Hi!

Recently, I’ve noticed that many people in my life are veracious readers.

So, I’ve decided to start a series called “What We’re Reading” to give a rundown of what everyone is currently reading.

Today, I’ll be listing the books that my sister and father are reading.

My sister has always loved mystery novels and strong female characters.

So she was pleasantly surprised by The Sinister Gathering by Diane Ezzard, a book about a women’s bonding retreat that goes horribly awry. The interplay between the main characters humanized them in a way that elevated them above most one-dimensional female characters.

She’s also reading a book with her 6 year old daughter: How Grandpa Tata Caught a Ginormous Fish Without a Hool by Dhan Reddy. It’s based on a parable that the author heard as a child, about a man who is never satisfied by the size of the fish he catches. It’s a great way to teach a child about the power of working harder than others and never giving up.

Finally, she’s reading The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients by Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, a guide for patients and therapists to get the most out of therapy. Dr. Yalom’s storied career as a therapist has spanned decades, and his book is chock-full of real case studies that couch his points in real world events.

My father is a manager at a large Fortune 100 conglomerate.

His literary tastes are more practical and targeted towards his work.

He’s currently reading two books: the first is Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust by Edgar and Peter Schein, a primer about a new type of leadership. In the past, corporate management was defined by rigid hierarchies, professional distance, and a brutal, almost anti-humanist approach towards interactions in the workplace. In this book, the Scheins outline a new type of leadership based on humanizing workplace interactions and functioning as a group.

The other book is Key Management Models, 3rd Edition: The 75+ Models Every Manager Needs to Know by Gerben Van den Berg and Paul Pietersma. This tome is a comprehensive rundown of management techniques and frameworks used in the modern workplace.

On another note, my BF just received a new shipment of geek gifts.

First, a Fisher Space Pen Point Pressurized Refill, Black Bold, an ink refill for his space pen (it can write in zero gravity!).

Next, a package of Himalaya Organic Bacopa Monnieri/Brahmi Brain Suplement, an herb that helps with cognitive support and mental alertness.

Finally, a Rode VXLR Plus XLR to 3.5mm Female TRS Transforming Adapter to connect my BF’s gaming headset to his professional audio mixer.

These affordable items should hold him over until his next large purchase.

Thanks for reading!