Twitterature March 2014

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share short reviews of books I read this month.


Growing Up Duggar by Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger Duggar – Like many people, I have a mild fascination with America’s favorite large family. I don’t watch their show, but I’ve read all their books. I really enjoyed this one and dog-eared several sections for my 11 year old daughter to read – about self-image, remaining chaste, entertainment choices and modesty. I don’t agree with all of their beliefs, but I think they’re very honorable. Fun fact: one of them is a midwife, another a doula.

Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath – Everyone was recommending this book so I had to pick it up. Great, pithy advice on health habits, some of which I’ve been implementing for years. Such as: eat on a small plate, measure so you move more, don’t sit too much, set up your surroundings and routine so you use less willpower (and therefore have more self-control), among others. The power of small actions!

How to Learn Any Language by Barry Farber – This book is awesome, and I’ve been implementing the approach its author recommends since reading it. When it comes to learning a new language, think shotgun approach, not bulls-eye. Attack it using many tools (audio, visual, immersion, flash cards, etc). From a polyglot who learned a dozen languages in his youth, and 25 in adulthood, his methods obviously work.

READ  Anthony Trollope on Habits

Life of Fred Financial Choices by Stanley Schmidt. Complete review here.

The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb – Most of it was over my head but I slogged through it in a vain attempt at self-improvement. Won’t do that again. 🙂 Main takeaway: we control less than we think, and stuff happens. Reminded me of:  “Time and unforeseen occurrence befall us all.” Eccl. 9:11

Also by Taleb: The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms – I love Proverbs, so I enjoyed this.


And for my fun book: (If you’re new, I read at least one “fun” book about French women, food or culture each month to reward myself for working hard to learn the language!)

Ooh La La!: French Women’s Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day by Jamie Cat Callan – French women say no to cosmetic surgery, yes to massages. No to cheap, disposable clothing, yes to small, high-quality wardrobes. They want to look good up close (and feel nice too). They know how to turn a “flaw” on its head and make it into an asset.

About Carrie

Happy wife, homeschooling mom of many, autodidact, best-selling Amazon author, blogger, head chef and barefoot walker. Residing just outside Atlanta, usually found reading a book while sipping a hot beverage.


  1. You’re an inspiration.

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