Aug 29, 2019

What I Read in May - August 2019

What I Read in May - August 2019

Earlier this year, I shared the books I'd read each month, but then I stopped. It's because I was busy and read less, but also because I got bogged down reading the two books I mentioned recently about helping your kids get into college.

Since then, my reading has picked up some, so I wanted to share what I've read in the last few months:

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

This was a book club read, and one of our members was creeped out by the feel of the dust jacket. Thankfully, the story itself wasn't really creepy, and my book club generally enjoyed it. There was an unexpected twist, but I found the ending somewhat unsatisfying.

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl (audio)

Before listening to this book, I really only knew Ruth Reichl from the way Sara Moulton used to mention her on the old Food Network show, Cooking Live. I learned so much about cooking from watching Sara, who was then executive chef at Gourmet and would periodically mention Reichl, who was Gourmet’s editor-in-chief. This book is a memoir about Reichl's time at Gourmet, although she starts with her childhood and describes some of her time as the restaurant critic at the The New York Times. She's had a fascinating life, so this was a truly enjoyable book to listen to.

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

This was another book club read. I particularly liked that it was set in areas of Los Angeles that I'm not too familiar with. It was a mystery, and I did not see the ending coming.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink

I reviewed this book in the newsletter, so if you're a subscriber, just skip to the next book. ;) I'm always interested in self-improvement, so I appreciated that this book not only discussed scientific studies about timing, but included actionable tips, like how to take the perfect nap. Pink convinced me that school really should start later than 8:00, though unfortunately, I think making that happen at my kids' school means making it happen district-wide (a much more daunting task).

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

This is a famous children's book, but I'd never read it before. It was quite charming and delightful - great for adults and young kids. My teen and tween definitely would not enjoy it, however.

On Writing: A Memoir of a Craft by Stephen King (audio)

Liz Craft and Sarah Fain recommended this audiobook on their podcast, Happier in Hollywood, so I finally got around to listening to it. I'm not a Stephen King fan at all (I've only read one of his novels), but I really enjoyed this audiobook - it's part memoir, part advice. It's always interesting to learn how artists work, particularly super successful ones.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

I bought this book the day it came out last year, but I got about halfway through and set it aside, and didn't get around to finishing it until recently. It's an excellent book, and partly it took me so long simply because I wanted to digest each nugget of wisdom. Anyone who wants to build good habits and eliminate bad ones (isn't that all of us?) should read this.

What have you read recently?

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