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So the Olympics sort of consumed my life during the first half of this month and I didn’t read as much as usual…and then I somehow made up for it in the second half. Cutting back on blogging has made more time for reading, and I have to say…I love it.
What I Read In August
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy
This book got my attention because I’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy for about a decade. As expected, it wasn’t quite like Grey’s, but it did make me want to watch the first few seasons of Grey’s again, back when the main characters were brand new. It was a funny and interesting book and reaffirmed that while I really enjoy reading about this stuff…I’ll just stick with my desk job thank you very much!
Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens, and Twenty-Somethings Are Revolutionizing Retail by Kit Yarrow, Ph.D and Jayne O’Donnell
Generational differences fascinate me and even though this book is primarily about Gen Y or Millennials, it still talks about other generations as it compares and contrasts. It’s especially interesting to me to read about my generation. Honestly, I’ve wished I weren’t a millennial at times because of the somewhat negative opinion of them. And also because even with our 11 year old age difference, my little sister and I are both technically the same generation and often I don’t feel like I can relate at all. Gen BuY does a great job of explaining the differences between the two ends of the millennial spectrum.
This has been on my “to read” list for a long time, mostly because it’s one of those business books you “should” read. I scooped it up at the employee book sale last spring and was actually surprised how much I enjoyed it. It’s rare to get so into a business book that you can’t put it down, for me at least. Some business books can be a bit dry, but this one was funny! I love books that get me excited about my job and this one accomplished that.
Why the Toast Always Lands Butter Side Down: The Science of Murphy’s Law by Richard Robinson
This was in the clearance section at Barnes & Noble awhile ago and caught my eye. It’s one of those books that feeds my curiosity and explains nerdy scientific things in a funny way! I loved the sense of humor used to describe what could be mundane. I slowly started losing interest about halfway through…parts of it got redundant and were more the author’s opinion than science, but it was still interesting. I definitely learned some new things!
I have to admit, something about this book rubbed me the wrong way. It was appealing to me because I am all about living with intention and designing a happier life, but there was something about the writing that I didn’t love. It seemed a little…self-satisfied…even the self-deprecating parts. I skipped the chapters about marriage and parenthood since they don’t apply to me. It wasn’t terrible, I like the idea behind it…just not how it was written.
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams
Hands down the best book I have read in a while. Five stars. I didn’t expect that this would be about so much more than tiny living or that I’d cry like a baby at the end. Read this book. It resonates with me on SO many levels…
I think I’ve mentioned, or hinted, recently that I’ve developed an interest in “purchasing with a purpose,” exploring options that are free of chemicals, fair trade, and environmentally friendly. It’s causing me to ask a lot of questions (or read a lot of books) about my food, cleaning products, makeup, clothing, and pretty much everything I purchase or consume. This book has been on my shelf for a long time so I was happy to finally read it now that I have this newfound interest.
It was really good. It forces you to ask questions you may not want to ask. It also fascinated me because a third of the book is about a trip to Cambodia and another third is about a trip to China. A military friend of mine was from Cambodia and passed away there, so it was interesting to have that in the back of my mind as I learned more about the country. I spent 10 days in China a few years ago, but the China I saw (the cities) is a lot different from most of China (rural). Reading this book made me wish I’d have paid more attention when I was in China, Iraq, Kuwait, and so on. I took it all in like a tourist…but I didn’t really see things. It also made me realize I have SO much…and I want to do something for those who do not.
I recommend this book, but be prepared…it might lead you to start asking a lot of questions.