August: What I Read

What I Read This Month

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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.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

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!

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin

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…

Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes by Kelsey Timmerman

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.

What I Read This Month

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  2. Wow, looks like you had a GREAT reading month! Lots of books & lots of them that you liked, too. Interesting that they are all nonfiction. I read a lot of novels. I like memoirs a lot, too. I did read one amazing nonfiction book this summer – Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – AMAZING book – one of my top 10 of all time, even though I’m not a big nonfiction fan. Here’s my review (no spoilers):

    I haven’t read any of Gretchen Rubin’s books yet, but I sometimes listen to her podcasts (with her & her sister) & I feel the same way you said about her book! Sometimes I enjoy listening to one or two of them, and then I will just get annoyed with them. ha ha Still, some interesting tidbits in there.

    Hope September is another great reading month for you! (I found you through Small Victory Sundays Linkup)

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    • Hi! Yes, since moving into my new house with a little reading room I’ve been doing a lot more reading! I primarily read nonfiction. I listened to a few of Gretchen Rubin’s podcast episodes, but couldn’t get into it. Thanks for stopping by!

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