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.
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.