Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Reading Reviews

Happiness at Home by Gretchen Rubin

This is a book that will be helpful if you haven't read many self-help books already. It is very specific about what she did to increase her happiness. However, this can be used as a "jumping off place' to start your own happiness project.
I have read the Happiness Project as well and this is just another continuation of that book.
I did strike me while listening to this book that overall she doesn't really seem any happier than I am. If you are expecting a total makeover, this is not the book for you. It is more about "happy" when I guess I was looking for "joyful"

Full Bloom by Janet Evanovich
Borrow this from a library, DO NOT BUY! I didn't like this book at all. The setting is an old pre- Civil War brothel. There are ghosts and dead bodies and just a jumble of things thrown together.
If I were 18-22 years old with stars in my eyes, I might like the book. It does have a happy ending and everything works out. (Does anyone confess to a crime in real life because they feel guilty for the innocent person being accused?)
I read this for a reading program but that is the only reason I finished it.

I am Proud of You by Tim Madigan
The subtitle "My Friendship with Fred Rodgers" to me was a little misleading. I thought it would be more about Mr. Rodgers than it turned out to be. The beginning was wonderful and made me very emotional. However, the emphasis of this book was mainly about what was going on in his life with little notes from Fred Rodgers interspersed.
It was also difficult to get a good grasp on the timeframe When listening, it seemed like this friendship lasted decades when only I think it was about several years.
Disappointed but not too bad. I wouldn't read it again but I am glad I did.

Acquired Tastes by Peter Mayle
This book discusses all the "finest" things in life. How a handmade suit is made. Also why cavier, single-malt scotch and custom shoes costs so much.
It also mentioned the negatives of these things.
It was an enjoyable non-fiction read. You can tell that this started it life as a series of magazine articles though.

Tell Me Where it Hurts by Nick Trout
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The overall setting is the Angell Animal Hospital and the day of a veterinary surgeon. However, it is filled with examples of different issues vets much face. brought up issues of what is considered appropriate intervention, pet owners not "hearing" what the doctor says, insurance and even animal cosmetic surgery. It mainly used dogs as the examples.
Great book and I learned alot and, as the owner of two pets, I have a new respect and information for when we next visit the doctor

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
This was an excellent book about the author' hiking the Pacific Coast Trail after the death of her mother.
I found the hiking part interesting, but what I really enjoyed was her processing her life and grief. If you have ever lost a loved one, I think you can relate to her emotions and how she did/didn't deal with them


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