What non-professional books are you reading lately?

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Connor DeLaney

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I'm someone who loves to read business, leadership, marketing, and overall Professional books 24/7 however I've been challenging myself to read other books recently to try to balance things out and not burn myself out on professional reads.

The two books that I've been really enjoying are Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius & The Bomber Mafia.

So I'm curious, what books have you been reading that are more Fun reads vs. Professional? How do you keep yourself balanced?

Allison Melnik Chris Duprey Chris Marr Greg DeVore Kaitlyn Pintarich Tony Paille  I know y'all are readers, share some titles! 
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Arnie Malham
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
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Connor DeLaney
I have it on my book shelf but haven't read it yet! Going on vacation in a few days and it may be joining me... what have you thought so far  Arnie Malham ??
Arnie Malham
Read in 2014.  It's a winner!
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Kaitlyn Pintarich
I loved Everybody Fights by the Holderness' and Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. I also have been loving Ruth Ware books. :-) I have a strange range of genres I like to mix and match depending on my mood. ;-)
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Tony Paille
I've heard that if you read page 66 of Everybody Fights out loud while wearing your Christmas jammies, it will summon Penn.
Kaitlyn Pintarich
AWESOME ;-)
Chris Marr
I'm currently making my way through Murakami's books. 1Q84 trilogy at the moment. 
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Tony Paille
I've been reacquainting myself with some of the dystopian and sci-fi classics, like 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Brave New World. 
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Kevin Phillips
Awesome books. I finally got around to reading Vonnegut early last year and read Slaughterhous-Five and Breakfast of Champions. I recently read The Man in the High Castle (for the first time) and Fahrenheit 451 (for the second time) to get back into some dystopian stories.
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Julie Frey
Good ones! Fahrenheit 451 is a favorite of mine.
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Tony Paille
Would you recommend Breakfast of Champions or The Man in the High Castle?
Kevin Phillips
While I enjoy some good satire, I still prefer dystopian stories. I'd go with The Man in the High Castle
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Tony Paille
Awesome! Thanks, Kevin. I'll check it out. 
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Betsy Francoeur
I highly recommend The Night Circus. Fascinating story that's beautifully written. And the end is ... well, you'll just have to read it!
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Kayleigh Mihalko
I loved that book! 
Amanda Huggett
I like to constantly alternate between novels, non-fiction, memoirs, and self-help/business/leadership, so I don't get tired of one genre too much in a row. Right now I'm reading The Radium Girls, and it's fascinating. Next up, I will finally be getting on the Essentialism bandwagon.
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Betsy Francoeur
I've heard good things about The Radium Girls. Have to add it to my list.
Lex Russell
I'm guilty of reading too many books at once but right now most of my focus is on: 
"Don't You Know Who I Am?": How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility by Ramani S. Durvasula.

The book is super intriguing but she also has a super interesting YouTube channel as well where she explores narcissism and other issues.

We've been doing a book club within our marketing team at my company but tbh it's been feeling more like a chore since books usually aren't one size fits all for differing roles. We just finished The Power of Moments and I have mixed feelings about it!
Allison Melnik
I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series and just finished the first book yesterday! I'm going to try the second book on audio to switch things up next. As far as keeping myself balanced, I almost always try to have a fun read and professional read going at the same time. So many books, so little time! 
John Becker
I'm reading Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. It's absolutely lovely. 
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Julie Frey
The movie is gorgeous too!
Dale Pease
I like big books and I cannot lie. I'm reading the fourth book in Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive, Rhythm of War.
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Tracy Graziani
I'm currently reading Brene Brown's newest one, Atlas of the Heart and I highly recommend it.
Connor DeLaney
Ooo great share,  Tracy Graziani ! It's on my list, just need to get my hand's on it :) Definitely let us know what you think once you complete it!
Richard Fleming
I find that even seemingly unrelated books have a positive influence on my creativity and professional development, but the ones I've recently that I'd HIGHLY recommend include the following: 
"The Black Count" by Tom Reiss
"All the Strange Hours" by Loren Eiseley
"Misquoting Jesus" by Bart Ehrman
"Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals" by Oliver Burkeman
"On Looking: A Walker's Guide to the Art of Observation" by Alexandra Horowitz
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Connor DeLaney
10000%  Richard Fleming ! I used to be an almost all professional/business reader but as I've introduced other titles I find my brain being not only more creative, but more focused when it does come to work! Four thousand weeks just landed on my list as well as On Looking, going to have to look up the others! Appreciate all the recommendations :) 
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Kevin Phillips
Started American Gods by Neil Gaiman over the holiday break. Thoroughly enjoying it so far.
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Bob Coppedge
If you like Neil Gaiman, Audible has 2 Sandman "adventures" that are full dramatic pieces with Gaiman being the narrator, along with James McAvoy , Kat Dennings , John Lithgow and more. They're each about 12 hours or so long.
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Connor DeLaney
Just added 5 of his books to my wish list on Audible! Love a longggg adventure drama. Can't wait to check 'em out!
Julie Frey
I love Neil Gaiman!
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Connor DeLaney
Love it  Kevin Phillips ! What drew you in?
Nathan Dube
The "Ars Notoria". A medieval grimoire (book of magic) that claims the reading of the prayers and orations within will allow the reader to consume and retain the knowledge of any topic exponentially faster while producing superior memorization of the topics consumed. My interest in this text is... mostly academic.
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Connor DeLaney
Sounds intense, gonna have to look it up  Nathan Dube ! Thoughts so far?
Nathan Dube
Well, the only hard copies are out of print and rather pricy, there are a few digital copies floating around the internet of the Turner translation which is kind of a mess to read. That being said, while it sounds really far out, it actually reads kind of dry. But I love old obscure texts like this and enjoy reading them.
Julie Frey
A 2022 goal is to actually read my TBR pile before buying anything new (we'll see how I do), so I'm reading The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" by Alan Light. 
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Connor DeLaney
You should talk to  Allison Melnik about that, she has the same challenge haha, love the list and I'm definitely planning to do the same! Made some end of year purchases to make sure i don't get sucked in too quick haha, let's make it happen  Julie Frey !
Allison Melnik
Julie Frey  this is one of my biggest challenges as a bookworm! My TBR pile has turned into an entire bookcase at this point 😂

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