Q3 2023 Book Club

Miylie Roan | October 9, 2023

Successful companies share a common goal: continuous professional and personal growth. One way we do this is through our quarterly book club. This month, our dedicated bookworms came together once again to dive deep into two distinct books. Here's a sneak peek into our insightful conversations and discoveries:

Book 1: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Facilitated by Katie Carelli, Content Operations Manager

This fantasy novel was an exploration into the very nature of existence, death, love, and the beauty of second chances. Keep reading for Katie's insights into how she facilitated the conversation.

  • How was your experience leading the session?

My experience leading the session was great! I prepared a presentation with questions beforehand and everyone who participated in the book club provided thoughtful and honest answers to my questions, which led to great discussions. 

  • What is 1 thing you have learned from the book?

The book deals heavily with life and death, and it gave me a deeper appreciation for life. In a more general sense, it taught me to be open to fantasy novels. It’s not typically a genre I reach for but this book was a good gateway into the genre and I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would.

  • What would you recommend to someone who is thinking about reading the book?

I would recommend taking your time reading it. There are a lot of characters and emotional beats. Attention to detail is important in this book. 

Book 2: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Facilitated by Joy Payne, Creative Content Producer

A classic development book, Stephen Covey offers strategies for becoming more productive and successful in both personal and professional life.

  • Why did you choose the book The 7 Habits for Highly Effective People for the book club?

I have wanted to read this book for the last few years. I have heard great things about the amount of detail included and thought to myself, "If I truly want to be an effective person, it's only right I read the guidebook."

  • How was your experience leading the session?

The book consolidated information/tips/tricks that we had all heard before, which allowed the conversation to flow smoothly. The discussion questions also allowed for some attendees to be vulnerable and transparent, thus creating further dialogue. It is also interesting leading a discussion because we all think it is going to go one way and then it doesn't and you have to pivot. 

  • What is 1 thing you have learned from the book?

The 7th habit is 'Sharpening the Saw,' which roughly translates to giving yourself time to recharge. As someone who struggles with this, having the visual reference (seen below) put into perspective the importance of taking time for yourself. Essentially, what I gathered was if I do not take time for myself everything will fall apart. 

In conclusion, these book club sessions have been more than just about reading. They've been about coming together, sharing, understanding, and growing. At Lawline, we truly believe that the stories we read and the knowledge we gain are stepping stones to building a stronger, more supporting community. Until next time, happy reading!


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