Good Books Read

Here is another installment about some of the good books I have read lately. I haven’t read quite as much in the last 3 months, and I am behind on my goal of 72 books for the year, but that is typical for the spring and early summer for me.

The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal is probably my favorite book from the past three months.  It was easy to read, entertaining and highly informative on how self-control works and why it matter.  This is one book I would like to read again.

Having had 4 miscarriages, three of which were in the 2nd trimester, I like to read about others who have lost a child.   I Will Carry You by Angie Smith was a tear jerker about a family that found out their baby would not be able to survive outside of the womb.  This one probably isn’t one to take to the beach, but it is a worthy read.  I find I need to read a story like this every 6 months or so. Then on to other topics.

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson was recommended to me by someone out there in the blog world.  I can’t remember who.  It is a very easy read.  Took me about 2 hours while I was watching my son’s swim meet on Sunday. If you own a business, are thinking of starting one, or just are interested in ideas of how small businesses can thrive, this book is for you.

Cathy Zielske recommended the book, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene’ Brown so I decided to read it.  It is an insightful book about living a Whole Hearted life. I have been thinking “I am in” since finishing this book.  Thought provoking. I will add her other book, I Thought It Was Just Me to my to-read list.

As I look at this list I see all non-fiction books, business, self-help type books.  I did read a few scrapbooking books and one fiction.

A Good American by Alex George was a great book.  I believe this was Mr. George’s first book.  It was about a family over a century, moving to America and struggles and triumphs.  My favorite part of this book was the writing style.  It was lyrical and poetic without it being confusing.  The words were so smooth.  It was just a pleasure to read. I will definitely read any future book by Alex George.

I have just started Imagine: How Creativity Works by  Jonah Lehrer.  This one was recommended by Stacy Julian.  I am only 45 pages in, and I am really enjoying the stories of creativity and invention.  It is easy to read and entertaining.  Looking forward to learning more about creativity.  I had never thought of myself as creative until I was in my 30s.  Now I realize we all are, just in different ways.  Nope, I still can’t draw a stick figure, but I still am creative.

Finally as an update to Good Books Read. I had just started the book, Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. It was just as good as the first book in the series.  So if you enjoy reading about dystopian worlds, put this one on your list.

Those are the most interesting books I have read lately.  You can follow me on Good Reads to get more up-to-date info on the books I am reading.

I would love to hear any recommendations for a good read you may have. Especially any summer light reads since I have been reading so many non-fiction books it is time to switch it up. Leave the titles in the comments.

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