The last 30 books I’ve read in 2017

About two and a half years ago I started keeping track of my reading habit at – connect with me there. I’m thoroughly enjoying the annual “Reading Challenge” they offer.

This year my goal is to read 50 books, and I’ve read 35 books so far. I think I’m on track to complete the challenge.

A word on goals: aim high and always do your best. In 2016, I attempted to read 100 books in the year. I didn’t reach the goal, and I was starting to read books with fewer pages –and less challenging books– in an attempt to “up my numbers.”

In 2017, my focus is on quality and not so much on quantity. I’m reading topics that are inspiring and thought-provoking. Here’s my list. Do you have recommendations for me? Tweet me your favorites at @monicasflores

Laika, by Nick Abadzis

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

God and the Afterlife, by Jeffrey Long

Glimpses of Eternity, by Raymond A. Moody Jr.

Old Souls, by Thom Shroder

Where Miracles Happen, by Joan Wester Anderson

Not My Father’s Son, by Alan Cumming

Longitude, by Dava Sobel

The Long Dry, by Cynan Jones

The Design of Everyday Things, by Donald A. Norman

Survival Lessons, by Alice Hoffman

What Not to Wear, by Trinny Woodall

Culdesac, by Robert Repino

The Terranauts, by T.C. Boyle

Library of Luminaries, Coco Chanel, by Zena Alkayat

The Spy, by Paulo Coelho

Nasty Galaxy, by Sophia Amoruso

Three Moments of an Explosion, by China Miéville

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu

Known and Strange Things, by Teju Cole

Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

Library of Luminaries, Frida Kahlo by Zena Alkayat

Searching for Your Soul, by Katherine Kurs

At the Edge of the Orchard, by Tracy Chevalier

Ghostly Encounters, by Jeff Scott Cole

The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin

Shrouded Planet, by Robert Randall

Saving Fish from Drowning, by Amy Tan

There Are No Accidents, by Robert H. Hopcke

Nothing Left Over, by Toinette Lippe

The Art of the Visit, by Kathy Bertone

Soul Survivor, by Andrea Leininger

The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman

My First New York, by New York Magazine

Memoirs of a Psychic Spy, by Joseph McMoneagle


Current list of projects

Personal Connections:

instagramicon facebookicon twittericon youtubeicon amazonicon mediumicon

I appreciate the opportunity to connect through most social media. I post about a variety of topics including women, tech, leadership, entrepreneurship. social justice, sustainability, diversity, the environment, space exploration, and software/web development. You’ll see some photos of animals and my kids 😉

Invite me to speak at your upcoming conference:

A Year of  Gratitude: (Google Presentation)

Download inspirational slides: (Dropbox)

Stories and Support for Female Founders:

instagramicon facebookicon twittericon youtubeicon linkedinicon teespringicon mediumicon spotifyicon

Women in Social Enterprise:

youtubeicon facebookicon twittericon mediumicon teespringicon

Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

instagramicon facebookicon twittericonyoutubeicon

Making a Positive Difference:

instagramicon facebookicon twittericon mediumicon

Suggest an inspiring quote:

Match List

Greetings. I periodically am available for consulting and co-founding or advising to emerging teams.

I primarily focus on:

A) specifying and building out a pathway to implement goals/requests, for a certain budget, inside a certain timeframe

B) building teams

C) scoping / wireframing / implementation / MVP creation

D) database architecture, content type creation, development of pilot projects

I am most interested in connecting with you if your project has at least 12 of the following:

+ A) You are seeking a female co-founder, advisor, or teammate
+ B) Serves/supports women, children, families, students
+ C) Serves/supports underrepresented minorities
+ D) Eco-conscious, eco-friendly, environmentally-helpful, organic, sustainable, fair trade
+ E) Focuses on sharing knowledge or sharing stories
+ F) You have a demonstrated commitment to the project (skin)
+ G) Education-related / helps people learn
+ H) Related to: open communication, transparency, sharing information, knowledge transfer
+ I) Makes a positive social difference
+ J) Team is super-passionate about the project – will do what it takes
+ K) Focused on your idea – you have thought about most of the angles
+ L) Communication, communication, communication
+ M) Honest, no time for lies or dissembling
+ N) Transparent – nothing to hide
+ O) Seeks the greater good
+ P) Desires to make a tangible difference through your product or offering
+ Q) You understand your marketplace
+ R) You have done market research
+ S) You have built a pipeline of clients or customers / you have existing clients or customers
+ T) You have a well-thought-out business plan
+ U) Have functional specifications written out, or some idea of them

I have been building websites since 1999 and have an array of experiences in creating functional specifications, rapid prototyping, launching MVPs, community management, product management, sales & marketing, content editing, and overall strategy.

I am interested in a challenge. I am interested in something which disrupts / makes an industry more efficient / provides more information to more people. I am interested in expanding my tech skills especially in relation to underserved/underrepresented populations (the “next billion”), global opportunities, diverse populations, and those serving the elderly/Boomers.

I’m interested in continuous personal development and learning, and I feel like I’ve been exposed to enough challenges, obstacles, and issues that I am flexible in dealing with adversity.

Life is short, let’s make the most of our time here!


Setting up a new container

Starting up a new community – I invite you to join me.

One of the ways in which I’ve learned how to accomplish more is to set up all the conditions just right so that whatever it is I’m working toward will go smoother and easier. For example, if I want a new publication, I set up a new document to contain my notes. If I want to build a new project, I set up a folder for it. If I want a new community to get started, I build the guidelines and values into the opening statement.

I’m pleased to start off a new community for people interested in #makingapositivedifference. It’s important for me to truly identify my life’s purpose and my mission, vision, and values, as well as surround myself with others who are on a similar journey.

I hope you’ll join me at – it’s in development right now and I plan to open it up to beta testers in late October. It’s a positive and inspiring community of other doers and dreamers who are making a positive difference in the world.

Bookmark here: to sign up for updates for when it launches.