I can’t think of a clever introductory paragraph, so I’ll just dive right in with what I’ve been reading this month.
Happier at Home: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Cram My Day With What I Love, Hold More Tightly, Embrace Here, and Remember Now (Gretchen Rubin) — I started Rubin’s book The Happiness Project ages ago, but had to return it to the library before I finished. I set out to finally finish it this month, but it wasn’t available, so I checked out this sequel instead. I really enjoyed this book, and I felt like it gave me a lot of practical advice on tangible things I could do to live more intentionally. I’ve read reviews saying that since Rubin is apparently wealthy, there’s no way that “normal” people could gain anything from this book, but I didn’t find that to be the case. I look forward to reading more from Rubin and checking out her podcast.
Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary With the Bard (Laura Bates) — As a literature major, I was probably destined to love this book from the start. Amanda recommended it to me, and I tore through it in a little over a day. It’s the story of Dr. Laura Bates taking a Shakespeare program into a prison here in Indiana, and how that program changed lives and rehabilitated prisoners. It also gives us glimpses of how our current correctional system can fail young people, though Bates does a good job of remaining impartial. Read this book. You won’t regret it.
The Incomparable Christ (J. Oswald Sanders) — The book we are studying in the group I recently wrote about. If you’re into Jesus, this is an excellent book that breaks down specific parts of his nature to discuss why He is so special. We’re only a few chapters in and I already feel like I’ve gained so much.
The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (Chris Hardwick) — I will admit that my crush on the author was my main motivator for reading this book. So far, it’s pretty good. I think I am past the stage in my life where I would’ve needed the advice that Hardwick is offering, but his writing style is entertaining enough to keep me engaged.
What are you reading this month?