Best New Books Of 2014

I’ve read many books over the past 12 months. Some were good, some were merely decent and some were a waste of time.  In this last post of 2014, I’m going to list the top five new (to me) books of 2014.

5. Thank You For Firing Me– No one is immune to the pain of loosing their job. This book is the perfect balm to the emotional and professional wounds that come with being fired.

4. Bad Feminist– No one is perfect. Even those of us who claim Feminism as our own still cling, in some small way, the double standard that still exists in the world.

3. Downtrodden Abbey– This very funny spoof of a television program that in five short years, has taken on a life of it’s own.

2. Tie- Enchanted & Ash– Fairy tales with a twist that kept me hooked to the very end.

1. Jane Austen’s First Love–  What was Jane Austen like as a teenager?

Happy New Years and Happy reading into 2015 and beyond.


Thank You For Firing Me Book Review

Imagine, if you will, a room with 10 adults. Each has at least a few years of experience in their chosen profession. If I were to ask how many of them were fired from at least one job, I would wager that most, if not all of them would raise their hand.

Being fired is like being punched in the gut. For whatever reason that the company has for the firing, it hurts.

Kitty Martini and Candice Reed’s 2010 book, Thank You For Firing Me: How To Catch The Next Wave Of Success After You Lose Your Job is the perfect antidote to being fired.  The authors interviewed a variety of people across various age groups, career levels and job titles.  The book provides advice that is funny, fresh and on target. The suggestions on how to rebound is also creative, which was one aspect that I liked about the book.

My favorite aspect of the book was that the authors provided suggestions on how to transfer current skills and experiences to a job that the reader might not have thought of. Whether it was opening your own business, working abroad or entering a completely new field, the advice was practical.

I recommend this book for job seekers, especially those unemployed. It may just open the door to a new career that will provide exactly what your looking for.

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