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What I’m reading: January 2015

What I'm reading January 2015             

I’ve complained before about not having much time to read but things are getting better now I have shifted my commute so I actually get a seat on the train in the mornings. I cannot adequately explain how much better this makes my day, even though it means leaving the house at 6.15am.

At that time in the morning I’m not sharp (especially as I haven’t had breakfast or any coffee) but depending on how often I had to get up in the night with the boys I now have a choice of dozing, reading, doing emails or almost any other train-bound activity of my choice. It’s great.

This month I celebrated my new-found seated status with Jeffrey Archer’s book, Be Careful What You Wish For. I read it in two days and I can’t tell you anything about it as practically any comment I make will be a spoiler. Sorry. But it’s good.

I have also read Susanne Madsen’s The Power of Project Leadership. There will be an interview with Susanne next month, and a full book review at some point too. It’s a really practical guide to leading projects with plenty of exercises and examples, so if you have ever wondered how to ‘do’ leadership then this will help. The publisher has offered me an exclusive discount: Get 25% off her book using the discount code PM4G25 when you order it from their website before 6 April 2015 (and it’s on Amazon too).

I’ve been re-reading bits of by Scott Berkun after a reader got in touch and asked me for a recommendation. He wondered if he should buy that one or Richard Newton’s The Project Management Book. Scott’s is better if you don’t have that much experience in project management as it is life cycle based. Richard’s will give you more advanced tips and tricks for dealing with everyday project scenarios, so it depends on where you are in your career.

turned up on my desk and it’s for next week’s giveaway, but – shocker – I’m reading it before I give it away. So, person who wins, you better hope I’m done before the deadline or there will be in delay in dispatching it to you. Don’t worry, I’m looking after it – it’s not a commuting read.

Jack can help with the daily reading of : “Stick Man, oh Stick Man, beware of the…” “Dog!” he shouts. It’s still good even after all the reads, but it’s long enough to limit to just one read per day. Oh, and I’ve also read about 97 times. Who could ever tire of a train that crashes into a chocolate factory?

That actually looks like quite a lot of books. I’m impressed with myself! The challenge for next month? Read Susan Greenfield’s . I’ve got the hardback version which is going to add some weight to my laptop bag. Let’s catch up next month and I’ll tell you how I’ve done.

Read anything good recently? Let us know in the comments.

About Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth HarrinElizabeth Harrin FAPM is a professional project manager and award-winning blogger behind A Girl's Guide To Project Management. She's passionate about demystifying project management and making tools and techniques work in the real world. She's also the author of several books including the PMI bestseller, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers.
Elizabeth lives in the UK with her family. She uses her organisation and project management skills at home, and also to help other bloggers at Totally Organised Blogging.


  1. Kathi says

    30 January, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I was fortunate to be on the Liz Wiseman launch team for Rookie Smarts – which means I received an advance copy of the book and helped to create buzz about it on social media. I also just got The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success by LesMcKeown which I am looking forward to reading.
    I appreciate your sharing your reading list with us – as there are so many books – and so little time!!


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