I've been challenging myself to read more, especially the piles of books that are sitting around my home longing to be read. 

It's also true confession time...I read cheesy romance novels. It is what I read before bed and it helps my brain disengage. I'm also completely jealous that my friends, who were in the same English Master's program as I was, got to take a literature class on Romance Novels. Sigh. 

This list won't include the cheesy stuff I am reading because a) I'm embarrassed and b) I read them so quickly it would be a slightly inflated list. 

Here are the books I read January of 2016.

Die Empty by Todd Henry
This has been on my pile of books to read for too long. It took me a while to get through because there were activities to do as you were reading the book. It really helped me to focus on the things I want to be doing in my life. The greatest takeaway for me was 'closing loops' or to stop doing those things that don't help you lead your best life. I'd say 4 out of 5 stars and only because the last couple of chapters weren't quite applicable to me. 

The Life of a Bowerbird by Sibella Court
This was a gift from a friend and another book that sat too long on my shelf. Its freaking beautiful and it brought out my inner magpie. It is a great book for inspiration and it gave me a daily dose of beauty, but I wouldn't recommend it as a how to design book. More of a coffee table book. For that reason I give it a 4 out of 5. 

The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
This book kind of blew my mind. Each chapter walked through the hormonal changes happening to a woman as she grows up. This book was a revelation for me. She mentions that about 10% of women have extreme hormonal shifts that can launch them into depression and even suicidal thoughts, especially around their period. That was me. I was the 10% and it wasn't until I went on birth control in my 20s that it finally evened out. It was quite frightening how wide my moods would swing. There are a couple of generalizations and it is very heteronormative but definitely worth a read and I'd give it also a 4 out of 5. 

What books have you read lately? Any good recommendations? 

 

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