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  1. This week in books (420 words)



1. This week in books: 21:38

I read a lot. This week, I took notes on five non-fiction books, skimmed another seven books, and read three fiction books (the Artemis Fowl hardcover books we picked up yesterday). And that's just my casual reading, not including the research papers I read for my thesis.

I keep notes on the most interesting books in searchable, semi-structured text files on my hard disk. The page numbers and quotations are invaluable when I'm recommending books to people. I also keep track of when I talk about books and to whom I mention them. It's all part of

I put the time into doing this because I'm too lazy to reread everything. The highlights help me review. =)

Today I tried using a scanner to pull in pages. tesseract-ocr is surprisingly accurate. With optical character recognition under Linux, I might be able to more easily capture excerpts. I still have to edit the results and summarize the book, but it would be nice not to have to type the short paragraphs that I copy into my digital commonplace book. My notes aren't posted online and I don't pull everything in, so I shouldn't have problems with copyright... =)

Happy girl. Much reading. Much learned, too. Best book find of the week was "First, Break All the Rules." I owe that one to Ian Garmaise, who tipped me off about Marcus Buckingham. "Never Bet the Farm" also yielded useful insights on risk-taking, and "How to Sell a Lobster" shared lots of marketing tricks. Good stuff.

I also read a lot about work-life balance. "Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children" had better statistics on high-achieving women and relationships than I had previously encountered, and actually paints a fairly positive picture of women who decide early. "Flex Appeal" talked about flexible work such as entrepreneurship, compressed work-weeks, part-time work, and job-sharing. It had practical advice for negotiating such arrangements and a good visioning exercise. "Three-ring Circus" by D.C. Jefferson and R. Welch had lots of anecdotes about balance. Stuff to keep in mind for several years down the line, although it's good to plan ahead.

I recommended "First, Break All the Rules" to four people and talked about "The Tipping Point" with one person. "How to Sell a Lobster" looks like it has direct applications to some of my projects.

I've got a constant stream of books coming in via the library. Life is good!


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