Tuesday, March 6, 2018

February Books

February started out so strong! I had finished 5 books in the first couple of weeks...and I have finished 0 books since. Boo. So much of my free time though has gone toward keeping up in my theology classes. My semester wraps up in March + I have a couple of cross-country flights booked so I expect to have lots of reading time coming up. 

Until then, here's a quick review of the books I read in February...

Book #1
Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup
So I had read a lot of good things about Ruth Soukup, but this book just didn't really impress me. I think it's a good book to read if you're in the baby stages of wanting to simplify your life. But if you're already in the throes of it and looking for more tips/tricks...I would skip this book. It was quick and enjoyable read, yet not practical or life-changing, and I wish I would have started with another one of her books.

Book #2
Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health by Caroline Leaf
I met Dr. Leaf a few years ago in Nashville, TN at a Priscilla Shirer taping. As a neuroscientist, she was so easy to understand and really connected faith and science. But this book? It was difficult for me. A lot of the theories, and even the diagrams, went way over my head. The parts I could comprehend were fascinating though, and overall, an interesting integration on spirituality and science. I would only recommend this book if you have a scientific mind. 

Book #3
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown
Oh, this book. It was hard. I only live about 50 miles or so from Donner Pass in California. I read this book so I could learn more about the party's story, and I don't think I was quite expecting the difficulty of it. If you enjoy history, this book is worth the read. Just know it's filled with real-life horror. I was glad I read this one, but it shook me just learning and thinking about life less than 200 years ago. I honestly can't fully imagine.

Book #4
At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider
This may be my favorite book of 2018! I so loved and enjoyed it. It's the memoir of a woman and her family on a year-long backpacking trip around the globe. I obviously loved this book because of my strong urge for travel, but I think even non-travelers and homebodies alike would enjoy this one. It's just really well-written...and has me wanting to get more stamps in my passport stat

Book #5
A Door in the River by Inger Ash Wolfe
I'm not typically a big mystery fan, but I enjoyed this book. It wasn't very predictable nor too horrific. The story was well-told. Also worth noting, I think this book helped shine a light on the problem of human trafficking. It's real and it's everywhere. If you like a little bit of real-life relevance to your mysteries, then you should read this book.

So that's all! I have a little bit of catching up to do in March, but it's manageable. Still on the road to 100 in 2018. :)

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1 comment

  1. I love At Home in the World as well! Have you listened to Tsh's podcast, The Simple Show? It's a great one!


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