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Clearly, I would rather read than clean my French doors.
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much – I read this book in 24 hours. I could hardly put it down. The topics of scarcity, abundance, and poverty mentality have long fascinated me. I definitely recognized patterns in my own life. Scarcity literally makes us do stupid things. Not only when it comes to money, but time and relationships too: being busy (time poor) makes us dumb procrastinators (a good reason not to fill the margins), being lonely makes us push people away. I felt the same way about this book that I’ve felt after other books on behavioral economics: hungry for a bullet list of takeaway points. This is one I’ll continue to meditate on for a long time. And the themes are mulling around in my head for a forthcoming blog post.
The Emotional Calendar: Understanding Seasonal Influences and Milestones to Become Happier, More Fulfilled, and in Control of Your Life – Weather has always had a powerful effect on my mood, so I was hoping for some good advice from this book. It ended up skimming most of it. I should have read the Amazon reviews, because they are correct. #Psych lite. #Common sense.
The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy – This book initially turned me off. I am a pragmatist and was so irritated by the author’s extreme sentimentality and unrealistic, romantic notion of motherhood (not to mention the unending Wordsworth references). Yet it drew me in and I kept reading. I drew to love Benjamin and his mother (the author). Wonderful lesson in unconditional love and accepting what is.
Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down – As a confirmed Francophile, I wanted to love this book, partially because the author is so doggone cute (seriously, Google his picture). Instead I kept asking, “Rosecrans, what are you trying to say?” Redeeming qualities: descriptions of his adorably French co-workers. #DontGetIt
I have already reviewed portions of this book, which first appeared as 3 separate ebooks. As a huge fan of Laura’s, I wanted the real thing to hold in my hand. This book also contains a nice appendix and a bit more content. Inspired me to do another weekly time log, which I blogged about over at Laura’s site.