It’s time for another installment of what I’ve been Reading Lately. I’ve been keeping track of my reading for 2015 on Goodreads and here on my blog! I love talking about what I’m reading with you guy so it can influence you to pick up a new book, or help you work harder toward your own goals! I’ve only got three books left to reach my goal, and I’m right on track which is super exciting. This posts crop of books feature some very quick reads, so if you’re not a huge reader, there may be some good options here.
Food Rules by Michael Pollan
One of my favorite food books is The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I loving reading books about food and the food industry, and Michael Pollan just does it right. If you’re a beginner on the topic, The Omnivore’s Dilemma can be a lot to handle. Instead, try reading Food Rules. It’s 112 pages of quick and snappy rules, 64 of them to be exact, on what to eat, how to eat, and why to eat. Most of the tips are pretty obvious if you know a lot about food and agriculture, but it is still a fun, quick read to keep you an informed citizen.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story Ned Vizzini
Some of my favorite books over the years have been about crazy people, people with issues, drug addictions, that sort of thing. I don’t know why exactly, I just love them. It’s Kind of a Funny Story seemed like it would be the kind of book I’d love, but it really fell short. A young boy is suffering from depression and contemplates suicide, so he checks himself into the hospital. Stuff happens, and he decides life is worth living. The story just felt flat to me. I never found myself caring for the characters, and the realizations at the end just seemed cheesy. There was no depth, but maybe that’s because this book is really meant for teenagers. I feel a little bad not liking the book though, because author Ned Vizzini suffered from depression himself, and committed suicide a few years ago. (To save you time, the movie was even worse.)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
You don’t really need me to tell you Wild is worth reading…its got an Oprah Book Club sticker after all. But Wild really is worth reading! I’m sure you know the story….author Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in her 20s after going through the death of her mother, a heroin problem, and a divorce. Her story is just remarkable. I mean, with relatively no experience, she did something people train years to do. And didn’t die. Throughout reading the book I knew I was enjoying it, but when it ended, I suddenly felt overwhelmed by her journey, and actually teared up. I ended up watching the movie almost right away. While I enjoyed the movie a lot too, the book is just so much more powerful and beautiful. Strayed is an amazing writer.
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
I have some books on my to-read list that have been there for entirely too long. It’s Kind of a Funny Story was one of them, and so was Ways of Seeing. John Berger wrote Ways of Seeing as an accompaniment to a BBC series in the 70s. I heard about it through my sociology teacher Freshmen year (#7yearsago) and knew I should read it because I was studying art history. The tiny book features 7 essays, 3 of which feature only images. The essays bring up really interesting points about the art world and how we see the world around us, and how art relates to that world and so on. If you’re interested in art history and looking for a quick read, this is perfect!
I can’t believe it’s almost the end of 2015, and I’m actually on track for my reading goal! You can follow along with me for my 2016 goal, which I haven’t yet decided on, by following me on Goodreads!