Growing up I played the piano. I must have been at least slightly musically gifted because there were definitely times I didn’t practice and I got away with it. My music teacher finally quit me, and that was probably a good call. I held myself to such crazy expectations to get things quickly it was difficult to practice. I was a fast learner. It should come easily with minimal practice. And sometimes I did not and that had to be maddening for my teacher. Also I was 12(?) when I was left without a teacher. I’d like to think I’d be kinder to myself now, and if I wanted to I’d stick with it but I need to test that theory.
For some time from youth until adulthood, I still had a piano in my house, and I would sit down to play, just not consistently. Now there’s no piano given many moves… so I’m trying something different- to learn to play the Kalimba. I’m enjoying it and there’s no pressure, it’s just picking up musical notation again, and sometimes just toying around to learn a song that just pops in my head.
You are a work in progress, no matter the age. What kinds of things do YOU do to further your work in progress?
I read A LOT! This year I scaled back my Goodreads Reading Challenge to only 175 books. I’m more than halfway there at 91 books. I’ve been mixing it up, per usual with books both inside and outside my comfort zone. I continue to learn a lot along the way.
I’ve got a few, like The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, than are big volumes I’ve been taking my time to really absorb, but can still strongly recommend. Below are the books I’ve finished and either loved, found challenging in a good way, or really learned a lot from.
I finally finished the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series and Neil Gaiman was suggested. Dunno how I missed this wonderful writer. Now I’m devouring all of his work.
What else? The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera was lovely. And The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Cary was a page turner. Lots more but these were the standouts.
I’ve read a lot more nonfiction this year. Universally interesting reads include:
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klas Schwab
Flawless Consulting by Peter Block
Quiet by Susan Cain
Endure by Alex Hutchinson
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Not That Bad by Roxane Gay
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Helpful for Agilists
Nudge by Richard Thaler
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanThe Advantage by Patrick LencioniThinking in Systems by Donella MeadowsAtomic Habits by James ClearCreativity, Inc by Ed CatmullRadical Focus by Christina WodtkeMeasure What Matters by John DoerrLateral Leadership by Tim HerbigThe Human Side of Agile by Gil Broza
You can see my full list of books I’ve read in 2019 over at Goodreads, linked to on the footer of this page.
I’ve got a running queue of over 2,000 books to-read, and the list just keeps getting longer! Since I’ve started tracking my reads on Goodreads I’ve read 860 books and I’m always taking recommendations.
What have you read this year and either loved or found recommendation-worthy?