Friday, August 7, 2015

What I’ve been reading

Ehem, so the monthly reading lists aren’t obviously happening. So, here are the books I’ve read since, er, March. I think. Because I might have read something else, too. But let’s just go with these.

Atul Gawande: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightVery interesting. As someone who has a very scattered brain and relies on lists a lot, this made a lot of sense.

Atul Gawande: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndVery thought-provoking and moving. I think this should be required reading for everyone.

Gretchen Rubin: Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday LivesI really like Rubin’s books, they are somehow very relatable. But I still can’t decide what tendency I am.

Amy Poehler: Yes PleaseGood. But what I kept thinking was, wow, American comedians do a lot of drugs and are so casual about it. Same with The Bedwetter later on this list.

Sophia Amoruso: #GIRLBOSSI wasn’t going to read this, despite all the hype, but ended up having nothing else on my reading list. I liked it much more than I thought I would, I thought it was going to be just an memoir, but there was a lot of advice, too.

Chris Baty: No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 DaysLoved this. Very useful for other projects than just writing. I really liked the positive “just get it done, you can do it” attitude.

Robert C. Atkins: Dr. Atkins' New Diet RevolutionI read Gary Taubes’ books on carbohydrates and insulin last year, I think, and thought it made a lot of sense. I didn’t really want to read this book, because you here a lot of bad things about Atkins diet, but decided to give it a go. It was actually a lot more reasonable, than the “eat all the bacon!” versions you here about.

Myquillyn Smith: The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be BeautifulA nice relaxed decorating book, basically telling you to ignore all the “rules” and just do what you want in your home.

David Perlmutter: Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers Ok, so after the Atkins book, I pretty much went on a low-carb book bender. I really like well sited books. This was excellent.

Maria Emmerich: Keto-Adapted: Your Guide to Accelerated Weight Loss and Healthy Healing I liked this, but it seemed to be mostly the authors opinions, and a lot of the time when she said to do something I found myself asking “based on what”? I’m sure she has researched the subject a lot, but there were just a few studies sited and that made me feel unsure.

Sarah Silverman: The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and PeeListened to this as an audio book, and liked Silverman’s storytelling. But again, all the drugs!

William Davis: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to HealthDidn't care for this one as much as the other books, not sure why. But the bit about wheat being so selectively bred that it’s not even natural anymore, was very interesting.

Greg McKeown: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of LessReally liked this. I’m really starting to feel minimalism is the way to go.

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