Reading Now

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What are you reading right now?  I’m reading Leading at the Edge (one of the contributors, Jillian, is a blog reader and thought I might like it). 


Plot summary from Amazon: “Stranded in the frozen Antarctic sea for nearly two years, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team of 27 polar explorers endured extreme temperatures, hazardous ice, dwindling food, and complete isolation. Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the group remained cohesive, congenial, and mercifully alive – a fact that speaks not just to luck but to an unparalleled feat of leadership. Drawing on this amazing story, "Leading at The Edge" demonstrates the importance of a strong leader in times of adversity, uncertainty, and change. The book reveals 10 timeless leadership lessons that show readers how to: instill optimism while staying grounded in reality; have the courage to step up to risks worth taking; consistently reinforce the team message; set a personal example; find something to celebrate and something to laugh about; and, never give up.”


It’s very different than most of the books that I’ve been reading lately (thank God, I need a break from boobie talk) but very interesting!  It’s definitely a great book for anyone in a leadership position.  I’m attempting to enact some of the philosophies on the dogs. Winking smile They still aren’t listening to me.  Either I’m a crap leader or they’re horrible listeners…


Lead me to breakfast!


This was one of those OMG-this-is-so-tasty-that-I’m-going-to-eat-it-in-one-breath breakfasts.  Instead of plain old French toast, I sprinkled some sunflower seeds on the wet side while the first side was cookin’ on the griddle.  The result? Amazing.


Especially with strawberries and syrup.


So – what are you reading right now?



  • Faith @ For the Health of It May 16, 2012, 9:47 am

    I’m finishing an Alice Sebold book then heading on to Dostoyevsky – its been way too long since I’ve tackled a classic and I miss sitting down to really loaded books like I used to for school!

  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride May 16, 2012, 9:48 am

    That french toast looks SO delicious!

    I just finished Still Missing and Divergent. I loved Divergent and plan on ordering the next two books in the series. I’m also curious to order 50 Shades of Grey since everyone keeps talking about it!

  • Jenny May 16, 2012, 9:49 am

    I’m reading ‘American Gods’ by Neil Gaiman. I’m about 1/3 of the way through and it’s…interesting. Its one of my friend’s favorites and he bought it for me. Up next: a Microbiology text for my summer class! 😉

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 16, 2012, 9:55 am

    Sounds interesting! Right now I’m reading Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs, and I LOVE it! I’ve burst out laughing several times so far and I’m only about 1/4 of the way through!

  • Jen May 16, 2012, 9:56 am

    When I read the title of the book…I read ‘Leaning at the Edge’ because the boat is leaning…

    As for me the reading lately is focused on birthing…or learning ways to breath through the laboring stages. However I definitely enjoyed the boobie book, it was the first I read and now feel prepared for breast feeding- or at least know where to go when I need help.

  • Lindsey May 16, 2012, 9:57 am

    I read really girly books, nothing too heavy, I am just about to start Lauren Conrad’s newest book, The Fame Game. And I am reading the Gossip Girl series. See – very girly!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 16, 2012, 9:59 am

    I’m reading Middlesex, a book about a hermaphrodite and his family history. My friend Amy Lee is a middle school teacher and she gave it to me, so far it’s really interesting!

    • Christine @ BookishlyB May 16, 2012, 10:13 am

      One of my all time favorites! His other novels are also really good if you end up liking Middlesex.

  • j3nn May 16, 2012, 10:00 am

    Fresh strawberries on French toast sounds awesome!

    I’m currently reading The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose. Highly recommend it.

  • Nikki May 16, 2012, 10:11 am

    Right now I’m reading _I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings_, but my next book was recommended to me by a friend of the author and I thought you might be interested–if you can stand to read more about breasts! It’s Florence Williams’s “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History,” and the author just came through my town of Boulder to give a reading. It sounds interesting and informative!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB May 16, 2012, 10:12 am

    In One Person by John Irving.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 16, 2012, 10:16 am

    I am reading 50 Shade of Grey right now. It is… intense.

    • Caitlin May 16, 2012, 10:19 am

      SO GOOD!!!!

    • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl May 16, 2012, 11:56 am

      Wait until you get to the second one! It’s just as good and not nearly as intense. I am getting through it faster than the first b/c I never want to lay it down.

  • Caitlin May 16, 2012, 10:19 am

    I am currently reading the second series of 50 Shades of Grey..this is a omg-cant-put-it-down book! I recommend it to everyone! It’s a little rated R but the story is phenomenal!

    • Nena May 16, 2012, 11:25 am

      I’m reading the first book now and am sooo addicted!

    • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl May 16, 2012, 11:55 am

      I’m on the second book as well! I think it’s great. I can’t wait to see how this one ends. 🙂

    • Sarah Ford May 16, 2012, 12:15 pm

      I’m on the third book! Also agree it’s a great series!

  • Kim May 16, 2012, 10:23 am

    I am about to start the 3rd book in the 50 shades of Grey Trilogy. It is intense as Cait stated.

  • Elle May 16, 2012, 10:44 am

    I’m reading The Woman Who Wasn’t There. I just started but the beginning got me and it is so hard to put down!

  • Lauren May 16, 2012, 10:59 am

    I’m reading Bossypants by Tina Fry. I’m about half way through and its pretty great. Next is Loving Frank, about Frank Lloyd Wright, I guess he was quite the ladies’ man.

  • Sarah May 16, 2012, 11:02 am

    I’m reading The Poisonwood Bible for the DC Bloggers book club. At first I wasn’t sure about the book, but now I am so glad I worked my way through it.

    • Debra May 16, 2012, 2:12 pm

      One of my favorites!

  • Nadine May 16, 2012, 11:05 am

    I read Endurance which is another book about Shackleton’s experience. It was incredible! Understanding that the information might be a little technical or not totally relatable (so much ice!)–his leadership lessons are AMAZING.

    It’s crazy how his skills were practices 90 years ago still hold true today.

    Enjoy the reading.

    • Jillian May 16, 2012, 1:42 pm

      Hi Nadine,
      Endurance is a great book on the Shackleton saga. If you’re interested, I’d be happy to send you a copy of our book!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 16, 2012, 11:07 am

    I’m reading Memoirs of a Geisha, loving it! Next up is the HTP book <3

    • Nena May 16, 2012, 11:23 am

      Memoirs of a Geisha is a really good book!

  • Nena May 16, 2012, 11:23 am

    I’m reading Fifteen Shades of Grey. I’m enjoying it so far. Different from what I usually read (James Patterson) but still very addicting.

  • Lindsey May 16, 2012, 11:29 am

    I’ve been completely ADD about reading lately… I think I’ve started but not finished at least 3 books in the last 4 months! I’m hoping to start on my “summer reading” list, including “Imagine” by Jonah Lehrer, and “Culinary Artistry” for a book review blog post soon!

  • Ali May 16, 2012, 11:34 am

    Ashamed to admit it, but Fifty Shades Darker. Total escapism.

  • Sarah May 16, 2012, 11:48 am

    Seth Godin’s book, Tribes.

  • Kathleen Ojo @ Onward; Inward May 16, 2012, 11:55 am

    Game of Thrones! Actually I just finished it, am terribly addicted, and dying to start the next book in the series… However, I’m about to pop a baby in 10 weeks, so I’m trying REALLY hard to settle down and focus instead on the Birth Partner, the Happiest Baby on the Block, and other such practical reads 🙂

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) May 16, 2012, 12:08 pm

    I just finished “A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan and really liked it. I’d definitely recommend it!

  • Laura is Undeterrable May 16, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Game of Thrones and Count of Monte Cristo. I usually read 2 books at a time (one at home and one on the commute) but I try to make at least one of them a quick easy read. Oops – I’ve been working on these 2 books for 2 months. At least.

    • Hillary May 16, 2012, 12:45 pm

      The first four books of GOT took me about 9 months to get through! LOVE THEM though.

  • Laura May 16, 2012, 12:26 pm

    I’m reading “Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie” by Beth M. Howard. I recommend it. The parts about her husband’s death are so sad, but it’s a really good book. And the descriptions of pie are mouthwatering!

  • Laine May 16, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I’m reading “Running With the Mind of Meditation” by Sakyong Mipham (Shambala Buddhist teacher) it’s about running and meditation. It’s quite good and easy to understand.

    I just finished “Some Assembly Required” by Anne Lamott about her son’s first child. So so good. (She wrote “Operating Instructions” about her son’s first year.)

  • Hillary May 16, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I just finished The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (AMAZING) and started The Uncoupling (also good!)

  • Mikella Rutter May 16, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Shackleton is my hero. Truly. Like, whenever someone asks who my hero is…that’s my answer. There is also a fabulous movie about him made by Discovery, I believe. Maybe you can catch it online somewhere? Also, I hope your book includes the story about the guy who spills his milk. It’s my favorite part of the whole Shackleton story. It made me cry. 🙂

    • Jillian May 16, 2012, 1:44 pm

      Hi Mikella!
      Yes – Shackleton is an INCREDIBLE leader! I’ve seen the Discovery movie and it is really good. We do include the milk incident in the book and our keynote presentations — definitely a vivid point in the story! If you’re interested, I’d be happy to send you a copy of our book.

  • Mary May 16, 2012, 1:28 pm

    I just bought your book HTP! Can’t wait to start reading it

  • Kate @ life's precious moments May 16, 2012, 1:53 pm

    That breakfast looks amazing!! I need to start getting more creative with that meal.. I am always so short on time! Perhaps I need to stop hitting the snooze so much 😛

  • Nicole May 16, 2012, 2:02 pm

    I’m in the middle of three books: Rurally Screwed, Jeneration X, and Drift. Prior to that I plowed through all The Walking Dead comics. I’m not a fan of comics, but I love the show.

    I agree with other that the Game of Thrones series is fun. Sure, there are times when some of the chapters drag on (which I think depends on which characters you like least), but it’s great…even if the books are all Tolkien-wannabees.

  • Finding a skinnier me May 16, 2012, 2:04 pm

    I am currently reading The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain. It is all about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife and I am surprised that I am liking it so much! I am also reading the second book of the Hunger Games series.

    That breakfast does look yummy!!

  • Amber K May 16, 2012, 2:14 pm

    I’m still trying to make my way through 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I got the large-print edition so it’s over 1,000 pages. I’m not sure what that translates to the normal version, but it’s pretty slow moving. I’m also reading The Know It All by A.J. Jacobs where he’s reading the entire Encyclopedia which is actually really interesting!

  • Amanda K. May 16, 2012, 2:44 pm

    I’m reading “Cutting for Stone.” Very well-written story.
    I read a TON when my baby was a newborn, stock up on some good books to read while nursing!
    Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

  • Ambre May 16, 2012, 4:06 pm

    I’m reading Deadlocked – the 12th book of the Sookie Stackhouse series. LOOOOOVE the series (what True Blood is based off of)… Next I’ll be reading 50 Shades of Gray…since everyone else says it’s a MUST READ 🙂

  • Laura May 16, 2012, 4:18 pm

    I just finished How to Eat a Cupcake and a few days before, I finished Once Upon a Secret (about an intern’s affair with President Kennedy).

    Both were quick reads – perfect since I was traveling.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 16, 2012, 5:32 pm

    I just finished reading “The Ruins of California” about a girl growing up in 70’s California with her self obsessed but adoring father. I really enjoyed it!

    And I just started on “Stories from the Vinyl Cafe” – I’m not sure what I think of it yet! It all seems disconnected, but I’m sure it will come together in a few chapters.

  • Brittany @ LessBritt MoreLife May 16, 2012, 5:50 pm

    Yayyy! Can’t wait for Baby HTP! LOVEEEEE the nursery! LOVE the paper lantern mobile! I’ll have to store that for future use! 🙂


  • Dee May 16, 2012, 6:53 pm

    I’m reading The Good Father by Noah Hawley. It’s about a doctor whose son is accused of assassinating a presidential candidate. Pretty good so far!

  • Jessica May 16, 2012, 7:30 pm

    Currently not reading anything. I read the Fifty Shades Trilogy twice last week, but now my friend is borrowing them. I’ll probably read them again once I get them back! (hopefully soon!)

  • Jenna May 16, 2012, 9:20 pm

    The Long Walk.
    The story of the escape of a polish prisoner of war from a soviet labour camp. Evidently, there is some question as to the complete accuracy of the story – great read – either way.

  • AmandaonMaui May 17, 2012, 2:30 am

    I’m reading a few things, but my main focus is on a book by bell hooks. It is “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center.”

    Early on, hooks brings up the book “The Feminine Mystique,” a book often thought of as the book that made contemporary feminism possible. However, hooks takes Friedan to task for her clear exclusion of non-white women and poor women. hooks also said, about Friedan, “She did not speak of the needs of women without men, without children, without homes…She did not tell readers whether it was more fulfilling to be a maid, a babysitter, a factory worker, a clerk, or a prostitute than to be a leisure-class housewife.”

    hooks’s main point in this book, so far, seems to be to point out the intersections of sexism, classism, racism, and other forms of domination.

  • Mary May 17, 2012, 8:48 pm

    If you mix the strawberries and syrup in a pan and heat they become all thick, gooey, and even more delicious on top of french toast – my favorite topping!

  • Charise May 18, 2012, 9:00 am

    I recently finished reading The Magicians and The Magician King. They are kind of a darker Harry Potter with college kids and adults instead of kids. They were pretty entertaining!

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