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February 2020 Book Recs

I was able to get a lot of reading time in this February, so I was able to finish six books. Here’s a “tweet’s worth” of a review for each. I haven’t included the novels I’ve been reading to the kids. I love that they’re getting to the age that we can read chapter books together!

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty was an interesting read. I recommend it. It explores the lives of multiple woman dealing with different types of grief that end up having their lives intertwine. 

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris is about a journalist who makes a choice that has him questioning his morals. It was less thought provoking than I thought it would be and more like a Hollywood movie. It was good for what it was, but didn’t match my initial expectation. I wanted more. 

Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck was perfectly timed given my work stress last month. It focused on shifting your thinking. In short, everyone has problems, so find ones you enjoy solving. I’m glad I read it. 

Juliet’s School of Possibilities by Laura Vanderkam. This novella is a fictional narrative of how to use your time constructively and in a way you find fulfilling. It was a quick read, but given my knowledge of Vanderkam’s work on time tracking, not new content. It’s a good introduction to Vanderkam. 

I found Breathe In, Cash Out by Madeleine Henry to be a fun read. It was exactly what I was expecting. It felt a bit like The Devil Wears Prada, but in banking instead of fashion. I could relate a bit to the consulting work, but thankfully I have never had the same amount of stress, hours, and expectations at my job. 

Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book is Talking to Strangers. It was not my favorite of his work. It focuses on how it’s not always easy to tell if someone is being truthful. Everyone’s experiences are different and frame their view of the world and their reactions to events. I’m onboard with that notion but didn’t find the book compelling.

Please share if you’ve read any good books lately! I’m always looking to add to my to-read list.

Photo credit: Photo by Alice Hampson on Unsplash

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