I hope you are all doing well. Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it seemed like the longest for me, as I spent 19 out of 28 days on the road speaking. Ugh! I love the speaking gigs, but I need to find work closer to home. I did manage to have a great time delivering the keynote address at the Oregon Reading Association in Portland. Even though airline incompetence (let’s just say that I despise Chicago’s O’Hare airport) forced me to grab a flight to Seattle and rent a car to make it to my speech on time the next morning, and even though I had to borrow a sports jacket from the hotel’s front desk clerk, the more than thousand teachers and parents in attendance pumped me up better than the 10 cups of coffee I had drunk that sleepless night before my speech.
I am reading lots of inspirational books, as I am trying to maintain a positive attitude while I am desperately homesick for my wife and kids. Enjoyed Dan Celentano’s Ten Essential Facts of Life Every Teenager Should Know (sound advice from a man whose work with troubled teens proves to me that angels live among us); re-read Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now (I caught one of his sermons on TV regarding how to deal with critics, and his faith in his smile and good humor renewed my faith in my own); struggled with some books by authors who I usually enjoy (they shall remain nameless); and loved Rafe Esquith’s There Are No Shortcuts (yes, I know I listed his latest book on this month’s list; forgive me for sounding like an obsessed fan, but we need to clone Esquith in our schools).
Anyhow, enjoy this month’s book selections below. I hope you are all reading some wonderful books. Make sure to tell me all about them. If you're an author or a publisher and would like to send me review copies of your book(s), please send them to the address listed for authors and publishers.
Have a wonderful March, and enjoy your books!