My Library at my first apartment.

My Library at my first apartment.

Here are all the books I read in 2015, with short reviews or summaries.

Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #10 Cast On, Kill Off even carefully laid plans can backfire
Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #11 Close Knit Killer eh, no sympathy for murder victim
Lee Schnedbly Being Happy Being Married: a Guide to Building a Better Relationship every couple should read this
Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #12 Yarn Over Murder as wildfires range, murder is solved
Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #13 Purl Up and Die over-protective mothers don’t help children
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child Pendergast Series #14: Blue Labyrinth couldn’t put it down
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #1 Last Wool and Testament irritating cops, mopy ghosts, granny’s a witch?
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #2 Dyeing Wishes annoying ghost, mom in denial, spiveys
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #3 Spinning in Her Grave embezzler, icky realtor, unwanted kiss, fire
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #4 Plagued by Quilt no sympathy for murder victim-abuser
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #1 Books Can be Deceiving plagiarizing a*hole; crazed stalker; incompetent police captain
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #2 Due or Die obsessive stalker; theft of rare books; sniper shot’
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #3 Book, Line, and Sinker (Dec 2012) pirates, ex-fiance, awkwardness all around
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #4 Read It & Weep indecisive Sully, Munchausen’s, vindictiveness
David Allen Getting Things Done: the art to Stress-Free Productivity good ideas, kinda confusing at times
Shelia Connolly Museum Mysteries #1 Fundraising the Dead interesting from a library worker’s perspective
Marie Kondo The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: great advice, nice sound bites & quotes to live by
Michelle Knudsen Evil Librarian  
Janis Owens American Ghost small town secrets get dredged up
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee At Knit’s End: To be read over and over!
Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train Love Octagon gone wrong
Victoria Abbott A Book Collector Mystery #1: The Christie Curse alright, hard to relate to protagonist
Victoria Abbott A Book Collector Mystery #2: The Sayers Swindle interesting, mob related
Victoria Abbott A Book Collector Mystery #3: The Wolfe Widow did not see it coming
Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan series #15.5 Bones in Her Pocket  

What did you read last year? (Can’t believe 2015 is over already!!!)

© Cori Large January 2, 2016


Getting Things Done: the art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen

These are my notes I took down while reading David Allen’s book. Nothing is my own, all my notes are paraphrased.

  • Typical to do list don’t work!
    • Partial reminders don’t show you what your next step(s) is/are.
  • 5 stages of mastering workflow
    • 1. Collect all things that command your attention
    • 2. Process what they mean & what to do about them
    • 3. Organize the results
    • 4. Review options to complete task
    • 5. Do one of the options to complete task
  • I recommend copying the flow chart on page 32
  • 5 main types of lists:
    • 1. Projects (all big and little things that are vying for your attention)
    • 2. Calendar (appointments, birthdays, holidays, and due dates for specific appointments
    • 3. Next Actions (these can be subcategorized; these are the next steps to complete each project)
    • 4. Waiting For (a list of who you are waiting to hear from regarding projects or needed information)
    • 5. Someday/Maybe (a list of all the things you’d like to do, kind of like a bucket list
  • Once you’ve gathered every single item for your To Do list, try to break them down into these three categories: trash, delegate, and next actions.
  • There are 7 primary types of things you may want to keep track of:
    • A Projects List
    • Project Support Materials List
    • Calendared Actions & Information List
    • Next Actions List
    • A Waiting For List
    • Reference Materials
    • A Someday/Maybe List
  • Pg. 179 “Get comfortable with checklists, both ad hoc and more permanent. Be ready to create and eliminate them as required. Appropriately used, they can be a tremendous asset in personal productivity.”
  • Pg. 194 “I recommend that you always keep an inventory of things that need to be done that require very little mental or creative horsepower. When you’re in one of those low-energy states, do them. [Examples are:] casual reading, telephone/address data that need to be inputted onto your computer, file purging, watering the plants.”
  • Long-term project vs. Someday/Maybe:
    • Long-term ≠ Someday/Maybe
    • Long-term means “more action steps are required until it’s done”
    • Someday/Maybe means “no need to decide next actions because the days of reckoning is so far away” (pg. 247)
  • What is the next action?
    • Always ask this question
    • This is the question that will drive you forward

This book came recommended by many of the Facebook planner groups. Here are some things I took away from it. I do think I’ll have to re-read it at some point. In truth, it took me 4 ½ months to read it.