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Here’s what I’ve been reading
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley
I’ve heard great things about the Flavia de Luce series and thoroughly enjoyed the first installment. 11-year-old Flavia–an aspiring chemist who’s fascinated by poisons–solves her crime and persuaded me to request the next book in the series. These YA mysteries are charming and thoroughly British.
Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
This slim work was first published in 1955 but feels fresh and timely. I’ll focus more on this in a more detailed post, but I loved her words on women and distractions, on cluttered spaces and the need for time alone. Best read a few pages at a time.
The Girl You Left Behind, J. J. Moyes
This easy-reading novel from the author of Me Before You tells the stories of two women who lived a century apart, and the painting that unites them. It’s not perfect, but it’s engaging and readable and wins points for its interesting past and present structure. I listened to the audiobook, which was a pleasure.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, Gary Vaynerchuk
If you don’t work in or heavily use social media this book isn’t for you; it’s a worthwhile read if you do. I didn’t get what boxing had to do with social until Vaynerchuk layed it out, but now it’s changed the way I think about social media. Brand new and timely, but likely to age quickly given how fast this business is evolving.
The Medici Effect, Frans Johansson
This business-y book explores where great ideas come from, and why breakthrough insights so often come from the intersections of fields of study. It’s longer than it needs to be, but I’m glad I read it, if only to learn the phrase “associative barrier” and realize that mine are low. (This is the book Ben Arment talks about all. the. time.)
Clutterfree with Kids, Joshua Becker
Will hasn’t read this book but he loves it, because as soon as I started reading it I was inspired to purge my closet. Draggy through the beginning but there’s a wealth of practical information in the bulky middle section, devoted to practical ways to get rid of the clutter. If you need some help getting motivated to clear out your stuff, this is the book for you.
The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker
The writing is okay and the plot gets a little muddy in the middle, but the concept of this YA almost-apocalyptic novel is brilliant: the rotation of the earth is slowing down, and the wheels are coming off. A little science fiction + a little coming-of-age make for a good read, if not a must-read.
What have you been reading lately?