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Sunday, October 11, 2015

September Reads

Yay for long weekends and time to write! I've had a lot going on and I didn't exactly plow through books in September. It was a sluggish month of reading with a business book, a birthy book, and a book I was sent to review. You better believe I dove headfirst into a good fiction novel after getting through these three.

41. The E-Myth Revisited

From Goodreads: E-Myth \ 'e-,'mith\ n 1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work

An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.

Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.

The E-Myth Revisited will help you grow your business in a productive, assured way.

What I thought: I quite liked this book and took notes so that I could talk to my partners and figure out how to make our business better. It's true what the author says about businesses started by technical people: they don't usually work because the people who start them aren't interested in the business side of things. I love birth work - going to prenatal visits, supporting a woman and her partner during the labour and birth, and seeing that squishy baby postpartum. I don't always love the business stuff. Unfortunately without it I couldn't afford to go to births. And if doula work is going to be my career I have to get good at the business part.

42. The Snail's Castle

From Goodreads: Jake Milson wants one thing and one thing only--to win the coveted and prestigious Hollingshead Scholarship to do postgraduate work at Oxford. He intends to travel to England with his girlfriend, Rebecca. But a problem arises. Professor Gregory Percival keeps getting in his way. During Jake's struggle with Percival, the lives of Jake, Rebecca, Percival and Percival's wife, Margaret, intertwine. The novel, with its unexpected twists, draws you into the inner lives of its many captivating characters. It is a story of ambition, love, lust and revenge set against the backdrop of romantic Montreal in the early 1960's.

What I thought: I wrote up a whole review for the book tour I was taking part in, but briefly, I wish I had read the above words more closely and realized that the book took place in the 60s. I hated the character's view on homosexuality, though I get it now that I know it was aligned with the views of the time. So if you read this book, please be aware that it's not taking place now and that there is a theme surrounding a character who is gay that may make you want to chuck the book at the wall.

43. Natural Hospital Birth

From Goodreads: These days, many mothers-to-be find themselves torn between the desire for a natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention and the peace of mind offered by instant access to life-saving technology that only a hospital can provide. In Natural Hospital Birth, doula Cynthia Gabriel asserts that there is no good reason that women in North America should not be able to have both. She shows expectant mothers what they can do to avoid unnecessary medical interventions and how to take initiative and consciously prepare for the kind of birth they want to have. Also included are inspiring stories from other women who know firsthand that natural birth in the hospital is possible. With this book, mothers-to-be will be equipped with the knowledge they need to ensure a satisfying hospital birth that they will look back on with peace and joy.

What I thought: I try and read a birthy book every so often because I like to know what to recommend to clients. This book was about natural birth in hospitals. The reality here and in the US is that the majority of births take place in the hospitals and the odds are stacked against you if you want a "natural" birth (with no pain meds, no epidural). This book gives great strategies for achieving this and has a great section about birth planning that would help people no matter what kind of birth they're planning.

After finishing up Natural Hospital Birth I dove into The Martian and loved it! The bad part about reading a great book is that it ends and I have to pick up something new. I have another book I was sent so it's a parenting book I'm currently reading. And it's a long one. Wish me luck!

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  1. Oh man I love love love The Martian as well! The E-Myth Revisited sounds like a great read though. Taking notes is definitely a must should I get my hands on it. Good luck on your long parenting book!