I read all three of these books last month. I didn’t read anything in May and I haven’t read anything this month. What can I say, I read in spurts. Two out of three were non-fiction and here’s what I thought of them:
Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism by Maria Emmerich – I picked this book up based on another blogger’s frequent reference to this book as being life changing for her. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that after reading this book I felt exactly the same way, but I did think it to be informative and encouraging. The premise of this book is to eat real food and avoid processed junk (something I already agree with and completely support). It’s not about “dieting” but rather making healthy lifestyle choices when it comes to food. Personally, I connect with this approach because eating real food that provides quality nutrition for your body makes absolute sense to me. The author gets pretty scientific in breaking down how nutrition is metabolized in the body which I found interesting and also long winded. I definitely did my fair share of skimming. Working in healthcare, the science seemed pretty valid, but I certainly didn’t fact check all the information. I will say that I felt encouraged to stop going through the drive thru for lunch, which is something I was doing kind of regularly there for a while. (YUCK!) For me, this book was a good reminder that eating well is important and should be a part of my daily life. My one warning is that this book is poorly edited. So if you are a grammar nazi or if you find that poor sentence structure makes you want to jump out of a moving vehicle then perhaps you better look elsewhere for your nutritional education.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – More than likely you’ve heard of this one, and I was too intrigued to not check it out for myself. I love a good organization book and this one did not disappoint. Originally this was written in Japanese and I’m not sure how much is lost in translation, but I thought it to be so well written! (To note: I had just finished the previous book above and found it to be poorly written and/or edited, but regardless I still stand behind my statement that this book was written well. End of note.) Some aspects of Marie Kondo’s methods are…extreme. To say the least! In particular it was hard for me to relate to the way she thought of her objects as living things yet at other times I found her writing to be so personable. The backbone of her method is to only keep things that spark joy. Seems easier said than done, but her approach to ridding yourself of things that no longer meet that criteria is so interesting and relatable! When I can find the time (and energy) I plan on putting some of her methods to use.
The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields – I believe I won this novel in a give away that Janet was doing on her blog some time back. Unfortunately it has sat on my bookshelf for at least a year, unread. (I’ve been busy growing and caring for babies). When I finally got around to cracking this book open, I had zero expectations. Good news, it was great! Based on a true story, The Age of Desire chronicles Edith Wharton’s sad marriage, the close relationship she had with her childhood governess turned personal assistant, and of course her scandalous affair. I finished this book in less than a week (quick for me these days) and then immediately googled everything I could find pertaining to Edith Wharton’s career and personal life. Such a strong and successful woman who lived during a time where that was not even close to the norm.
What have you been reading lately? I’ve been binging on Orange is the New Black (I’m usually late to the newest “cool” thing – which OITNB is not new being that it’s in it’s third season) but I recently picked up a stack of library books that I had on reserve and can’t wait to dive in.
And just for fun, I’m giving away my copy of The Age of Innocence to one of you! I’ll ship anywhere. If you’re interested just leave a comment below telling me the last great book you read and I’ll pick a winner next Thursday, July 23rd.
Give away now closed! Thank you!