Bookstore Blowout

I stopped by the local mall last night after hearing that the bookstore there was having a 40% off, going out of business sale. (50% if you count the membership card discount.) Since my love of books trumps my disdain for shopping, I figured The Wife and I (not really by her choice) would drop by and see what was available. Dragging The Wife along turned out to be both a blessing and a curse, however; I got her input on a couple of the books I picked up, but I learned once more that although she loves books, she doesn’t quite share my passionate fervor of those books, or the libraries and bookstores which house them.

After scavenging through the almost-barren shelves I decided on the following books, which I found primarily in the business and religion sections. (I would’ve gotten more, but I had a budget to work with, unfortunately.)

  • The following unimaginatively named books are all by Og Mandino:
    • The Greatest Miracle in the World
    • The Return of the Ragpicker
    • The Greatest Salesman in the World
    • The Greatest Salesman in the World, Part II: The End of the Story
    • The Greatest Success in the World
    • The Greatest Mystery in the World
    • The Greatest Secret in the World
  • eBay Business for Dummies, by Marsha Collier
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, by Michael E. Gerber
  • Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Roadtrip, by Jim Rogers

Of all these, it’s the last two which were the most interesting to me:

The E-Myth I bought because I’m always looking at different business models and trade transactions, and I find myself to be extremely interested in international and monetary markets. (The challenge of translating currency and the observation of how different people interact in trade is not just supremely interesting, but potentially very profitable.)

The Adventure Capitalist I bought because the guy’s done something I’m planning on doing myself one day: driving around the world. (Yes, driving.) Talk about a belief builder! His tips on business and observations into international markets are also rather helpful, but it’s his trip I’m most interested in. (Check out my Life Goals and you’ll begin to see why.)

The eBay book was one The Wife picked up to investigate the possibility of selling items through the site. (Might as well, right? I mean we already buy from there, why not open our own garage, so to speak.) The others — the Og Mandino collection — we decided to get because both The Wife and I have always enjoyed reading Mandino’s stories. True, the titles are cheesy, but the stories themselves are great, simple, and pretty enlightening. (I’ve read The Greatest Salesman in the World and The Greatest Miracle in the World before, but these are books that I’d like to review, and having them in my own collection is the best way I’ve found of being able to do that.)

I’ll start reading through these and maybe do a bit of a rundown on the more interesting ones sometime in the future. If you have any books along these lines which you’d recommend, I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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