Thursday, July 28, 2016

Book Report 2

Hey! So life this spring ramped up to a level of business I had never seen before, but has since dwindled ever so slowly to normal levels again.  Weddings full of DIYs take a lot of time...!  I will of course share photos of that here, but I told myself I'd finish my thank you cards first. 

Reading wasn't quite the priority this spring, and then my beloved Kobo mini died in May, so I've been doing a lot more crosswords than reading of books.  This is what I've read since last time.

The Little Book of Big Change by Amy Johnson - Maybe I've already read too many books on habits, but this one didn't seem to offer anything I hadn't heard before.  The chapters were very short, which made for light reading, but also made it feel like a collection of magazine articles.  I wanted bigger things from this little book.

Spark Joy - Marie Kondo's first book rekindled my wannabe minimalist flame.  This book is a general repackaging of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up with a more illustrations.   It's a nice reminder of how your own life is a cluttered mess of useless possessions, so get it from a library instead of buying it!

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins - Did you like Gone Girl?  This book felt similar to me.  Innocent enough at first but as the novel progresses things get dark and creepy and intense.  It's the type of book you have trouble putting down to go to sleep.  Best for non-school nights!

Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler - I heard about this book through the Freakonomics podcast, and I while I find the study of Behavioral Economics fascinating, the history of the study of Behavioral Economics is anything but fascinating.    haha.  I should have known.  The book seems to be a who's who of the field that could be worth returning to when I know more about all of it.  For now, it's too much of a niche read, and I wasn't able to finish it.

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson - I was lucky enough to win this book in an Instagram contest hosted by Jessica of The Paper Trail Diary.   The idea of the book is so sweet.  Two girls become friends through the internet.  The entire book is told through tumblr posts/comments, texts, emails and instant messages which I thought worked really well.   Overall it was a fun youth novel, great for a day at the beach or reading on a plane. 

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth - I haven't yet watched this show on Netflix, but based on the stories in this book, it is going to be binge-worthy when the weather gets cold.  I had extra fun imagining my great-grandmother as the heroine, because she was a midwife too.  I'll admit that the book gave me some extra heeby-jeebies about child birth, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there.  It was funny, engaging and action packed so I'll read the sequel too.

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