Saturday to Saturday: What I Read #1, June 25-July 2, 2016

I’m going to start outlining what books I read over the week, both writing about what I started, and what I finished, as well as my TBR for the following week. Let’s do this!

What I finished:

The Year of Living Prayerfully: I am very into “project memoir” as a subgenre, and when I read The Year I lived Biblically by AJ Jacobs many years ago, I was struck by the clinical, methodical approach to the book. The Year I Lived Prayerfully by Jared Brock takes a different approach of spirituality with the Christian faith. It was a book filled with spiritual growth, and while I am not a Christian, I gleaned a lot from it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is religious, or anyone looking to balance activism/a life of service, because Jared’s background is in these fields, and it’s a good perspective to read about.

Happier at Home: Some say that Gretchen Rubin’s follow up to The Happiness Project is a retread of her other book, and in some ways, I agree. You definitely don’t need to read both, but I am glad I read this book. I’ll write a post comparing them soon, but if you were thinking about reading it, I’d go for it.

Cinnamon and Cigarette’s: This is the debut novel of Samantha Kate, and I received it as a review copy, and goodness, this book is a delight. It’s really the perfect, “curl up with a cup of cocoa on the couch on a Sunday” book, and that is exactly what I did. This story of a pilot falling in love with a librarian is sweet and lovely, and definitely worth a read.

What I worked on:

Rising Strong: I started this book by Brene’ Brown and got 100 pages through before forgetting about it! I do have intentions of finishing it, because I liked what I have read of it so far

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America : This book…oh gosh, this book. If you want an account of a large chunk of the awful stuff that has happened in American history, read this book. This book is horrifying, and that is exactly why you should read it. I am 9 hours into this 15 hour audiobook, and it is so worth it.

What I am reading next week:

The Second Mango: The Olive Conspiracy by Shira Glassman is coming out in a couple weeks (I am very, very excited!) so I want to reread the Mangoverse books before the next book comes out.

Eat the City- This is a rec from a friend about the people who built New York, from sugar refiners to fishers and butchers. It might be good, it might be tedious. Who knows!

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less: Another friend rec that I don’t know a lot about. It looks good though.

Better than Before– Why yes, I am reading all of Gretchen Rubin’s books, I’m *shocked* that you noticed!

Food Rules: An Eaters Guide- This is a short and sweet illustrated book by Michael Pollan (who I studied extensively in college), and I’m excited to spend an evening on this.

What’d you read this week? What do you plan to read next week? Let me know in comments!

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