What Kind of Reader Are You?

“I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.”

— Nora Ephron

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

— Dr. Seuss

March is National Reading Month; good news for those of us in the Bibliophile Club 🙂

Today was World Book Day; all thrifty and resourceful bookworms unite and rejoice! Whether you are an authorpreneur like myself,  or looking to empower little girls to push the envelope and grow up to make a difference, there’s a book out there–maybe several, calling your name.

But before you heed the call, take a moment to answer this question….

What kind of reader are you?

  • The one who reads books over and over?
  • The one who wants to know what the book is about before reading it at all?
  • The one whose job revolves around books?
  • The one who uses books as a tool to harness creativity for a job not involving books?

As I wrote in my own book, The NICE Reboot, being an avid reader has profoundly influenced my life, and enriched it in so many ways. So thanks to all whose words I’ve read and pored over, and whose voices have resonated with me across time and space!

“I am a better person, and certainly a much better entrepreneur that I would have been, had I not been introduced to all your voices and ideas, at pivotal moments in my life. Patterns, seemingly random patterns. The strides I have made both personally and professionally, through the gains I have made by my exposure to all of you, have coalesced into one entity, that of this book.”

So what’s on my current radar, as a modern woman and a female entrepreneur?

1. Martin Levin’s adorable All I Know About Management I Learned from My Dog: The Real Story of Angel, a Rescued Golden Retriever, Who Inspired the New Four Golden Rules of Management  (which I reviewed on Amazon)

2. Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter’s upcoming Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be (which intrigues me as both as an entrepreneur and educator.)

3. Roxanne Gay’s unvarnished Bad Feminist: Essays (which interests me as a woman trying to find work/life balance in today’s complicated era.)

4. Diana Gabaldon’s epic ode to woman power, Outlander (which is currently $1.99 in the Kindle Store,  thanks to Jamie Fraser fans everywhere waiting for the STARZ TV series to resume April 4 🙂

5. Veronica Roth’s twisty tale of humanity’s foibles, Insurgent (which was made into a movie out this month! You can read my Huffington Post piece on Divergent here.)

Books are the gifts that keep giving; to ourselves and to others. As I wrote in a previous post here on WordPress:

“Books are the only tangible presents which foster both inherent genius and hard-earned talent and fuel our ambition using our minds and hearts/souls. Books contain universal truths that unite us in a way that other tangible gifts (such as gadgets and clothes) can’t. Those gifts increase the divide between the “Haves” and “Have-Nots”, and decrease the balance between humanity and technology, which is becoming more crucial by the day. Furthermore, books are the only tangible gift that help a person reap numerous, long-term, and meaningful, intangible rewards.”

What will you be reading this month?



Rowling Wilde





About penina4niceinitiative

Penina Rybak MA/CCC-SLP, TSHH, CEO of Socially Speaking LLC, is the author of "The NICE Reboot: A Guide to Becoming a Better Female Entrepreneur". She is an Autism specialist and educational technology consultant turned social entrepreneur. She is also a pediatric speech therapist and the creator of the Socially Speaking™ Program & iPad App. Her second book, "Autism Intervention in the iEra" was published in 2015. Since 2010, Penina has been a national/international speaker about social communication development, balancing humanity and technology, and best practices re: mobile and social technology. Connect with her on LinkedIn to learn more. You can also find her on Twitter: @PopGoesPenina, Facebook: Socially Speaking LLC, Google+ at The NICE Initiative for Female Entrepreneurship, and Pinterest and YouTube as well.
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