To say that we at SAGE Advisory Group (now SageBroadview Financial Planning effective 1/1/2014), enjoy reading is like saying that the late, great Roger Ebert enjoyed watching a movie now and then. Let’s just say there’s a thin line between enjoyment and addiction. What are we reading at the moment? Here is a peek at what you’ll find on our nightstands, coffee tables or Kindle readers:
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I’m a little nuts when it comes to reading. I usually have five or six books going at once. Here’s the current stack:
- “Help Thanks Wow,” by Anne Lamott – I discovered Lamott when I picked up “Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year” It was reassuring and funny and poignant, and I loved it. I read everything she writes.
- “A Circle of Quiet,” by Madeleine L’Engle – I read this and L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” every year. Growing up, I identified with the character Meg and I enjoy revisiting her annually. As one Amazon reviewer describes, “I think this is a book wonderful for all genders and ages, but especially lovely for young girls who are a little smarter than the rest of their class, who feel a little less attractive, and who are just finding it difficult to traverse their world.”
- “Comfortable With Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion,” by Pema Chodron – This is helping me to deepen my daily meditation practice.
- Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life,” by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung – This book is bringing mindfulness to my eating.
- “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake,” by Anna Quindlen – Thoughts on parenting, such as: “Being a parent is not transactional. We do not get what we give. It is the ultimate pay-it-forward endeavor: We are good parents not so they will be loving enough to stay with us but so they will be strong enough to leave us.”
- “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” by Sheryl Sandberg – I had to see what all the hub-bub was about. Having worked for a major corporation and now for myself, and as a married woman with two teenage sons, so much of what Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sandberg writes resonates with me.
- I’m slogging through “Les Misérables,” by Victor Hugo. I never saw the play or the movie, so started cold. It’s a tome of a book (1400+ pages), full of French history, philosophy, religion, culture and human nature. I’m finding it fascinating, especially since it was written more than 150 years ago.
- Also on my bedside stand is “How to Make Your Brain Smarter,” by Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman with Shelly Kirkland. A friend mentioned it at a recent gathering, saying that portions of it were eye-opening for her and her ninth-grade daughter. One chapter takes a hard look at our multi-tasking existence and its impact on our heart health. I’ve only just cracked the spine on this one, so, stay tuned.
Lately, my reading has included:
- Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning
- Principles of Estate Planning
- Tools & Techniques of Investment Planning
Yep, you guessed it. My free time is currently occupied in preparing to sit for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ exam! Before that, I read “The Big Miss,” by Hank Haney, an account of his years as Tigers Woods’ golf coach. Beyond what Tiger achieved on the course, Haney explores his biggest coaching challenge: dealing with Tiger’s personality. If you enjoy the sport, you’ll find it a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at a golfing legend.
Next up on my reading shelf: “The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter,” by Ian O’Connor.
Like my older sister, I tend to read a few books at the same time. I’ve usually got one on my Kindle/iPad and one in print form, at least. Currently, I’m reading:
- “11/22/63,” by Stephen King – The main character goes back in time to try to stop the shooting of John F. Kennedy. Cool concept, interesting characters, but at 848 pages, it’s a bit of a slog. I’ve read several other books while working my way through this one.
- “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn – A guy comes home and wife is gone, with indications there has been foul play. Was she kidnapped or murdered, or did she simply leave? The book’s chapters alternate between the wife’s journal entries and the husband’s point of view. It’s an interesting story, with an interesting approach to the telling.
So that’s our reading list. But we’re not old-fashioned either. In our next posting, we’ll share with you some of our latest favorite apps.