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This month I finished up the books on my shelves and now I’m tackling the hundreds on my Kindle as part of my goal to focus on reading my own books before borrowing or buying more. I suspect I’ll be extremely tempted to break this during the book sale we’re having at work at the end of March. Proceeds go to charity….Anyways, here’s what I read in February.
What I Read In February!
Women Wartime Spies: Women’s History Series by Ann Kramer
I bought this book a long time ago and honestly I’ve started it 3 times, each time getting distracted by another book. It has a slow start, but this time I pushed through and I’m glad I did. It picks up and it’s really interesting! I never realized how large the spy movement was during World War I and II. I know a bit about modern military intelligence, so it was interesting to learn about the roots!
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
Ok not to be corny and predictable, but this book seriously opened my eyes. And it’s not just about the food. I worked at McDonald’s for 5 years as a teen. It was my first job and I think I actually did learn quite a bit about leadership and management from the experience. But 12 years later and I still eat like crap and am not likely to be able to change that overnight. This book is motivating me to work on my diet, but it also opened my eyes to how many chemicals are in the things we use. We put them on our skin, in our mouths (toothpaste), and eat them in our food. Reading about how the flavor that creates the distinct taste of McDonald’s fries is made in a lab, the same place as many of our perfumes, kind of weirded me out. As I’ve gotten into minimalism, I’ve eliminated a ton of products from my daily routine, but I’m taking it a step further now and switching to chemical-free products when possible. (So far it’s actually been somewhat affordable, but that’s for a future post.)
Whatever your opinion about chemicals, food, whatnot, this book is still worth a read if not for the simple fact that it’s interesting.
I actually read half of this book years ago but started over this month. I was so excited at first, like I had a new perspective and appreciation for this book. I rarely write in my books, but I took notes all over the beginning of this one. There were some great thoughts and quotes that I shared on Instagram. But then about halfway through I started losing interest, so I skimmed the rest and called it good. That was my personal experience but so many finance bloggers rave about this book and how life changing it was for them, so it may be worth checking out.
This was a pretty good read. Some things I knew, but there was still a lot of new information for me. I like that I can apply these tips to Simply Save as well as my 9-5 job. I’d highly recommend this for any new blogger, entrepreneur, or professional who manages any part of social media at your business.
Who Knew? Green Hints and Tips to Save Time, Money, and the Planet by Jeanne Bossolina Lubin & Bruce Lubin
I’m not supposed to be buying any books this year, but when I was selling my used books to Half Price Books, I found this one on clearance and also had a coupon, plus the trade in cash…so I caved. For less than $2 it was a good read. Tons of little ideas for saving money and being green in every aspect of your life. (The two really do overlap.) I later realized that this is an As-Seen-On-TV book and apparently the authors crank out tons of various “Who Knew?” books. Maybe that explains the frequent typos that drove me nuts, but still a good quick read for a few bucks.