February 2016 Quick Reviews
Still catching up from missing the quick reviews for December 2015 – I’ve been reading so much lately, it’s hard to keep up.
Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup: Very average book on finances and budgeting – but with a massive serving of Christianity. If I had known, I would’ve given it a pass.
Jane Austen by Brian Wilks*: I really enjoyed this biography on Jane Austen, and learnt so many things about her (way too short) life, her upbringing, her relationship with her sister Cassandra and the places she lived – and how that shaped her wonderful stories. I was charmed to discover that she would write letters to her niece backwards – something I used to do both in writing and when speaking as a child.
Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin series, book 1 ($3.44 on Kindle) by Patrick O’Brian: Master and Commander came highly recommended, especially the Audible version which I listened to. I pushed my way through it, but it just never truly caught my attention so I won’t be picking up the next in the series.
Crochet Mandalas by Marinke Slump and Anita Mundt*: Crochet Mandalas by Marinke Slump and Anita Mundt is not only a beautiful collection of crochet mandalas, but also Anita Mundt’s goodbye to, and honouring of her sister Wink (Marinke Slump).
Wink first began blogging about crocheting on acreativebeing.com, when she was dealing with severe depression. She wrote about how crocheting had given her hope. Unfortunately, depression lies, and even crochet isn’t always enough., and Winke took her own life the summer 2015.
Crochet Mandalas is a beautiful way to honour the craft that meant so much to Winke, and it is a collection full of beauty, colour and hope.
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before — and After — You Marry by Less & Leslie Parrott*: Full of disproven theories on relationships and gender roles, stereotypical advice – the only good advice in the book is based on the research by John Gottmann, and for that I suggest you read his book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Furthermore the book is full of Christian religiosity, I would’ve skipped it had I known – oh, and it’s one big sales pitch to buy more of their products.
Lili: A Portrait of the First Sex Change (Man Into Woman) ($2.74 on Kindle) by Lili Elbe and Niels Hoyer: Lili is the republishing of Man Into Woman, the memoir of one of the first openly trans women, Lili Elbe. Lili’s life story was the inspiration behind The Danish Girl – which completely twisted and disregarded many of her life circumstances – and in my opinion the truth is much more interesting and compelling. While Lili lived in the beginning of the 20th century, what surprised me the most is in how many ways things haven’t changed. It is of such vital importance that we listen to the own voices of those in the trans* (and other) communities, rather than rely on the (often mis-)interpretations of privileged, white, cis, male authors such as Ebershoff.
Go To Bed by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD: I have loved Ballantyne’s writing for a long time (she blogs at The Paleo Mom, and is the author of The Paleo Approach), in Go To Bed she gives a comprehensive, easily understandable overview of the importance of sleep, and what we can do to improve both the quality and quantity of our sleep. The ebook also gives all the details of a 14-day program to improve your sleep – I did it, and highly recommend it. Ballantyne not only tells us what we need to do, but why we need to do it – something I find very helpful in getting my sleep patterns back on track.
As always I’m linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy.
What have you been reading lately?
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