Category Archives: Books

Books I Would Read Again

Last time I blogged about what I was reading, Mads commented that she wanted to know how I liked the books or at the very least, what books I would recommend.  So I went through the blog and combed my posts to review the full list of books I have read and then I made a list of the ones I want to tell you to read!  Without further adieu:

  • The Red Tent  by Anita Diamant
  • Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  • let’s take the long way home by Gail Caldwell
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • firefly lane by Kristin Hannah
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
  • The Yonahlossee Riding Club for Girls by Anton Disclafani
  • World Without End by Ken Follett
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • Young Money by Kevin Roose
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
  • Leisureville by Andrew Blechman
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt

What’s on your recommended reads list?

That One Book About Decluttering Your House

Tidying-Up

On Monday, Melissa and Jonathon had us over for dinner and it was such a lovely evening.  During our dinner chat, Melissa told me that she had been reading the life-changing magic of tidying up.  Moreover, she told me that she had actually been putting the principles of the book into practice!

As you all know, I am no stranger to decluttering, but I was intrigued by learning about A New Way, especially as Melissa described banishing clothing from her closet that she knew she would never wear again.  Is that not the same problem we all suffer from?  At the end of the night, Melissa sent me home with her copy of the book (that is True Friend Love) and I started reading immediately.

Just a little more than 24 hours later and I have added four bags of clutter to the two that were already awaiting their Goodwill trip.  Books, odd glassware, clothes, all purged.  Things that I/we have owned for the last six years and have never used.  Gone.  At last.

There are a lot of lines in the book that are hokey, many of them having to do with whether or not various pieces of clothing have enough space to “breathe” or “relax” in your closet.  I do not in the slightest think that rolling my socks into a ball disturbs their energy.  I am not going to store my clothes vertically in their drawers.

But, there was one line that really stuck out to me: Spaces that are out of sight are still part of your house. 

That line is why we re-painted the basement bathroom last weekend.  Do we use it every day?  No.  But knowing that it looked Not Right consumed mental energy.  The same could be said for the horrid blue tile that used to occupy our master bathroom, the shelves of books we have received as gifts, or That One Rugby Dress I Bought At The Ralph Lauren Outlet On Black Friday Six Years Ago.

None of these things improve my life and so they need to go.  While the author proposes what I would consider to be a very ambitious style of decluttering: Deal with an entire category of things at once, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to move from room to room and discard all of the things that have been on the keep just in case-list for years.  I am positive that will be more than enough work to get us started.

What I’ve Been Reading

I have this idea in my head that someday, I’ll go back to my very first Books-post and I’ll make a list of all of the books I’ve read since I started the blog. I am sure there are a few here and there that never made it to The Internet, but overall, this has been a pretty good record of my literary habits over the years.  Much like it has been a pretty good record of my life over the years.

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately.  :)

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

My Sunshine Away

One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

One Plus One

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Free HRCI Recertification Credits

If you haven’t figured it out from the title of the post, it’s a really exciting week on The Blog, people.

I got an e-mail today from the HR Certification Institute.  Apparently they wrote an eBook that is available for free here.

Titled The Rise of HR, it’s composed of 73 essays by HR thought leaders.  Yes, seriously, I just invoked the phrase, “thought leaders.”  I’ve flipped through a few of the essays already and it seems to be fairly interesting.

The real kicker, besides the fact that you can read the book for free, is that if you read it, you can receive three business credits toward recertification of your HRCI designation.

Y’all know that I am always working to find free ways to get recertification credits, so that’s a pretty great deal in my opinion.

Happy reading!

What I’ve Been Reading

Oh man, you guys.  I wish I had something interesting to share but That Awful Cold I Got Last Week?  Got worse, actually.  And then Marcus caught it.  And now we’re both recovering and it is slow and I am mostly just extremely glad that I am no longer actually trying to cough my lungs out.  It was a bad thing.  It goes without saying that the parts of the holiday weekend that were not spent with family, were spent napping and such.  I’m so glad that we’re all caught up now.  ;)

Anyhow, here are more books that I read.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

Leaving Before The Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller

Leaving Before The Rains Come

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

The Last Anniversary

Sweetland by Michael Crumley

Sweetland

What I’ve Been Reading

Despite my fears about running out of books to read while we were in Italy, I only ended up reading three, though I think we can all agree that three books in 17 days is not really “only” anything, that’s actually a decent clip.

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

Silver Bay

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm

It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell

It was me all along

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life after life

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History

What I’ve Been Reading

I think it’s sort of fitting to post about the books I have been reading lately because it’s Valentine’s Day and reading has always been one of my great loves.

Also, because I Have Opinions, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on each book this go-round!

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Bad Feminist
I really liked this.

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Thrive

This book was extremely boring and the writing was hard to follow, but at its core the message was good.  We need to take care of ourselves in order to be successful.  Making the time and space to do that matters.

Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham

Not That Kind Of Girl

I had extremely high expectations for this book and I found it to be more disturbing than anything else.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

Apparently everyone read this book for a class at some point between middle school and high school.  We in the Wayzata School District did not.  The movie was actually on HBO for the last month or so and I kept catching snippets of it when Marcus was watching.  I then decided that if I wanted to watch the movie, I needed to read the book and I’m actually pretty glad that I did.  I also think it is important to note that the movie is painfully faithful to the book, rivaling only Matilda for plot fidelity in my opinion.