A big post-Christmas rave for Stephen R. Covey's book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Written in 1989, this book is still as relevant now as it was then-- perhaps more so as the internet, cell phones and many other new technologies have made principle-based living even more vital than it was 20 years ago. Likewise the follow up book, First Things First. I haven't yet read The 8th Habit, or his son's book, The Speed of Trust, but I have heard good things about them as well.
If you are interested in truly evaluating your life, what is important in it, how to make the most of it, and how the outside world can impact it, these books are highly recommended. Far more than just business "how-to" or "self-help" manuals, the books look deeper. With an emphasis on a principle-based approach to living-- as opposed to a personality-based approach-- I can't help but wish that more of the folks that ran/run our nation's financial sector had been following Habits 3: Put First Things First: Principles of Integrity & Execution and Habit 4: Think Win/Win: Principles of Mutual Benefit.
In other news-- I hope everyone who celebrates the day had a wonderful and joyous Christmas. The Library was closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but we are open today and tomorrow as usual. We will be closed next week Wednesday and Thursday, but will then return to our regular winter hours.