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I absolutely loved Quiet. I felt that this validated all of my life choices (enjoying working remotely rather than being in an office, preferring to watch group dynamics than participate, etc.) and helped me feel that these qualities I've tried to change since I was young actually have a desirable strength to them. Mike felt her claims went a bit too far beyond what the scientific evidence suggested. I just liked that there is room for everyone to have success, even the "shy". Overall, very awesome.
Progress through this short, dense, academic book came in fitful spurts until I had the fabulous (and obvious) idea to listen to Beethoven's symphonies as I read the chapters. This heightened my enjoyment considerably, and my Beethoven obsession continues. Symphony #5 is still my favorite go-to, but Symphony #9 is so complex and amazing and Symphony #7 is perfection (skip to 14:42 with a good set of headphones and FEEL ALL THE FEELS). So I don't have all that much to say about the book (a big meh for a non-academic music enthusiast), but I definitely recommend listening to Beethoven. All day. Every day.
I am trying to expand my reading horizons, so I delved into some poetry this month. SO MUCH POETRY. Frost was very prolific. Lots of very long (very long) beautiful poetry that apparently does not keep my interest well. There were a few gems I loved, but this was a difficult book to make it all the way through, even just reading a couple a day.
This was another solid showing from Sam Kean. The connection between the stories was a little more tenuous than his other books, though the writing and science were strong. We both really liked it.
Super short, unique YA read. I liked this a lot. I think I like unreliable narrators for some reason. Maybe I just feel humanity in general is an unreliable narrator and I just like people who are honest about it. Ha.
A suspense novel (a little out of my normal fare), but I liked the premise so I brought it home. The plot made it difficult to put down, but I realized that, after all that was going on, that I hardly cared about any of the characters. I just felt very removed, despite all that was happening. I liked it, but I don't know that I recommend it when there are better options.
I listened to this book on a work trip, and I thought it was fascinating (both on a personal and historical level). It got hard to follow by the time the third- and fourth-generation of astronaut wives showed up, but the original seven were spunky and interesting.
Finished this YA novel I'd been meaning to read for some time. I mostly liked it. I liked both main characters and felt their interactions and internal dialog was very realistic. I didn't really like the romance being crammed in and underdeveloped between some already heavy themes. Overall, I liked it. I really like the quote that, "Mean people are just unhappy people." Probably would have changed how I approached high school, had I learned this.
Skip this one. The subtitle is misleading and the whole thing devolved into academic speculation, rather than giving the evidence and stories. Long and dry. There were a few women that seemed fascinating, but they got a little lost in the details of covering the centuries of time between them.
Sound advice, in a pretty short, accessible package. My favorite idea from this is (paraphrasing), "None of these principles are complicated. People just don't want to do them because they are hard and require discipline."
I was really excited about this book. I thought I would learn all about the different parts of the human body and what each one needs to stay healthy. I thought it would fill in my embarrassing gaps of knowledge about how biology works. Alas, this book was more of a myth-busting platform for a journalist with an MD and focused on his pet peeves of anti-vaccine movements and Department of Agriculture subsidies of research and products. There were some interesting points but it was not what I was expecting at all and the book felt all over the place as it answered "questions". My favorite part to complain about is when he argued that adding Vitamin D to milk (a vitamin-calcium combo that began in the 1930s as a way to cure rickets) was no longer necessary because we now eat things like spinach, kale, and salmon. I thought to myself, "This man clearly does not have children; there is no way a child would choose 4 cups of spinach and a slab of salmon over a half-cup of milk."
I had a similar experience with Salman Rushdie's new book as I did with his very famous Midnight's Children. I want to tell people it was good--but I don't really think that. But I liked the writing and the character development was so interesting...but I didn't actually want to read it. It's a very confusing experience for me. The book clearly needed to be edited and shortened, but there were very nice parts that would have been cut out and should have been cut out. The editors were probably confused too and that's why this book got published at 380 pages instead of the 250 it probably should have been. So the verdict is I think you should maybe skip it? Or maybe read it? I don't know.