March 2019 Book Recap

Not a great read, lots of future-casting, but the only hardback boi of the month.

Favorite “adult” book of the month: *Deep Work* by Cal Newport, as it helped rekindle a commitment to eliminate distraction. Looking forward to reading *Digital Minimalism* next month.

Favorite guilty pleasure: *Pretty Girls* by Karin Slaughter—love a good sister thriller.

Favorite audiobook: Betty White reading If You Ask Me.

Poetry standout: Rudy Francisco’s Helium.

*Nonfiction*

Deep Work by Cal Newport ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Productivity, psychology]

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-fu Lee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science/tech, politics] 

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Feminism, pop culture]

Bossypants by Tina Fey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography, humor] 

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Memoir, humor]

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science, psychology]

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan Jobs ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography/Steve Jobs through the eyes of estranged daughter Lisa.]

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Memoir, humor]

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ⭐️⭐️ [Exactly what you think it is.]

*Fiction* 

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Mystery, thriller]

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Mystery, psychological thriller]

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science Fiction, dystopia]

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Literary fiction, mental health]

Fox 8 by George Saunders ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Short story/fable]

*Poetry* 

Helium by Rudy Francisco ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Black Movie by Danez Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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February 2019 Book Recap

Hands down favorite of the month: *How to Change Your Mind* by Michael Pollan, “mental travelogue” says it all. 

*Nonfiction*

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science, psychology]

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [History, memoir]

Theft By Finding by David Sedaris 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Humor, memoir]

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [History, adventure]

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Feminism, memoir]

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Business, leadership] 

Men Explain Thing to Me by Rebecca Solnit 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Feminism, essays]

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [aka, Huxley rants on mescaline] 

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Not that sticky.]

*Fiction* 

Stalker by Lars Kepler 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Swedish crime thriller]

Pet Sematary by Stephen King 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Sometimes, dead is better.]

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Historical fiction, Asia]

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Retelling, The Tempest]

Less by Andrew Sean Greet 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Pulitzer Prize winner!?]

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Swamp love]

What was your favorite read in February? 

*Bonus: Nonsensical Titular Poem*

Shadow Divers practice Theft by Finding, 
Men Explain Things to Me. 
The Linchpin creates things Made to Stick, 
like Pachinko. 

Where the Crawdads Sing, next to the Pet Sematary
you will find the Hag-Seed Stalker. 
Shrill is the call to The Doors of Perception,
which has Less to do with The Periodic Table than 
How to Change Your Mind.

Goodreads Laura Noggle

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage | GoodReads

An exciting, epic battle of survival; Stoicism to the nth degree. Truly incredible. 

“The ship had been named the Polaris. After the sale, Shackleton rechristened her Endurance, in keeping with the motto of his family, Fortitudine Vincimus—"By endurance we conquer."

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