Books I Read in May

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Once again, I present my laundry list of the books I’ve read, this time the books I read in May (excluding fiction).

This feature along with Inspirational Quotes is a monthly feature on this blog.

I would love to hear about your favorite reads. You may leave your recommendations in the comment section below.


Audible Books

Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Ph.D.

This is not an audiobook version of a book as I expected. It is more in narration form like for an interview.

This book did not garner good reviews on Amazon (there were only 3). One individual said they couldn’t understand the narrator. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi (say that last name three times really fast)  does have an accent. However, I did not find him hard to understand. He is a mild-mannered brilliant man.

The idea that it is possible to live in a state of flow is an intriguing one and certainly a concept I want to pursue. While this is not an exhilarating talk, it is nonetheless peppered with wonderful information.



Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too

by Gary Vaynerchuk  

My eldest store was kind enough to share this book with me from his Audible library.

What I didn’t like about the book

I KNOW I am in the minority on this one and I know it probably will earn me the label of stick-in-the-mud. No matter. I have to be authentic to who I am. I have a very hard time with foul language because I don’t get it. It appears to me as we are becoming a more vulgar society. In my days, using cuss words would have gotten me in trouble. Ditto for my kids. For me, that’s a big downer.

Gary is also extremely driven which is fine. I can’t for the life of me align myself with that. Life has taught me that it is short and unpredictable. Therefore, my desires are not to make it big at all cost. In his defense, he does say we have to know ourselves, our desires, and our limitations.

What I Liked About the Book

I loved the idea of people who found ways to rise above their circumstances. Many of the testimonies were so inspiring. As a matter of fact, they were the best part of the book as far as I was concerned.

Gary has a lot of good advice.

Overall, it is a good read.

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Books I Read in May



The Ray Peat Survival Guide: Understanding, Using, and Realistically Applying the Dietary Ideas of Dr. Ray Peat

by Joey Lott

A wonderful no-nonsense summary of Dr. Ray Peat’s (an endocrinologist) dietary recommendation.

Joey has a wonderful and easy voice to understand and he places Dr. Peat’s recommendations in a clear framework. While he is a devotee of Peat, he is not a hardliner.

The Kindle version is free with Kindle Unlimited.



Manifestation Happens: Recovery From the Law of Attraction

by Joey Lott

I have read quite a few books from Joey Lott since last month. They are short and concise. No fluff. I like them. I can read a book and get a lot of information in under 2 hours.

However, this book was a tad weird for me. Not a favorite.

The Kindle version is free with Kindle Unlimited.



Stress Less: Targeting the Physiological Roots of Stress

by Joey Lott

We all know how detrimental stress is to our wellbeing. A short book on stress, its effect and some solutions.



The Parisian Diet: How to Reach Your Right Weight and Stay There

by Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen

Maybe this diet reflects on how Parisians eat. However, it does reflect how French people viewed diets (not how they ate) when I was a child. Admittedly, I was not raised in Paris.

To me, this diet is the same diet as many others, just rebranded. Nothing special. Moreover, I found some of the recommendation ridiculous. For instance, for breakfast, Dr. Cohen recommends 2 tablespoons of dry oats. Seriously, 2 tablespoons?  This will yield  1/4 to 1/3 cup of oatmeal. There is no way on God’s green earth that a 1/4 cup of oatmeal will satisfy you…and for hours at that.

Not worth it, unless — like me — you get a free copy at the library.



Traditional Nutrition: From Weston A. Price to the Blue Zones; Healthy Diets from Around the Globe

by Ben Hirshberg

A very interesting book which proves humans can thrive on all types of diet. My favorite part is that the author included other lifestyles habits of each group being studied beside nutrition.

I believe how you live your life is equally important as what you put in your mouth. This book focuses on these aspects as well and I really appreciated that.

The Kindle version is free with Kindle Unlimited.



Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

by Lysa TerKeurst  

This book was an enjoyable read. I appreciated the author’s writing style and her vulnerability.

It is a Christian book and Lysa points to God as the fulfiller and author of our happiness.



Just the Rules: Tosca’s Guide to Eating Right

by Tosca Reno 

A short and sweet book about a no-nonsense approach to eating.


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