So far this year I’ve managed to finish three books:
Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save
an American Town by Beth Macy:
I’ve been reading this one since Nonfiction November.
Considering, I spent so much time with the Bassets - this book chronicles three
generations of the Basset family and their furniture empire in Basset, Virginia
- I feel it deserves its own post. Also, I’m in the market for new
furniture, so I’m thinking I’ll save my review until after my shopping
Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude by Mireille Guiliano
This book was disappointing. I was looking for a dissection
and analysis of French beauty and aging beliefs; instead I got one big ramble of
Guiliano’s beauty, diet, anti-aging, and health routines. Also, I find her writing voice to be irritating and preachy. I did enjoy the section where she provided a list
of women who are aging with attitude. Just maybe, despite not particularly enjoying the book, Guiliano inspired me to explore aging with
attitude in a future blog challenge.
Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
This was an interesting read. It may not have helped me
change my habits - yet, but the chapters titled, “How Target Knows What You
Want Before You Do” and the “Saddleback Church and the Montgomery Bus Boycott”
were fascinating. Also, I can’t stop thinking about how Harrah’s Entertainment
(Now Caesars Entertainment) preyed on Angie Bachmann’s gambling addiction. It
was despicable. If you are interested in learning more about habits, how companies
use your habits and (private information) to manipulate your spending or if you wish
to change a habit I recommend this book.
My reading plans for February are to:
Foodie February hosted by the travel the world in books challenge.
The foodie books I plan to read are:
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch--Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foodsby Jennifer Reese
This one comes recommended by Jennifer Ludwigsen. I’ve read 150 pages to date and as much as I disliked Mireille Guiliano’s writing voice I love Jennifer Reese’s. She is funny, relatable and makes me feel as if I’m sitting at her kitchen counter while she talks about cooking and recipes. Reese created an experiment for herself and her family after losing her job. She sets out to determine: When is homemade better? And cheaper? This book is about her findings. Though most of her recipes don’t qualify as healthy and I can’t use them for my live healthy on a budget challenge, I am learning about ingredients, cooking and what not to buy.
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller
I have an interest in olive oil and have attended olive oil tastings both in California and here in Wisconsin. After hearing Tom Mueller's interview on NPR I attempted to read this book - twice. I love reading a book that discloses a good scandal or fraud, but in the past haven't managed to get past the first 100 pages. The book is disorganized and repetitive. I keep waiting for Mueller to provide the meat of his story, but instead he takes me in circles.
When I noticed The Kitchen Reader Book Club has selected this book as their February book club pick, I decided to give it one more chance. I really want to learn the truth about the olive oil industry. I am starting on page 100. Wish me luck.
In other reading news:
I’ve been reading Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
by A.J. Jacobs for the Healthy Lifestyle Reading Challenge:
Jacobs has created a challenge for himself – to become the healthiest man in the world. This book fits in perfectly with my live healthy on a budget challenge. I enjoy Jacobs and his escapades despite finding him to be a bit of an oddball. He reminds me of Clark Howard, neither are afraid to embarrass themselves in the pursuit of their goals.
Have your read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Do you have any books to recommend for my Healthy Lifestyle Challenge or Foodie February challenge? What are you reading in February?