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I am just back from my summer break – and like everyone else most of the year I make a pile of fabulous books that I am given or collect saving them for the time that I can sit down and enjoy. This summer I managed to be consumed by six books…

Thanks to all those people who gave or lent me these great books… (only one fiction).

The thing is about books – they have some benefits over the digital variety (in my old fashioned opinion) they are great to read outside when the sun is too bright for a screen, when traveling on a plane and no electronic devices can be used… and they are great to flick through (see what is coming) – though I never rush to the last paragraph… I just like to be able to pace myself.

I finished:

The Art of Belonging: Hugh Mackay… not my favorite of his books only because I thought what he wrote about was kind of obvious. I know the deep importance community – but he had some great thoughts on the importance of physical presence versus online. I loved his last book ‘The Good Life’… so will be a fan into the future.

The Life and Loves of a He Devil: Graham Norton… this is a great book for the voyeurs amongst us … curious about how other people see the world and how they live… I had plenty of giggles with him.

Leaving Time: Jodie Picoult… I love a mystery but this took me to places that I had not ever considered. Some years ago I volunteered with my kids in an elephant sanctuary – I learned so much about these wonderful animals at the time – so this book was delightful that it furthered that interest.

Design Your Life: Vince Frost. Since my early days at Apple I had always understood the importance of great typography and good design. I guess I just did not really understand the impact of great design on my experience of life…

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children: John Wood Now this book I could not put down. And whilst this was published back in 2007 and much has happened to Room to Read in that time – reading the deep passion and persistence that John had in establishing his organization – and the impact that it continues to have was absolutely inspiring…

Go-Giver: Bob Burg… this is a tiny little book with a big message. So easy to read. I had to put it aside at the end of each chapter to contemplate how each lesson fit into my life..

As I headed back to the office today – I come with new insights, ideas (and friends) that I met in these six books whilst on holiday. Holidays are important, time to reflect, learn and create. Time to start planning the next break…




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  1. Design your Life by Vince Frost is one of the best books I’ve read. It’s really amazing and in reality that I’ve read it not just once, but five times now!

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