What I Read This Month: February 2018

While February hasn’t ended yet, I figured now was a good time to get this up, before I completely forget what all the books were about.

How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays, by Mary Len Canton:  I wrote a review on this book about how it is critical to acknowledge the intention of a book when you’re reading it. I’ll link in the review, and while I enjoyed this book, three weeks out, this book isn’t as memorable as the original New York Times article it was inspired by.

Deenie, by Judy Blume: I’m currently taking a MasterClass hosted by Judy Blume, and her course does request you read some of her books to identify examples of what she’s talking about. Deenie is a book about a young girl whose mother wants her to get into modeling but is diagnosed with scoliosis. While parts of this book are very dated (often using terminology that is offensive today), others are still relevant and valuable to read. I learned from this book, but it wasn’t necessarily a book I would have sought out on my own.

You’re the One That I Want, by Giovanna Fletcher: I saw this around Valentines Day in the library and having heard about it through YouTube, picked it up. And while I didn’t name names, this is the book I was talking about when I wrote about Bookish Junk Food. This book is about a love triangle that spans a lifetime and is a genuine look at friendship and what it means to decide. This wasn’t a great book, but I am glad I finally scratched the itch to read it.

The Economist’s Diet by Christopher Payne and Rob Barnett: My girlfriend heard of this book on Bloomberg and wanted to read it, so I gave it a go as well. This diet book focused on common sense, in the same way as Intuitive eating. It teaches you how to understand food, and your body. It was helpful to me, so grab it from the library if you’re looking for a simple, no fuss diet book.

Girl, Wash your Face, by Rachel Hollis: Hear me out: this is the best book I read this month. This is the best self help book I’ve read in a long time. Girl, Wash Your Face is a Christian leaning self help book, and I, a gay Hindu-ish woman, found it the most wise and powerful book I’ve read in a long time. Hollis is real, funny and joyful, focusing on how the lies she’s told herself have held her back, and how she moved forward beyond that. Whether it’s publishing, adopting, running a business, or accepting those outside your circle, Hollis is honest, and this book has been a valuable, emotional read I am glad I picked up.

What have you read this month? Let me know in a comment below.

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