Seattle has some amazing libraries. The selection of available books is huge, the library buildings themselves are beautifully designed (check out our local Ballard Library — it has grass growing on the roof!), and the interlibrary loan system is incredibly simple.

In fact, it may be a little too simple. We often find ourselves in possession of far more books than we can actually read. There is a fine line, we’ve found, between feeling inspired by so many books and overwhelmed by so many. We tend to waffle between the two.

Do any of you have a book/library problem like we do?

Here’s a stack, of both our own and of the library’s books, that we’ve found ourselves with recently:


  • The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?
  • The $100 Startup
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Power of Full Engagement
  • Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You
  • Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry
  • Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems
  • Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
  • Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day
  • Photographing Shadow and Light
  • Tanka Tanka Skunk!