October: What I Read

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Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudder

I heard about this book in a magazine article awhile ago and was excited to read it, but it disappointed. OkCupid founder shares how data is used to uncover insights about love, sex, and race…things we think people can’t tell about us. It’s interesting from the angle that it really makes you think about all the data you put out in the world and what it’s used for. But some of the insights bummed me out and the graphs and stats and numbers were more than my non-mathematically-inclined brain was interested in. I could see other people loving this book though.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

This book has been recommended at countless conferences and training events I’ve attended over the years. Leadership books maybe aren’t the most interesting topic, but I like reading books that can help me improve in my career and life from time to time. What I liked about this book was that it gave many real life examples. The sports examples were mostly lost on me, but the ones about military or history were some of my favorites.

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beavan

I so seldom read books more than once, so it is extremely unusual that this is the second time I’ve read this one. I first read it in 2009 at the beginning of my eco-friendly “hippie days” and it had a huge impact on me. (Pun intended?) As I’ve got back into those earth-friendly habits, this book found its way back into my life. I was excited to see what my perspective was this time around, a few years older and hopefully wiser. It still had a huge impact on me. This is one of the few books that I will actually keep. (I only keep a handful, usually ones written by friends or about my military deployment.)

Basically it’s about finding ways to live a happy life that is also good for the planet. Some of it is extreme, but it’s more about the lessons learned. I highly recommend this one.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

I’ve been a dedicated Grey’s Anatomy fan for years, but I mostly read this book because everyone has raved about it. Honestly, it’s been on my shelf for awhile and I kept putting it off. This has been more like the “Year of No” for me as I’ve simplified my life, and I worried this book would sort of go the opposite direction. I was curious, yet somewhat reluctant, to read it from an introvert’s perspective. The beginning was what I expected (Say Yes to things! Don’t be so introverted!) but the rest was so much more and I think it spoke to me even more since I’m introverted. Sometimes her writing style was a bit…much, but overall this was a great book.

Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams by Shawn Johnson

I’ve loved gymnastics for as long as I can remember and I think I still have a bit of Olympic Fever. This was a $3 find and a fun, quick read. You’re never too old for a good gymnastics biography! It was also interesting to read about her time in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics because I remember seeing parts of the Olympic Village when I visited in 2013!

Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, East Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles by Michael SanClements

If you’ve read all my recent anti-plastic posts and wondering what the heck, this is a great book to check out. It gives a simple overview of why I’m not thrilled with plastic these days, all the places it is lurking, and ideas for reducing the plastic in your life.

What I Read This Month

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  1. Thanks Heather, these books look fantastic! Pinned!
    I love No Impact Man, and Dataclysm sounds intriguing.

    • I feel ya! When I was in school and blogging more, I didn’t have as much time to read. I’ve recently scaled my blogging back and I moved which eliminated my commute, giving me more time. Mostly though I just always have a book with me so I read on my lunch break, before bed, soaking in the tub and so on.

  2. Another month with an intriguing mix of nonfiction for you! I’ve wanted to read The Year of Yes, too. I rarely read celebrity books, but I heard a couple of great interviews with Shonda on various podcasts talking about the book, and it sounded interesting.

    Hope you are enjoying another great reading month in November!


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