One of my favorite things to do when the weather gets chilly is to curl up on the couch with a mug of coffee or tea, and read a good book. I was very happy with the books I read over the summer, and I’m looking forward to some more good reads this fall. Here’s what’s on my fall reading list:
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance. I saw the author of this book discuss it on several news programs this summer, and it sounded like a very interesting look into a place (Appalachia) and culture (hillbilly) I know very little about. (Confession: I actually finished this book last weekend. Is including here like putting something you’ve already done on a to-do list, just so you can cross it off? I’m not saying I’ve ever done that, but I’ve heard that other people do…)
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. I read another book by this author – Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business – over the summer, and heard this book mentioned on the Afford Anything podcast. I’m generally a big fan of habits, so I’m hoping this book will help me make the most of this trait.
The Bucolic Plague, by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. I’m late to the Fabulous Beekman Boys party, but I’m on-board now! I watched the first season of the show on DVD this summer, and it fed right into my secret desire to be a gentlewoman farmer some day. Plus, who doesn’t love a flock of adorable goats??
Columbine, by David Cullen. I heard about this book on the true crime episode of the Sorta Awesome podcast – one of my absolute favorite podcasts, BTW – and I was intrigued when one of the hosts said it gives a much fuller picture of that awful incident than is typically covered in the media. (I read the amazing book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, by Sue Klebold, this spring, and could not put it down.)
I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, by Laura Vanderkam. I wasn’t familiar with this author, until I heard her interviewed on the Afford Anything podcast. I found what she had to say about the effective use of our time, very interesting, and decided to read her books. I’m starting with this one.
The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate, by Susan Kaiser Greenland. I struggle with making mindfulness a consistent part of my life, but I understand the immense benefits it can provide. I want to help my daughter take advantage of these benefits, too, only earlier in life than I have.
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