Bookshelf

This year I am going to attempt a #52in52 project.

This is where you read a book a week, and post each week which title you are reading and be sure to include the hashtag so others can follow along and keep you accountable.

My current read:

I’m really bad about keeping up with this page (I’m busy reading after all!) and trying to remember to come write a review is a bit much. So if you are interested in keeping up with where I am on this project, just check out my GoodReads link in the sidebar or find me on the GoodReads site. Happy reading!

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Week 46:

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Week 45:

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Week 44:

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Week 43:

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

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Week 42:

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

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Week 41:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

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Week 40:

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

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Week 39:

 Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter

Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter

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Week 38:

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

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Week 37:

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur

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Week 36:

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

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Week 35:

Purple Squirrel: Stand Out, Land Interviews and Master the Modern Job Market

Purple Squirrel: Stand Out, Land Interviews and Master the Modern Job Market

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Week 34:

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

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Week 33:

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

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Week 32:

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

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Week 31:

Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

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Week 30:

Institutionalizing a Broader View of Scholarship Into Colleges and Universities Through Boyer's Four Domains

Institutionalizing a Broader View of Scholarship Into Colleges and Universities Through Boyer’s Four Domains

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Week 29:

Realizing General Education: Reconsidering Conceptions and Renewing Practice: Aehe Volume 42, Number 2

Realizing General Education: Reconsidering Conceptions and Renewing Practice: Aehe Volume 42, Number 2

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Week 28:

Community College Faculty: Overlooked and Undervalued: ASHE Higher Education Report (J-B ASHE Higher Education Report Series (AEHE))

Community College Faculty: Overlooked and Undervalued: ASHE Higher Education Report (J-B ASHE Higher Education Report Series

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Week 27:

The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education

The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education

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Week 26:

Understanding the New Majority of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Higher Education: Demographics, Experiences, and Plans of Action

Understanding the New Majority of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Higher Education: Demographics, Experiences, and Plans of Action

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Week 25:

This Made Me Think of You: A Modern Day Breakup Story

This Made Me Think of You: A Modern Day Breakup Story

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Week 24:

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

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Week 23:

Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better

Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better

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Week 22:

X-Teams: How To Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, And Succeed

X-Teams: How To Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, And Succeed

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Week 21:

The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work

The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work

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Week 20:

#GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS

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Week 19:

Bossypants

Bossypants

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Week 18:

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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Week 17:

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough"

IThought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”

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Week 16:

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

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Week 15:

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

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Week 14:

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1)

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1)

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Week 13:

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

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Week 12:

The Husband's Secret

The Husband’s Secret

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Week 11:

Shopaholic to the Rescue (Shopaholic, #8)

Shopaholic to the Rescue

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Week 10:

Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7)

Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7)

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Week 9:

Humans of New York: Stories

Humans of New York: Stories

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Week 8:

Forever (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #5)

Forever (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #5)

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Week 7:

Reign (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #4)

Reign (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #4)

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Week 6:

Fable (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #3)

Fable (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #3)

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Week 5:

Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #2)

Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #2)

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Week 4:

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #1)

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #1)

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Week 3:

Book Cover Image Credit: Flatiron Books

Book Cover Image Credit: Flatiron Books

This week I have been reading a book I was given for Christmas that someone thought I would like. It could be the title Furiously Happy,  or it could be because the cover features a taxidermy raccoon corpse, but evidently my friend knows me very well. The author Jenny Lawson could be my long lost (albeit a better wordsmith) twin from another mother. Or at the very least she is my spirit animal. Its like someone wrote down all the random thoughts I have inside my head, and put them all in a much better order than I ever could. Bonus that she writes a blog that I am currently several weeks deep into; http://thebloggess.com (I promise I am not stalking her. We are in completely different states. But we would totally be friends IRL). 

Her writing is hilarious yet deeply insightful, random and witty, and will make you laugh out loud in public so other people think there is something wrong with you. Its a book about mental illness and its funny. No really. Trust me you want to read this one. You can thank me later and send me a Starbucks for turning you on to a book that is going to change your life. This is Jenny’s second book and her first book Lets Pretend This Never Happened will be making an appearance on my list later this year.  

“Furiously Happy

by Jenny Lawson

In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

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Week 2:

Book Cover Image Credit: Stan Phelps

“What’s Your Purple Goldfish? How to Win Customers and Influence Word of Mouth”

by Stan Phelps, Drew McLellan (Foreword)

How do you stand out in a sea of sameness?
What’s Your Purple Goldfish (WYPG?) is about differentiation via added value. Marketing to your existing customers via G.L.U.E (giving little unexpected extras). The end result is increased sales, happier customers and positive word of mouth.

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Week 1:

Book Cover Image Credit: The New Press

Book Cover Image Credit: The New Press

“‘I Won’t Learn from You’: And Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment”

by Herbert R. Kohl, Colin Greer

“I won’t learn from you” is Herb Kohl’s now-classic essay about the phenomenon of “not-learning,” or refusing to learn, which takes place when a student’s intelligence, dignity, or integrity is compromised by a teacher, an institution, or a larger social mindset. 
I picked this one after a recommendation from a coworker at my university and it speaks to the idea of willfully “not-learning” something as opposed to not being capable of learning something. It is probably more geared to classroom teachers but i found it useful for advising as well.

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2014

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014242417X?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=014242417X&linkCode=xm2&tag=myadvsay06-20

Now as a general rule I usually avoid books and movies where bad things happen to people. I just think there is enough tragedy and unpleasantness in real life I really dont need to use it for entertainment value.
But after seeing a movie trailer that featured this quote;

“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I figured I should check it out. The book is incredibly sad (think tears running down your face, snot everywhere, not very attractive crying) but the writing is incredibly poignant, simple and direct. I just adore witty writers!

“Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”  ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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