I didn’t read many books during October. I’ve had four online courses running at the same time, and so most of my free time has been taken up with that.
Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown
This book is hard. If you have even tiny smidge of humanity in you, you will be horrified at the way Native Americans were treated by the settlers and U.S Army during the settlement of the United States. They were truly horrible! What makes it even sadder is that there were white men who were sympathetic to the American Indians and tried to treat them as equals, and they usually ended up screwed over by Government as well! As the biographer points out, it was basically the “systematic destruction” of an entire race. This book is such an eye-opener! White people have done a lot of stupid things throughout history (one could argue that we’re still doing stupid things!).
Your Money or Your Life – Vicki Robin & Joe Dominquez
This book is a re-read. It’s the ultimate money advice book, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to change their relationship with money.
Her Ladyship’s Guide to the Queen’s English – Caroline Taggart
This book was a fun little read. It’s all about how to speak and write British English correctly. Even as a self-proclaimed English ninja, I learnt some new facts. The book is aimed at people who never really grasped the rules of English at school, but I think it’s also good just for reviewing and topping up what you already know. English is a complicated language!
Voluntary Simplicity – Duane Elgin
This book is referenced in lots of simplicity books I read, and as it was on offer on the Kindle I thought I should finally sit down and read it. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the simplicity books I’ve read that reference it. I found it a bit heavy-going in places, and there was a lot of emphasis on how we’re probably all doomed because of climate change, peak oil, consumerism, etc. I know all of this already, and I don’t need it drummed in to me. I can appreciate that some people reading this book might not understand the implications of peak oil, but it’s so depressing reading about these things.
I don’t know what the solution is here, of course. People ignore issues like climate change and peak oil because they are difficult for human brains to comprehend (our brains have evolved to deal with visible threats, and climate change and other issues are not tangible threats we can compute). Maybe books do need to be depressing and highlight every bad event in our future in order to get people to make lifestyle changes, but I find it sad.
Anyway, I suppose the book is good for anyone who needs convincing that simplicity is the best lifestyle choice!
Did you read any good books in October?