Books I Read in March

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My list of books I read in March is rather abysmal. There were three factors for this drop in reading: 1) Rather than go on my walk alone, my daughter often accompanied me and the rest of the time, hubs was my companion. Spending time with them means more to me than listening to an audiobook. 2) I wasn’t in the mood for weighty books so I stuck to fiction, and 3) I wasn’t as inclined as reading as I usually am for whatever reason.

Recently, I read a saying on Facebook which stated: “I was born with a reading list I can never finish.” This truism describes exactly how I feel. I have so many books to read and long lists of books I want to read. All this to say, while I used to stick with books which maybe didn’t fully hold my interest, I no longer do this. If a book doesn’t hold my attention, it is discarded.

This new habit in no way reflects on the books nor their authors. To each their own as they say (whomever THEY are).

Discarded Books

Love Warrior by Glennon D. Merton

We are all unique with individual tastes. This fact became clear to me when I wasn’t taken in by a book which made it to the New York best seller list – Love Warrior. While I can see why others loved it, for me the book felt too weighty. The author was raw in her honesty and I feel for her as I read her story.

She became bulimic at ten and eventually progressed to drugs and alcohol. While I think we all feel disconnected from this world at times and that we don’t fit in. We don’t all find the same way to cope. Bulimia, drugs, and alcohol weren’t my thing. So while, I understand “not belonging”, and feeling like we need to wear a mask and build facades because we can’t meet the world’s expectation any other way, I don’t fully understand the rest of her story.

As a mother, I find it so heavy that a child at ten could already be so lost and feel so “out of this world.” As a woman, I don’t understand her path because I have not walked it.

While as a human I understand her struggle and I admire her raw honesty and authenticity. It takes courage to be this “naked” in front of a world which can be very cruel.

Glennon Melton gave voice to people who felt they had none. I so get that. To them, she was a representation of their lost and buried words, maybe even their lost self. However, she was not speaking for me.

Two thirds into the book, I was done. I was skipping more and more pages, so what was the using of continuing? This book felt way too voyeuristic for me with so many personal details. I didn’t glean any amazing insight. As a matter of fact, I keep going initially because I thought surely I would get to the meat rather than her life story.

In all fairness, biographies aren’t my thing. However, I was under the impression this book was more than a biography. If was either wrong in my assumptions or I never got to said “meat.”

Now, I am the one who feels maybe I don’t belong. Obviously, this book was widely successful and who am I to say I did not care for it?

When going to Amazon and looking at the reviews. I felt a tad vindicated I was not the only one who found the book laborious. although we are clearly in the minority.

Then again, as Glennon was true to her voice, I can only be true to mine.

[Love Warrior]

Books I Read in March

Audible or CD Versions

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life

by Gretchen Rubin

If you have perused this blog before, you are familiar with my fascination for Gretchen Rubin’s first book “The Happiness Project” which was the spearhead for me starting this blog. I was so enthralled with the idea of a happiness project, I am currently doing mine.

Great stuff.

I must admit I was less enthused with this book “Happier at Home.” It seemed to be more of a rehashing of the first one than something original. However, there was still interesting and uplifting parts.

I became aware Gretchen Rubin is in love with miniatures (a love I rediscovered — like her — during my happiness project.)

She also gave me new ideas for my Happiness Project. Overall, it was entertaining.

On a side note, I think this book was partially less entertaining because unlike The Happiness Project, it was not read by the other. I found the narrator’s especially aggravating when she spoke for a child. Gretchen Rubin was spunky and fun and I think her narration would have made a difference for me in the enjoyment of this sequel.

[Happier at Home]


The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) 

by Gretchen Rubin

I must perfectly honest and admit, I did not read the whole book. I read the beginning, took the test and then proceeded to read the part that pertained to me (and since hubs is the same tendency as me, easy peasy). So this shouldn’t come as some earth-shattering surprise that my tendency is The Rebel.

Enough said.

Entertaining book.

[The Fourth Tendencies]

Your Body Knows Best: The Revolutionary Eating Plan That Helps You Achieve Your Optimal Weight and Energy Level for Life

by Ann Louise Gittleman

What I like best about this book is that Ann Louise Gittleman starts on the premise that we are all unique and there is not a one size fits all. I couldn’t agree more.

[Your Body Knows Best]

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics

by Jason Porath

An interesting book about powerful women we ever hardly anything about. History books are replete with powerful men’s exploit whether good or bad (i.e. Martin Luther King Jr. or Ghenkis Kahn). However, they severely lack in women stories. Jason Porath wanted to even the playing field — and he did.

Even though the book has cutesy Disneyish drawings, it is not a child’s book. Some stories are G and some are R. To the author’s credit the author has a coding system to let you know what’s coming so you can decide ahead of time if you want to continue. I could not read them all as some were rather barbaric.

Nevertheless, it is an interesting book.

[Rejected Princesses]

Fitness Books and DVDs

Now I feel better and that I am healing from adrenal fatigue, I am wanting to exercise more. I was able to borrow many DVDs and Books from the public library. I will give a short review here of each one.

The Naked Warrior [book]

by Pavel Tsatsouline

Maybe he had great things to say and he exercises will definitely build strength. However, he lost me when he played the “Russian” routine.

[The Naked Warrior]

Firming After 50 [DVD]

by Joel Harper

Easy to follow. I like Joel Harper easy-going manner. This DVD is not too strenuous by any means. You will need exercise resistance bands.

[Firming After 50]

Cardio Dance for Beginners [DVD]

by Tracy Anderson

I only did the first section. It is not hard and you will break in a sweat. This won’t hold my interest though and when this happens exercising feels like a chore and I don’t want to do it. I have to have fun or at the very least enjoy it.

[Cardio Dance]

Hoopnotica: Hoopdance Basics – Beginner, Level 1 [DVD]

I bought an exercise hoop and I enjoy it. After seeing this DVD, I realize that I am content hula hooping with music on and not doing any fancy moves.

[Hoopnotica Basics Level 1]

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