It’s been a busy month of reading (and listening to books on Audible). I’ve always adored reading, as a child I couldn’t keep enough books in the house. I remember coming home from school at age 13 and literally devouring an entire book in the bathtub all too often. Now I don’t have quite as much time to read but I certainly dedicate a large chunk of my free time to the relaxing habit.
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
Like every other Harry Potter fan I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. While I understand the hesitations some seemed to have about reading a play, the unique format really didn’t bother me. The first few scenes aren’t necessarily compelling but if you keep reading the story speeds up pretty quickly. I thought this Harry Potter continuation story was a fun way to revisit my favorite characters while introducing fun new characters too. Scorpious was my favorite!
Holly Madison’s Vegas Diaries
Earlier this year I read Holly Madison’s first book “Down the Rabbit Hole”. It was such a fun guilty pleasure I was excited to read The Vegas Diaries too! Though not nearly as “scandalous” as Holly’s life within the Playboy mansion I find Holly’s writing voice friendly and easy to read. I felt like I was in Vegas right beside Holly as I read. A great labor day weekend beach read if you need something light hearted to lounge with.
Where’d You Go Bernadette
I remember seeing Where’d You Go, Bernadette all over blogs and bookstores last summer and never felt the urge to pick it up. The book ended up on my Audible book recommendations and I decided to give it a try. Listening rather than reading this book was actually a lot of fun as the story is told through letters, emails and other notices. I listened to the entire audiobook wishing 24 hours because I was so invested in the story, it definitely helped that the majority of the plot took place in Seattle. I recommend picking up this fictional story about a quirky family asap!
French Women Don’t Get Fat
While looking to expand my knowledge on healthy eating I listened to French Women Don’t Get Fat. As a total Francophile I have an inherent fascination with all things french and I thought “why not see how french women do it?”. Of course there is not a magical french genetic code for skinny but I did enjoy reading the practical tips for healthy eating and living at any age. One recommendation-physically read this book rather than listening on Audible. There were quite a few recipes throughout the book that I found painfully boring to listen to even though they are probably quite delicious.
Better Than Before
I love Gretchen Rubin! I read “The Happiness Project” and “Happier at Home” so I knew I would eventually read Better Than Before. I was unsure how interested I would be in an entire book on habit formation but I found the book inspiring. I love thinking about the way my brain works as well as how the brains of others work. The author does a great job of discussing different types of habit forming personalities and methods for creating habits.
Foodist covers one scientist’s approach to eating well and exercising without gaining weight. Using science as well as her own experience the author argues for ditching all diets (woot!) and living a healthy and well balanced life. This is a great book to read if you do not know much about basic nutrition and want to optimize healthy living.
The Body Book
Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book is a great refresher on basic human nutrition and health. Cameron covers everything from exercise to macro and micro nutrients to poop and periods. I loved learning about Cameron’s approach to healthy living. I left this book feeling inspired to make every choice a healthy choice.
What did you read this month? I would love recommendations for September!
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