debilitating workplace anxiety but leads to rich insights and practical advice from a guy who “made it” but who still remembers what it’s like to feel entirely ill-equipped for professional success. And for life in general, if we’re being completely honest. McCammon points out the workplace for what it is: an often absurd landscape of ego and fear guided by social rules that no one ever talks about. He offers a mix of enlightening and often self-deprecating personal stories about his experience and clear, practical advice on getting the small things right—crucial skills that often go unacknowledged—from shaking a hand to conducting a business meeting in a bar to navigating a work party.
Here is an inspirational new way of looking at your job, your career, and success itself; an accessible guide for those of us who are smart, talented, and ambitious but who aren’t well-“leveraged” and don’t quite feel prepared for success . . . or know what to do once we’ve made it."
I love reading career-related non-fiction! One of my New Year's Resolutions was to read more non-fiction, so I hope to bring you a lot of reviews and recommendations across the vast genre that is Non-Fiction!
I gave this ★★★★★ on Goodreads, and would highly recommend this to anyone who feels like an Outsider in the work place! This would also make a fantastic gift for that college grad going into their first "Real Job".
The next two books I read are part of a series, and they are Neanderthal Seeks Human and Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid
Blurb from the first:
"There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.
After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse"
Another genre you are going to be seeing more from me is Romance I won't too wild, I promise! However, I did purchase the "Romance Package" on Audible, and have found quite a few authors that I always viewed as Contemporary in there, so it was worth it for me, as much as I read, to pay the $6.00 a month and have unlimited access to thousands of books! You should check it out if you are an Audible reader!
I gave both of these ★★★★☆ on Goodreads!
The final book that I read last week was Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Peterson
"From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an "acceptable" woman.
You know the type: the woman who won't shut up, who's too brazen, too opinionated--too much. It's not that she's an outcast (she might even be your friend or your wife, or your mother) so much as she's a social variable. Sometimes, she's the life of the party; others, she's the center of gossip. She's the unruly woman, and she's one of the most provocative, powerful forms of womanhood today.
There have been unruly women for as long as there have been boundaries of what constitutes acceptable "feminine" behavior, but there's evidence that she's on the rise--more visible and less easily dismissed--than ever before. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of "unruliness" to explore the ascension of eleven contemporary powerhouses: Serena Williams, Melissa McCarthy, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner, Jennifer Weiner, and Lena Dunham.
Petersen explores why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures, each of whom has been conceived as "too" something: too queer, too strong, too honest, too old, too pregnant, too shrill, too much. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today."
This is another non-fiction pick that I have had on my radar since it came out. I have a lot to say about this book. Not all of it good. I understand the concept, as I too am certainly categorized in many people's minds as an Unruly Woman; I am certainly TOO: Too Loud, Too Extra, Too Nice ... but unfortunately for many of these profiles, the author missed the mark for me. Take Melissa McCarthy, for instance, a direct quote: "(...)both a woman and a fat person." Um, really!? How is that helping to end stereotyping, and the internal struggle every woman has with body-image? Again, it was almost there, but not quite; I was really hoping this would be a stellar work of non-fiction, compiled of incredible galactic women fighting off the robots of inequality, sexism, and stereotype.
I gave this ★★★☆☆ on Goodreads.
See y'all next week!