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Published on October 3rd, 2013 | by Dan Walsh


October / November Book Club: Daring Greatly

We have time for one more book before the end of the year. I know what you’re thinking: “What about December?!” Well, unless you want to join me for a rousing rendition of The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus, I’d say cool your jets. Besides, isn’t it a little early to be thinking about Christmas already? You should be ashamed. At least dress up like a pumpkin and eat some turkey before setting up the Rudolph lawn ornaments! I digress.

I rounded up three more books that run the gamut from geeky (but awesome), to… salty? Per the usual rules, vote for the book you want to read in the comments. Winner takes all!

I’ll announce the winning book on October 14th, so cast your vote pronto! The book club discussion will be on November 23rd.

Book Choices


josh-foer-moonwalking-with-einsteinMoonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer

I confess, I read this during a rainy trip to Costa Rica. But it’s so good I’ll read it again. Easily one of the best books I’ve read in the last five years.

Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes.” This is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.”

Get it on Amazon


daring-greatly-bene-brownDaring Greatly, by Brené Brown

High praise and personal referrals have me really excited to read this one.

“Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.”

Get it on Amazon


mark-kurlanksy-salt-a-world-historySalt: A World History, by Mark Kurlansky

I think our shiny white crystal friend has many worldly secrets to share with us.

“The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.”

Get it on Amazon



Win a FREE Copy!

I’m giving away three (3) copies of whichever book gets the most votes. Just vote for the book you want to read in the comments below and you’re automatically in the drawing!

*Domestic US shipping only. Sorry my international friends. I can, however send you an eBook if you have a Kindle.

How do I Vote?

All you have to do is leave a comment below with your book of choice.


How do I Join the Book Club?

If you receive emails from me, then you’re already in the club! All you have to do is read the book and join the discussion. Only if you’re interested, of course.

If you don’t already receive emails from me, then leave a comment below, or drop your email in the black and blue box on the top right of this page.


Contest Winners Announced October 14th

1. Angelee

2. Ivan

3. Denise


Book Club Discussion Details

This is a relaxed book club and I want everyone to have enough time to read the book. After we choose a title, we’ll all have 6 weeks to read it.

Book: Daring Greatly

Discussion Date: Saturday, November 23rd.

Time: 10am Pacific

Where:  We’ll go with Google+ hangouts again unless otherwise announced.

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11 Responses to October / November Book Club: Daring Greatly

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  2. Angelica says:

    My vote is for Daring Greatly. Just last week I watched Brene Brown’s TED talk on Shame and it was so moving. I will be reading this book regardless but I’d prefer to discuss it with the group!

  3. Mel S. says:

    Daring Greatly. Of course I will be at a work conference again the day of the book club. :( Social Studies teachers need me though, duty calls.

  4. Dan Michael Jackson Rabin says:

    I’m going to vote for moonwalking mostly because I never could moonwalk very well and if this guy could teach it to Einstein then I gotta be able to learn it. That and I’ve read Salt – which is very good btw.

  5. Tim says:

    Daring Greatly sounds like it would be a good conversation book. I feel like Salt would just keep making me hungry and thirsty…

  6. Meredith Walsh says:

    I’ve got to go with Moonwalking with Einstein. Memory is such an important part of my everyday life.

  7. Angelee Field says:

    I’m in the minority here, but I would like to read Salt. All the books sound great and you always have good choices, so I’ll be down for whatever wins though!

  8. Ivan Tse says:

    I vote for Daring Greatly!

  9. Brendan says:

    I vote for Daring Greatly.

  10. Denise says:

    I want to read either Salt or Moonwalking…
    Amber wants to read Salt!

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