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Jeff Bezos the CEO of Amazon had his Top Execs Read these three (3) Books and of course you can buy them on amazon.com.

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton Christensen

The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt

Source: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130925133311-291225-amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-had-his-top-execs-read-these-three-books?trk=tod-home-art-list-small_2


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Children's books...some of the boxes!

Children’s books…some of the boxes!

Until recently I didn’t realize how difficult it is to give away children’s books. My wife decided to clean up our daughters library as she is older now and will not be revisiting any of these books. Upon careful inspection and inventory we determined most of the books were in immaculate (like new) condition and would probably benefit someone with younger kids especially girls. My wife spent several hours sorting and categorizing them by age, reading levels, boys versus girls etc. etc. After all that we started calling family and friends to see if they could use any of the books — my sisters slected a handful of books and they were done.

Someone suggested since the books are in like new condition we may want to sell them and we thought it was a good idea. I started with obvious places and posted on Craig’s List, eBay, Half.com and a few obscure sites hoping someone would show interest. Days turn into weeks and other than a few inquiries — NOTHING!

A friend mentioned since I am in Manhattan every week I should stop by Strand Bookstore (for those who aren’t from the area http://www.strandbooks.com/ is one of the largest used bookstore in the world, they claim to be home to 18 miles of books. I called and was directed to the buyers team, and as soon as I explained my dilemma with children’s books he apologized that they don’t accept any kids books and hung up.

The boxes are piling up (the image on top only shows some of the boxes) and are now sitting in the hallway. Not one to give up, I called the local library – they gently informed me that they have so many kids books and at this time are not accepting any more donations. I can leave my contact information and they will call me back. (Don’t call us, we will call you routine!).

I proceeded to call the local hospitals, several orphanages and many childrens’ organizations. No one wants them for one reason or another.

By now my wife is upset and is ready to put them out on for recycling or on the next bulk day. I am resisting the temptation because they are good books and we paid good hard earned money and spent a lot of time selecting “age-appropriate” books for our daughter.

The local flea market is only open during the summer months and I am not ready to have a yard sale in the dead of winter. So here I am with a ton of books and no idea what to do with them!

Any suggestions?

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A good book for novice recruiters or people who are considering a career in professional recruiting. It is quick read, pretty general in it’s approach and gives the reader several case studies to better understand the concepts in discussion.
Not a book suitable for an experienced recruiter, I felt it was pretty expensive for $34.00 and definitely not worth the investment since I expect a much greater in-depth discussion from a “professional recruiter’s handbook”.  I even considered returning it and would have done so half-way through had I not highlighted some pages.

(**) Two stars, don’t buy it ask your local library to loan it to you.

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I found the following list on another blog. It’s just a list of someone’s top 100 books with no criteria for selection or any explanation. It seemed interesting enough so here it is, I have edited it using the following criteria. Let’s see how many books have you read.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.


1.       Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2.       The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3.       Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4.       Harry Potter series – JK Rowling 

5.       To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6.       The Bible – 

7.       Wuthering Heights – Emile Bronte

8.       Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell –

9.       His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10.   Great Expectations – Charles Dickens — Dickens is a great writer of the human condition.

11.   Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12.   Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13.   Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14.   Complete Works of Shakespeare – Have read a few of his plays, but not all.

15.   Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16.   The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien –

17.   Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18.   Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19.   The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger — Interesting spin on time travel.

20.   Middlemarch – George Eliot

21.   Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22.   The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23.   Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24.   War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy – Started many times. Not finished. Yet.

25.   The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26.   Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27.   Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28.   Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29.   Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30.   The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31.   Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32.   David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33.   Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34.   Emma – Jane Austen

35.   Persuasion – Jane Austen

36.   The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37.   The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38.   Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39.   Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40.   Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

41.    Animal Farm – George Orwell

42.   The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown 

43.   One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44.   A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45.   The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46.   Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47.   Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48.   The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood –

49.   Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50.   Atonement – Ian McEwan

51.   Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52.   Dune – Frank Herbert

53.   Cold Comfort Farm

54.   Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55.   A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56.   The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz

57.   A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58.   Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59.   59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60.   60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61.   Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62.   Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63.   The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64.   The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65.   Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas — Great book!

66.   On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67.   Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68.   Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69.   Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70.   Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71.   Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72.   Dracula – Bram Stoker

73.   The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74.   Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75.   Ulysses – James Joyce

76.   The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

77.    Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78.   Germinal – Emile Zola

79.   Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80.   Possession – AS Byatt

81.   A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens 

82.   Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83.   The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84.   The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85.   Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86.   A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87.   Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88.   The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89.   Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90.   The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton Read the entire series in the pre-teen years

91.   Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92.   The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93.   The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94.   Watership Down – Richard Adams

95.   A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96.   A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97.   The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98.   Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99.   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Ronald Dahl

100.                        Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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