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birthofpillThe Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched A Revolution by Jonathan Eig

I could barely put it down!! This was an incredibly interesting and well-researched exposé on the birth control pill. I have a newfound appreciation for the unprecedented role it’s played in shaping women’s history and freedom of choice…No other invention has had a comparable impact on women’s lives. Highly recommended.

 

howtobeHow to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Ruth Goodman

I absolutely loved Ruth’s detailed and in-depth descriptions of Victorian life. She has LIVED it, as well, having tried out many of the household tasks and recipes used in the 1800s. Engaging and fascinating, as it goes beyond the grinding daily tasks into the cultural and social history of the time. I don’t think I’ve never been so grateful to live in 2016.

 

egoenemyEgo is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

This was an extremely thought-provoking book. Highly recommended for all humans.

 

doyouromDo Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit your Modern Life by Rebecca Pachecho

I wish I’d read this when I started doing yoga 8 years ago, but I’m so glad I found it now that I’m diving deeper into the history and postures during my time off work. Rebecca offers an incredibly approachable and secular voice in the yoga world. Sure, there’s still some chakra talk, but compared to the other yoga books I tried to read this month (not including them here for your sake and sanity), this was far and away the best. I went back and read the whole thing again as soon as I finished it, and I even took notes. This doesn’t happen often. Top pick for any current or future yogi!!

 

becoming-veganBecoming Vegan: The Everyday Guide to Plant-based Nutrition by Brenda Davis

Having been vegan since June, this book was super helpful for fleshing out the vitamins and nutrients needed to stay healthy. Luckily, we’ve been doing most things correctly! Lots of recipes and straight-forward science explaining the importance of a balanced fridge and the long-term positives of a plant-based diet.

 

harrypotterHarry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two by Jack Thorne

Once you get used to the style (it’s a play so the whole thing is dialogue), this was actually really good. Funny and likable new characters, and the essence of the original players was still intact. Fast and engaging read, with lots of plot twists and action. I hope the production comes through Seattle eventually!

 

shynessShyness: A Bold New Approach : Managing your Shyness at Work, Making Small Talk, Navigating Social Situations, Parenting A Shy Child by Bernardo Carducci

This book had some great reminders and exercises. About half of humans describe themselves as “shy,” but it’s merely a personality trait and not an inherited disease…Like any habit, it can be warped and improved. I’m committed to making more of an effort in this area during these months of not working, especially since it feels so comforting and natural for me to work alone at home. Gotta keep those social skills sharp!

 

playing-deadPlaying Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud by Elizabeth Greenwood

This is a great read for anyone who’s considered the repercussions and logistics of faking their own death. Or, just dreamt about starting a new life somewhere else. Haven’t we all? Elizabeth delves deep into these questions and successfully fakes her own death (just for the purposes of this book). She talks to experts in investigation and enforcement, as well as to success stories and failures. A bit rough around the edges writing and structure-wise, but overall an absolutely fascinating book.

 

artofwomanThe Art of Being a Woman: A Simple Guide to Everyday Love and Laughter by Veronique Vienne

This felt forced; I couldn’t relate to it. Or maybe I’m just not old enough to appreciate it yet…?

 

in-other-wordsIn Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

I absolutely love Lahiri’s writing, but this particular subject just didn’t strike a chord with me. She commits to becoming fluent in Italian and moves there after being struck by its beauty and culture. Definitely an admirable and ambitious feat. But it felt more like a very long opinion piece than a book meant for public consumption.

 

21002100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses by Daniel Lacerda

“Mr. Yoga” is about as pretentious as you’d expect him to be (in particular, look for the page with him shirtless explaining ‘chakras’), but this is a beautiful book. Very well-designed and expertly photographed. However, it includes about 1,000 more postures than I needed to see. Many of them were just variations or advanced versions of current postures. I would’ve preferred an in-depth discussion of correct postural alignment vs. scantily clad gymnasts posing in positions the normal human will never reach. But that’s just me.

 

leavemeLeave Me by Gayle Forman

Completely unlikable protagonist. Zero takeaways. It’s unclear to me why this book is so popular right now…can someone enlighten me?

 

sorrynotSorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up by Naya Rivera

Sadly, this was about as trashy and poorly written as I expected. Also, anyone writing a memoir before they turn 30 should probably be turned away by publishers. But it was nice to reflect on the glory days of Glee!

 

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