Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books, by Nina Freudenberger~ I’ve looked at books about decorating with books before and none of them really spoke to me, so what makes this one different? Besides the beautiful photographs on matte pages, I actually took the time to read most of the text which is unusual for me with these types of books. This features the home libraries of famous –and not so famous- bibliphiles around the world, so there is a wide variety of eclectic tastes when it comes to collecting, organizing, and displaying. Most have storage spaces I’ll never be able to have for my own, and most have interests and styles that are not for me. But their thoughts and their love for the ideas fostered between the covers of books (as well as the covers themselves) were interesting. I can truly say I enjoyed it.
Taking the Work Out of Networking: An Introvert’s Guide for Making Connections that Count, by Karen Wickre~ I was supposed to go to some work related conferences at the end of this month and last. You know the rest of the story… everything got canceled. This is because I was prepared to go, in large part due to this book. Can an introvert really market themselves, network with others, and work a room full of people? Yes, but in different ways than the stereotypical route. I can use my natural strengths that come easily and play off of those. I took lots of handy notes I am sure to refer back to. Encouraging advice that helped to take the pressure off and that felt doable for me. When the work gets back on it’s feet, these tips will come in handy.