February has just flown by; I feel like I’ve blinked and missed it. This month started off with a fabulous library conference in Toronto, and my mind has been a well of creative ideas ever since. If I haven’t posted, it’s because I’ve been writing other things, some exciting, and others (like policies), a little less so.
The big ‘reading news’ is that I (finally!) finished the Bible. I found it long, repetitive, and rather boring at some points. This is one text I’ll never re-read if I can help it. That said, I got what I wanted to out of it. Now I know about all those references we hear about. I know how Christianity took its present form, and what happened to poor Job. Every other classic should go faster from now on. At least they’re more or less in prose form.
Most of the books I read this month have nothing in common. There was one about Rwanda and global justice, another about growing up female under the Taliban. One of my favourite books, listened to in the car on my way to work, was the most excellent Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins. I’ve been hearing about this book for years, and its principles are applied and praised in every circle, and with reason. No matter what kind of organization you run (say… a library), you can glean golden nuggets from this one. I’m thinking of buying it for myself, and foisting it upon others. So good, and the audio was too.
Fiction-wise, there really wasn’t much this month. I picked up Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated, which was very original, and at times humorous. Jonathan himself is a character in the novel, searching for the woman who saved his grandfather during the Holocaust. He goes to Ukraine and has a translator named Alexander to guide him. They correspond (the latter, in ESL English), and send one another their fictional writing to look over. I read it in an afternoon over tea and was satisfied, if I can put it that way.
On the bookshelf now is a mixture of: classics; books about Muslim women (presentation coming up); fiction on a waiting list that I must get through; books about management and leadership; titles on cities (new obsession – fascinating); and French, especially québécois, fiction (I’m brushing up).