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Simply Books for March

Isn’t this cool?  My husband took this picture while we were camping last weekend.  He merged it with 3 different textures and did a bunch more cool editing stuff with it.

I love books!  Welcome to the simply books book club post.  Every fourth Sunday of the month I post about what I have read and what I plan to read the following month.

I would love to have you join me reading some of the books.  I would also love to hear what you are reading.

My March reading list included:

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World – I loved  this book!  It was inspiring, and fun to read.  Chris Guillebeau just seems like such a great guy.  He advocates intentional living, benefiting others, travel, self-employment and enjoying life.  I don’t remember the page or the exact quote but he said something to the affect that ‘he would rather work 24 hours for himself than 1 hour for someone else’.  I could relate to that. We have loved working for ourselves and hope we can continue.

My two favorite pages of the book (pages 118 and 119) talk about creating a one-year, self-directed, alternative graduate school experience.  I checked his blog, but it doesn’t look like he has the information up about it there.  What he basically said is that you can get all the knowledge and experience of a graduate degree for about $10,000 or less with motivation and determination.  I read through his list and was very inspired to create my own graduate degree program to work through.  So much knowledge and experience is out there.  I want to learn, but I don’t care so much if I have special papers to prove I learned it and tested through.  Definitely would recommend the book to anyone wanting a more intentional life or just wanting to get a different perspective.

Also this past month I got hooked on Seth Godin. I read Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Poke the Box, and The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick).  Loved them all. Really, I would recommend his books to everyone.  He writes about business, but the kind of business he writes about is what everyone needs to know.  Everyone is, or should be, in business of some sort. His books are easy reads with simple to understand, deep concepts.  Even though his books are short they are packed.  I could write almost the whole book out to you as a quote I loved.  I can’t wait to get more of his books.  He breaks rules and asks the right questions.  Entertaining, though provoking, motivating, mind changing, good stuff.

…. and I read my own book 321 Stop – stop running and start living a lot…I think I can quote it in my sleep now.  My favorite quote from my book is:

I am not here to help you organize your stuff. If when you dreamed up your perfect life in the introduction it included tons of labeled totes and hours of sorting, then you have the wrong book. You can’t organize crazy. You either have it or you don’t. My ideal life has more beach and sunshine and no totes.

Okay, on to April

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business – this is a fat book, but I am 28 pages in and I am really enjoying it.  He founded Personal as a resource for people wanting to get the best business training and books without going to graduate school. (check out the site for a book trailer and a great video presentation from the author. I watched his presentation on Friday and really enjoyed it.)

On a lighter note

Strip Off Your Fear and Slip Into Something More Confident – I love the stuff that comes from Married With  They are just cool people.  They have a great message and share it with a bit of in-your-face, entertaining love.

What have you read and enjoyed in the month?  What are you planning to read in April?


  1. Carmen Carmen

    This totally cracked me up: “My ideal life has more beach and sunshine and no totes.” I agree wholeheartedly! My ‘ideal life’ is a beacj on an island somewhere 😉

    • yeah, we love the beach and live in Nebraska…. not well situated. Hopefully we can make it out this summer.

  2. Kari Kari

    That’s my favorite quote from your book too! 😎

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