So Many Books So Little Time

I have a confession to make… name is Melissa and I love to read! I just have not had the time to read latelly and I really miss the peace and quiet it gives my mind. I find my reading chair, grab my glasses and snuggle in with a blanket and read. Now with growing my business I have very little time to read and now my pleasure reading has shifted from fiction to nonfiction. The thing is, I never would have started reading the number of nonfiction books I have read over the past 3 years if it were not for my Wednesday Mastermind group. A Mastermind group is where like minded individuals meet for a variety of reasons. Ours meets to discuss a section out of a book once a week for an hour. Usually our books are marketing, business or spiritual in nature. To learn more about Mastermind groups you can visit here to find out if there are Mastermind groups meeting in your community from Jodee Bock.

I did purchase a Kindle when they first came out and that made the transition for my fiction books to an e-reader so much easier. However, I really struggled with reading my non-fiction books on an e-reader. I like to highlight and take notes and I felt the Kindle really hampered me. Well I now have an iPad and let me tell you, I love ready my non-fiction books on it. I can highlight or take notes so much easier. I love the fact that many of the books that I read have links that I can simply tap and the iPad takes me right to the spot. I think gone are footnotes and now the trend will be links to the direct source. As an English major who had to struggle with trying to figure out how to type (yes with a type writer) footnotes in at the bottom of every page, this will be a revolution.

I recently moved a stack of my physical reading pile downstairs and I was amazed at some of the incredible books that I have read over the year. This pile is no longer growing at as fast of a rate as it has been due to the fact of the iPad in our home. As an organizer I see first hand the amount of space that books can take up in a home. You are preaching to the choir with me and my books. I have pared down my collection in the last two years. But I am ready to take another swing at reducing the stack even further. Here is a list of just some of the titles that I have read in and out of my Mastermind group:

Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash in on your Passion byGary Vaynerchuk

Marketing Lessons From the Grateful Dead by David Meerman Scott and Brian Halligan

Get Rich Organizing byAnne M. Blumer

The Success Principalsby Jack Canfield

The Leader who Had No Titleby Robin Sharma

The New Rules of Marketing and PRby David Meerman Scott

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Fascinate by Sally Hogshead

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Thingsby Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee

Drive by Daniel H. Pink

The Vortex by Esther and Jerry Hicks

Linchpinby Seth Godin

Women Food and Godby Geneen Roth

Thrive: Finding Happiness The Blue Zone Wayby Dan Buettner (this is what we are reading now in our Mastermind)

Looks like I better take that photo reading class soon as you should see my stack of books I want to read!

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger  operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity.  She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at .  Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at  For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page  here.

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