follow my enthusiasm by reading…a lot. And once a month, I’ll share (some of) the books I read last month and the books I intend to read this month. You can share your list of books in the comments, or we can talk about any of the books that you want to read along with me.

Sharing my September reading list on the site today (link in profile)! What are you reading?


What I read in August

I was completely, unexpectedly delighted by Start. This book says all of the things that I tell people who want to craft their dream business: Just Start. Make a map. Experiment! If you're feeling stuck or just not sure what to do next in your business or dream, read this book

Another BIG winner this month was Diane’s Quilting Happiness. I'll have a full review later this week, but for now I'll just tell you – go buy this book! It's great!

Maya Angelou's Mom & Me & Mom was short and sweet and full of her inimitable prose. A lovely read.

I read Dad is Fat in a day. Hilarious (although I recognized quite a few of the “essays” from Gaffigan's stand-up routine…which I love.) If you don't know who this guy is, his two recent specials are on Netflix. (Jay thinks he must be a long-lost older brother. His sense of humor is just SO me…and we're both frighteningly pale.)


(And there were more, but not worth talking about. You can find all the books I read onGoodReads)



September's To Read List


  • The local book club picked Boy's Life. I have no idea if I'll like it, but I want to join the group, so I'm going to try it!
  • After watching (and loving) this video (and using it in Explore You), I've been meaning to read Shawn's book!
  • Heather wrote a book! With a knitter in it! (She shared it with the Starship, so I got an early copy.) You can pre-order yours here.


What are you reading this month?

What was your favorite book of August?


Disclaimer-y Disclaimer! I was given a free copy of Stephanie’s book. But I’m not in any way coerced into saying nice things. Or course I’m biased when my friends write a book, but I don’t mention things I don’t like.  (I bought Heather + Diane’s book.) Read the usual disclaimer here. 





8 Comments on Explorer Club of Book Lovers – September

  1. Vanessa
    September 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm (10 years ago)

    The Happiness Project was a great read this month. As was “The Emotional Calendar” and “Illuminations: A novel of Hildegard von Bingen”.

  2. Tara Swiger
    September 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm (10 years ago)

    I loved the Happiness Project too!

  3. Tara Swiger
    September 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm (10 years ago)

    I loved the Happiness Project, too!

  4. Jessica Cook
    September 10, 2013 at 9:02 am (10 years ago)

    Hahaha, I wanted to buy Jim Gaffigan’s book for Mike for Father’s Day but I was afraid he would think I was hinting something with the title. I love his stand-up so I really need to read the book!! 🙂

  5. Kimberly Gosney
    September 10, 2013 at 11:39 am (10 years ago)

    I loved Start too! I have it as an audiobook + I’ve listened to it three times already. I felt like it was everything I’ve ever wanted to say to someone Starting a business.

    I’m glad you liked it too!

  6. Nicole @dearhandmadelife
    September 11, 2013 at 11:23 am (10 years ago)

    Diane just sent me ‘quilting happiness’ – haven’t gotten deep into it yet but flipped through and visually it’s lovely. Also reading ‘to show and to tell’, my (stephan king obsessed) husband read ‘joyland’ last month and liked it. Adding a few you mentioned to my list for next month. Have you read king’s ‘on writing’ ?

  7. Tara Swiger
    September 11, 2013 at 11:43 am (10 years ago)

    Yes! On Writing is one of my favorite writing books!

  8. Tara Swiger
    September 11, 2013 at 11:44 am (10 years ago)

    Wow! I bet it’s super-inspiring on audiobook!