Recent Reads

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Having a new baby has definitely changed our lives (for the better!), and one of the great things that I have had time to do is read.  I have always enjoyed reading, but sometime it is hard to make that happen when you have a to-do list that is 3 miles long, but with the great excuse of nursing, I have had several hours every day (and during the night) to read (or check social media... I have never been so up-to-date on blogs, instagram, twitter and pinterest)!  Here are a few of the things I have been reading lately!
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking -- Absolutely fascinating!  The more I read it, the more I see the introvert that I am.  Especially post-baby.  The first week we were home, I only stepped foot out of our apartment once, and saw 2 or 3 people the whole week besides Adam and Fox, and I found myself completely okay with that. Classic introvert. As far as the book goes, she had a lot of interesting data and examples of introversion and why it can be a positive attribute. I also liked that she said lots of good things about extroverts. She was definitely showing how introversion can be a really good thing, but mostly because introversion is often seen as a negative character trait in our society, but I didn't feel like she was trying to say that extroversion is a terrible thing and that we should all be introverts.

The Handmade Marketplace -- This looked like it would be a great read, and if I was just starting my Etsy shop or blog, I think it would be really helpful, however most of the things she talked about, I have already tried or already know after a year and half of trial and error with my shop, so it wasn't very helpful.  

Think Like a Freak -- I have just started this one, so I can't say much, but Adam finished it a few weeks ago and said it was really interesting.  I am excited to read more!

The Man Who Ate the World in Search of the Perfect Dinner --   I would recommend this one with reservations... There is some material in here that could potentially be considered 'adult'.  Besides that, I have really enjoyed this book!  Basically Rayner travels to different cities and tries their top restaurants to find the perfect meal. He has some interesting and amusing experiences along the way, and eats lots of sea urchin! I found myself googling some of the cities while reading it to learn more about their history, realizing that I didn't know much about a few of them. Also, Rayner is funny!  It is still no Garlic and Saphirres, but definitely a fun read!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up --   I have read and heard RAVE reviews about this book and how it will change your life... I am not very far in yet, and my life has not yet been changed, but I will keep you posted.

Breakfast at Sotheby's --   After 3 years of studying Costume Design in college, I took 2 art history classes to fulfill some last requirements to graduate.  I found myself completely loving art history and contemplated switching my major or getting a Masters/PhD in Museum Studies so I could be a historic costume curator at a museum... That didn't happen, but I have had lovely feelings towards art and art museums since then.  This book is sort of a dictionary of art, artists and the author's experiences working at Sotheby's, one of the art auction houses in Britain. I have found it to be extremely interesting and amusing.  But I love art.  If you don't like reading about art and crazy artists, this book is not for you.

What have you been reading?  I am always looking for good recommendations and would love to what you have enjoyed!

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