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Books Read This Week: Blogger Behave, In Search of Balance, Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?

I never got this post up last week because I took a 24-hour computer fast while at Relevant. And then life has been busy this past week and I’ve literally finished zero books. The good news is that I did get a lot of sleep this week, so maybe it was worth the lack of reading to instead get caught up on the hours of sleep I missed while at Relevant last week. 🙂

Blogger Behave — As I posted earlier this week, this ebook is filled with wise words, inspiration, and practical advice for how to “make your blog benefit your life so you can love both.” If you are struggling with balancing blogging and life, I’d heartily recommend this ebook. It’s well-written, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s packed with meaty suggestions.

In Search of Balance: Keys to a Stable Life –This book didn’t have any earth-shattering information in it, but it was good to review and be reminded of the importance of making wise decisions about commitments, allowing margin in our lives, and not living in a rush-rush-rush frenzy.


Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley? — Personally, this book wasn’t one of my favorites. However, the children really enjoyed it and each of them were engaged and didn’t want me to stop reading.

Currently reading: EntreLeadership, He Heard Hannah, Kisses from Katie, Becoming a Woman of Influence, and listening to Purple Cow audiobook. You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 so far here. Read all of my book reviews here.

Have you read any good books recently?

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  • jessica says:

    I have to ask what you think of the purple cow book, it was required for my course work. but I didnt really care for it at all

    • Crystal says:

      So far, I enjoy Seth Godin’s books, but they are quite choppy and disjointed, often without a lot of step-by-step help for someone who is looking to jump out and start their own business or venture.

      However, if you already have your own business and need a shot in the arm or want to be inspired to think outside the box, I think they can definitely be motivational.

  • I will have to check out this “Blogger Behave” book! I too, took a day off from blogging on Thursday. I am “nesting” before my new baby girl arrives in December and I have so many things to get organized around here!

  • I love this series of posts! After reading about what you’ve been reading, I always go to my library’s website and reserve the books that interest me. So Purple Cow is reserved, and I was already on the wait list for Entreleadership (it hasn’t arrived at the library yet). I am not big on ebooks but I may check out Blogger Behave. Thanks!

  • sona says:

    Whether a fan of Bill OReilly or not, his book Killing Lincoln must be considered. It is set in the 2 weeks before his death and the toll of the civil war on him and the country he loved. Not a political read but descriptive of the greatest president this country has known.. First few short chapters describe the war and the leaders of both sides, Lee and Grant. Very necessary to grasp what Lincoln faced as our only president to face a war of its kind. With a deeper understanding this time and the men who formed the course of history…….I was not able to hold back the tears..

  • Sharon says:

    I had a teacher friend who read “Charlie…” to her 3rd grade class at the beginning of every year. It always intrigued the children. I think it’s because it’s so different from the lives they live; they’re fascinated by his experiences which are so very different from their own.

  • Kisses from Katie looks good – I have enjoyed her blog and her honesty and maturity. The book looks inspiring too!

  • Jen says:

    I am curious–really, I hope I don’t come across as “snarky” because that is certainly NOT my intention–why you attempt to read so many books in such a short amount of time?? I would think that you could glean more from the books by slowing down and savory them, rather than trying to read so many so quickly. Either that or you have AMAZING reading comprehension skills! 🙂 HAHA Just wondering!

    • Crystal says:

      Honestly, I’ve found that I tend to digest books better if I read them in a few big chunks, versus a bunch of smaller chunks over a long timeframe. Occasionally, there will be a book that I’ve found it’s best to slowly digest, but usually for me, it make more of an impact on me if I read it through in bigger chunks.

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